Monday, August 8, 2016

Interpreter's House: Ministering to the World

By Kathleen Curto

I would imagine that most of you are familiar with the timeless Christian classic, Pilgrim’s Progress.  It is an allegory written by John Bunyan, which pictures for us a pilgrim’s journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City. In the story, shortly after Christian passes through the wicket gate on his travels, he visits Interpreter’s House. In the first room that he visits within the house, Christian sees a picture of “a very grave person hanging up against the wall…he had eyes lifted up to heaven, the best of books in his hand, the law of truth was written on his lips, the world was behind its back; he stood as if he pleaded with men and a crown of gold did hang over his head.” When asked by Christian what this picture means, Interpreter tells him, “this is the only man whom the Lord of the place you are going hath authorized to be your guide…lest in thy journey thou meet with some who pretend to lead thee right, but their way goes down to death.”  This, Christian discovers, is a picture of a minister of the word.

At Greenville Seminary our mission is to train passionate preachers of God’s word. We have been doing this for 30 years and in that time have had the opportunity to train many men, some of whom are from other countries. Many of these countries do not have the facilities or personnel needed to train young men in the historic reformed faith. We have partnered with you in the past to give men, from backgrounds such as these, a solid reformed Presbyterian education. 

We have, by God’s grace, attempted to make them men with their eyes lifted to heaven, the Bible in their hands, the law of truth on their lips, the world behind their backs pleading with men to repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. 

What a joy it has been to watch so many of our graduates serve faithfully in churches around the world.  Of those whom we have supported over the years, we have had several return to Brazil — Rodrigo, Emilio, and Breno — to work in vibrant ministries in the church and in their denominational seminaries. Octavius del Fils has been serving in his home country of Haiti, after he completed his studies at Greenville in 2007, and he has faithfully served the church in Haiti for nearly 10 years. Edward Liu, who studied at GPTS for five years, has just returned to Minnesota to work in a Chinese church in the Minneapolis area. We are also thrilled that Isaac Koko, a student from Nigeria, has finally been granted a visa to attend GPTS on site. He has been on the list before but has only been able to take courses by distance; now he will be on campus beginning in January, 2017. These are just a few of the men whose education at GPTS was made possible by your generous giving to our Foreign Student appeal each year.  And, again, we want to remind you that the cost of putting a missionary on the field for one year is equivalent to what it costs us to educate a foreign student for four years at GPTS. 

Listed below are several students, some of whom you have supported in the past, and one new one, from Brazil!!  Please prayerfully consider if you are able to assist with tuition support or living expenses. The amounts given are based on full time student costs per year.

Steve Cliff
New Zealand
Bachelor of Divinity
Tuition, Fees and Work Study
Filipe Cortial
Master of Divinity
Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses
Melwin Isaac
Master of Divinity
Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses
Miguel Flower
Puerto Rico
Master of Divinity
Bradney Lopez
Puerto Rico
Master of Divinity
Tuition and Fees
Isaac Koko
Master of Arts
Tuition, Fees and Living Expenses
Faculty Int’l Travel Fund


What a kind and gracious gift God has given to Christ’s bride as he has set apart an ordained ministry of the word.  Bunyan captures the gravity of this gift in his portrait in Interpreter’s House.  Will you consider helping us, by both prayer and financial support, as God continues to send men from these nations to be trained?  Our desire is to be faithful, but we cannot train these men without the assistance of the church.  May the Lord bless your giving to this end.
You may give online here. (Select General International Student Support from the "Choose Donation Category" menu.)

Batzig to Keynote 30th Convocation; McGraw to Deliver Inaugural Lecture

Nick Batzig
Rev. Nick Batzig, GPTS alumnus and pastor of New Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Richmond Hill, Georgia, will be the keynote speaker for Greenville Seminary’s 30th Convocation August 19, 7 p.m. at the Academy of Arts auditorium behind the seminary. The public is invited; a reception will follow.

On the eve of the first day of classes, Tuesday, August 23rd, Dr. Ryan McGraw will deliver his inaugural address as full professor of systematic theology. His lecture will be entitled: "Gisbertus Voetius, Presbyterianism, and Smart Phones." The lecture will highlight the problems of contemporary theology in a contemporary context. His thesis: Systematic theology should incorporate sound doctrine wedded with piety, service to and through the church, and application of these principles must be made to training contemporary Reformed pastors.

The lecture will be delivered at 7 p.m. at Covenant Community Church (OPC), 418 E. Main St., Taylors, South Carolina (just east of the seminary). A reception will follow in the church's fellowship hall.

To gain the rank of full professor, an associate professor must be recognized by peers as an authority in his field of specialization, and by colleagues and students as a superior teacher and scholar. Professional competence as evidenced by:

  • acceptance for publication of a variety of significant articles and/or book(s) on areas of his expertise.
  • invitations to lecture at other institutions and learned societies or participation in scholarly projects.

Dr. McGraw has served on the faculty as associate professor and a prolific published writer/scholar during the past year. He came to the GPTS faculty from his pastorate in Sunnyvale, Calif. A graduate of GPTS, he is also a research associate at University of the Free State in South Africa. His lecture on John Owen at the 2016 GPTS Spring Theology Conference has been configured as an article in an upcoming issue of Reformation Today. The article is entitled "John Owen’s Trinitarian Legacy: A 400th Anniversary Appreciation."

Fall semester classes begin on August 24. As of Aug. 1st, five new students had been accepted for enrollment for the 2016-17 academic year. These include Felipe Cortial, an attorney from Brazil and Michael Kochie, a recent graduate from Reformation Bible College in Florida — both M.Div. on-campus students; Philip Jackson, distance-learning student from Germany, M.Div.; Tom Wagoner, distance student from Florida, B.Div.; and Nicholas Clark, distance student from Maryland, B.Div. Applications are pending for one other M.A. student, with at least two additional prospects expressing interest. Overall enrollment for the Fall semester is likely to be around 50 students.

The seminary began its soon-to-be 30-year history in what was then the Augusta Street Presbyterian Church in downtown Greenville.  Some years later, the seminary moved to suburban Taylors, S.C. with classes being held at what is now Covenant Community Church (OPC), two blocks east of the present campus. The seminary moved into its present campus on Main Street, Taylors in 2008 following renovation of the old Taylors High School building.

Originally chartered in 1986 as the James Henley Thornwell Theological Seminary, the name of the school was changed in 2000 to Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. (The name was changed when another charitable organization in South Carolina using the James Henley Thornwell name objected. Thornwell was a leading 19th century Southern Presbyterian theologian and scholar.)

Since its founding, GPTS has been distinctively “Old School” and Presbyterian in its outlook and philosophy, and because of this, it has placed a strong emphasis on the sufficiency and infallibility of the Word of God, on the faithful, heart-searching proclamation of the Word of God, and on obedience to the Great Commission as the sole mission of the church. “Faithful ministers and faithful churches”: that continues to be our vision.

According to the original incorporation application, the seminary was organized to "maintain for religious purposes a school or schools, seminary or seminaries, or other places of instruction, and to undertake or promote Scripturally-directed learning, education and scholarly enterprises and, in particular, to establish, control and develop an institution of theological studies perpetually dedicated to the Reformed Faith as expressed in the Westminster Confession and Catechisms. Further, the said institution or institutions shall be dedicated to the promotion of Biblical and Confessional Orthodoxy."

Although GPTS offers a thoroughly scholarly education, our emphasis has always been on preparing passionate preachers, based on the belief that preaching is the primary, God-ordained means for the spread of the Gospel. All praise belongs to our most gracious God for all that He has done to establish and advance Greenville Seminary as a center for the preparation of men who will unashamedly proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

GPTS Welcomes New Trustees and Staffers

Three new members have been added to the Greenville Seminary Board of Trustees and three veterans members have retired from the board. All of the new members come from churches that have been most generous in their support of Greenville Seminary. New members added during the board's May meeting are:

Dr. Lawrence (Del) Bailey
Dr. Bailey is a gastroenterologist with the medical firm HMG Gastroenterology in Kingsport, Tenn. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and held a fellowship at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He received his doctorate of medicine from the Medical College of Virginia, where he served his internship and residency.

He is a ruling elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Kingsport, one of the leading supporting churches of Greenville Seminary. Dr. Bailey taught a course on medical ethics during the 2010 GPTS Summer Institute. He served for a time as an adjunct faculty member. He and his wife Debbie have spearheaded Westminster's Biblical Worldview Student Conference for many years.

Gary Flye
Mr. Flye is a vice president and data analyst for Wells Fargo Bank in Charlotte, N.C., where he also lives. He has received numerous awards for his performance at Wells Fargo, First Union/Wachovia Bank, and Software Management Consultants, Inc. He received a bachelor of science in metallurgical engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a master's degree in computer and information science from the University of New Haven. He has served on the board of directors of the Carolinas Chapter of the Database Management Association.

He is ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Charlotte. Recently widowed, he enjoys playing bluegrass music for nursing home residents at Aldersgate United Methodist Retirement Community.

C. Frederic Marcinak III
Mr. Marcinak is an attorney practicing in the Transportation Industry Group at the law firm of Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greenville. S.C. In this capacity, he represents transportation companies, including carriers and intermediaries, regionally and nationally, on commercial litigation matters. He received a B.A. in history from The Citadel Military College of South Carolina, LL.M. in international criminal law from the University of Sussex, and J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

He is a ruling elder and clerk of Session at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Simpsonville, S.C. A native of the Upstate region of South Carolina, Mr. Marcinak enjoys outdoor activities in the mountains of North and South Carolina. He and his wife and two children enjoy serving the community through their church and other local organizations.

Leaving the board are:

Dr. George W. Knight III
Dr. Knight, who lives with his wife Virginia in Lake Wylie, S.C., served from 2005 until 2013 as chairman of the board and continued on as a trustee and adjunct professor of New Testament until recently. He was granted emeritus status during the Board of Trustees meeting in May. He is a retired minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, also having served in churches of other Presbyterian denominations. He is author of numerous articles and books. 

Rev. Wesley Brice
Rev. Brice is a long-time pastor in the Reformed Church in the United States, serving most recently at Grace Reformed Church in Northwest Arkansas. He served on the GPTS board as a representative of the RCUS, one of the official sponsoring denominations of the seminary. A native of Kansas, he served in ministry in a variety of denominations and churches in California before coming to the Reformed Faith and eventually started the church in Northwest Arkansas.

Rev. Tim Miessler
Rev. Miessler is pastor of Calvary Church in Pueblo, Colo. He previously served as pastor of Grace Bible Church in the Cincinnati, Ohio area. He is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Calvary Chapel Bible College, and Valparaiso University. He served until recently as chairman of the GPTS Development Committee.

The seminary expresses its heart-felt thanks to these three board members who have served the seminary selflessly for many years. The GPTS faculty, staff, students and administration pray that God will continue to bless their every endeavor for years to come.

Staff Changes

A number of the seminary's staff positions are held part-time by students as part of the seminary's work-study program. Graduations usually mean changeovers in these positions. Graciously, the Lord continues to provide students with professional skills needed to fill these positions. Changes to staff positions include the following:

Martin Dendekker
Martin is a Canadian student who has been serving as media director and now moves into the position of resident information technology specialist, replacing graduate Bill Hill. Bill, now pastor of Landis Presbyterian Church in Marion, N.C., continues to serve the seminary as host of our podcast, Confessing our Hope.

Steve Richman
Steve is replacing Martin as media director. In this capacity, he oversees all media-related matters for the seminary, including recording of class lectures, chapel services, conference lectures and posting audio and video recordings on the seminary's SermonAudio and YouTube channels as well as the seminary web site. 

Garry Moes (UPDATE)
Mr. Moes will begin serving next year as Director of Communications. The newly created position will be part-time as a contract consultant on public relations and communications, based in California. With an office in California, Mr. Moes will be able to increase the seminary's presence on the West Coast. He is currently serving as director of development and recruiting, a post he has held since 2010. A search is currently underway for a replacement for the development position. 

As director of development and recruiting Mr. Moes has held the lead role in fund-raising, public relations, communications, student recruitment, and placements. He has served as editor of all of the seminary's print and electronic newsletters, a role he will continue i his new position. His current plan is to return to California, where he and his wife Karlinda lived for 23 years before coming to South Carolina to join the GPTS staff. All of the Moes's five children and 25 grandchildren live in the West. He is seeking new employment for 2017 and beyond. 

Mr. Moes has been a professional writer for 50 years, having served as a top-ranked political/investigative reporter and editor for The Associated Press for the first 21 years of his career; then as a journalism professor in Sweden and human rights investigator serving Christians in Eastern Europe during the Communist era. Thereafter he worked as a freelance journalist, editor and textbook author and briefly as editorial page editor and editorial writer at a newspaper in the Southwest. He and his wife served in Christian camping ministry for 12 years prior to coming to GPTS. He is currently a ruling elder at Fellowship Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Greer, S.C.

Leaving the Staff

William Hill
Bill is a 2016 graduate who served the past several years as our on-site information technology specialist, working with IT Director Bruce Vrieling (who lives in Canada). Bill is now pastor of Landis Presbyterian Church in Marion, N.C. He continues to serve the seminary as host of our podcast, Confessing our Hope.

July Stewardship Report

Four Principles of Biblical Stewardship

  1. The Principle of Ownership — "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it" (Psalm 24:1). ...This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship. God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on his behalf.
  2. The Principle of Responsibility — We are called as God’s stewards to manage that which belongs to God. While God has graciously entrusted us with the care, development, and enjoyment of everything he owns as his stewards, we are responsible to manage his holdings well and according to his desires and purposes.
  3. The Principle of Accountability — Like the servants in the Parable of the Talents, we will be called to give an account of how we have administered everything we have been given, including our time, money, abilities, information, wisdom, relationships, and authority.
  4. The Principle of Reward — "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving" (Colossians 3:23-24). "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!" (Matthew 25:21).
Adapted from Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

We at Greenville Seminary recognize that we must be the good stewards of the gifts which God's people, in their own acts of stewardship, have given to us. With God's help, we seek to be efficient, faithful and productive servants in the use of those gifts to meet our mission of providing Christ's church with faithful shepherds and stewards of God's Word. We provide these monthly reports in furtherance of the principle of accountability, disclosing how all that we receive is accounted for. We trust that our reward is knowing that what we do brings glory to God alone. We thank you for being our partners to that end.

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The tables below indicate our general operating fund financial situation as of the end of July 2016 and the first month of the 2016-17 fiscal year. Unrestricted general fund donations from churches ($24,450) and individuals ($21,242) during July totaled $45,692, which was $26,850 below the $72,542 budgeted for such income. Expenses of $94,961 in July were $5,700 below the $100,661 budgeted for expenses.

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Other Income
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Donation Income (Unrestricted)
Other Income
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 Capital Campaign Goal
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Gifts may also be mailed to: Greenville Seminary, PO Box 690, Taylors SC 29687.

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Do you work for a company that offers matching gifts when you contribute to a charity? Why not ask your employer about whether your gifts to GPTS can be matched. Here is a list of some of the top companies that offer matching gifts or reward your volunteer work for your charity. Many other companies do as well, to support employee charitable giving and extend corporate philanthropy.

Most of all, be fervent in prayer that God would provide all that is needed for us to do what He has called us to do in this ministry which the church so badly needs in these uncommon times.

Remember, gifts to GPTS are tax-deductible and may include cash, securities, property or a variety of planned giving instruments. (The tax deduction is reduced by the fair market value of any premium received in return for a donation.) See here for information about planning your last will and testament with the Kingdom of God in mind.

Whether or not you can contribute financially, here is another way you can help the seminary: Spread the Word! Do you know someone that would be interested in learning more about our organization or supporting us? If so, share a link to this newsletter. (Click the tiny "M" e-mail icon at the bottom of this post.) Thank you for your continued support for Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Alumni Profile: Evangelist to Britain

Benjamin & Anna Wontrop
If "Brexit" was the catchword for Britain's recent vote to exit from the European Union, "Brentrance" might be the catchword for 2016 GPTS graduate Benjamin Wontrop, an American who has been called to missions work in Great Britain.

Benjamin, who has spent enough time in England to have picked up an authentic use of the "King's English," will be laboring as the associate pastor at Bury St. Edmunds Presbyterian Church. Bury St. Edmunds is a member church of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England andWales, where a particular focus of his ministry will be evangelism. It may come as a surprise to many to read of missionaries being sent to the country that gave us the Westminster Standards and the writings of many of our fathers in the faith. But, today, many towns in England no longer have even one church that preaches the gospel. It is no longer the missions-sending powerhouse it once was, and it needs missionaries to be sent to it!
Abbey Gardens in Bury St. Edmunds

Bury St. Edmunds Presbyterian Church is situated about an hour and a half from London in the ancient town of Bury St. Edmunds. The town was once the capital of a Saxon kingdom and was also strongly influenced by Puritanism. Yet, today, it is full of men, women, and children who have little to no exposure to the gospel. Although the congregation is thankful for the opportunity to be a temporary home for several U.S. Air Force families, it is very small (around 10 core members).

In the mission fields of Bury St. Edmunds
About two years ago the church was replanted. The congregation called a new minister (Matthew Jolley), relocated to a community center in the middle of a neighborhood of almost entirely unchurched people, and began several outreach efforts. The members have used a combination of practical love and gospel proclamation to make significant inroads into this community. Yet their vision is not so much that the community might be transformed (in worldly terms) but that men, women, and children might see the loveliness of the triune God who has dealt decisively with their sin and opened a way to live in communion with Him. In a place where sin has left deep marks, the church desires to see a vital, growing congregation centered on the Word of God in worship and practice, a congregation marked by the fear of God and love for those made in His image.

In the past few months, there have seen several professions of faith, about 70 unchurched teenagers regularly come to an evangelistic youth group, and a number of older ladies are studying the Bible for the first time in many years with the minister at a morning coffee. Along with these activities, there are many other opportunities for ministry; however, the small core of members is unable to sustain the level of outreach that is needed for the church to survive. Under these circumstances, the congregation has called Benjamin as an associate pastor to help with and expand the church’s outreach efforts.

Toward this end Bury St. Edmunds Presbyterian Church is able to provide a partial salary for the Wontrops. But Benjamin and his wife, Anna, a native Brit, need to raise around $20,400 in additional annual support and also $17,500 in onetime support. Benjamin can be reached at or you can find out more information about them on the website of their sending agency, Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship:

Ten Ways to Pray for Any Missionary

By Albert Kona
GPTS Alumnus and Missionary to Albania

Prayers for missionaries should always be that they stand in God’s armor and that their service as servants of God be not in their own strength but in the grace and strength of the LORD. Pray for the missionary’s protection from evil and that their daily needs be provided. Here are 10 specific, practical areas of missionaries’ lives to pray for:

  1. Solid family relationships. The tasks of full-time ministry, often in a foreign culture, can cause a strain on the relationships within a family — husbands and wives, parents and children. Pray that the Lord would strengthen these family bonds and draw them close together.
  2. The well-being of family members from whom they are separated. When missionaries leave their homes to serve God on the mission field, extended family remains behind, and children sometimes leave their parents for schooling. Pray for the health, safety, and encouragement of these family members.
  3. Strength in the “inner man” (Eph. 3:16). Loneliness, discouragement, despair — these struggles occur in the lives of missionaries, and sometimes frequently. Pray that their hearts are encouraged and strengthened.
  4. Provision of physical needs. Missionaries depend on others for their financial support, and at times, that can be burdensome. Pray that God would supply their every need (Phil. 4:19).
  5. A strong personal walk with God. Pray for daily faithfulness to spend time in God’s Word in the midst of ministry busyness. Ask God to protect and strengthen them spiritually and cause them to grow in their relationships with Him.
  6. Good physical health. In foreign lands, good health care can be hard to find. Pray for physical strength on a daily basis and long-term good health.
  7. Strong relationships with co-workers. Sadly, personality conflicts and relationship struggles happen among missionaries as they seek to work together to bring people to Christ. Pray for unselfishness, kindness, and humility in these cooperative efforts (Phil. 2:3-5).
  8. Ability to speak accurately. Ask God to cause them to speak with clarity and precision as they declare God’s Word (Col. 4:3-4).
  9. Opportunities to relax. Servants of God are just like anyone else — they need a break sometimes! Ask God to provide them with recreation and rest.
  10. Wisdom in all they do. Pray for the wisdom to make good decisions in their personal lives, as well as their ministry lives (James 1:5).

Podcast News

Six new broadcasts have been aired and posted at Greenville Seminary's Confessing Our Hope podcast.

Dr. Allan Harman discussed his book Preparation for Ministry. This interview covered relevant items related to the call to the pastoral ministry as well as preparing for the ministry and practical advice for those graduating from seminary. Listen here.

GPTS President Joseph Pipa Jr. answers more listener questions in this 26th edition of "Faith and Practice." Topics covered in this broadcast include liberterianism, covenant children, the doctrine of justification, leaving the Presbyterian Church in America, confessionalism, Christian Sabbath, the Trinity, and more. Listen here.

"Faith and Practice" No. 27 upcoming soon.

Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn was our guest. The topic of conversation was the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Summer Institute held each year on campus. This year's topic was "Ambassador, Physician, Shepherd: The Westminster Assembly and Pastoral Ministry." The years 1643-1653 mark the one decade of English Puritanism where godly divines could serve as architects for the remodeling of a national church. Dr. Van Dixhoorn narrated the Westminster Assembly’s debates and discussions about preaching, pastoral care, and church governance. The class examined the ideals and realities of the Puritan experiment and considered how lessons from the past can impact our ministries today. Listen here.

Two new podcasts deal with developments in the Presbyterian Church in America.

Dr. David Hall was interviewed on a scathing article he wrote on one particular decision of the PCA General Assembly — to appoint a committee to study the role of women in ministry. This article is titled “A Way Forward for PCA Peace, Health, and Unity.” The full article can be found here. Dr. Hall is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and is the Senior Pastor of Midway PCA in Powder Springs, Ga. Listen here.

Daniel Jarstfer, pastor of Christ Our Hope Presbyterian Church, PCA, graduate of Greenville Seminary and board member, was our guest to discuss the 2016 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America, held in Mobile, Ala. in June. Listen here.

Creative Ways to Support GPTS

In addition to our regular online giving and mail-in support opportunities, friends of GPTS are using creative ways to support the work of Greenville Seminary.

Aaron in St. Petersburg, Fla. recently used ebay Giving Works to auction an item and donated 100 per cent of the proceeds to GPTS. In response to our express of thanks, Aaron wrote:

I consider it a profound privilege to support the further dissemination and propagation of the Gospel specifically within the parameters of the Reformed faith, a.k.a. Biblical Christianity. My contributions are small but may they yet be used by our gracious God for His glory alone.
In Christ,
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Kingdom Kids Kontribute

Small contributions are always welcome. For the second time this year, some Sunday school children in Minnesota have sent a gift to the seminary from their own collections.

Deacon John Selvestra of Redeemer Reformed Church (RCUS) in Minneapolis, Minn. wrote:
Our Sunday school children donated $275.03 during our 2nd semester this year. We would like to donate to GPTS. Please find the enclosed check. 
P.S. We've been very happy with one of your recent grads, Tim Marinelli! Keep up the good work.
Last February the kids from Redeemer sent a gift of $168 to GPTS.

Summer Institute Photo Gallery

The 2016 Summer Institute concluded during the first week of August. The Institute was well attended as Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn taught on "Ambassador, Physician, Shepherd: The Westminster Assembly and Pastoral Ministry."

Here is a gallery of photos from the Institute:

Dr. Joseph Pipa Jr. and Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn