Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

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Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary logo.png
Type Christian
Established 1810
President Dr. Barry York
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus Urban
Affiliations Reformed Presbyterian
Website Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (RPTS) is a seminary located in Point Breeze, Pennsylvania, United States. RPTS is a ministry of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America and was founded in 1810, making it the fifth oldest seminary in the United States.


RPTS's mission is "to educate students who love the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word, equipping pastors for the ministry of the gospel and preparing others in the church for effective service in His kingdom, all within the framework of the historic Reformed faith."[1]

RPTS emphasizes:

  • Scholarship in biblical studies, systematic theology, church history, and biblical counseling
  • The cultivation of personal godliness and interpersonal skills
  • The development of spiritual gifts

All RPTS professors have significant "field" experience in the church; therefore, classes are taught from the pastoral perspective. This emphasis is highlighted by RPTS’s brand statement: "Study under pastors".

Degrees and programs[edit]

RPTS is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). It offers the following degrees:[2]

The seminary also offers a Ministry Diploma, Certificate in Biblical Counseling, Missionary Training Certificate, and Servant of the Church certificate program.

Many classes and programs are available online. Classes are available for auditors as well.


Soon after the organization in 1798 of what is now called the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (in Philadelphia, PA), steps were taken to establish a seminary for the education of its students of theology.

  • Classes commenced in 1810, making RPTS the fifth oldest seminary in the United States.
  • Over the first 46 years, RPTS shifted to at least five different locations in several states.
  • In 1856, the seminary relocated to the North Side of Pittsburgh, and then settled in a brick mansion on Pittsburgh’s East End in 1923 where it remained.
  • RPTS works closely with Kobe Theological Hall, its sister institution in Japan.
  • RPTS draws students of many different denominations from around the world.


The current faculty includes Keith Evans,Richard C. Gamble,Thomas G. Reid Jr.,Clayton J. (C.J.) Williams, Barry York and a number of adjunct professors: Bruce R. Backensto, John Bower, Andrew R. Cooper, Mark A. Garcia, Jack D. Kinneer,Jerry F. O'Neill, Mark Robinson,George C. Scipione,Jeffrey A. Stivason,Calvin Troup,and Jonathan M. Watt.


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