Grand Rapids, MI / London, UK
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (“PRTS”), and the Pastors’ Academy at London Seminary (“PA”) today announced the accreditation of the Master’s (ThM) Program in London, UK.
The ThM program of PRTS in London has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools offering three tracks of study: Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, and Historical Theology.
Joel R. Beeke, President of PRTS, says, “We trust that, by God’s grace, this accredited program in London will stress both solid Reformed academic training and vital piety, and will serve to strengthen the church and the academy in unprecedented ways.”
The program will be served by the faculties of PRTS and the PA. Garry Williams, Director of Pastors’ Academy in London, writes, “The accredited ThM program will bring the deep, theological resources of PRTS within reach of students in the UK, especially pastors seeking to enrich their preaching and teaching ministries. The program will immediately open up the range of theological disciplines that we can offer in London, including Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, and Historical Theology. We are grateful to God for providing PRTS as a generous and zealous partner for furthering the cause of theological training in the UK and beyond.”
About Pastors’ Academy
London Seminary was founded in 1977 and the work of the Pastors’ Academy began in 1999. The Academy seeks to serve the health of the church and the glory of Christ by providing ongoing theological training and pastoral support to pastors after their initial seminary training.
About Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
Founded in 1995, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary is an accredited educational institution for granting the 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 has approximately 160 students, ten professors, twenty well-known scholars as adjunct faculty, and a support staff of twelve.
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This morning Dr. Barrett and Dr. Beeke had the privilege of unrolling the handwritten, mid-nineteenth century Torah scroll received in Minnesota two days ago in front of our faculty and staff at prayer time. They certainly agreed with us that this scroll is so incredibly impressive! This wonderful, 120 foot long gift from the Larsons will be utilized in so many helpful ways at our seminary. We are deeply humbled by and grateful for this gift.
Over the last two memorable days Dr. Michael Barrett, Dr. Gerald Bilkes, and Dr. Joel Beeke were in Minneapolis to receive a most unique gift for Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary–a beautiful, handwritten synagogue Torah scroll from the middle of the 1800s, most likely written by Jews in Germany, who “smuggled” it over to Israel after the holocaust.
The Torah scroll, which is 120 feet long and contains all of the first five books of the Bible, comes to us as a generous gift from Ken and Barbara Larson (second and third from left in picture) through the organization, God’s Ancient Library. We were greatly edified for a good part of two days with Dr. Scott Carroll instructing us about how the scrolls were faithfully and meticulously copied. We are very excited about this amazing treasure and look forward to seeing all the marvelous ways in which the PRTS faculty, students, and family will benefit from this wonderful gift. We hope to invite the church community to PRTS for an official dedication of this scroll in the near future.