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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
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2015-16 Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling now posted

Our lineup for 2015 and 2016 courses in the Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling program is now available. Click the More Information button if you are interested in details about completing the CAPC program.

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Frank James to be Keynote Speaker at 2015 Korean Evangelical Conference

Frank James from BTS

For the second year in a row, BTS President Dr. Frank James will be the keynote speaker at the Korean Evangelical Theological Society Conference on April 25, 2015.

The topic for this year’s conference is “Church Revival through Education.

Dr. Frank’s excellent presentation at the 2014 conference received an overwhelming response. To be invited to return in back to back years is very unusual and also exciting for the BTS community.


IRA Rollover Passed for 2014

Thomas D. Skinner, Vice President for Development, December 17, 2014


On December 16, 2014, the US Senate passed HR 5771, which included a 1-year extension of expired tax provisions retroactive to January 1, 2014. This important measure reauthorizes the IRA Charitable rollover through December 31, 2014.

Donors age 70 ½ and older may transfer up to $100,000 from their IRA to Biblical Seminary and other qualified public charities. This transfer will be made free of federal income tax and the gift qualifies for the donor's required minimum distribution (RMD).

Individuals may begin taking distributions from their Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) as early as age 59½, but are required to begin taking them at age 70½. Normally, these distributions are subject to income taxes.

The IRA Charitable Rollover provision, established under the 2006 Pension Protection Act, allows individuals who have reached age 70½ to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their IRA, without treating the distribution as taxable income.

In order to qualify, contributions must go directly to Biblical Seminary or other qualified charities and be made from traditional IRAs or Roth IRAs. Donors may receive no goods or services in return for their contributions, and must obtain written documentation of their contribution from each recipient charity.

Donors who want to take advantage of this option should contact their IRA Administrators immediately. For additional information, feel free to contact me directly:

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Biblical exists to prepare men and women to communicate the story of Jesus with humility and authenticity, fidelity to Scripture, appreciation of the Christian tradition, and sensitivity to the needs and aspirations of today's culture.


Frank James Asked for Quote for Christianity Today

Christianity Today

Christianity Today reached out to the BTS president as a recognized church historian to give a quote for an article on persecution and the church.

Frank was asked to offer some context to Tertullian’s famous words describing the blood of martyrs as the seed of the church.

Click here to see the article and Frank’s quote which has top billing on page two.


Happy #GivingTuesday!

You may be familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of Giving Tuesday? It’s an opportunity to give—and encourage a movement of giving—rather than consume. Watch this video to learn more:

Will you join us in participating in this day of giving back? Here’s how:

  • You can give at or by calling 215.368.5000 x116! Any amount you’re able to give will help prepare men and women for ministry.
  • Take an “UNselfie” and share how and why you’re giving back this Giving Tuesday. (Make sure to use hashtags for #UNselfie, #GivingTuesday, and #BiblicalSeminary). Post it on your Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.
  • Share with your friends to help inspire others to give this holiday season!

Our ministry would not be possible without faithful ministry supporters. Thank you!

“You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’” (Acts 20:35).


Ruth Dunzweiler, At Home with Her Lord

(May 24, 1936 – November 12, 2014)

A dear member of the BTS family, Ruth Dunzweiler, passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Ruth supported BTS’s ministry from our beginning in 1971. Her husband, Robert, was a founding faculty member.

“Mr. and Mrs. Dunzweiler sacrificed for our Lord—and for BTS. Mr. Dunzweiler taught at the seminary in ‘the days of austerity’ when even getting one’s paycheck was not a sure thing. He also taught at a time when coats and ties were the expected decorum. Many of us students noticed that he did wear a coat and tie to every class—but that he owned only one sport coat to teach in. He was methodical, thoughtful—deep in thought about the deep things of God, careful, in awe of the subject matter, reverent, and humble. His faithful, loving wife fully supported him while also serving in their church, home, and community,” remembers Dr. Todd Mangum.

Ruth served as the pianist and a Sunday School teacher in her church. She visited shut-ins in hospitals, their homes, and nursing homes. She also continued to faithfully serve the seminary through volunteering with mailings until her health condition prohibited her participation.

Ruth’s presence, faithful financial and prayerful support, and service to our community will be deeply missed, but the legacy of the Dunzweilers will live on through the men and women they helped prepare for ministry. Those men and women are now ministering to so many others. One example is our very own Academic Dean, Dr. Todd Mangum.

BTS alum, Rev. Howard Wells, officiated her memorial service at Bethany Bible Fellowship Church in Hatfield, Pa. Other BTS participants included: Mr. William Harding, Emeritus Faculty member; Rev. Joe Basile (MDiv ’78); and Dr. Perry Phillips (MDiv ’76).

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants” (Psalm 116:15).

Please keep the Dunzweilers’ children and grandchildren in your prayers.


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