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
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.
Barry J. York Professor of Pastoral Theology & Homiletics
Professor Keith Evans became Professor of Biblical Counseling and the Director of the Biblical Counseling Institute in 2018. He has 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.
Born in Scotland and raised in Northern Ireland, Dr. Whitla immigrated to the United States in 2000, and has been an avid student of history since childhood. He presents Church History as a pastoral discipline, equip-ping pastors to situate themselves and their flocks in the unfolding narrative directed by the sovereign hand of the Lord of History, Jesus Christ. But since it is also an aca-demic discipline, he teaches future pastors not only to re-count the story of Christ building His Church, but to perform the task of historians themselves –engaging confidently with original sources and interpreting and apply-ing them appropriately.