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Faculty Follows Jesus to Pray with Coptic Church

Coptic Church Prayer

Moved to act by a devotion delivered at a recent faculty meeting, the BTS faculty met with Father Salib and a group of his congregants at St Mary & St. Kyrillos Coptic Orthodox Church to join with them in acknowledging the act of violence committed against Coptic Christians this past February.

Those who went heard Father Salib present tragic details about the 21 Coptic Christians martyred by ISIS in Libya on Feb. 16, 2015. He told the faculty that Coptic Christians are praying for the men who committed these atrocities. What a moving and humbling demonstration of faith and obedience. And after all, didn’t Jesus say something along those lines? (see Mt. 5:44).

The group prayed together for the families of those slain, for boldness in the face of persecution, and for greater unity among Christ's body.

Coptic Church Prayer Coptic Church Prayer

Additional BTS Alum at South Ridge this Sunday

Dr. Todd Mangum, BTS alum and both Professor of Theology and Academic Dean, will be speaking at South Ridge Community Church in Clinton, NJ this coming Sunday.

South Ridge is pastored by BTS grad Nathan Tuckey and BTS grads Jeremy Moore and Ben Stapley also serve there.

Dr. Mangum's topic: Why Trust the Bible?

For more on Dr. Mangum, click here.


A Call to Action in Response to the 21 Martyrs

Over the last 48 hours has focused their creativity and resources on supporting an appropriate response to the 21 Egyptian Christian martyrs. In partnership with many other leaders and organizations, their team created as a simple place to call for action in two specific ways:

  1. Join thousands of churches for a 'Moment of Silence and Prayer' this SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd and play this video before offering a prayer of reflection. Please invite other church leaders in your area to participate as well for a moment of unity.
  2. Engage the growing PRAY 703 initiative created by Ann Voskamp to guide us towards repentance and renewal during this Season of Lent at 7:03 each day. Use #Pray703 on twitter to follow her posts and mobilize others to join in here.

BTS Sisterhood in Full Swing

The women students and alums of BTS are excited to announce they have formed a women’s group to support those who have chosen to pursue MA, MDiv and/or DMin degrees at BTS.

The mission of BTS Sisterhood is to love and encourage each other as women ministry leaders through prayer, study, and sharing. This group meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 7 pm and alternates campuses. The even number months are in Hatfield and the odd months are hosted at Joy in the City. Please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

BTS Sisterhood

Pictured above: 2014 MDiv alumni Natalie Martinez shares her journey with the group.

BTS Sisterhood

Pictured above: alum Sharleen Briggs (far left) and students from left to right are Linda Evans, Gail R. Allen, Kirsten Britt and Sonya Sessoms


BTS Announces Graduation Speaker – and He’s an Alum

BTS gradustion Speaker

BTS is excited to announce that former faculty member Larry Anderson (BA, Cairn University; MDiv, BTS; DMin, BTS) is the speaker for this year’s Commencement at 11 a.m. on June 27 at LCBC in Harleysville, PA

Dr. Anderson is the Director of Church Health for the Baptist Resource Network of PA/SJ which oversees evangelism, discipleship and church strengthening for almost 400 churches throughout PA and South Jersey. He credits his solid training at BTS for equipping him to do this work.

Dr. Anderson also serves as the senior pastor of Great Commission Church in West Oak Lane, a church known for providing a holistic ministry to an urban setting. The combination of his BTS training and his solid leadership enabled the church to make a bold missional move from its previous suburban location in Roslyn PA.


BTS Alums Leading Missional Conference

Missional Conference

BTS alums Rev. D. Kyle Canty, Missional Living Catalyst, and Dr. Larry Anderson Jr. are featured speakers at the Philadelphia Urban Missional Conference being held Saturday morning, March 21 at Great Commission Church in Philadelphia.

The conference will begin at 9:00 am and conclude with a complementary lunch and panel discussion at 1:00 pm.

There is no cost to attend. This event is made possible through Cooperative Program gifts from BRN churches across Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. It is open to pastors, church and ministry leaders, church planters and anyone interested in creatively transforming your community for Christ.

BTS alum Jay Francoeur, Pastor of Cultivate Church, Voorhees, New Jersey will be on hand as well as BTS alum Pastor Michael Heath who will be available for those looking to learn how Biblical Theological Seminary can provide not just credentials, but more importantly prepare you to engage the changing culture.

To register online, go to: or, call 1-800-451-6599

Registration deadline is March 18, 2015


BTS Special Event at Temple University...

event at Temple University

BTS to Host a Special Evening in Honor of Black History Month

From Protest to Process: Law Enforcement, Race, and Trauma

How Can the Church Become a Healing Community?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Event: 7 - 9 p.m.

Student Faculty Center at Temple University 3340 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA

In the wake of the two recent grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers for killing unarmed black men, our nation is again awakened to ongoing and systemic racial tension. Biblical Seminary recognizes the debate around these events within the Christian community and the need to address them. During the month of February, Biblical Seminary's Urban and Counseling Departments are joining together to look at the hidden role trauma plays in the ongoing conflict.

The evening's panel discussion will expose attendees to law enforcement, victim, and mental health voices on how trauma impacts civilian and law enforcement engagement, individuals, and communities with a special focus on guiding the church in becoming a healing community.


  • Sylvester Johnson - Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner
  • Rev. Desiree Guyton - Licensed professional counselor practicing primarily in urban context
  • Rev. Michael Major - President and CEO of Called to Serve CDC working to transform and revitalize a neighborhood in N. Philadelphia
  • Dr. Shannon Mason - Executive Director of Mercer Street Friends
  • Dr. Dan K. Williams - Director of the Urban LEAD MDiv Program, Biblical Seminary
  • Dr. Frank A. James, III - President, Biblical Seminary

Space is Limited


Carolyn Custis James to Teach at BTS this Spring

Carolyn Custis James Book of Ruth

Carolyn Custis James will be teaching a new course: The Gospel of Ruth - this spring at BTS – 6 to 9:15 pm starting April 13.

An evangelical thinker and writer, Carolyn is a national and international conference speaker for churches, colleges, seminaries and other Christian organizations. Her writings bring a fresh perspective to the study of God's Word and communicate a powerfully relevant message for women and men today.

Carolyn is president of WhitbyForum, a ministry dedicated to addressing the deeper needs which confront both women and men as they endeavor to extend God's kingdom together in a messy and complicated world.

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Thomas V. Taylor: Memorial Service Video

Memorial Service

(May 17, 1928-January 17, 2015)

Tom Taylor

“Tom Taylor passed away late Saturday afternoon. He is now with his Lord whom he loved and served faithfully,” shared Dr. Todd Mangum, Academic Dean. “What a legacy this man of God leaves. In my own case, it’d be hard to overstate his impact.”

Dr. Thomas V. Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Church History and Old Testament, left his position at Faith Seminary to help found Biblical Seminary in 1971. His love and knowledge of God’s Word coupled with his ability to engage listeners through storytelling and humor will be remembered and treasured by all who had the privilege of learning from him. He and his wife Ruth demonstrated their love for Christ, the church, and Biblical Seminary through countless acts of sacrifice and generosity.

Tom wrote and published the “Taylor Weakly.” In his words, it was “that mighty paper that enabled me to publicly poke fun at fellow faculty and otherwise be the means of disseminating announcements to the student body.” Donors and graduates will also remember his monthly publication for the broader BTS community, the “Taylor Monthly.” He also published the booklet What Every Christian Should Know about the Bible (1983) and Your Old Testament Toolbox (Gospel Folio Press, 2005).

Even after retiring as a full-time faculty member, Tom continued in ministry at BTS as a regular speaker for Breakfast with Biblical and teaching whenever the dean requested. He also had an extensive preaching and radio ministry. President Emeritus Dr. David Dunbar shared the following upon hearing the news of Tom’s death:

I first met Tom Taylor in 1960 when my family moved to Bucks County and we began to attend a church where Tom was also a member and a preacher. As a teenager I came to appreciate his self-deprecating humor and his practical insight into the Word of God. During my senior year in college the Lord led me to consider attending seminary. Because of Tom’s influence on my life, I chose to enroll at Faith Theological Seminary where Tom served as Professor of Old Testament. His classes were among the most challenging and interesting that I ever took in graduate school. Two years later (1971), I followed Tom and a number of other faculty members to Hatfield for the opening classes of BTS (first called “Biblical School of Theology”). In later years I had the privilege of serving with him on the seminary faculty.

One of the best ways to get to know Tom was in a boat. He loved to fish, and we enjoyed many wonderful days chasing bass and walleyes on Lake Oneida in upstate New York. He never caught a lot of fish, but he told great stories and we had many laughs. When the fishing got slow he would stop to eat a candy bar, tell another story, or maybe play his harmonica.

Many of you have your own good memories of Tom. We shall miss his gentle spirit and his love for the Lord.

Another of our founding faculty members, George Clark and his wife Sheri, said:

Rejoicing with Ruth that Tom no longer suffers, and that he is safe and happier than we are able even to imagine with his Savior! What wonderful reunions await us in heaven one day.

Ken Lont, BTS alum and former board member, expressed what so many grads could and would say:

I simply cannot state how much he formed my thinking and attitudes.

His legacy will continue on at BTS through the lives he has impacted and the professorship named in his honor, The Thomas V. Taylor Professor of Practical Theology, held by Dr. Charles Zimmerman.

Please keep Tom’s wife Ruth and their family in your prayers. You will also want to read Dr. Todd Mangum’s tribute to Tom on the faculty blog, to be published on Wednesday, January 21.

The memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Calvary Church at 820 Souderton Rd. (Rt. 113), Souderton, Pennsylvania 18964. The family will also host an informal greeting time from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. the same day.


Job Opening at BTS

Development Communications Manager

Our Development Department is looking to hire a part-time Development Communications Manager. This person will be a project leader for all direct mail appeals and e-solicitation initiatives, BTS on Mission publications, BTS Annual Report and manage Biblical’s donor thank-you process. In addition, this person will serve on the development prospect management and BTS marketing committees.

Click here for more details on the position, or email your resume to Bea Barkley through the information provided below.

Applicants should mail, fax, or e-mail a letter of interest to:

  • Beatrice Barkley
  • Executive Assistant to the President, Biblical Seminary
  • 200 N. Main Street, Hatfield, PA 19440
  • fax: (215) 368-2301
  • phone: (215) 368-5000 Ext 158
  • email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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