Excellent Facilities and Resources
The main Seminary building was constructed as a three story brick mansion belonging to the Hornes, one of Pittsburgh's long time department store's families. It had seventeen rooms, nine beautiful fireplaces and all the amenities one would expect in a late nineteenth century mansion. It was extensively remodeled in 1950, which included enclosing porches for classroom and office space, and constructing a chapel/classroom addition. Continuing to maintain integrity with the original architecture of the building, a two-story library wing was added in 1970, providing stacks, study carrels, and a library office/workroom. In 1985, a climate-controlled rare books room was completed which houses our collection of over 1,000 rare books and serves as a faculty meeting room.
In 2008, a store-front building was purchased directly across the street from the main mansion building, and it now provides additional facilities for the Biblical Counseling Institute. This building has been named the Willson Center in honor of the 5 Willsons who served as RPTS professors throughout the centuries. The store-front has been remodeled to contain additional classrooms, offices, and a library extension. The Willson center also houses 4 apartments above the B.C.I. for students to rent, bringing the number of student apartments to 7 total units.
The Library contains some 72 ,000 volumes, including carefully selected material in exegetical and expository Scripture study, systematic and historical theology, church history and the pastoral fields of the church's ministry. There are over 220 periodicals currently received along with bound copies of older issues. A user friendly computerized catalog is available to both faculty and students. Computers for word processing, including Hebrew and Greek characters, are also available. Programs are available for research in many areas of Biblical and theological study. Computer search of on-line databases opens up additional research in over 14,000 libraries world-wide.