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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.


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!


Frank and Carolyn James Co-Lead Important Workshop…

Seminary President Frank James and his wife, evangelical thinker and author Carolyn Custis James were captured in action at their workshop on His and Her-meneutics at the Ecclesia National Gathering, February 25-27.

Their co-led workshop explored the good, bad, and ugly hermeneutics among Evangelicals with a goal to help those attending to gain a missional perspective on how we approach the Bible.

Dr. Frank James teaching Carolyn Custis James teaching

Counseling Department in 4 Places at Once

The weekend of February 22-23 was an active one for the Biblical counseling team as representatives from our counseling department served in four locations.

Counseling at Biblical Seminary

Biblical Adjunct Faculty and Counseling Department Staff Members Bonnie Steich and Jennifer Zuck attended the Justice Conference at Calvary Church in Souderton where they built relationships, connection, and staffed the recruiting table.

Counseling at Biblical Seminary

Staff Counselor Steve Smith, MA Christian Thought and MA in Counseling both from Biblical, finished the fourth week of the adult education elective at Great Valley EPC Church in Malvern, PA: Balancing Life’s Demands – a Biblical Perspective. Director of Ministries at the church is Biblical alum Jim Shackleton.

Counseling at Biblical Seminary

Pictured here with MDiv student Natalie Martinez at the Philadelphia’s Women Conference, Heather Drew, Biblical’s counseling teaching assistant and alum of both our MA in Counseling and our Global Trauma Recovery training, spoke at St. Matthew’s Episcopal in Maple Glen on Trauma and Forgiveness. Counseling faculty member Dr. Bryan Maier spoke the prior week on Broken Relationships.

Counseling at Biblical Seminary

Director of Biblical’s counseling program Phil Monroe spoke at the Sparrow-Fund couples’ conference in Leola, PA. Phil addressed 40 adults on the topic of trauma and adoption. All attendees were adoptive parents, many of whom have adopted from very difficult countries who have children with physical and emotional scars. This gathering is organized by Biblical Alum Kelly Raudenbush and her husband Mark.

Click here to learn more about our dynamic counseling programs.


Dr. Frank James Congratulates Matt Millen

Matt Millen

On January 11, 2014 Matt Millen, husband of Biblical board member Pat Millen and four-time Super Bowl winner, will be awarded the Walter Camp “Man of the Year.”

This prestigious award “honors an individual who has been closely associated with the game of football… attained a measure of success and been a leader in his chosen profession. He must have contributed to the public service… He must have an impeccable reputation for integrity and must be dedicated to our American Heritage and the philosophy of Walter Camp,” according to the Walter Camp Foundation.

Matt started his career as a linebacker at Penn State University and went on to have a successful 12-year career in the NFL. He then worked as an NFL analyst prior to providing leadership for the Detroit Lions and now broadcasts college football games for ESPN.

Matt and Pat Millen understand “to whom much is given, much is required.” In addition to being active members of Cornerstone Church in Easton, Matt and Pat are passionate about making a difference by investing their time, talent, and resources in organizations close to their hearts. Their focus is assisting those who bring help, hope, and healing to victims of trauma, globally and domestically. "She’s My Sister," an initiative of the American Bible Society (ABS), and the Global Trauma Recovery Institute, established by Biblical Seminary (in partnership with ABS), are two ministries that have become important in their lives. Trauma expert Dr. Diane Langberg, clinical professor at Biblical Seminary, describes trauma as “the mission field of our century.” The Millen’s daughter Marianne, currently a student at Biblical Seminary, has traveled to Rwanda to learn about the spiritual and emotional wounds caused by decades of brutal conflict throughout that region in Africa.


Biblical-trained Counselor Now in Our Nation’s Capital

Congratulations to 2009 Master of Arts in Counseling alum Greg Franklin who is the newest addition to the growing list of counselors trained at Biblical Seminary who have achieved the designation of Licensed Professional Counselor.

Greg traveled quite a distance to Biblical each week so that he could receive the excellence in training found in Biblical’s graduate counseling degree program. Our one night a week, one Saturday a month format made it possible for him to achieve his counseling degree.

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Biblical Congratulates Alum Elected to City Commission

David Ennis from Biblical Seminary

Biblical Seminary 2013 Urban Master of Divinity alum and Doctor of Ministry candidate David Ennis was elected to the City Commission last night for Millville, NJ.

Pastor Ennis is the founder of In His Presence Worship Center. He has served on the Millville Board of Education for three years.

As a pastor who grew up in Center City, Ennis wants to make the city safer by bringing more jobs. He and his wife Starr have one daughter.

Click here for information on a picture of David's leadership in the face of tragedy.


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