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space GPTS Seeks to Bolster Potential for Financial Aid with Creation of New Scholarship Funds


At Greenville Seminary, it has always been our belief that students called by God to minister in His vineyard should not have to enter that calling with a mountain of debt created in the pursuit of their studies. Therefore, our tuition is one-half to a third less than other historically Presbyterian seminaries. Students who come from GPTS-supporting churches or Presbyteries often have their tuition waived, a valuable form of assistance to some. Military personnel and veterans also are eligible for certain forms of assistance in some cases. For others, however, the availability of financial aid is often a primary point of inquiry before application for admission.


Greenville Seminary does not have an endowment nor, until now, has it had a permanent scholarship fund from which we can routinely provide financial aid to incoming students. From time to time, gracious and generous donors have provided us with funds which they designate to be used to support students, for example as a memorial for a loved one. In some cases, the seminary has underwritten the expenses of certain needy students who come to our attention through faculty or administration relationships, but such arrangements are unique and have not been seen as generally available financial aid.


That is changing. GPTS has recently created the framework for three formal scholarship funds, administered professionally by the PCA Foundation. These funds include:

  • The President’s Scholarship Fund. This is a general purpose resource from which scholarships may be granted as determined by our scholarship committee.

  • The International Students Scholarship Fund. This fund is intended to provide financial aid to foreign students, especially those from third-world countries where educational resources are limited.

  • The Islamic Studies Scholarship Fund. With the recent addition and planned expansion of Islamic studies in our curriculum, the vital need to train missionaries, evangelists and others who minister to Muslim communities at home and abroad has become increasingly apparent. This fund is intended to assist with tuition costs for students who enroll in our upcoming Master of Arts in Apologetics and Islam program, details of which will be announced soon. Initial seed funding for this scholarship will be from Church Without Walls in Philadelphia, Pa., led by Dr. Anees Zaka, who teaches the Islam courses at GPTS, and our bookstore sales of a book about women in Islam, Cry of the Heart and Quest of the Mind, by Dr. Zaka and Diane Coleman. (See related note below.)

The availability and size of any scholarships awarded from these funds depends entirely on how many assets each fund will eventually contain.


All that remains now is to fund these scholarship accounts. And that is where you can help! As we launch our first formal scholarship campaign, we humbly request those who see the value of our ministry to consider donating to one or more of these financial aid vehicles.


The PCA Foundation can receive gifts of cash, appreciated securities, mutual funds and real estate on behalf of GPTS. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible, and when you make your gift, you will receive a receipt as well as any IRS forms you will need to claim your deduction directly from the PCA Foundation. If desired, your gifts can be credited to any of the GPTS funds ANONYMOUSLY.


To Contribute Cash — Make your check payable to the PCA Foundation, Inc. and mail it to: PCA Foundation, Inc., 1700 North Brown Road, Suite 103, Lawrenceville, GA 30043-8143. Please indicate on the memo line of your check or by way of a note that the gift is for the benefit of:

  • The Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary President’s Scholarship Fund (#4074) or

  • The Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary International Students Scholarship Fund (#4075) or

  • The Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary Islamic Studies Scholarship Fund (#4076).

To Contribute Stock, Mutual Funds or Other Appreciated Assets — Please call the PCA Foundation directly at (800) 700-3221 to discuss the specifics of your gift.


To Make a Gift of Real Estate — Please call the PCAF's Randy Stair at (800) 700-3221 or send an e-mail to pcaf@pcanet.org to discuss your gift.


If you have any questions or need further information, please contact:

PCA Foundation, Inc.

1700 North Brown Road, Suite 103

Lawrenceville, GA 30043


Toll Free: (800) 700-3221

Fax: (678) 825-1041


E-mail: pcaf@pcanet.org

Web site: www.pcafoundation.com


NOTE: Dr. Zaka has cited the article here as an important rationale for Greenville Seminary's new emphasis on Islamic Studies. 


GPTS Web Site Gets New Administrator and Improved Features


We are pleased to announce the appointment of new student Christopher Campbell as web-site administrator for Greenville Seminary. Mr. Campbell is a mentor-supervised distance learning student enrolled in our Master of Divinity program. He is a member of Northland Reformed Church (RCUS) in Kansas City, Missouri. and was previously enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary. He and his wife Megan live in Platte City, Missouri.


He is the information technology director for KVC Health Systems Inc. and previously did IT-related work for Commerce Bank, Sprint E-Solutions and the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. He thus brings a wealth of expertise to our web site administration. "I enjoy the work, and I get to do it for the furtherance of the gospel...what a great deal!" says Mr. Campbell of his new position at GPTS.


Concerning his choice of Greenville Seminary, Mr. Campbell says, “I was excited as I read through the article 'Why Choose Greenville Seminary' as well as the declaration on creation called '6 Days Are 6 Days.' The uncompromising and unapologetic position the seminary takes on both creation and the Word of God is like a glass of refreshing water in the theological desert of post-modern and liberal thinking. This type of stand for the truth of God’s Word is what the world most desperately needs.”


Among the immediate innovations Mr. Campbell has brought to the GPTS web site are improvements in the navigation system. Drop-down menus give visitors a quicker and more comprehensive view of the overall content of the site (see image below). Also added is a more visible and improved site search engine and easier connection to the mobile version of our web site for smart-phone users. GPTS students will find greatly streamlined access to course materials and other password-protected student-only material in the My GPTS section.




Mr. Campbell maintains a personal blog called "Mind for Truth." As GPTS webmaster, he replaces Jayne Hall, a former GPTS student and local web designer who has provided the seminary with several years of faithful service. We extend our gratitude to Miss Hall for her excellent work and dedication. 





κατέχω - Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering.... Hebrews 10:23


The seminary's online scholarly journal Katekōmen is a valuable source of book reviews and theological thought. The 45 articles currently listed in the table of contents are arranged by topic and, just recently, also by author's name.


To read the journal, go to katekomen.gpts.edu. You will find articles by GPTS faculty, students, alumni and others.


  25th Anniversary Feature   

Rebuilding a Community 


Although a fledgling Greenville Seminary had its beginnings 25 years ago in the Upstate South Carolina city of Greenville (hence our name), it has flourished for much of its history in the adjacent community of Taylors, our present home and a textile city with a colorful past.

The broader Taylors community formed over the years around the Chick Springs Resort (left), which flourished in the late 1800s on the edge of Old Taylors and the Southern Bleachery, which was built in the 1920s. When the textile bleachery entered the community, a number of houses, recreational facilities, and schools were built to accommodate the large number of employees that moved to the area to find work. The original high school was erected in 1927 in the heart of Old Taylors. In 1945 that building burned and was replaced by the current structure, which was used as a high school until the 1960s, when Greenville County consolidated its schools. It was an elementary school until 1980.

The Old Taylors community experienced a significant decline in the textile economy during 1970s and 1980s, and while efforts were made to protect and preserve the community heritage, the high school was neglected and was abused by vandals (see photo, right). County planners identified the high school as an essential component in the Taylors revitalization, and architects and engineers confirmed that the building was structurally well-built and held much promise both for the Seminary and Taylors.



The Taylors community has benefitted from an enhanced Main Street that features the Seminary's 2008 building (right), the former high school. This is our second home on Taylors' Main Street; previously we were in a church building a couple of blocks east now occupied by Covenant Community Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Revitalization of the area is underway. On Main Street in Taylors just west of GPTS is the sprawling multimillion-dollar campus of Taylors First Baptist Church and a new, state-of-the-art Taylors Branch of the Greenville County Library System. New business growth took place at the east end of Main Street with a now-thriving shopping complex anchored by retailer Target Corporation. There is also an active Community Association composed of residents and local businesses who are working together for revitalization in this area that suffered badly in the textile economic downturn. GPTS President Joseph A. Pipa Jr. has served as president of the association. Old Taylors High School alumni have supported projects at GPTS in appreciation for our restoration of their alma mater's former home.


As can be seen from our Financial Report below, we still have a substantial obligation in amortizing our building debt. Your contribution to our Capital Funds Program will not only help build God's Kingdom through our theological education offerings but also enhance the community we call home.


Lecture Planned on History of the ICBI 


Dr. Jay Grimstead, founder of the Coalition on Revival, will be presenting a lecture at GPTS on Monday, Oct. 17th at 7 p.m., Room 209. The public is invited to this faculty-approved event.

Dr. Grimstead was one of the original organizers of the International Congress on Biblical Inerrancy (ICBI), which produced the historic Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. He worked closely with Dr. Francis Schaeffer and some 200 major evangelical leaders in organizing this significant movement which substantially changed the church's views on inerrancy for the better.

His presentation will include, in his words, "a short history of how the ICBI came into being and moved forward towards creating The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, which has now taken its place alongside historical church history documents like the Nicene Creed and the Westminster Confession." He will also provide "some of the personal history of the different men as they were involved in that process and made their contributions to this document, such as Francis Schaeffer, R.C. Sproul, J.I. Packer, Norm Geisler, D. James Kennedy, James Boice, Jack Gerstner, Ken Kantzer, Harold Lindsell, Billy Graham, and others, and how Fuller Seminary, my alma mater, fought this from the very start."

Jay is a congenial, engaging person with an entertaining personality. He is widely known as a foundational figure in the so-called "Religious Right," although he will be the first to say his influence has not been as great as his liberal detractors say. 


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RESERVE THE DATE: November 28 – Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, founder and national spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, will present a lecture on "The Religion of Radical Environmentalism: How to Overcome its Threats to You, Your Family, Your Church and Your Society" at 7 p.m., Room 209 at the seminary. The Cornwall Alliance is a coalition of clergy, theologians, religious leaders, scientists, academics, and policy experts committed to bringing a balanced Biblical view of stewardship to the critical issues of environment and development.


Dr. Beisner is an author and speaker on the application of the Biblical world view to economics, government, and environmental policy. He has published more than 10 books and hundreds of articles, contributed to or edited many other books, and been a guest on television and radio programs. A ruling elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, he has spoken to churches, seminars, and other groups around the country for nearly 20 years. Dr. Beisner has testified before Congressional committees as an expert witness on environmental matters.


  Tanzanian Mission with GPTS Ties Needs Material Help  

Former Greenville Seminary student Joseph K. Nyambwe, executive director of Hope for the Future Ministries in Tanzania, is currently in the United States seeking support for his ministry in orphanages and war refugee camps.


In an invitation to GPTS President Joseph Pipa Jr. to come and teach pastors in Tanzania and church leaders who have fled from wars in DRC-Congo, Rwanda and Burundi, Mr. Nyambwe provided a list of items needed. We are pleased to pass this list of needs on to our readers. Items include:

  1. Van for ministry

  2. Any vehicle for outreach to the refugee camps

  3. Computers for the ministry and orphanages

  4. Motorcycle for rural areas where there is no road

  5. Projectors for preaching

  6. Uniforms for 200 children aged 3-7: white t-shirts and red pant or skirt

  7. Text books pencils shoes and clothes for both adults and kids

  8. Suits for pastors since most pastors are in the refugee camps.

  9. Choir instruments 



The tables below show our General Fund and Capital Fund financial condition as of the end of September 2011. The month saw a substantial drop in general-fund donations to the seminary, leaving us with a deficit for September of more than $20,000. Please keep this need in mind in your prayers and giving.

General Fund for September 2011
September Budget September Actual September Actual v. Budget
Expenses $80,245
Other Income
$24,760 +$6,524
Total Income
Net Income
-$20,270 -$20,394
  Fiscal Year to Date Budget Fiscal Year to Date Actual Fiscal Year to Date Actual v. Budget
Expenses $240,771 $241,949 +$1,178
$186,400 $192,629 +$6,229
Other Income $54,714 $78,655 +$23,941
Total Income $241,114 $271,284 +$30,170
Net Income +$343 +$29.335 +$28,992
Capital Fund Update
Goal $3,500,000
Received $2,485,947
Outstanding Pledges $714,288
New Income Needed $299,765
Outstanding Bills $55,000
Monthly Note $6,559
Remaining Mortgage $1,081,794

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A Special Message to Church Leaders from GPTS President Joseph A. Pipa, Jr.


"Thus says the Lord: 'Stand in the way and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.'”


This verse from Jeremiah 6:16 is an integral part of Greenville Seminary’s vision and has been since our founding 25 years ago. We are not partial to “old paths” because they are old, but because God has ordained some truths to be eternal and worth upholding in all generations. We live in a time when many of the old paths have been abandoned, not only by the people in the pew, but also by the very men who have been ordained and called to proclaim them.


Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary exists to train pastors rooted in the historic Reformed faith, who will "rightly divide" the Word of Truth. We rely on the support and partnership of churches as we train men for the Gospel Ministry.


I am writing to ask you to consider placing the seminary in your 2012 budget. As you know, there are serious on-going issues in some churches and denominations today that have concerned us for several years: the nature of worship, the role of women, the doctrine of justification, and now promotion of theistic evolution. Greenville Seminary is committed to historical, biblical Presbyterianism on these issues. Moreover, we have a single-minded commitment to train men to serve as scholar-pastors, who are expository and passionate preachers.


If you cannot place us in your church budget at this time, would you consider a special offering on behalf of Greenville Seminary? We would be happy to send materials that you can distribute or use as bulletin inserts. I recognize that the continued economic downturn has a significant impact on our supporters but I hope that you will prayerfully consider our request.


With warm regards, I am


Yours in Christ,

 Joseph A. Pipa, Jr.




Visit our new online Gift Shop to purchase GPTS golf shirts, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, and travel mugs. All net proceeds help support the seminary.


NEW ITEM: The family film More than Diamonds is now being offered on DVD to friends of the seminary. By special arrangement with the producers, each purchase made online through a special web page will generate a donation to GPTS. More info here.


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