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BUILDING ON AN OLD FOUNDATION
Greenville Seminary, founded in 1987, is blessed with a beautiful and functional new facility in Taylors, a residential suburb of Greenville, South Carolina. The seminary's quiet and gracious new home, opened in 2007, is on the campus of a once- abandoned public high school on Taylors's Main Street. In this brick and colonnaded home, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary seeks to realize our founders' vision to see an institution that focused on the historic Reformed faith without forcing men to incur debt in the process. The first is accomplished through our distinctives, the second through our tuition program.
Greenville Seminary is set apart by both curriculum and style. We are committed to upholding the authority of Scripture and doctrinal integrity as well as the Westminster Confession. In addition to a strong focus on the original languages of Scripture, we also stress Christ-centered preaching and the preservation of our Christian heritage. We accomplish these goals by offering a classical curriculum (to form a strong learning foundation), an emphasis on preaching style and intense theological courses. The Board of Trustees has also set a cap on the number of resident students so that instructors can have a clear, mentoring relationship with future ministers.
All degree candidates at Greenville Seminary are expected to conduct themselves at all times as mature Christians. The seminary believes the Westminster Standards to a sound exposition of the biblical principles of conduct as well as of faith and doctrine. The Seminary reserves the right to refuse or dismiss students whose conduct fails to meet the ethical principles set forth in the Bible and the Westminster Standards. Admission to Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary as a degree candidate assumes the desire on the part of the student to learn the Reformed Faith as understood by the Seminary. The candidate's conduct is expected to conform to this assumption at all times.
Since the Seminary has very few housing facilities, students are responsible for arranging their own housing. A number of apartments and affordable homes in the Greenville area are within a reasonable driving distance from the Seminary. As far as is possible, the Seminary office will provide information about housing opportunities. More information on housing in the Greenville area is available here.
Chapel will be held Tuesday thru Thursday each week during the semester. Attendance is required for all students. Those with conflicting obligations should notify the Dean of Students at the beginning of each semester in order to receive an excused absence.
The Seminary operates a small campus bookstore and is able to make available most textbooks to the students. However, students who register late for classes may be held responsible for ordering their own texts.
The Seminary houses a select collection of materials, including approximately 7,000 volumes, that will meet most of the student's academic needs. In addition, a local university library, 10 minutes away from campus and with approximately 300,000 volumes, has extended full lending privileges (including access to Interlibrary Loan) to GPTS students. The Department of History of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Montreat, North Carolina, is approximately two hours from the Seminary and houses a large collection of books, periodicals, and manuscripts relating to Presbyterian history. Those interested in historical research are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity. The South Caroliniana Library in Columbia, SC is 1½ hours from Greenville. Housed in its collection are several manuscripts related to the study of J.H. Thornwell, South Carolina, and American Presbyterian History.
Students are encouraged to obtain a computer for use during their seminary career. Laptops are welcome in classrooms. We encourage students to have an active email account to facilitate Seminary/student communications.
The Church Community
One of the most frequent questions asked is, "What are the churches like there?" Greenville is blessed to have over 20 Reformed and Presbyterian churches in the Upstate area. This provides good opportunities for our faculty and students to worship, serve, and be involved. These local churches provide a vital backbone to support our students during their stay at Greenville Seminary. For more information, please contact the Seminary office.