On Friday evening, October 16, 2020, the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania inaugurated Dr. Jeffery Stivason as Professor of New Testament Studies. Speaking during the evening were Dr. Barry York, President of RPTS, Dr. Jonathan Master, President of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and Dr. Lane Tipton, Fellow of Biblical and Systematic Theology with the Reformed Forum. Others participating in the evening were the Seminary Board of Trustees, President Emeritus, Jerry O’Neill, and Professor Emeritus, Dr. Edward Robson. Rev. Edwin Blackwood led the singing of the Psalms selected while the faculty read scripture or led in prayer.

You may find a recording of the event here.

Dr. Stivason has served the Seminary as an adjunct professor since 2007. Professor Stivason continues to serve as the pastor of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gibsonia, Pennsylvania. One of the hallmarks of the theological education at RPTS is the professor all have extensive pastoral experience which creates an atmosphere of rich theological training merged with the heart of a shepherd answering questions of how does the academy interact with church life and the lives of the followers of Jesus Christ.

Dr. Stivason, a graduate of RPTS, earned a PhD from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has planted several churches during his time as a pastor and has a robust teaching ministry in a variety of community settings. Dr. Stivason has reviews, essays, and articles in several different journals, including the Journal of the Evangelical Society, Westminster Theological Journal, Presbyterian, the Gospel Coalition, and The Confessional Presbyterian.  He has contributed articles to the Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans, 2017).  In addition, he is also executive editor of Place for Truth, a website of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.  His doctoral thesis, Inscrutability to Concursus: Benjamin B. Warfield’s Theological Construction of Revelation’s Mode from 1880-1915 was published by P&R Publishing in 2017.

A native of western Pennsylvania, Pastor Jeff and his wife, Tabatha were married in 1991 and have two children, Nathan (24) and Abigail (15). 

Established in 1810, RPTS is North America’s fourth oldest seminary, though it stands as the oldest conservative seminary holding to the belief that the Bible is God’s inerrant and eternal word. The Seminary offers traditional degrees such as the Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry. A diploma program is available as well. Many students audit courses for the blessing of the biblical content. With a majority of classes recorded, RPTS is able to serve credit and audit student well from around the world. 

Mark Samson, Chief Administrative Officer at RPTS

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