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BTS Announces Commencement Speaker

The speaker for the June 11, 2016 commencement ceremony at LCBC in Harleysville, PA is President Emeritus and Professor of Theology David G. Dunbar, PhD

Dr. Dunbar served the seminary as its president for 27 years until 2013 and continues to be a popular instructor. Before coming to Biblical in 1986, he taught at Northeastern Bible College and Trinity evangelical Divinity School. He and his wife, Sharon, have four grown children. Dr. Dunbar received a BS degree from Penn State University, his MDiv from BTS, his ThM from Westminster Theological Seminary, and his PhD from Drew University

Dr. Dunbar is the teaching pastor at Grace Bible Church in Souderton, PA.


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BTS Lives Out Commitment to At-Risk Youth

At Biblical Seminary, we don’t just use the term “Missional"... we live it out.

Speaking to Youth

On Monday, November 16, our VP for Student Advancement, Pam Smith, who instructs in our advanced certificate program on career and vocational lifestyle, engaged students at Vantage Academy in Souderton, PA to help shape their employment future.

With hope to inspire these future job seekers Pam presented key strategies to a successful job search and fielded questions from the group.

Lakeside’s Vantage Academy represents a collaborative partnership with the local school district to achieve positive results with at-risk student populations. The goal of the Vantage Academy is to incorporate educational, therapeutic, and behavior management services to enable students to seamlessly and successfully transition back to their home schools.

BTS alums serving at Vantage are the supervisor of the BTS Counseling Center, Kathe DeSanctis Moyer and 2004 MA in Counseling graduate Julie Webb.


BTS Dean Mingles with Christian Rappers at ETS

ETS Christian Rap

Dean Todd Mangum reports that this year’s 67th Annual Meeting of the ETS (Evangelical Theological Society) in Atlanta (November 17-19) is so packed this year that they ran out of programs and hotel rooms.

ETS Christian Rap

The Christianity and Culture Study Group Steering Committee (which hosted the session featuring a couple of famous Christian rap artists) is, pictured from left to right, Drs. Earl Waggoner, John Adair, Glenn Kreider, Todd Bates, and BTS Dean of the Faculty, Todd Mangum.

ETS Christian Rap

Pictured on the panel discussion are Christian rappers The Ambassador (William Duce Branch), John Onwuckekwa, and Trip Lee (William Lee Barefield III)


New Books by BTS Alums Coming January 2016

BTS alum books

Master of Divinity alum and Doctor of Ministry candidate Rev. Michael Heath and MDiv alum and PhD candidate Drew Hart are releasing new books this January 2016.

Michael’s book, “Living the Lord’s Prayer” will help you to learn how to take Jesus’ model prayer and apply it to your life. For more about Michael and his ministry, click here.

Drew’s book is entitled “Trouble I’ve Seen” and provides an overview of the systemic racism that nonwhite people, particularly African-Americans, face in the U.S. today, as well as the responses of Bible-based Christian theology.

To learn more about Drew’s passion, click here.


BTS Supports Alum Program for At Risk Youth

At Biblical Seminary, we don’t just use the term “Missional”…. we live it out.

at risk youth

BTS has a heart for At-Risk Youth and is partnering with one of our grads in shaping the lives of young people in a very special way

Biblical Seminary is serving alongside our alum Pastor Michael Couch of New Beginning Church as they host a youth basketball clinic. As a part of the youth ministry at New Beginning Church, the clinic will be another way to reach the youth and provide mentoring, life skills, real talk, and salvation. Basketball is one tangible way to teach youth about teamwork, leadership, diligence, and hard work. Discipleship doesn’t just happen in the church; it also happens on the basketball court. Stay tuned for more updates on the basketball clinic…

Pictured is Dr. Malcolm Walls Jr., from Biblical Seminary and alum, Pastor Michael Couch of New Beginning Church.


BTS announces Spring ThM Courses

Masters Theology Biblical

BTS has announced the new ThM courses for the Spring term. Registration is now open. Do not delay in signing up for these unique courses that will change not only your ministry but also your life.

CLICK HERE for more information about our ThM program.

  • O.T. Writings Book Study: Daniel & Esther - with Dr. David Lamb
    Prerequisite: Hebrew 2
    Mondays, 1:00-4:00 p.m. January 4 to April 4, 2016
  • Thesis I - with Dr. Todd Mangum
    Prerequisites: TH 800 and completion of 12 ThM hrs.
    Guided Study – January 11 to May 31, 2016
  • Theology and Preaching in the Reformation Tradition - with Dr. Frank James
    Mondays, 9:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m – April 18 to June 20, 2016
  • Gospels Book Study - with Professor Steve Taylor
    Prerequisite: Greek 2
    Mondays, 1:00 -4:15 p.m. – April 11 to June 20, 2016
  • OT Prophets Book Study: Ezekiel - with Professor Rick Houseknecht
    Prerequisite: Hebrew 2
    Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – April 12 to June 14, 2016

BTS Launches First Chinese Student Fellowship

Chinese Students

The first gathering of BTS Chinese students took place October 27 at a luncheon held in the student lounge at the BTS main campus.

BTS faculty and staff participating were seminary president Dr. Frank James, VP for Student Advancement Pam Smith, our assistant professor of intercultural studies Dr. Chang Hoon Oh, and our student worker/coordinator for our international students E. K. Park

Seven of our current eight Chinese students attended the event: Jeremy Chen, Xing Lan, Peter Li, Wei Peng, Junfeng Shen, Xiaobo Wei, and Yiya Yin.

Dr. Oh facilitated each person sharing his or her story and about their ministry during which several existing connections were discovered. The group also gave wise counsel to the administration about both how to, as well as how not to, expand our Chinese church contacts.

Plans include more gatherings for fellowship and prayer and extended the group to alums.


Chairman of BTS partner school Kosin University Speaks at BTS

Dr. Young Ahn Kang, Chairman of the Board of Kosin University, a BTS partner school in Korea, spoke at the BTS chapel to 55 Korean students and local pastors from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M on November 3, 2015.

In addition to leading the board at the BTS partner school, Dr. Kang also serves the ‘Christian Ethics Movement of Korea’ as a co-president.

Dr. Kang’s message to those gathered presented three challenges Korean churches face.

Pictured at a local Korean restaurant for the post-event discussion are Pam Smith, VP for Student Advancement, Dr. Frank James, President of BTS, Dr. Todd Mangum, Dean of the BTS Faculty. (not pictured next to Dr. Mangum are the director of our international programs Dr. Chang Hoon Oh and his assistant Ikhuey Park.)

Facing them are our Korean Student Fellowship President Jin Hyung Kim, Pastor Steve Park of Jubilee Church, Dr. Kang, and the director of the BTS DMin program, Dr. Kyuboem Lee.


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