Biblical Seminary | News and Upcoming Events

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.


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.

register for training


child protective services training at Biblical Seminary

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!

summer counseling institute

Every summer we offer special topic courses that help counseling students and professionals maintain their continuing education requirements. Past course topics have included dealing with abuse in the church, healing trauma in international settings, Christian counseling in the postmodern context, and one session coaching techniques.

NBCC Approved Courses

On February 1, 2013 Biblical Seminary was approved to offer Online Continuing Education by the National Board for Certified Counselors (#4562). This is in addition to our approval to offer live on-site continuing education, which was granted on June 1, 2011. Watch for more opportunities to obtain CE contact hours from Biblical in the near future!

Who Should Attend?

Those with counseling and/or healthcare training at the graduate level who are:

  • Christian Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Family Therapists
  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Pastors and Church Leaders
  • Mercy Ministry Providers

Why Choose Biblical Seminary?

We are a nationally accredited evangelical seminary training men and women in our Masters of Arts in Counseling program from a Christian worldview. Graduating students are eligible to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential. Biblical seeks to train graduates to take their faith and their profession seriously as they serve others in diverse settings.

What Will the Courses Cost?

  • Graduate Credit - One Credit Courses: $462.00 (or current cohort rate)
  •      (Each course includes pre-course and post-course work that
  •      must be completed to earn one credit)
  • Continuing Education - 9 hours NBCC approved CE’s (each course): $154.00 for 9 CE's
  •      (Please check the requirements for your discipline)
  • Audit Rate: $154.00

Forms for Our Summer Courses:


2014 Summer Counseling Institute courses:


Counseling Toolbox #2: Practical Ways to Help your Clients

1 credit or 9 CE’s

  • Friday, July 11 and Saturday, July 12, 2014
  • Biblical Seminary, Hatfield Campus
Instructor: Steve Smith, MA,CAPC and Pam Smith, Leadership Coach and Crisis Counselor - Steve is a graduate of Biblical Seminary and is a staff counselor at the seminary as well as serving as Pastoral Counselor at his church. Steve counsels on a wide range of life issues including pre and post-marital, anxiety, depression, career and job transition, Asperger’s, addiction issues, and grief and loss. Pam has been a crisis counselor for a pregnancy clinic since 1986 and a coach for Cru (Campus Crusade) since 2007. She developed the S.T.U.C.K. model for one-session coaching and co-instructs in our Career and Vocational Lifestyle course for those pursuing licensure.
Description: This course is for those in the helping profession who want to go beyond the knowledge and skills they have and learn to utilize tools to enhance sessions with clients and their progress outside of the counseling room. This course aims to make counseling more practical and will include take-away tools. Topics covered:
  • Behavioral Finance
  • Using Influence for Lasting Change
  • Tools for Engagement –conversation starters for positive change
Take This Course to:
  1. Understand theories and background of various tools and techniques utilized in counseling.
  2. Be able to assess what the tool is trying to do and not to do, why & where to use it and its effectiveness.
  3. Observe tools being utilized and how to approach clients with them.
  4. Have practice implementing and utilizing tools well as you develop your toolbox of techniques for various counseling issues.
Pastoral Health - Exploring the Antidotes to Ministry Failure and Burnout

1 credit or 9 CE’s

  • Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26, 2014
  • Biblical Seminary, Hatfield Campus
Instructor: Tracy Commons MDiv, MA - Other presenters during this course will include Dr. Phil Monroe PsyD, Professor at Biblical Seminary, Ruth Graham, Speaker, Author, J.R. Briggs MA, Pastor, Author, Bryan Maier PsyD, Professor at Biblical Seminary, and Christine Labrum, Spritual Director.
Description: The negative statistics on pastoral ministry are staggering, and the personal stories behind those statistics are even more sobering. The purpose of this course is to address the often neglected issue of pastoral health in order to enhance awareness of its importance, to encourage pastors and spouses in their pursuit of it, and to equip church leaders and counselors with the knowledge and resources necessary to cultivate it among the pastors they supervise and serve.
Take This Course to:
  1. Understand the unique and difficult task of maintaining pastoral health, and the importance of pursuing it.
  2. Be able to assess pastoral health and increase self awareness of ministry risks.
  3. Develop strategies and resources for counseling and/or self-care in a holistic approach to pastoral health.
Forgiveness and Counseling: What Does It Really Mean to Forgive?

1 credit or 9 CE’s

  • Friday, August 8 and Saturday, August 9, 2014
  • Biblical Seminary, Hatfield Campus
Instructor: Bryan Maier PsyD associate professor of counseling and psychology - Dr. Maier’s prior experience as an associate pastor, combinedwith his 25 years of diverse counseling experience, gives him a passion for helping others through a distinctly Christian perspective. This goal remains the primary focus of his teaching, writing, and counseling. Bryan maintains a private practice with a local Christian counseling center and is a requested speaker for seminars and professional organizations. Currently he specializes in outpatient counseling for individuals and couples struggling with addiction (both chemical and behavioral), marital problems, sexual brokenness and abuse, and working with those in ministry.
Description: Both contemporary research and traditional religion advocate the benefits of forgiveness. This course approaches forgiveness through the character and mission of God. Approaching forgiveness from God’s perspective not only requires a well developed understanding of what forgiveness is but also requires a deeper understanding of God. Forgiveness is not just part of who God is but also what He does. Significant focus will be on helping someone respond to interpersonal sin in a way that honors God.
Take This Course to:
  1. Develop an understanding of how forgiveness is rooted in the very character and mission of God.
  2. Learn to apply this understanding of God and his forgiveness to shepherd someone struggling with issues of forgiveness in their life.


Purchase the Video of the Abuse in the Church Conference

In 2012 we offered a two day conference for the Summer Counseling Institute entitled: Abuse in the Church: Biblical, Legal & Counseling Perspectives with guest speakers Dr. Phil Monroe and Dr. Boz Tchividjian. The goal was to equip you to personally respond to this issue and to help your organizations prepare and implement procedures to both prevent abuse and take appropriate action when the issue presents itself.

Click here to order the video

If you are a mental health practitioner, pastor, lay leader, para-church ministry leader and you are wrestling with these questions in your church, ministry, or place of employment . . . this video series is for you.


Page 1 of 2

Important Dates:

  • Open Now:
  • Registration for summer 2014 Classes
  • May 3rd
  • 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

Questions? Feel free to email anyone on our admissions team.

Follow Biblical

Follow us on the following sites and receive notifications on upcoming events and blog entries:

Follow Biblical on facebookFollow Biblical on Twitterg+_64_black

Contact Admissions

VP Student Advancement
Darryl Lang
Contact for:
MDiv, DMin, MA
Tracy Commons
Contact for:
Malcolm Walls
Contact for:
Urban prgms
Chang Hoon Oh
Contact for:
Michael Heath
Contact for:
Urban MDiv
Patsy Byrd
Contact for:
General Info

Or you can simply call 800.235.4021

Contact Admissions

800.235.4021 x146

215.368.5000 x146

215.368.4913 (fax)

Stay Connected with Biblical

Follow us on the following sites:

Follow Biblical on facebookFollow Biblical on TwitterFollow Biblical on YouTubeg+_64_black
Or simply call us at...
800.235.4021 x146 or 215.368.5000 x146

Support Biblical by Giving

800.235.4021 x162

215.368.5000 x162

215.368.7002 (fax)


Site Login