“Greenville Seminary has achieved something wonderful in the makeup of its student body: the cultivation of a fraternity of holy men pursuing the ministry together.”Rev. Dr. Richard D. Phillips (DD ’12), Pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Greenville, SC
The GPTS Experience
With over 95% of our student body enrolled in the Divinity Program, we have cultivated what one local pastor (Dr. Richard Phillips of the Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville) has called “a fraternity of holy men pursuing the ministry together.” This certainly characterizes the classroom experience of the vast majority of our students. Men come to Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary to equip themselves for the gospel ministry, and they graduate with a commitment to preaching, pastoring, and service to the church.
Outside of the classroom, the experience of a Greenville Seminary student is largely defined by the strong Reformed and Presbyterian churches in the area, the natural beauty of the South Carolina Upstate, and the many opportunities for fellowship with other Seminary families. The faculty and leadership of the Seminary seek to curate these experiences to promote spiritual growth and biblical piety in the lives of our students and their families.
Student Body Association
The SBA organizes social gatherings among students at the Seminary, gives voice to student concerns, and is instrumental in the success of our annual Spring Theology Conference each March. Officers are elected each year for a one-year term, according to the SBA Bylaws.
In the midst of the Fall and Spring semesters, the Seminary hosts monthly Ladies’ Fellowship gatherings that include food, fellowship, and biblical teaching on selected topics. Over the course of four years, wives of students work through a curriculum designed to help each of them prepare for service in the local church as the wife of an ordained man. Faculty wives, female staff, and female students take an active part in the Ladies’ Fellowship as well.
There are many Reformed and Presbyterian congregations local to the Seminary. These churches have been – and continue to be – valuable partners and supporters of the Seminary and our students. Use the map below (credit: Psyche Joy Lee) to zoom in on the Greenville area to see just how many such congregations are active in the Greenville area.
Each year, we conduct two prospective student open-houses, one in the Fall, and one in the Spring. Please click here or contact us for more information on registration for our upcoming GPTS Explore Prospective Student Open-House.