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: www.prc.prts.edu
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.