PRESS RELEASE: PRTS and GPTS forge strategic partnership with Puritan Research Center

CONTACT: Dr. Ryan McGraw  (for GPTS); Dr. Adriaan C. Neele (for PRTS)

For immediate release: September 15, 2017

Grand Rapids, MI / Taylors, SC—Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”) and Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (“GPTS”) today announced a strategic partnership of the establishment of a Puritan Research Center. This strategic partnership exemplifies the vision of the strengthening and sharing of resources in the service of the academy and church internationally.

Puritanism is widely regarded as a post-reformation movement, working out the ideals of the Protestant Reformation, and is the subject of intense scholarly interest because of its significance as a movement of reform in doctrine and practice, and the profound legacy it left on America’s religious, political and intellectual landscapes, as well as its appropriation by the Dutch Nadere Reformatie and German Pietism.

The Puritan Research Center will serve as a research, education, and publications hub for study of Puritanism, the Nadere Reformatie, and German Pietism, with the goal being to develop links with the church and academic community throughout the world.

Joel R. Beeke, President of PRTS comments, “The objective of the Puritan Research Center is to promote and encourage worldwide research, education, and publication, that will serve both the church and the academy.”

Joseph A. Pipa Jr., Presidents of GPTS continues, “The Puritan Research Center help current and future academia, preachers, pastors, and churchmen. In this collection, you will find resources on perennially relevant issues in the church and academy.”

The primary means to achieve this is through the Puritan Research Center, a digital learning environment for research, education, and publication, that presents primary and secondary writings, along with helpful editorial materials that allow the reader to examine Puritan thought in powerful, and useful ways. The Puritan Research Center is accessible online at:

Founded in 1995, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is now an accredited educational institution for MA, MDiv, ThM, and PhD degrees. Its mission is to prepare students worldwide to serve Christ and His church through biblical, experiential, and practical ministry.  The seminary numbers close to 150 students, has ten professors, twenty globally renowned scholars as adjunct faculty, and a support staff of twelve.

Since 1987, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has trained called men to serve the church with “ordinary means of grace” ministry according to the Word of God. The seminary has seven professors and a support staff of thirteen.

Rhine River Reformation Cruise (July 9-23, 2018)


I want to extend a very special invitation to you: a once in a lifetime opportunity to spend two weeks with Dr. Michael Haykin, Dr. Ian Hamilton, David Woollin, and me (Dr. Joel Beeke) visiting some of the most amazing places in the world—amazing because of their stunning beauty, but also amazing because of the way God has worked wonderfully throughout history in these locations.

Our desire is to lead you on a spiritually rich and edifying tour of sights across Switzerland, France, Germany, and the Netherlands between July 9th and 23rd 2018. We will see mountains and castles, lakes and rivers. We will travel on airplanes, trains, deluxe coaches, and the most luxurious of cruise ships, with first class hospitality the whole way. This is your opportunity to walk in the very footsteps of Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, Farel, Melanchthon, Huss, Waldo, Ursinus, Olevianus, Oecolampadius, Beza, Knox, and so many more Reformation forefathers, with excellent commentary and fascinating lectures alongside that aim to build you up and encourage you in your faith. The trip will conclude with a unique four hundredth anniversary celebration of the Synod of Dordrecht (Dort) in the Netherlands.

Do everything you can to clear your calendar, because I promise you, this is a tour you will not want to miss.

To find out more please visit and enter the tour code 070918BEEK. A brochure is attached. For printed brochure copies, please email requesting a brochure.

Rhine River Reformation Cruise–THEFINAL

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PRTS Graduation

On May 5, several hundred people will gather at the Heritage Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, at 7:30pm, to support eighteen excited yet thankful PRTS students as they are awarded their theological degrees, plus two graduates recognized for completing their degree requirements last December. A total of two Master of Arts, seven Master of Divinity, and eleven Master of Theology degrees will be awarded, Lord willing. Remarkably, these twenty graduates—PRTS’s largest graduating class ever–came to PRTS from thirteen countries. Many will or have already returned home to take up calls as pastors and/or teachers; some have plans to further their education before entering full-time service.

This year’s commencement speaker is Dr. Stephen Myers, Professor of Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. His message, A Vision for Ministry, will be taken from Revelation 1:12-20.

Participating in this year’s ceremony will also include, Dr. David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, who will open the service with a Psalter, Scripture reading, and prayer, Dr. Adriaan Neele, Director of the Doctoral Program and Professor of Historical Theology, who will introduce the commencement speaker, Dr. Joel Beeke, President and Professor of Systematics and Homiletics, who will give the graduating class a personal charge and each graduate a Bunyanesque name describing their personal character, Dr. Jonathan Engelsma, PRTS Board Chairman, who will award each graduate his or her degree on behalf of the seminary, and Dr. William VanDoodewaard, Professor of Church History, who will close the service with prayer.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support, and please join with us, if possible, to share in this special occasion. Your presence means far more to these graduates (and to the faculty) than you know! You may also watch it live on

Date: May 5, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Address: 540 Crescent St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503