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2016 BTS Graduation Information

Biblical Seminary Graduation

On June 11, 2016, Biblical Seminary will have the honor to award 57 graduating students at LCBC Branch Creek Church. Dr. David Dunbar, the former president of Biblical Seminary, will provide the keynote address during the commencement ceremony.

Listed below are the times and locations for all the graduation events this weekend:

Events for Friday, June 10, 2016

Graduation Rehearsal:

Faculty Reception:

Events for Saturday, June 11, 2016

Graduation Ceremony


8 Years in the Writing, Cooper & Lohrmann Release New Book

Following eight years of research, Drs. Derek Cooper and Martin Lohrmann have published an important work titled 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles (IVP Academic, 2016), part of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture series. Cooper and Lohrmann hit all the high notes of the Reformation fathers, and touch on the little-known as well, many appearing in English for the first time. Scholars and students alike will access a depth of thought heretofore not in published form and be able to trace the arc of the Old Testament “gospel” that the Reforming Fathers brought with them into the movement.

Dr. Derek Cooper, a graduate of BTS (MA ’02 and MDiv ’04), earned his PhD at The Lutheran Theological Seminary in 2008 and is an associate professor of world Christian history at Biblical. He hails from Texas but is a long-term resident of Pennsylvania and is the author of nearly ten books related to Christian history, world religions, and Christian living. When not writing or teaching, Derek loves taking students on international trips to places in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

Dr. Martin Lohrmann, an ordained minister in the ELCA, is an assistant professor of Lutheran confession and heritage at Wartburg Theological Seminary. He grew up in Walla Walla, Washington and has earned degrees from Valparaiso University (BA 1999), Wartburg Theological Seminary (MDiv 2004) and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, (PhD 2010). He researches and publishes in the field of Reformation history, gives presentations in academic and church settings, and serves as webmaster for the journal "Lutheran Quarterly."

Congratulations, Drs. Cooper and Lohrmann!

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2016 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training

Child Abuse Training
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10-State Reach for BTS Counseling Grads

counseling licensure

Congratulations to the Counseling Program at BTS! They have reached a milestone with graduates now licensed in 10 states: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Texas, Michigan, Georgia, and Virginia.

This milestone is evidence of the hard work of our counseling graduates who not only meet PA State licensure requirements, but are then able to move to another state and get licensed. It can be a challenge to meet the requirements of other states who have varying educational, exam, and clinical experience requirements.

In 2005 BTS moved to a cohort-based master of arts in counseling program designed to help students complete the academic requirements toward licensure. Since then we have graduated 179 students. Fifty of them have received their LPC (licensed professional counselor). Others are still in process gaining their clinical hours and taking the National Exam that will allow them to apply for their license.

At BTS, the cohort model is a powerful delivery format for professional development because it can tap into students’ prior ministry or other experiences, it is collaborative, and it occurs over a period of three years. Because students move through the program together, the quality of learning from one course to another is enhanced. Cohorts develop strong communication skills where students sharpen and challenge each other. This dynamic learning community produces the kind of deep learning, authentic contextualization, and relational wisdom that counselors and missional leaders need today. In addition, students embrace spiritual and professional formation through participation in retreats and sharing about their internship experiences throughout their time in the program.

Want to know more about a counseling degree in the Philadelphia area at BTS with a distinctly Christian-based program that leads to licensure?

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Frank James to Speak at Local Breakfast May 12

Frank James Breakfast

The Bucks Mont Coalition for Evangelism (BMCE) is hosting a Business and Professional Breakfast at Franconia Heritage Restaurant on May 12, 6:30am. Frank James, president of Biblical Theological Seminary, will share his journey from the housing projects of Dallas, Texas to his life of faith and culminating as seminary president.

Invite your business partners, church friends and those that need to hear about the redeeming work of Jesus for their lives.

You may order tickets for the BMCE Breakfast by This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or call Pat at (267) 384-5040 ex.1240.

Franconia Heritage Restaurant is located at 508 Harleysville Pike, Telford, PA 18969.

This event has long been a means of outreach and encouragement to many people in the Indian Valley area, and we are hoping you'll take advantage of this opportunity to start a conversation in your sphere of influence.

For more information on BMCE, please This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Vice President for Advancement, Biblical Seminary, 215.368.5000 X130.


Tim Haahs Wins 2016 Solas Award at Welcoming Center

Tim Haas

BTS Board member, Tim Haahs receives the 2016 Solas Award for “Realizing the American Dream”, which highlights his contribution in the workplace in the global economy. “Tim Haahs, a Korean immigrant and President and CEO of Timothy Haahs & Associates, a professional engineering firm he founded in 1994, has created economic opportunities for others and has enhanced the profile of immigrants as innovators.”

Since 2003, the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians has connected more than 14,000 individuals from 140 countries with economic opportunities. The Center encourages regional economic growth by connecting local companies with skilled global talent and by helping immigrant and U.S. born entrepreneurs to start and expand businesses. The Solas Awards bring together key community leaders in the civic and business arenas, and demonstrate support for Philadelphia’s growing global population. Other award winners that evening are: Mayor Jim Kenney and Dan Hilferty, along with the Independence Blue Cross company.

Join us as BTS congratulates Tim Haahs on this well-deserved award.


“Young, Wrestling, and Always Reforming" Event

missio alliance event

BTS Faculty, Carolyn Custis James and Kyuboem Lee, will be presenters at the “Young, Wrestling, and Always Reforming” event at Liberti Church in Philadelphia May 3, 4. Subtitled “The Mission of God and the Continuing Reformation of the Church,” this event focuses on how the cultural climate for the Reformation has waned, and that emerging generations of Christians are seeking a new reformation, “one that honors the best of our heritage while moving past the categories and assumptions of the 16th Century.” The gathering aims to re-imagine the gifts of reformational theology and ministry practice for the sake of God’s mission, now and in the future.

Topics include: “The Mission of God’s Sovereignty,” “Reformed Theology from its Christendom Captivity,” “Semper Reformanda?: Recovering a Flexible, Contextual, Missional Ecclesiology for the Reformed Community,” and “The Vocational Formation of the People of God.”

This event is one in a cycle from Missio Alliance titled, “The Once & Future Mission Series.” It is dedicated to “recognizing the gifts of our various traditions up to today and re-imagining those gifts for the future of mission. We seek to do this by bringing these gifts into conversation with other parts of the Body of Christ so that a ’fusion of horizons’ can begin to take shape – one that we believe will be necessary for the future of mission in North America.”

Date: May 3, 4, 2016

Schedule: Available HERE

Location: Liberti Church 123 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Cost: $89 until April 3; until May 2, $109

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BTS Welcomes New Board Member, Dr. Damone B. Jones, Sr.

Damone Jones, Biblical Seminary

The Board of Trustees of Biblical Seminary is proud to welcome Dr. Damone B. Jones Sr. as its newest member. Dr. Jones brings a wealth of experience to this role.

Since 1993, he has served as the senior pastor of Bible Way Baptist Church in Philadelphia, PA. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Philadelphia Biblical University (now Cairn University) and earned the doctor of ministry degree from Palmer Theological Seminary.

Dr. Jones is particularly passionate about working with at-risk youth. He serves in the Philadelphia Youth Detention Center as Coordinating Chaplain, as a panelist for the District Attorney’s Youth Aid Panel, and as president of the Police Clergy Program in the 19th Police District. In 2010, former Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter appointed Dr. Jones to the board of trustees of the Philadelphia Prison System, which he now chairs. As a trusted community leader, Dr. Jones dedicates a substantial portion of his time working with city officials, the police, and the district attorney advocating for youth in court.

Biblical Seminary, established in 1971, is an evangelical seminary committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and a generously orthodox Christian faith for the purpose of preparing missional leaders to serve the church. Biblical Seminary offers graduate degrees and certificates in divinity, theology, biblical studies, counseling, and ministry.

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Honest conversations about social issues are often uncomfortable. Often controversial, these issues get under our skin, tearing at the fabric, not only of who we are, but how we view those around us.

As tensions over race and ethnicity in U.S. cities heat up, it’s easy to complain about (or simply ignore) the state of our fractured communities. But God wants his children to take up the hard work of healing…to ask the uncomfortable questions:

  • What if racial reconciliation in our cities started with the church?
  • What if Christians had the courage to listen to their marginalized brothers and sisters?
  • What if believers dared to live in the spiritual unity accomplished by Jesus?

This Black History Month, American Bible Society and Biblical Seminary are excited to host “Under My Skin,” an evening of conversations about racial issues in the Christian church. The night will kick off with some light refreshments and appetizers. Then a diverse group of panelists will lead large and small group discussions organized around three dialogues:


What do we mean when we talk about “black identity” and “white identity?” What words, artifacts and institutions have shaped racial identity in America? In the first dialogue, we will discuss the future of race relations in our nation.


In the United States, conversations about race have tended to focus on the abiding racial tensions between blacks and whites. But what about the experience of Latinos, Asians and other ethnic minorities? In the second dialogue, we will attend to the voices that have often gone unheard in America’s cultural conversation.


In Ephesians 6:12, Paul reminds us that the church’s true enemies are not fleshly, but spiritual—“cosmic powers of this dark age.” In the third and final dialogue, we will consider how the Bible leads to true reconciliation by reshaping the lenses through which Christians see race, enabling us to deal with underlying spiritual realities.

Speakers and Participants:

listed below are the confirmed speakers and particpants for the "Under My Skin" event.

  • Roy Peterson - American Bible Society
  • Dr. Frank James - President of Biblical Seminary
  • Dr. Dan Williams - Director of urban programs at Biblical Seminary
  • Dr. Greg Thompson - New City Commons
  • Malcolm Byrd - NewCORE
  • Jael Chambers - Young Life Philadelphia
  • Kuybeom Lee - Director of DMin Program at Biblical Seminary
  • Manny Ortiz - Author, pastor of Spirit and Truth Fellowship church, and faculty member at Biblical Seminary
  • Debbie Ortiz
  • Arthur Satterwhite - American Bible Society
  • Dr. Peter Heltzel - New York Theological Seminary
  • Rev. Donna Jones

Thank You Dr. Zimmerman for Your Service

Charles Zimmerman

After thirty years of service at BTS, Dr. Charles H. Zimmerman has resigned from his position as the Thomas V. Taylor Professor of Practical Theology at BTS, making it possible for him to focus his attention on the ministry opportunities at Calvary Church as well as pursue other missional opportunities. Mr. Joe Longo (MA ’90), a former student of Dr. Zimmerman’s and a member of the board of trustees at BTS, described Charles “as possessing an unusual blend of energy for the work of God along with a deep intellectual capacity. Twenty-five years after sitting under his tutelage I still remember many of the things he taught me.”

Charles’ first role with BTS was as registrar and coordinator of admissions in 1985, the year he earned his MDiv from Biblical. He also served as director of admissions (1986-1989), dean of student affairs (1989-1993), and director of the doctor of ministry program (1993-2001). A graduate of Westminster Seminary (DMin, 1987), he became the teaching pastor of Calvary Church in 1990 where more than 2,000 worshipers gather weekly.

Beyond his work at BTS and Calvary Church, Charles has had an active public ministry, preaching regularly at Harvey Cedars Bible Conference (NJ), America’s Keswick (NJ), Camp of the Woods (NY), and many other ministry settings. We thank Charles for his service to BTS and pray God’s blessing on him as he continues to “follow Jesus into the world.

Frank A. James III, DPhil, PhD
President | Professor of Historical Theology


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