President

Welcome! On behalf of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS), I trust you will find the information you need on our website.

As the fourth oldest seminary in North America, RPTS offers a rich theological education true to the doctrines and spirit of the Reformation. Housed in the historic mansion known as Rutherford Hall on the east side of Pittsburgh, our beautiful setting encourages study and serious contemplation of the confessional, Presbyterian faith and Biblical languages. We uphold rigorously the Biblical doctrines of the Westminster Confession of Faith. In an age of postmodern thought and theological unfaithfulness, RPTS is committed to historic orthodoxy as you will see in our core theological, language, and Biblical studies courses.

Yet seminary education should not only address the mind but the heart and life of students as well. As you will also see in our Academic Catalog, RPTS seeks to unite training in true Christian practice and ministry with our doctrinal foundation. RPTS actively trains students in areas such as counseling, discipleship, and preaching, as they are essential in preparing students for ministry in the local church. As such, RPTS strives to combine orthopraxy with our orthodoxy.

With professors who are not only scholars but also pastors, staff that is highly competent and possess servants' hearts, and a diverse student body of men and women coming from inner city Pittsburgh to Asian nations, you will find RPTS to be a supportive, loving community. We enjoy a high degree of fellowship, support, and encouragement with one another.

So we invite you to peruse this website to learn more about RPTS. Then come and see for yourself this wonderful environment! If you have any questions, please let us know how we might help you further!

In Christ's Service,

Barry J. York

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Barry J. York PRESIDENT
Professor of Pastoral Theology and Homiletics


Dr. Barry York is President and Professor of Pastoral Theology and Homiletics at RPTS. Prior to coming to RPTS, he was a church planter and pastor for Sycamore Reformed Presbyterian Church in Kokomo, Indiana, from 1991-2013. Barry stepped into the role of President at RPTS in 2018.

He writes regularly for the blog Gentle Reformation, is the General Editor of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Journal, and podcasts regularly on 3GT (Three Guys Theologizing). He is author of Hitting the Marks: Restoring the Essential Identity of the Church.

Faculty

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Keith A. Evans Professor of Biblical Counseling

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Richard C. GambleProfessor of Systematic Theology

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Thomas G. Reid, Jr. Librarian and Registrar

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Clayton J. WilliamsProfessor of OT Studies

Professor Keith Evans became Professor of Biblical Counseling and the Director of the Biblical Counseling Institute in 2018. He has a a desire to see students develop in more than head-knowledge, but to be prepared for sincere interaction with God’s people: “Not only must we be reformed in our theology, we must be reformed in our methodology: applying the all-sufficient Scriptures to every issue we face.” He therefore sees the value in the BCI’s practical component to counseling training: “In seminaries all across the world, students have opportunity to preach, but few of those same seminaries provide hours of practical training in counseling and discipleship.”

Professor Evans is presently pursuing a PhD in Biblical Counseling through the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Richard Gamble is in his 41st year of seminary teaching and has taught at RPTS since 2005. He explains his teaching philosophy: “When a student comes into a systematic theology class, he comes into holy ground. As Moses took off his sandals, so should we. Theology is heavy and weighty, yet sweet and the stuff of life. While I do not give a sermon for lectures, my hope is that the lectures will ‘preach.'”

Past president of the Calvin Studies Society and a prolific writer, Dr. Gamble is the author of The Whole Counsel of God, Vol. I: God’s Mighty Acts in the Old Testament, The Whole Counsel of God, Vol. II: The Full Revelation of God, Augustinus Contra Maximinum: An Analysis of Augustine’s Anti-Arian Writings, and over 75 articles and book reviews that have appeared in various scholarly journals. He is currently working on The Whole Counsel of God, Vol. III: God’s People in God’s World.

Rev. Reid has served as Librarian since 1996. Prior to coming to RPTS, he was Assistant to the Librarian at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Librarian for the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Hall in Belfast, Ireland, and Head Librarian at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi.

In past years, he has also shared with our students his advanced research knowledge by teaching Theological Research and Writing and several church history courses.

Dr. Williams has a passion to help fill the great need in the Church for interpreting and applying the Old Testament to the New Testament: “The Old Testament itself constitutes over three-quarters of the Bible, making it an essential part of the faith and life of believers. In 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul writes that all Scripture is useful for equipping the man of God. What Paul had immediately in mind was what we call the Old Testament, so it is a central part of preparing men for ministry.”

Having first served in the pastorate, Dr. Williams designs his courses with ministry in mind: “I teach with an eye toward preparing men to preach and teach in a local church on a weekly basis.”

Dr. Williams is the author of The Shadow of Christ in the Book of Job.

Jack D. Kinneer
Director of the DMin Program
Adjunct Professor of New Testament Studies, 2003-

Dr. Kinneer teaches Greek and New Testament Exegesis, along with General Epistles and Revelation. He is also the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program.

A minister of the Presbyterian Church in America, Dr. Kinneer is the author of How to Grow in Christ and a contributing writer to Order in the Offices: Essays Defining the Roles of Church Offices.

Jack and his wife, Janice, were married in 1974. They have one daughter.

Pastoral Experience
Covenant (formerly New Life) Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Easton, PA –
Church Planter (Evangelist) and Pastor, 1980-1996
Pioneer Presbyterian Church, Ligonier, PA – Associate Pastor, 2006 to present
Additional Teaching Experience
Echo Hills Christian Study Center

Education
BA, Clarion State College
MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary
DMin, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

George  C. Scipione
Director of the Biblical Counseling Institute
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology, 2008-

Dr. George Scipione is a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), for which he also is a member of the Academy, a Supervising Fellow, and a board member. He was hired by RPTS to develop and direct the Biblical Counseling Institute to offer pastoral students more hands-on experience before graduation. In addition to pastoral counseling courses, students have the opportunity to “shadow” Dr. Scipione in counseling sessions.

Dr. Scipione has been a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church since 1974 and is the founder and former director of the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship in San Diego, a ministry that trains church officers and laymen in the principles and practices of counseling based on the Word of God as a fully sufficient guide.

“I believe counseling is a subset of discipleship. Therefore, counseling is a spiritual duty and for select persons, the exercise of a spiritual gift. The elders are God’s main counselors, while gifted laymen will help them, and all exercise this duty. All non-organic problems must be solved Biblically under the oversight of the elders. Organic problems need the best available medical care in conjunction with the pastoral care of the elders.”

He has written the following select articles: “The Wonderful Counselor, the Other Counselor, and Christian Counseling,” in Westminster Theological Journal; “The Biblical Ethics of Transsexual Operations,” in The Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine; “Is Porn Norm?” in Evangelium; and the following in the Journal of Pastoral Practice: “How Important is the Biblical Counseling Movement?”; “Eeney, Meeny, Mieny, Mo, Is Biblical Counseling It or No?”; “The Limits of Confidentiality in Counseling”; “Who Owns the Children of Divorce?”; and “Self-Esteem is Sweeping Over America.”

He also is author of The Pauline Concept of SUNEIDESIS (MTh), Timothy, Titus and You: A Workbook for Church Leaders, and The Sword and the Shovel: The Battle for the Biblical Family.  Dr. Scipione has taught abroad in Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Uganda.

George and his wife, Eileen, were married in 1972. They have five children and two grandchildren.

Pastoral Experience
Calvary Community Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Harmony, NJ – Pastor, 1974-1982
Bayview Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Chula Vista, CA – Associate Pastor, 1992-2006
Covenant Community Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Taylors, SC – Church Planter, 2006-2008

Additional Teaching Experience
Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, Glenside, PA
Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship, San Diego, CA
Westminster Seminary California
Ottawa Theological Hall, Ottawa, ON
Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, SC
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI
Lecturer in theology in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central and South America

Education
AB, Temple University
BD, Westminster Theological Seminary
MA, Temple University
ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary
PhD, Whitefield Theological Seminary
DMin studies, Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), Westminster
Theological Seminary (California), Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

 

George  C. Scipione
Director of the Biblical Counseling Institute
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology, 2008-

Dr. George Scipione is a member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), for which he also is a member of the Academy, a Supervising Fellow, and a board member. He was hired by RPTS to develop and direct the Biblical Counseling Institute to offer pastoral students more hands-on experience before graduation. In addition to pastoral counseling courses, students have the opportunity to “shadow” Dr. Scipione in counseling sessions.

Dr. Scipione has been a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church since 1974 and is the founder and former director of the Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship in San Diego, a ministry that trains church officers and laymen in the principles and practices of counseling based on the Word of God as a fully sufficient guide.

“I believe counseling is a subset of discipleship. Therefore, counseling is a spiritual duty and for select persons, the exercise of a spiritual gift. The elders are God’s main counselors, while gifted laymen will help them, and all exercise this duty. All non-organic problems must be solved Biblically under the oversight of the elders. Organic problems need the best available medical care in conjunction with the pastoral care of the elders.”

He has written the following select articles: “The Wonderful Counselor, the Other Counselor, and Christian Counseling,” in Westminster Theological Journal; “The Biblical Ethics of Transsexual Operations,” in The Journal of Biblical Ethics in Medicine; “Is Porn Norm?” in Evangelium; and the following in the Journal of Pastoral Practice: “How Important is the Biblical Counseling Movement?”; “Eeney, Meeny, Mieny, Mo, Is Biblical Counseling It or No?”; “The Limits of Confidentiality in Counseling”; “Who Owns the Children of Divorce?”; and “Self-Esteem is Sweeping Over America.”

He also is author of The Pauline Concept of SUNEIDESIS (MTh), Timothy, Titus and You: A Workbook for Church Leaders, and The Sword and the Shovel: The Battle for the Biblical Family.  Dr. Scipione has taught abroad in Brazil, the Czech Republic, and Uganda.

George and his wife, Eileen, were married in 1972. They have five children and two grandchildren.

Pastoral Experience
Calvary Community Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Harmony, NJ – Pastor, 1974-1982
Bayview Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Chula Vista, CA – Associate Pastor, 1992-2006
Covenant Community Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Taylors, SC – Church Planter, 2006-2008

Additional Teaching Experience
Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, Glenside, PA
Institute for Biblical Counseling and Discipleship, San Diego, CA
Westminster Seminary California
Ottawa Theological Hall, Ottawa, ON
Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, SC
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI
Lecturer in theology in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central and South America

Education
AB, Temple University
BD, Westminster Theological Seminary
MA, Temple University
ThM, Westminster Theological Seminary
PhD, Whitefield Theological Seminary
DMin studies, Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), Westminster
Theological Seminary (California), Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary