GPTS Conference 2017

March 14 ‐ 16, 2017

Throughout the history of the world, there have been great charters of freedom and declarations of liberty: The Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence come to mind. Martin Luther’s posting the Ninety-Five Theses on October 31, 1517 was such a declaration of liberty. The simple act of a monk continues to reverberate to this day.

Two Thousand and Seventeen is the five hundredth anniversary of Luther’s posting the Ninety-Five Theses. We praise God for his goodness to the Church in bringing about the rediscovery of the grace of the gospel. It is the privilege of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, at our 2017 Spring Theology Conference, to celebrate this five hundredth anniversary by presenting special lectures on Luther and five sermons on the Solas of the Reformation. We hope you will join us for this celebration.

Does your church support Greenville Seminary? This year, members of supporting churches receive a 20% discount on registration. Contact your church office or session for the discount code to use.

Greenville Seminary alumni – please check your e-mail or call the seminary for discount code.

  • Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$120/person
  • (To register your wife add $40 or youth over 12 add $25)

  • Student Tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$30/person
  • Non-GPTS student (for your wife, youth over 12 add $25)

  • Tuesday Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$12/person

  • Wednesday Lunch . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$9/person

  • Early Bird Tuition discounted rates apply until February 3rd, 2017. Regular rate is $120 per person and $30 for students.

Online Registration is preferred. If you prefer to not pay via credit card, you may complete the registration online and choose Pay by Check at the end. Checks should be mailed to:

Greenville Seminary Conference Registration
PO Box 690
Taylors, SC 29687

GPTS Conference 2017

Tuesday : March 14

9:00 - 10:45
Open House at Greenville Seminary

11:00 - 11:45
Pre-Conference Chapel at Greenville Seminary

11:00 - 1:00
Registration Table Open at Woodruff Rd, PCA

1:00 - 1:15
Conference Welcome and Announcements

1:15 - 2:30
  • Sola Scriptura
  • Dr. Joel Beeke
  • President and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

3:00 - 4:15
  • Luther's Providential God
  • Dr. Robert Kolb
  • Emeritus missions professor of systematic theology and director of the Institute for Mission Studies at Concordia Seminary

4:15 - 4:45
Question and Answer

5:00 - 6:30
Dinner Break (Catered)

7:00 - 8:30
  • Sola Gratia (open to the public)
  • Dr. Joseph Pipa
  • President and Homiletical professor of Systematic Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Wednesday : March 15

9:00 - 10:15
  • Luther’s Preaching on the Parables
  • Dr. Robert Kolb
  • Emeritus missions professor of systematic theology and director of the Institute for Mission Studies at Concordia Seminary

10:35 - 11:50
  • Solus Christus
  • Rev. Cliff Blair
  • Alumnus of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N.C.

12:00 - 1:45
Lunch Break (Catered)

1:45 - 3:00
  • Sola Fide
  • Rev. Carl Robbins
  • A trustee of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and pastor at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, Greenville, S.C.

3:30 - 4:30
Panel Discussion

4:30 - 7:00
Dinner Break (Not Catered)

7:00 - 8:30
  • Soli Deo Gloria (open to the public)
  • Dr. Michael Morales
  • Professor of biblical theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Thursday : March 16

9:00 - 10:15
  • Law as Friend & Foe in Luther’s Theology
  • Dr. Michael Whiting
  • Author of Luther in English and regular contributor to Reformation and Renaissance Review

10:35 - 11:50
  • Luther on Life without Dichotomy
  • Dr. James McGoldrick
  • Professor of church history at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

11:50 - 12:15
Question and Answer

GPTS Conference 2016

Are three or more families from your church attending this year’s conference? Contact Brenda Benson for group rate information by emailing or calling (864) 322-2717 before February 19th, 2016.

(Prospective GPTS students who are attending the Open House on March 7-8, please register for the Open House here and then follow the link provided for registering for the Theology Conference.)

Register Online
Mail either check or credit card info & registration form to: GPTS/Conference | PO Box 690, Taylors, SC 29687
Call Greenville Seminary: 864.322.2717 (credit card only)

GPTS Conference 2017


Greenville (SC) is convenient for driving from many locations in the Southeast U.S. For those who would like to fly, Greenville-Spartanburg Int'l (GSP) is an excellent regional airport only minutes away from the Seminary and the conference site. Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is approximately 1 1/2 hours from the Greenville area and is easily accessible via I-85.


Situated in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains, Greenville is approximately 21/2 hours from Atlanta (GA), 11/2 hours from Charlotte, Asheville (NC), and Columbia (SC). Greenville is easily accessible from Charlotte or Atlanta via I-85, from Columbia via I-26/385, and from Asheville via I-26 and US-25. Greenville is approximately 515 miles from Washington, 650 miles from Philadelphia and 710 miles from Chicago.


The Spring Theology Conference 2017 will take place at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church.

The conference will be held at
Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church
2519 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville, SC 29681

The Seminary is located at
Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
200 East Main Street, Taylors, SC 29687


A limited number of local families are providing housing on a "space available" basis during the conference dates. These are for the use of ministers or prospective Greenville Seminary students. Please email to request housing and describe your needs. Housing will not include transportation to/from the conference or to/from the airport or other transportation.



  • 33 Beacon Drive
  • Greenville, SC 29615
  • (864) 281 1281
  • Queen Rooms: $89
  • Includes breakfast
  • Confirm By 2/1/2017
  • 6.7 miles from Conference

  • 10 Carolina Point
  • Greenville, SC
  • (864) 288 4401
  • Queen Rooms: $152
  • Includes Breakfast
  • Confirm By 2/13/2017
  • 4.5 miles from Conference
  • Reserve Online

  • 108 Carolina Parkway
  • Greenville, SC 29607
  • (864) 284 0111
  • Queen Rooms: $132
  • Includes Breakfast
  • Confirm By 2/11/2017
  • 4.5 miles from Conference
  • Reserve Online

* Ask for GPTS Spring Conference special rates

GPTS Conference 2017
GPTS Conference 2015: The Law Of God In A Godless Age

Deciding to go to seminary is a big decision. Deciding where to go can be just as important.

Men who consider studying at Greenville Seminary to prepare for the gospel ministry often use our Spring Theology Conference as a time to visit the school, become acquainted with faculty and students, and explore the Greenville community.

Each year in advance of the seminary’s Annual Spring Theology Conference, we set aside some time to welcome and orient prospective students who may be considering GPTS for their theological education. In 2017, we are again providing activities and opportunities on Monday and Tuesday, March 13-14, to learn what Greenville Seminary is all about. In addition to a campus tour and welcome luncheon in the Student Commons, there will be opportunity to attend classes, participate in a panel discussion, attend a special chapel service, and attend the full March 14-16 theology conference as our special guest. This is a unique opportunity to enhance your understanding about a seminary education and shape your decision-making. Register for the Open House at

For a brochure about Encounter GPTS 2017, click here.

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A catered dinner will be held on Tuesday and on Wednesday a catered lunch will be offered. Cost for the dinner is $12 per person and cost for lunch is $9 per person. Children 4 and under eat free. This is a popular time of fellowship among the attendees and speakers.

Refreshments are offered for your convenience during breaks. No other meals are offered. A local restaurant guide will be made available.

Cancellation Policy

Refund requests for cancellations will be accepted through February 24th, 2017 (minus a $15 handling fee). Cancellations may be made online or by contacting Brenda Benson ( or 864-322-2717, ext. 318). Requests for a refund after February 24th will be considered on a case by case basis.

Childcare Provided

No childcare will be provided this year except for the evening sessions, but there is a training room available for families with young children.

Name Badges

At registration you will receive a name badge. It is important to wear your badge since this serves as your admission to each day's event. Our staff and hospitality team will likewise wear name badges.

Greenville Attractions & Info

Click here for a resource page that links to numerous Upstate South Carolina attractions, restaurants, and area information. (Page will open in a new window or tab.)

Young Adult Fellowship Time

Young adults (high school and college), along with parents, are invited to meet in the Youth Room of the conference location on Tuesday, March 14th after the evening lecture (9:00 PM) for a time of fellowship, games and refreshments. For further information contact Pastor Fred Hofland at (910) 833 3557.

Weather & What To Wear

It is difficult to predict the weather in March. As in many places in the South, great variances in temperature can occur in early spring. Click on the Weather Channel ® logo to see an extended forecast (Page will open in a new window or tab).


Recommended dress for the conference sessions is "business casual."

Photography Permission

Greenville Seminary may use photographs and videos taken during the conference for print, video, and/or Web applications. Your registration constitutes permission for Greenville Seminary to use any images for those purposes.

Help Desk

The registration table will be staffed throughout the conference to answer your questions and provide you with any assistance.

Conference Bookstore & Media

A large selection of books will be available at the conference at discounted prices. The conference will be recorded. Full audio CDs (including Q&A) or a set of DVDs (lectures only) of the conference may be ordered until March 9th for $50 and will be shipped 10-14 days after the conference. An MP3 audio CD of the complete conference may be ordered until March 3rd for $20 and will ship the week following the conference. Full audio CDs of individual conference lectures will be available throughout the conference on a first come, first served basis for $6 each. You may order wh en you register, or by calling the seminary at (864) 322-2717 or emailing us at

200 East Main Street, Taylors, SC
P.O. Box 690, Taylors, SC 29687
Tel. 864-322-2717
Fax 864-322-2719
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