Wednesday, September 7, 2016

GPTS Welcomes New Class for Fall Semester 2016

Greenville Seminary welcomed seven new U.S.-based students for the Fall Semester during our opening week activities, including our 30th Convocation and new student banquet. An application is pending for an eighth new U.S. campus student. The new class includes students from Brazil, China, and Korea, as well as several U.S. states. In addition, one new student from Switzerland is registered for the Fall Semester at the GPTS extension, Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Gateshead, England. Three other students have newly enrolled in Greenville Seminary's Th.M. advanced degree program.

We are pleased to introduce to you these excellent students as they join our body of scholars seeking to serve the Lord in Christian ministry in the future.

Jerry R. Bressler
Jerry hails from the Bay Area of Northern California where he was a member of Sunnyvale Orthodox Presbyterian Church, formerly pastored by now GPTS Professor Ryan McGraw. Jerry moved to Greenville in 2015, hoping to begin studies at GPTS. He sought local employment to help finance his studies and is now able to begin. He is enrolled in the Master of Arts degree program with a goal of teaching at a Christian high school in the future. He received a paralegal certification from California State University East Bay in 2014.

Nicholas Clark
Nicholas is enrolled in the Bachelor of Divinity program and will study via distance learning from him home in Gambrills, Maryland. His previous studies were at North Central University in Minneapolis, Minn. and Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, Penn. He and his wife Megan have a 1-year-old adopted daughter, Deborah. Nicholas is a deacon at Severn Run Evangelical Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Millersville, Md., pastored by GPTS alumnus Jesse Crutchley. He works as general manager of a salon in Annapolis.

Felipe Cortial
Felipe comes to GPTS from Brazil, where he practices law. His wife Danielle is a surgeon. Felipe is a resident student in the Master of Divinity program at GPTS. The Cortials are members of Memorial Presbyterian Church, a congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil. Their pastor at a previous church in Brazil was Paulo Brasil e Souza, a GPTS alumnus. He and Daniele are now attending Fellowship Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Greer, S.C., which has had several Brazilian interns from GPTS.

Joseph Dobbels, Jr.
Joe is enrolled in the Master of Divinity distance learning program. He lives in Porter, Tex. where he works in polygraph services. He received a B.A. in Biblical Education from Multnomah University in 1984 and an M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from National Intelligence University in Monterey, Calif. in 2003. He formerly served with Custom and Border Protection in Texas and the Defense Intelligence Agency in Virginia. He and his wife Adrian have two grown children and are members of Providence Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Kingwood, Tex.

Michael Juncheol Han

Michael is a Bachelor of Divinity student from Korea studying via distance learning from Osaka, Japan. He previously studied at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) and Marymount California University. He currently serves as the English Missionary/Pastoral Intern at Osaka Onnuri Church. In this capacity he is in charge of the international English worship service on Sunday evenings as the main English teacher and preacher, as well as music leader.

Jessie Tam
Jessie (Wai Yi Jessie Kong) comes from Hong Kong and is seeking a Master of Arts degree in biblical studies from GPTS. Her husband Tai Chueng came to Greenville to study at Bob Jones University and then at Geneva Reformed Seminary, where Jessie also studied. She served as an English teacher at United Christian College in Hong Kong and the Number One Institute of Education in China. She has a degree in linguistics from the University of Melbourne in Australia and worked as a translator for Wycliffe Bible Translators and New Tribes Mission. The Tams have three sons.

Tom Wagoner
Tom is enrolled in Greenville Seminary's Bachelor of Divinity program while studying from his home in Gainesville, Fla., where he is employed by Hobart Corp. He, his wife, two sons and one daughter are members of Redemption Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Gainesville. Tom came to saving faith in Jesus Christ in 1998 through the witness of Ligonier Ministries and a Reformed church in his area.

Florian Weicken
Florian is originally from Switzerland, where he earned a bachelor of science in business law from Zurich University of Applied Science. He later studied at the Free Church College in Edinburgh, Scotland. He is currently a member of Gateshead Presbyterian Church in England. He previously worked in the admission and crediting office at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. He married his wife Veronica in 2013. He is enrolled in the United Kingdom-based GPTS/Westminster Presbyterian Theological Seminary Master of Divinity program.

Students newly accepted for advanced-degree Th.M. studies include alumni Scott Cook and Jesse Crutchley and local Pastor Rob McCurley of Greenville Presbyterian Church (Free Church of Scotland-Continuing), located a block from the seminary. Admission to advanced-degree studies is by invitation of the faculty only.

Altogether, registered students for the Fall Semester, excluding Th.M. students, total 56. Of these, 28 are mentored distance-learning students and 28 are studying on campus. Twenty-three are full-time students, and 33 are part-time students. Thirty-two students (57 per cent of the student body) are studying under the seminary's church-subsidized tuition-waiver program.