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BTS Lives Out Commitment to At-Risk Youth

At Biblical Seminary, we don’t just use the term “Missional"... we live it out.

Speaking to Youth

On Monday, November 16, our VP for Student Advancement, Pam Smith, who instructs in our advanced certificate program on career and vocational lifestyle, engaged students at Vantage Academy in Souderton, PA to help shape their employment future.

With hope to inspire these future job seekers Pam presented key strategies to a successful job search and fielded questions from the group.

Lakeside’s Vantage Academy represents a collaborative partnership with the local school district to achieve positive results with at-risk student populations. The goal of the Vantage Academy is to incorporate educational, therapeutic, and behavior management services to enable students to seamlessly and successfully transition back to their home schools.

BTS alums serving at Vantage are the supervisor of the BTS Counseling Center, Kathe DeSanctis Moyer and 2004 MA in Counseling graduate Julie Webb.


BTS Dean Mingles with Christian Rappers at ETS

ETS Christian Rap

Dean Todd Mangum reports that this year’s 67th Annual Meeting of the ETS (Evangelical Theological Society) in Atlanta (November 17-19) is so packed this year that they ran out of programs and hotel rooms.

ETS Christian Rap

The Christianity and Culture Study Group Steering Committee (which hosted the session featuring a couple of famous Christian rap artists) is, pictured from left to right, Drs. Earl Waggoner, John Adair, Glenn Kreider, Todd Bates, and BTS Dean of the Faculty, Todd Mangum.

ETS Christian Rap

Pictured on the panel discussion are Christian rappers The Ambassador (William Duce Branch), John Onwuckekwa, and Trip Lee (William Lee Barefield III)


New Books by BTS Alums Coming January 2016

BTS alum books

Master of Divinity alum and Doctor of Ministry candidate Rev. Michael Heath and MDiv alum and PhD candidate Drew Hart are releasing new books this January 2016.

Michael’s book, “Living the Lord’s Prayer” will help you to learn how to take Jesus’ model prayer and apply it to your life. For more about Michael and his ministry, click here.

Drew’s book is entitled “Trouble I’ve Seen” and provides an overview of the systemic racism that nonwhite people, particularly African-Americans, face in the U.S. today, as well as the responses of Bible-based Christian theology.

To learn more about Drew’s passion, click here.


BTS Supports Alum Program for At Risk Youth

At Biblical Seminary, we don’t just use the term “Missional”…. we live it out.

at risk youth

BTS has a heart for At-Risk Youth and is partnering with one of our grads in shaping the lives of young people in a very special way

Biblical Seminary is serving alongside our alum Pastor Michael Couch of New Beginning Church as they host a youth basketball clinic. As a part of the youth ministry at New Beginning Church, the clinic will be another way to reach the youth and provide mentoring, life skills, real talk, and salvation. Basketball is one tangible way to teach youth about teamwork, leadership, diligence, and hard work. Discipleship doesn’t just happen in the church; it also happens on the basketball court. Stay tuned for more updates on the basketball clinic…

Pictured is Dr. Malcolm Walls Jr., from Biblical Seminary and alum, Pastor Michael Couch of New Beginning Church.


BTS announces Spring ThM Courses

Masters Theology Biblical

BTS has announced the new ThM courses for the Spring term. Registration is now open. Do not delay in signing up for these unique courses that will change not only your ministry but also your life.

CLICK HERE for more information about our ThM program.

  • O.T. Writings Book Study: Daniel & Esther - with Dr. David Lamb
    Prerequisite: Hebrew 2
    Mondays, 1:00-4:00 p.m. January 4 to April 4, 2016
  • Thesis I - with Dr. Todd Mangum
    Prerequisites: TH 800 and completion of 12 ThM hrs.
    Guided Study – January 11 to May 31, 2016
  • Theology and Preaching in the Reformation Tradition - with Dr. Frank James
    Mondays, 9:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m – April 18 to June 20, 2016
  • Gospels Book Study - with Professor Steve Taylor
    Prerequisite: Greek 2
    Mondays, 1:00 -4:15 p.m. – April 11 to June 20, 2016
  • OT Prophets Book Study: Ezekiel - with Professor Rick Houseknecht
    Prerequisite: Hebrew 2
    Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. – April 12 to June 14, 2016

BTS Launches First Chinese Student Fellowship

Chinese Students

The first gathering of BTS Chinese students took place October 27 at a luncheon held in the student lounge at the BTS main campus.

BTS faculty and staff participating were seminary president Dr. Frank James, VP for Student Advancement Pam Smith, our assistant professor of intercultural studies Dr. Chang Hoon Oh, and our student worker/coordinator for our international students E. K. Park

Seven of our current eight Chinese students attended the event: Jeremy Chen, Xing Lan, Peter Li, Wei Peng, Junfeng Shen, Xiaobo Wei, and Yiya Yin.

Dr. Oh facilitated each person sharing his or her story and about their ministry during which several existing connections were discovered. The group also gave wise counsel to the administration about both how to, as well as how not to, expand our Chinese church contacts.

Plans include more gatherings for fellowship and prayer and extended the group to alums.


Chairman of BTS partner school Kosin University Speaks at BTS

Dr. Young Ahn Kang, Chairman of the Board of Kosin University, a BTS partner school in Korea, spoke at the BTS chapel to 55 Korean students and local pastors from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M on November 3, 2015.

In addition to leading the board at the BTS partner school, Dr. Kang also serves the ‘Christian Ethics Movement of Korea’ as a co-president.

Dr. Kang’s message to those gathered presented three challenges Korean churches face.

Pictured at a local Korean restaurant for the post-event discussion are Pam Smith, VP for Student Advancement, Dr. Frank James, President of BTS, Dr. Todd Mangum, Dean of the BTS Faculty. (not pictured next to Dr. Mangum are the director of our international programs Dr. Chang Hoon Oh and his assistant Ikhuey Park.)

Facing them are our Korean Student Fellowship President Jin Hyung Kim, Pastor Steve Park of Jubilee Church, Dr. Kang, and the director of the BTS DMin program, Dr. Kyuboem Lee.


MA in Counseling Program Cohort Draws 30

BTS Cohort Counseling

The BTS Graduate School of Counseling invited 30 students into Cohort 11 to begin their journey following Jesus into the world as well-equipped counselors.

This exciting group of students will build lifelong relationships with each other as they engage together in learning to read the Bible with an ear to what it teaches about difficult issues facing the world today. They will be equipped to help the hurting as only graduates of the BTS programs can do.

The energy level of the group assembled for the first class on Monday, September 14 was palpable. Several of the students travel two to three hours to be a part of the BTS counseling program.

In additional to the cohort students, a number of students in our Certificate in Christian Counseling and our Certificate in Advanced Professional Counseling will be joining in on classes. The certificate courses are ones that add essential counseling skills that can be used to serve the church and in professional settings.

For more on the full range of offerings in the Graduate School of Counseling, click HERE.


Former BTS Volunteer shares story about the film “My Father’s Vietnam”

Margie Belford served BTS as a volunteer in our business office. With permission, she shares her connection with the new documentary My Father’s Vietnam which is an official selection of the Connecticut Film Festival, the Red Dirt International Film Festival, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.

“My husband, Glenn Rickert, Sr. was killed in Viet Nam in May 1970 and we had a son, then less than 1-1/2 years old, named Glenn Jr. When Glenn was 15 he was approached about being part of the Grand Marshall unit when the Vietnam Memorial plaque was dedicated at the Doylestown courthouse, since we were living in Sellersville, Bucks County, when his father was killed.

At that point Glenn Jr. claimed a real pride in carrying his father's name. When Glenn was a young man out of college, he started to visit The Wall each Memorial Day. He posted comments and photos of his father on the "Virtual Wall" along with his email for anyone to contact him.

Quite a few years ago, Soren Sorenson (the producer of the video) contacted him saying that his father knew Glenn's father and he would like to meet with him. He and Glenn met and talked; he told Glenn that when he was 18 his father took him to The Wall and cried when he saw Glenn's name there as well as the name of another of his father’s friends. Soren told him that he wanted to produce a documentary honoring his father and the two men his father knew who lost their lives in Vietnam.

Soren studied music and film making and had a good friend who was a professional camera man who had already done documentaries and who encouraged him. Soren then asked Glenn if he thought I would be willing to be interviewed.

After a lot of prayer I agreed and eventually he and his camera man came to interview me several years ago. As he worked on editing it, he would send to those of us who were interviewed footage for our comments and acceptance. Last August the video was featured at a Film Festival in Rhode Island and it won acclaim, and was subsequently featured at two other Film Festivals within the past two months.

I'm still a little numb whenever I view it. On the clip, the soldier holding the baby is my husband (he was starting adoption procedures for the little girl named Lan, but that fell through when he was killed). The wedding photo is of us, along with other photos of Glenn shown in the clip.

I’m not sure where this all is going, but Glenn Jr. and I are thankful that his father was honored in this way. During the war itself, there was so much turmoil and our soldiers were not honored for their sacrifice at that time like they should have been. It has been healing for all of us.”

Join us on Facebook and post an honoring message for those lost in Vietnam.


Dr. Lamb Speaking on New Book Released September 1

David Lamb God Behaving Badly

In addition to his fall teaching schedule, popular speaker on difficult passages in the Old Testament Dr. David Lamb has an active beginning to September.

On September 3 you’ll find him speaking at the Lehigh InterVarsity gathering with BTS Master of Divinity student Jeremy Chen on hand to answer questions about BTS.

Immediately following this event, Dave will be accompanied by his wife and current BTS Doctor of Ministry student Shannon Lamb at the Decatur Book Festival where on Sunday he will be speaking on his new book, Prostitutes and Polygamists, at 3:45 p.m.

For more information on the book festival, see these links:


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