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Child Services Law and Mandatory Reporting training

Biblical Seminary is joining with NOVA and Esperanza HealthCenter to offer a crucial training for counselors and ministry workers. Registration for the May 5th event is now open.

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child protective services training at Biblical Seminary

BTS Dean to participate in panel…

BTS Dean

Our dean of the faculty, Todd Mangum will be part of a four-person panel/debate at Cairn University on Monday, April 28, 6:30 PM.

The debate is sponsored by the Cairn Theological Student Fellowship. Joining him on the panel: Vern Poythress (WTS); Gregg Strawbridge (pastor), and John Master (professor emeritus - Cairn). Topic: eschatology.


BTS is pleased to announce the 2014 Commencement speaker...

BTS Graduation Speaker

... Wayne A. Davidson

Wayne holds a Master of Divinity degree from Biblical Theological Seminary and has served the seminary as adjunct instructor for the Greek language and as the BTS controller since 1979. He is retiring this year from his full time role at the seminary.

The BTS 2014 Commencement is Saturday, June 28 starting at 11 a.m. at LCBC BranchCreek, Harleysville, PA



BTS formally celebrated the Inauguration of Dr. Frank A. James, III on Thursday, March 27, 2014. Founding and current faculty members, board members, special guests, ministry leaders, staff members, and friends joined together to honor, challenge, and commission Frank for the work to which the Lord has called him—the work Frank described as “Leadership on the New Frontier.”

Andy Crouch, executive editor of Christianity Today, charged Frank to embrace his role and provide Christian leadership in the seminary, local community, and world. With Dr. Charles Zimmerman serving as emcee, the evening featured a number of other special guests, including:

  • Dr. George Murray, Chancellor of Columbia International University and son of BTS Founder Dr. Jack Murray,
  • Rev. Nan Clarke, Associate Pastor of Ardmore Presbyterian Church and BTS Board Member,
  • Pastor Rachel Sutliff, Associate Pastor of Vineyard Community Church West Philly,
  • Mr. Philip A. Clemens, CEO of Clemens Family Corporation,
  • Korean Student Fellowship Worship Team,
  • Dr. Robert C. Newman, Professor Emeritus and a Founding Faculty Member, and
  • Dr. Dan K. Williams, Director of Urban Programs at BTS.

The evening culminated with a Prayer of Commissioning by the board of trustees and a choral celebration by New Life Voices of Worship.


Phil Monroe to be the keynote speaker at the Faith Conference

Our very own Dr. Phil Monroe will be the keynote speaker at the Trauma and Healing conference on April 23, 2014. This is a free event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. In addition to Phil, Carolyn Custis James will be presenting a workshop.

Trauma and Healing

The Korean Student Fellowship Annual Concert

Our very active Korean Student Fellowship announces the annual spring concert, this year on May 10.


BTS Alum Meets with Pope Francis...

On behalf of the American Bible Society, Robert and Susan Briggs (MA in Counseling 2010, and Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling 2013 both from BTS) meet with Pope Francis and Vatican officials regarding Bible engagement and church unity.

Pope Francis

GTRI featured in an online, free journal

Global trauma recovery

BTS’s Global Trauma Recovery Institute is featured in the most recent issue of the EMCAPP Journal for Christian Psychology Around the World. Pages 172-211 include an overview of GTRI, two essays by BTS Clinical Faculty member Diane Langberg (The Role of Christ in Psychology; Living to Trauma Memories) and one by BTS Professor of Counseling and Psychology Phil Monroe (Telling Trauma Stories: What Helps, What Hurts).


Two New Faculty Books Now in Print….

Blessed Are the Balanced : A Seminarian's Guide to Following Jesus in the Academy (2013) by BTS’s Academic Dean, R. Todd Mangum and Paul E. Pettit of the Howard Hendricks Leadership Center in Dallas, Texas, explores the pivotal relationship between theological learning and meaningfully integrating that learning into daily living, in order to walk in spiritual fullness rather than detachment. In essence, this book challenges readers to exercise their theological scholarship through reflection and service, in order to achieve a harmony between academic learning and Kingdom living. It is a must-read for anyone contemplating or pursuing theological studies.


Derek Cooper, Assistant Professor of World Christian History, Director of LEAD MDiv, and Director of DMin, and Ed Cyzewski, a Biblical alum, co-authored the newly released book, Unfollowers: Unlikely Lessons on Faith from Those Who Doubted Jesus (2014). This book takes a fresh look at some of the overlooked personalities of the Gospels: Judas, the rich, young ruler, Herod, Pilate, Caiaphas, and more. Since, as BTS faculty colleague Dr. David Lamb puts it: "profound lessons often come from unexpected places be prepared to be encouraged and drawn closer to the Lord as you encounter these often ignored individuals in a new light".


Faculty Book Finalist for ECPA Award…

Derek Cooper’s, Christianity and World Religions is a finalist for this year’s ECPA (Evangelical Christian Publishers Association) awards, under the Bible Reference category. The Christian Book Award program honors the best Christian book and Bible releases of the year. Winners will be announced at the Industry’s Award Banquet on April 28, 2014 at Focus on the Family. Derek Cooper is the Assistant Professor of World Christian History, Director of LEAD MDiv, and Director of DMin at BTS.

Congratulations, Dr. Cooper!


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  • Child Protective Services Training at Biblical's main campus
  • May 9th
  • Leadercast 2014 Leadership Training
  • July 25th
  • Pastoral Health course at Biblical's main campus

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