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 Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute
WPTI Handbook/Catalog
Table of Contents
A Letter from the President ..................................................................  2
Doctrinal Statement .............................................................................  3
Financial Information ...........................................................................  7
Academic Information ......................................................................... 9
 Course Descriptions .................................................................. 9
 Transfer Policies ........................................................................ 18
 Grading System ......................................................................... 18
 Academic Load ......................................................................... 18
 Accreditation ............................................................................. 19
 General Academic Policies ......................................................... 19
Programs of Study ............................................................................... 21
 Diplomas and Certificates Offered .............................................. 21
 Schedule .................................................................................... 22
 Requirements ............................................................................. 23
Admission and Registration Information ................................................ 25
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 Spiritual and Doctrinal Requirements .......................................... 25
General Information ............................................................................. 26
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A Letter from the President

1clear.gif - 808 Bytes Thank you for your interest in Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute. The goal of WPTI is to provide outstanding Biblical and Theological training to Fundamental Baptist believers who want to prepare themselves for greater service unto our Lord.

1clear.gif - 808 BytesOur name describes who we are. We are located in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, and our purpose is to provide training to those who reside in this general vicinity. We desire to be a help and support to local churches by providing sound, collegiate level instruction for their members, while at the same time allowing these individuals to continue to serve in their respective ministries. It has often been the case that men and women who wanted further Bible training were forced to abandon their churches, as well as their jobs, to get an education. With WPTI this is no longer the case.

1clear.gif - 808 BytesWe are also a school of Theology. We believe that a person=s view of theology will ultimately determine his ministry choices. Unfortunately, many of the Bible colleges of our land have abandoned courses in Theology, Bibliology, and Ecclesiology, and replaced them with courses in Methodology. Methods and practical instruction have their place, but they can never replace sound instruction in the truths of the Word of God. A student graduating from WPTI after four years of instruction will have had theology classes every semester and taken courses dealing with every book of the Bible. The Scriptures are the Alight unto my path,@ and the able workman must be able to rightly divide them.

Finally, an Institute is an educational organization dedicated to the study of subject matter within a restricted field. We are not training people to become better businessmen - we are training them to become better servants of the Most High God. The education will be comprehensive and rigorous, and taught by a faculty that not only appreciates and understands the importance of the Word of God, but also applies that knowledge to their everyday lives.

I hope that you will prayerfully consider whether God wants you to be a part of Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute. If you believe God has called you to the pastorate or missions, or if you simply want to learn more about the Bible so that you can serve more effectively in your own local church, WPTI wants to be a help to you.

Dr. Mark Montgomery

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Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute

Doctrinal Statement

1. The Scriptures

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit without any mixture or error, and therefore is, and shall remain unto the end of the age, the only complete and final Revelation of the will of God to man, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme authority by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be tried. We believe that the sixty-six books of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, were verbally and plenarily inspired, so that not only the thoughts of the Bible are inspired, but each and every word itself is "God-breathed." We believe that God, in faithfulness to His Word, has Providentially preserved the Scriptures in their original languages. This preservation extends not only to the ideas and doctrines of the Bible, but to the very words themselves. We further believe that God has preserved these words in the Massoretic text of the Old Testament, and the Textus Receptus of the New Testament. We further believe that the only English version which is faithful to the words of these texts, and therefore the only version that will be used at WPTI, is the King James Version.


2. The Godhead

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


3. The Son

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man, without ceasing to be God, having been born of a virgin that He might reveal God and redeem sinful men. We believe in His sinless life, and in His miracles. We believe that redemption was accomplished through His death on the cross, and was made sure to us by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. He ascended to Heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God the Father, where He serves as the believer's great High Priest.


4.Holy Spirit

We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit: that He convicts the sinner; that He regenerates the one who believes; that He indwells, seals, instructs, reproves, and guides the believer; and that He fills and controls every life that is yielded to Him. We reject the modern Charismatic Movement, because it is based upon a false understanding of the apostolic Spiritual gifts.


5.Creation

We believe in direct and instant creation that was accomplished in six literal, twenty-four hour days. We rejected any theory (organic or theistic) of evolution. We believe that all men are descended from the historical Adam and Eve.


6. Man

We believe that man, in the person of the first Adam, was created in innocence. By Adam's personal disobedience to the revealed will of God, man became a sinful creature, thus plunging the whole human race into condemnation and death so that now all mankind is born in sin and shapen in iniquity, and become willful sinners by personal choice. Therefore, men are without excuse before God, and have within themselves no possible means of recovery or salvation.


7. Salvation

We believe that the only escape from the condemnation of sin is through the redemption wrought by Jesus Christ upon the cross. We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to sinful man by grace, and received solely by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that faith in the finished work of Christ is the only condition of salvation from sin, and that no works, however good, make that salvation more secure. We believe that repentance is a change of mind and purpose toward God prompted by the Holy Spirit, that it is characterized by godly sorrow for sin as offensive to God and ruinous to the soul, and that true repentance is inseparably linked to true faith.


8. Calvinism and Arminianism

We reject all theories, philosophies, and theologies that are inconsistent with the Bible. We reject the systems of Calvinism and Arminianism. We conclude Biblically that Christ died for all men and that salvation is appropriated by individual choice by faith in Jesus Christ. We reject an "unconditional election" to Heaven and a predetermined sentence to Hell as being unbiblical. We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit, are instantaneously the children of God, and are eternally secure.


9. Satan

We believe in a literal devil who was an agent in the fall of man. He is presently the prince of this world, and the accuser of the brethren, and he will be judged and eternally punished in the Lake of Fire.


10. Church

We believe that the New Testament church is a local assembly of baptized believers, assembled for worship, edification, and obedience to the Great Commission. Baptism by immersion for believers and the Lord's Supper are the only two ordinances of the church. The pastor and the deacon are the only Scriptural offices.


11. Future Events

We believe in the imminent rapture of the believers, followed by a literal seven-year period of tribulation upon this earth. The climax of the Tribulation will be the physical return of Christ to earth to introduce the Millennial Davidic kingdom.


12. The Eternal State

We believe in a literal Heaven and Hell. Heaven is the place of eternal conscious joy for all who receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Hell is the place of eternal conscious punishment in the Lake of Fire for all who reject Jesus Christ, and for those who have never heard the gospel of Christ. We believe in the bodily resurrection of all men - the saved to eternal life, and the unsaved to judgment and eternal punishment.


13. Separation

We believe that all believers should honor the Lord by a life of separation from the world's philosophies and practices. This separation should affect the believer morally, personally, and ecclesiastically. We stand in opposition to the Ecumenical Movement, New Evangelicalism, Neo-Orthodoxy, and Cooperative Evangelism between churches who are not of the same faith and practice.

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Financial Information

Tuition
Full-time student* $50.00 per course
Part-time student* $50.00 per course
Church member sit-in** $50.00 per course
Church member sit-in*** $50.00 per course


Fees
Application fee $25.00 one time non-refundable
Registration fee $10.00 each semester
Late registration fee $25.00 per semester
Transcript fee $5.00 per copy
Finance charge $10.00 per month
Return check fee $35.00 per check

*Credit courses are classes where all assignments are required, and the student receives both a grade and credit.

**Sit-in classes are taken just for the classroom material. No quizzes tests or papers will be required, and no credit or grade will be given to the student.


Financial Policy:

- The Fall registration fee is due by August 15th. The Spring registration fee is due by January 15th.

- Fall and Spring semester tuition is to be paid in full at the beginning of each semester. No classes are to be taken if the tuition has not been paid.

- No grades or credit for the class will be given at the end of any semester prior to the receipt of all tuition and fees.

- No student still owing tuition or fees will be allowed to enroll in new classes without prior approval from the president of the Institute.

- All textbooks may be purchased from the Institute office or the instructor, and they must be paid for at the time of purchase. All students are responsible for any material from the textbooks required by the instructor from the first day of class, whether or not they have purchased the book.

- Fees are not refundable.

- Tuition refunds are computed as follows:

  • Second week of classes 90%
  • Third week of classes 80%
  • Fifth week of classes 60%
  • Seventh week of classes 40%
  • Beyond the seventh week of classes, no refund is given.
Note - It is the responsibility of the student to request a refund in writing by submitting it to the academic dean. The date of submission will determine the refund computation.

- Registration fees for Summer and Winter Block Classes are due one week prior to the opening class of the first course being offered. Tuition for Summer Block Classes should be paid in full by September 1st. Tuition for Winter Block Classes should be paid in full by February 1st.

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  • Immediate family members of WPTI faculty will receive a 50% deduction on tuition. They will be responsible for all fees.
  • Full-time staff members of Harvest Baptist Church will receive a 10% deduction on the tuition per year that they have served on staff. Part-time staff members will receive a 5% discount per year that they have served on staff. They will be responsible for all fees. Discounts will be available following one full year of employment.

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ACADEMIC INFORMATION

Extended Course Definitions


BIBLE (BI)

Old Testament Studies

BI 101.2 B Genesis: An expository study of the Book of Genesis, with an emphasis on the events following the Creation and the Flood, including a defense against the destructive criticism of Genesis.

BI 103.2 - Pentateuch: A survey analysis of the first five books of the Bible, with special emphasis given to Creation, the Fall, the Flood, and the tabernacle, as well as the historical development of the Jewish Nation from Abraham through Moses and the end of the wilderness wanderings.

BI 201.3 - Historical Books: A systematic study of the Old Testament books from Joshua through Esther, with special emphasis on the relationship between the Old Testament historical books and the New Testament.

BI 203.3 - Poetical Books: An exegetical study of the Old Testament books from Job through Song of Solomon, with emphasis on the theme, the application of practical lessons, the composition of Hebrew poetry, figures of speech, and Messianic prophecies.

BI 301.2 - Minor Prophets: A study of the chronological order of the twelve minor prophets, Hosea through Malachi, along with the theme, background, author, and recipient of each book. Each prophet is surveyed with emphasis placed on their prophecies and the impact of these prophecies on the Jewish Nation, as well as on Christians

BI 303.3 - Daniel - Revelation:: A study of the background and basic content of the book of Daniel as compared to the book of Revelation. An analysis of the eschatological impact of these books will be studied from a dispensational, pre-tribulational, and pre-millennial position. Their prophetic accuracy and fulfillment will be examined.

BI 401.3 - Major Prophets:: An analytical study of the Old Testament books from Isaiah through Ezekiel, with emphasis on the major prophetic messages, the fulfillment of these prophecies, and their impact on the Jewish Nation, as well as on Christians.

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New Testament Studies

BI 102.2 B Life of Christ 1: A comprehensive and harmonistic study of the earthly life and ministry of the LORD Jesus Christ as revealed in the four Gospels, Matthew through John, with special emphasis on the example Christ has left for Christians. The background study will include the Inter-testamental period.

BI 104.2 B Life of Christ 2: A comprehensive and harmonistic study of the earthly life and ministry of the LORD Jesus Christ as revealed in the four Gospels, Matthew through John, with special emphasis on the example Christ has left for Christians.

BI 105.2 B Life of Christ 3: A comprehensive and harmonistic study of the earthly life and ministry of the LORD Jesus Christ as revealed in the four Gospels, Matthew through John, with special emphasis on the example Christ has left for Christians.

BI 202.2 - Acts: A historical study of the foundation of the early New Testament Church, and the spread of the gospel to all the world. Attention is given to the New Testament Epistles and their relation to the historical nature of this book.

BI 204.3 - Romans: An exegetical study of Romans and the application of the doctrines found in this book to the life of the believer, with emphasis on Christ>s completed work of salvation.

BI 302.3 B Pauline Epistles 1: A study of the background and basic content of the books of I and II Corinthians, Galatians, and I and II Thessalonians. Emphasis will be given to major themes, backgrounds, doctrines, personal applications of the lessons and warnings given to the believer, and the difficulties of the Gentile churches.

BI 304.3 B Pauline Epistles 2: A study of the background and basic content of the Prison Epistles. Emphasis will be given to major themes, backgrounds, doctrines, personal applications of the lessons and warnings given to the believer, and the difficulties of the Gentile churches.

BI 404.3 - Pauline Epistles 3: A study of the background and basic content of the Pastoral Epistles. Emphasis will be given to major themes, backgrounds, doctrines, and personal applications to the pastor of a New Testament Baptist church.

BI 402.3 B Hebrews and General Epistles: A study of the background and basic content of the books of Hebrews through Jude. Major themes, backgrounds, doctrines, personal applications of the lessons and warnings given to the believer, and the difficulties of the Gentile Churches and the Jewish Churches will be emphasized.

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BIBLICAL LANGUAGES (BL)

BL 101.3 - Elementary Greek Grammar: An introduction to the study of the basic grammar of New Testament Greek. (These classes must be taken in order).

BL 102.3 - Elementary Greek Grammar: An introduction to the study of the basic grammar of New Testament Greek. Prerequisite: BL 101.3 or equivalent.

BL 201.3 - Intermediate Greek Grammar: A further and more detailed study of Greek grammar with an emphasis on the syntax and relationship of words within the construction of the Greek sentence. Extensive translating will be done in I John. Prerequisite: BL 102.3 or equivalent.

BL 202.3 - Intermediate Greek Grammar: A further and more detailed study of Greek grammar with an emphasis on the syntax and relationship of words within the construction of the Greek sentence. Prerequisite: BL 201.3 or equivalent. (These classes must be taken in order).

BL 301.2 - Exegesis of the Book of James: A study of the principles and praxis of Greek exegesis with a practical application in the text of James. This course is designed to teach the student how to exegete so he may be able to extract and apply the richness and fullness of the original intent and meaning of passages from the original Greek text. Prerequisite: BL 202.3 or equivalent.

BL 302.2 - Exegesis of the Book of James: A study of the principles and praxis of Greek exegesis with a practical application in the text of James. This course is designed to teach the student how to exegete so he may be able to extract and apply the richness and fullness of the original intent and meaning of passages from the original Greek text. Prerequisite: BL 202.3 or equivalent.

BL 303.3 - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew I: This course will present an introduction to Biblical Hebrew, it will cover concepts in Hebrew grammar and vocabulary at the beginner=s level.

BL 304.3 Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II: This course will present an introduction to Biblical Hebrew, it will cover concepts in Hebrew grammar and vocabulary at the beginner=s level. (Prerequisite: BL 303.3 or equivalent)

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BIBLICAL STUDIES (BS)

BS 201.1 - Worldviews in Conflict I: This course will help students to develop a Biblical view of the events happening around them, as well as help them to apply Biblical principles to current events. Time will be spent examining conflicting worldviews, such as those held by Islam, the New Age, Marxism, and Secular Humanism.

BS 202.1 - Worldviews in Conflict II: This course will help the student understand the secular worldviews that are shaping today=s society. Special attention will be given to how these philosophies are impacting AChristianity@.

BS 301.2 - Introduction to Missions: This class will be a focused presentation of how modern missions and the missionary are related to the Local Church. Subjects covered will include: the relationship of the missionary to a supporting church, the relationship of a missionary to his pastor, the relationship of the missionary to the pastor of a supporting church, the accountability of the missionary to local churches, the missionary mind set towards pastors, the relationship of the pastor to a missionary supported by his church, the responsibility of the church to the missionary, and the church=s mind set towards missionaries. Special emphasis will be given to methods to strengthen the relationship of the missionary and local churches.

BS 301.3 - Cults: A study of heretical religions and cults that claim the name of Christianity. Special emphasis will be placed on a Biblical refutation of their beliefs, and how their beliefs differ from the fundamental stand. Religions and cults to be considered will include, but not be limited to: Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah=s Witnesses, Seventh-Day Adventism, and others.

BS 303.2 - Preparation for Missions: This class is designed to help the student prepare for ministry on the mission field. Practical subjects to be covered will include discerning the Lord=s direction, determining support levels, working with sending agencies, contacting pastors, presentation of the work to churches, preparing a display, guidelines for equipment needed on the field, and dealing with medical issues.

BS 302.2 - Pedagogy: A study of the art of teaching, designed to prepare the prospective teacher with techniques and materials to teach the Bible to children and young people.

BS 401.2 B Hermeneutics: A course designed to aid the student in developing a systematic format of Bible study. Special emphasis is given to the dispensational, grammatical, Theological, historical, and literal interpretation of Scripture passages. Some difficult passages are given special attention.

BS 402.3 B Pastoral Theology: A study of the responsibilities and duties of the pastor as laid out in the Scriptures. Emphasis will be placed on the practical applications of the Word of God to the day to day workings of a Baptist church. Special services such as weddings, funerals, baptisms, and the Lord=s Supper will be discussed.

BS 403.2 B Church and Law: A study of the current laws of our nation and their impact upon local churches. Emphasis will be given to Finances, Constitutions, Child Abuse, Counseling, and other areas of legal concern.

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CHURCH HISTORY (CH)

CH 301.3 B Baptist History and Polity: A study of the history and heritage of the Baptist church and the Anabaptist movement from the time of Christ through the present; as well as a systematic study of the doctrines unique to the Baptist belief, including the seven Baptist Distinctives

CH 302.3 B History of Fundamentalism: A study of the history of the Fundamentalist movement, with emphasis on its Biblical basis, its battles with modernism, and its current state.

CH 401.3 - History of Religion: A study of the history of religious belief through the centuries, with a particular emphasis on the history of AChristianity,@ including Catholicism and Protestantism.

CH 403.2 - Current Trends in Religion: A study of modern trends in Theology including their leaders, thought process, and the results on modern society. Special emphasis will be placed a Biblical refutation of their thought and their methods of outreach. Movements to be considered will include, but not be limited to: liberalism, new evangelicalism, charismatic movement, spiritism, witchcraft, and the new age/occult.

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CHURCH MINISTRIES (CM)

CM 101.2 - Youth Work: An extensive study of the developmental characteristics of the adolescent. This class is designed to prepare the prospective youth worker with a proper philosophy of ministry, as well as useful methods and principles to be incorporated into a successful youth ministry.

CM 102.2 - Personal Evangelism: A study on how to clearly define and relay the Gospel to another person. This course will examine methods of approaching another person, personal soul winning, and discipling a new convert personally and through the local church. Special emphasis will be placed on the discipleship program which is needed to help ground the new believer in Biblical doctrine and helps him to defend against false doctrine and false religions.

CM 201.2 - Church Music: - A study of sacred music, including its history, influence and place in the church service. Scriptural music will be contrasted with Contemporary Christian Music. Basic styles and patterns of leading congregational singing, and the basic choosing and ordering of music for special numbers will be discussed. The student will develop a practical music philosophy based on Scripture, as well as training in the basic setting up and administration of a church music program.

CM 202.2 - Christian Home: A study of the basic Bible principles and precepts concerning the Christian home. Special emphasis will be given to marriage, husband and wife roles, husband and wife relationships, child training, finances, Biblical priorities, the home verses the modern world, and the relationship between the Christian home and the Fundamental church.

CM 204.2 - Leadership: This course is designed to help Christians, both in and out of the pastorate, understand the Biblical principles of leadership and how to apply them in their given areas of responsibility.

CM 303.2 B Biblical Finances: A study on the structural organizing of personal/church finances using Biblical principles. The course will cover such matters as financial freedom, developing a Biblical value system, family finances, single and double income budgets, credit card debt management, and how to balance the check book as well as principles for the effective management of church finances.

CM 401.3 - Christian Education/Christian School: A study designed to introduce the history, divine purposes, and methods of training/teaching in and through the local church with emphasis on Christian growth, equipping teachers and parents to train others, and various philosophies of Christian education, as well as a survey of the growth of the Christian School/ Home School movements.

CM 402.2 - Church Planting: A study of the Biblical principles and practical methods for planting a New Testament church. Special emphasis will be placed on the Scriptural teachings concerning the necessity of starting churches, as well as on various methodologies for establishing a Fundamental Baptist church.

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GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)

GE 101.3 - English Grammar: A study of the basic English skills needed to enable the student to operate within standard grammatical construction and accepted usage.

GE 102.1 - Excel: An introductory study of the basic processes of the Excel spreadsheet.

GE 103.1 - Microsoft Word: An introductory study of the basic processes of Microsoft Word.

GE 102.2 - Origins in Genesis I: A survey of the Biblical and scientific evidence that supports Creationism, including a critique of evolution, as well as discussions of catastrophism vs. uniformitarianism and the young age of the earth vs. an ancient earth.

GE 103.2 - English Composition: A course designed to teach and apply basic skills in the art of writing and communicating the student=s thoughts in a logical order, while adhering to the MLA guidelines and using effective vocabulary words.

GE 202.2 - Biblical Anthropology: A further survey of the Biblical and scientific evidence that supports Creationism, including a critique of evolution, as well as a study of man as found in the first eleven chapters of Genesis.

GE 201.3 - Christian Counseling: An introduction to the principles and practice of Biblical counseling so that ministers and laymen can give effective counsel and apply Biblical principles to various issues, guiding individuals to Biblical solutions for decisions in typical life situations. Different age groups will be addressed.

GE 401.2 - Fundamentals of Homiletics: An introduction to the preparation and delivery of sermons with emphasis on the types, content, pulpit etiquette, the delivery of sermons, and sources of material for sermons. Emphasis is placed on expository preaching.

GE 402.2- Fundamentals of Homiletics II: A study of the preparation and delivery of sermons with an emphasis on expository preaching. While in this class the student will prepare several sermons and deliver them within a prescribed time limit.

GE 402.1 - Speech: The basic principles and techniques of delivery styles, and persuasive communication of Personal Experience, Scripture Reading, Poetry, Devotionals, Story Telling, Demonstrations, and Informative Speeches.

GE 403.3 - Curriculum, Tests, and Measurements Development: A study of the theory and application factors affecting curriculum design, while tracking development through the use of testing and various informal evaluation methods as an appraisal of learning. Particular focus is given to the content, age issues and appropriateness of educational material, while tracking the advantages and disadvantages of developing an independent curriculum. The student will develop curriculum and apply educational evaluation, including constructing tests, and using standardized tests. Samples of various curriculum, educational and mental tests and methods are examined by the student.

GE 403.4 - Primer Development and Literacy Program Design: A study of the various theories of how to teach people to read, with an emphasis on the design of materials needed to promote both basic literacy and comprehension.

GE 404.3 - Literacy Internship: The student will be involved directly with a literacy consultant, and will assist in the designing of multiple levels of primers, bridge reading materials, and teacher-training materials. The student will also be involved in actual training sessions.

GE 404.2 - Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology: This course will provide a basic understanding of the IPA, including how sounds are formed in the mouth and how to produce basic sounds. It will also provide an understanding of how the sound systems of languages work.

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THEOLOGY (TH)

TH 101.3 - Ecclesiology: A systematic study of the Biblical doctrine of the church, God=s program in this age, from the dispensational Baptist viewpoint. Attention is given to the local church, its functions, officers, and organization, beginnings, continuation, and authority.

TH 103.3 - Bibliology: A study of the Biblical doctrines of revelation, inspiration, illumination, canonization, and preservation with special emphasis on why believers should use the Massoretic Hebrew Text, the Textus Receptus Greek Text, and the King James Version of the Bible.

TH 201.3 B Soteriology: A systematic study of the Biblical doctrine of salvation, with special emphasis placed on repentance, election, faith, adoption, regeneration, sanctification, and justification.

TH 202.2 B Pneumatology: A systematic study of the Person and work of the Holy Spirit, with emphasis given to studying spiritual gifts, the gradual annulment of sign gifts, and the work of the Holy Spirit today.

TH 301.3 - Theology Proper: A detailed study of the basic doctrines concerning Theology Proper, or the study of God the Father, taken from the Bible.

TH 302.2 B Anthropology/Hamartiology/Angelolgy: A systematic study of man with emphasis on man prior to salvation compared to man after salvation; a systematic study of sin: its cause, source, and results; and a systematic study of angels, with attention paid to holy angels, fallen angels (demons), and other specific angels.

TH 401.3 B Dispensationalism: A study of the dispensational approach to Biblical interpretation, with a detailed study of the details and distinctions of the various dispensations. Included are a refutation of covenant theology and a systematic study of future events from a dispensational, pre-millennial, pre-tribulational position.

TH 402.2 - Christology: A systematic study of the Person and work of Jesus Christ: His deity, death, burial, resurrection, and exaltation.

TH 404.3 B Apologetics: A defense of Christianity and Christian doctrine as stated in Scripture. This class supports and explains the Scriptural defense of the Christian faith as opposed by various religions, cults, and beliefs contrary to Scripture.

TH 102.1, 104.1, 202.1, 204.1B Practical Theology: These courses encompass a practical, hands on application of ministry outreach taught in class. The student is expected to be involved in a ministry of his/her local church, under the direction of that church=s pastor, and must submit a weekly report outlining the ministerial participation.

TH 302.1, 304.1, 403.1, 405.1 B Ministry Internship: These courses encompass a practical, hands on application of ministry taught in class. The student is expected to be involved in a ministry of his/her local church, working closely with his pastor in the aspects of the ministry outlined by the Institute. The student must submit a weekly report outlining his ministerial participation.



Not all courses will be offered at all times. The Institute reserves the right to change the subjects offered, semester hours/course, or scheduling if it becomes necessary.



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Transfer Credit Policies

Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute reserves the right to reject transfer credits from anyacademic institution at the discretion of the administration.

Credits may be transferred under the following provisions:

- Only credits which carry a grade of A, B, or C will be accepted for transfer credits.

- No grade lower than an A, B, or C should be expected to transfer from Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute to any other training institution.

- Only courses comparable to the content and quality of those taught at Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute will be accepted for transfer credit.

- Each transfer student will be required to complete a minimum of 50 percent of the classes required for their particular program of study at Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute.

- Transfer students must still complete the necessary courses required by Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute in order to earn a diploma.



Grading System

A
Excellent
93-100%
4 grade points
B
Above Average
85-92%
3 grade points
C
Average
76-84%
2 grade points
D
Below Average
70-75%
1 grade points
F
Failure
0-69%
0 grade points
I
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Academic Load

1clear.gif - 808 BytesTo be considered a full-time student, one must take at least 12 semester hours per semester. A student may not take more than 18 semester hours per semester without approval from the Academic Dean. A load of 16 semester hours per semester is needed for the student to graduate in four years.

1clear.gif - 808 Bytes A Semester Hour consists of one hour of classroom study or lecture for a period of 16 weeks. The student is expect to invest approximately two hours of outside classroom study per semester hour. The student should consider this factor when scheduling his/her classes so as not to over schedule his/her time.

The calculation of clock hours is as follows:

Semester Hours times weeks equals clock hours, e.g. 17 semester hours x 16 weeks = 272 clock hours per semester hour.

A Major:
In order to major in a field of study, the student must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of classes specifically designated for that major.

A Minor:
In order to major in a field of study, the student must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of classes specifically designated for that minor.

A Concentration:
In order to have a concentration in a field of study, the student must complete a minimum of 16 semester hours of classes specifically designated for that concentration.

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Accreditation

1clear.gif - 808 BytesIt is not the intent of Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute to seek secular accreditation for its programs of study. Our institute is to be submitted to the guidelines found within the Scriptures and will not be brought into submission to the standards set by men who are not of like faith and practice.

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General Academic Policies

Attendance:
1clear.gif - 808 BytesRegular attendance at class is required. A student is responsible for all work assigned, including any assignment missed because of absence. Excessive absences (more than 25 percent of the classes) will result in the student receiving a failing grade for the course. If there are extenuating circumstances involved with the absenteeism, the circumstances will be reviewed by the Institute Faculty to determine whether the absences are acceptable. Each case of excessive absenteeism will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Late or Incomplete Assignments:
1clear.gif - 808 Bytes- Any tests missed because of being absent must be made up by the student on the next day of classes. Failure to do so will result in a 5% reduction in the grade for each class day the test is not taken.
1clear.gif - 808 Bytes- The grace period for any class will be 10 days after the completion date of the class. Any test, paper, or assignment turned in later than this will be an automatic 0% grade.

Academic Forgiveness Policy:
1clear.gif - 808 BytesStudents are permitted to repeat a course where a grade of F was earned. Grades of D may also be raised by repeating the course. Repeated courses will be followed by the letter R on the transcript.
1clear.gif - 808 BytesA request to withdrawal from any class requires completion of a withdrawal form obtained from the Registrar. This form must be submitted to the Registrar as well as the business office before the withdrawal becomes official. Failure to follow the administrative procedures for withdrawal will result in a grade of F in the course and a forfeiture of any refund the student may receive. Any course from which the student has withdrawn after the grace period has expired will be followed by the letter W on the transcript.

Academic Grace Period:
1clear.gif - 808 BytesThe student is permitted to add or drop classes during the first two weeks of classes with no penalties. This also applies to students who wish to make changes in their status between ACredit@ and ASit-in.@ Courses dropped after the second week of the semester will be treated as a withdrawal from the class unless approved by the Registrar. Failure to withdrawal officially will result in the academic and financial penalties associated with the Institute policies. Courses may not be added after the third week of the semester
1clear.gif - 808 BytesNo financial refunds will be given for any courses dropped after the seventh week of classes. All withdrawals before the seventh week will be subject to the rules established in the Financial Policy. All fees are non-refundable.

Correspondence Courses:
1clear.gif - 808 BytesSome courses may be available via correspondence. Please contact the Institute for information concerning costs and policies for participation in this program.

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Programs of Study

Diplomas and Certificates Offered

The requirements for a One Year Bible Certificate:

Theology courses 4 credits
Old Testament courses 4 credits
New Testament courses 4 credits
Bible Electives 8 credits
General Electives 12 credits
Total number of semester hours required 32 credits


The requirements for The Associate of Bible Degree:

Theology courses 8 semester hours
Old Testament courses 8 semester hours
New Testament courses 8 semester hours
Church History courses 3 semester hours
Bible Electives 16 semester hours
General Electives 21 semester hours
Total number of semester hours required 64 semester hours


The requirements for a Three Year Bible Diploma

Theology courses 12 semester hours
Old Testament courses 12 semester hours
New Testament courses 12 semester hours
Church History courses 6 semester hours
Bible Electives 24 semester hours
General Electives 30 semester hours
Total number of semester hours required 96 semester hours



The requirements for a Four Year Bachelor Program:
 (For specific requirements see course scheduling section)

Bachelor of Biblical Studies (B.B.S.)
Pastoral Major
128
Credits
Bachelor of Biblical Studies (B.B.S.)
Interdisciplinary
128
Credits

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Schedule

1clear.gif - 808 BytesThe Institute operates on a four year rotation of classes. That is, certain classes are offered one year, others the next, and still others in the third and fourth years. After four years, the cycle repeats itself. Students enrolling in any year of the cycle will be able to complete all four years without difficulty. Each semester there will be at least twelve semester hours of courses offered. Together with one semester hour of Practical Theology or Internship each semester and one three-hour block class, the student is able to earn 16 hours of credit each semester. This allows the student to complete the 128 semester hours necessary to finish the Bachelor program in four years.

Semesters operate as follows:

I. Fall Semester and Spring Semester:

* 5-8 courses will be offered each semester. Each course will meet one night per week for two or three hours.

* Make-up classes which were unable to be taken during a normal rotation will not be offered every semester, but only as the schedule allows a faculty member to be free to teach them. One should not skip a course with the expectation of being able to make up for it in this way.

* Each course will meet for 16 weeks unless otherwise announced.

* This will produce 32 hours of classroom instruction for each two semester hour class and 48 hours in each 3 semester hour class.

II. Summer Semesters:

Summer semesters will be offered based the availability of faculty and also based upon the demand for classes.

III. Minimum Participation:

The Institute reserves the right to drop any class that has less than five students participating in it. If a course has less than five students signed up, it will be left to the discretion of the professor as to whether or not the class should be dropped

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Requirements


Bachelor of Biblical Studies
Bible Major/Pastoral Studies

~ Bible - 38 Credits ~
Genesis - 2 credits
Pentateuch - 2 credits
Historical Books - 3 credits
Poetic Books - 2 credits
Major Prophets - 3 credits
Minor Prophets - 2 credits
Life of Christ I - 2 credits
Life of Christ II - 2 credits
Life of Christ III - 2 credits
Acts - 2 credits
Romans - 3 credits
Pauline Epistles I - 3 credits
Pauline Prison Epistles - 2 credits
Pauline Pastoral Epistles - 2 credits
Hebrews & General Epistles - 3 credits
Daniel/Revelation - 3 credits

~ Church Ministries - 22 Credits ~
Christian Home - 2 credits
Personal Evangelism - 2 credits
Youth Ministries - 2 credits
Church Music - 2 credits
Christian Education - 3 credits
Personal/Church Finance - 2 credits
Pedagogy - 2 credits
Church Planting - 2 credits
Pastoral Theology - 3 credits
Worldviews in Conflict - 2 credits

~ General Education - 11 Credits ~
English Grammar - 3 credits
Composition - 3 credits
Creationism - 2 credits
Counseling - 3 credits

~ Theology -20 Credits ~
Ecclesiology - 3 credits
Bibliology - 3 credits
Christology - 2 credits
Soteriology - 3 credits
Pneumatology - 2 credits
Theology Proper - 3 credits
Dispensations - 2 credits
Anthropology/Hamartiology/ Angelology - 2 credits

~ Greek - 12 Credits ~
Elementary Greek I - 3 credits
Elementary Greek II - 3 credits
Intermediate Greek I - 3 credits
Intermediate Greek II - 3 credits

~ Biblical Studies - 11 Credits ~
Introduction to Missions - 2 credits
Cults - 3 credits
Homiletics I - 2 credits
Homiletics II - 2 credits
Hermeneutic - 2 credits

~ Church History - 6 Credits ~
Baptist History and Polity - 3 credits
History of Fundamentalism - 3 credits

~ Practical Theology - 8 Credits ~


Bachelor of Biblical Studies
Bible Major/Interdisciplinary (Sample)

~ Bible - 38 Credits
Genesis - 2 credits
Pentateuch - 2 credits
Historical Books - 3 credits
Poetic Books - 2 credits
Major Prophets - 3 credits
Minor Prophets - 2 credits
Life of Christ I - 2 credits
Life of Christ II - 2 credits
Life of Christ III - 2 credits
Acts - 2 credits
Romans - 3 credits
Pauline Epistles I - 3 credits
Pauline Prison Epistles - 2 credits
Pauline Pastoral Epistles - 2 credits
Hebrews & General Epistles - 3 credits
Daniel/Revelation - 3 credits

~ Church Ministries - 15 Credits
Personal Evangelism - 2 credits
Youth Ministries - 2 credits
Church Music - 2 credits
Christian Home - 2 credits
Personal/Church Finance - 2 credits
Pedagogy - 2 credits
Christian Education - 3 credits

~ General Education - 13 Credits ~
English Grammar - 3 credits
Composition - 3 credits
Creationism - 2 credits
Counseling - 3 credits
Speech - 2 hours

~ Theology -20 Credits ~
Ecclesiology - 3 credits
Bibliology - 3 credits
Christology - 2 credits
Soteriology - 3 credits
Pneumatology - 2 credits
Theology Proper - 3 credits
Dispensations - 2 credits
Anthropology/Hamartiology/ Angelology - 2 credits

~ Biblical Studies - 5 Credits ~
Introduction to Missions - 2 credits
Cults - 3 credits

~ Church History - 6 Credits ~
Baptist History and Polity - 3 credits
History of Fundamentalism - 3 credits

~ Practical Theology - 6 Credits ~

Interdisciplinary Studies - 25 Credits
(Credits from another source towards a minor)

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Admission and Registration Information

Academic Requirements for Admission:
- Applicants for admission to a degree program at Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute must have earned a high school diploma, or must present evidence that they have passed the General Education Development (GED) test.

- High School juniors and seniors that are at least 16 years of age may take classes with the approval of the Institute administration.

- All qualified applicants will be accepted without regard to race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin.


Spiritual and Doctrinal Requirements:

1clear.gif - 808 BytesWestern Pennsylvania Theological Institute is a Baptist school. All students should understand that Baptist doctrine, Baptist Distinctives, and Baptist polity will be taught. In accordance with this, all students are to be members in good standing of an Independent, Fundamental, Baptist church and must have their pastor's recommendation in order to attend this Institute. The King James Version of the Bible will be the basis for all classroom teaching and student assignments.

1clear.gif - 808 BytesIt is expected that all students enrolled in WPTI will exhibit Christian character and adhere to Biblical standards of conduct whether on or off school property. Because this Institute is a ministry of, and under the authority of, Harvest Baptist Church, students will maintain the lifestyle expressed in the Covenant of Harvest Baptist Church (copies available upon request). It is expected that students at WPTI will be faithful to all the services of their local church unless providentially hindered, and be involved in their church's soul-winning outreach visitation program.

1clear.gif - 808 Bytes It is expected that students of WPTI will practice Biblical morality (as spelled out in the Statement of Faith of Harvest Baptist Church; copies are available upon request), and will separate themselves from worldliness.

1clear.gif - 808 Bytes Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin. However, it is understood that attendance at WPTI is a privilege and not a right. This privilege may be forfeited if the student does not conform to the standards and regulations of WPTI. Student dismissal is a reserved right of WPTI if, in the opinion of the administration, the student does not adhere to the specific rules, as well as the spirit, of WPTI.

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General Information

DressCode

1clear.gif - 808 BytesSince Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute is a reflection of Harvest Baptist Church, formal attire is required. The purpose of the school dress standard is to maintain modesty, appropriateness, and cleanliness. The way a person dresses strongly influences his behavior and study habits. The dress code is intended to produce the atmosphere of order necessary for learning, and to portray a consistent Christian testimony that is complimentary to God=s work. Our goal is a uniform standard that is fair to all and is able to be enforced easily.

1clear.gif - 808 Bytes All students are expected to conform to the school dress code while attending classes and any other school-related functions, unless otherwise instructed. The administration of WPTI reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of a student's appearance and to require him/her to change if necessary.

Men:
1clear.gif - 808 BytesA minimum dress standard means men are to wear dress pants (not denim or jeans), a dress shirt, a tie, and dress shoes. They are to keep their hair cut in a traditional, Christ honoring style, and keep any facial hair neat. No "feminine" jewelry should be worn. Men taking classes as Asit-in@ do not need to wear a tie, but should conform to all other standards.

Women:
1clear.gif - 808 BytesA minimum dress standard means all clothing must exude modesty and be above question. Ladies are to wear dresses or skirts which come below the knee. Slits above the knee are not permitted. All blouses and tops must be modest (not sheer, sleeveless, or low cut). Hairstyles and jewelry should be modest and proper.

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Housing
1clear.gif - 808 BytesNo housing will be offered to the students by the Institute. Students must provide their own housing arrangements and transportation.

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Personnel
Pastor Kurt W. Skelly,
Bible, Biblical Studies, General Education
B.S., M.P.T., Hyles-Anderson College
MDiv., Emmanuel Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Mark Montgomery, President
Theology, Biblical Studies, Church Ministries
B.A., M.A., Maranatha Baptist Bible College
D.S.Min., Northland Baptist Bible College

Pastor Dennis Smith
Theology, Bible, Languages
B.S., University of Pittsburgh
MDiv., Bible Baptist Seminary

Mr. Marc Jacobs
Creationism
B.S., Hyles-Anderson College

Dr. James Herb
Bible, Languages, Church Ministries
B.S., M.B.S., Ambassador Baptist College
MDiv., Emmanuel Baptist Theological Seminary
Th.D., Andersonville Theological Seminary

Pastor Bob Ross
Bible, History, Church Ministries
B.A., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Hyles -Anderson College

Mrs. Marguerite Kistler
General Education
B.A., Cedarville College
MEd., University of Pittsburgh

Mr. Ross Hodsdon, Visiting Professor
Missions
B.A., Gordon College
M.A., Cal. State Northridge (linguistics)

Dr. Earl Jessup, Visiting Professor
Church Planting
Th.B., Piedmont Bible College
MMin., Northland Baptist Bible College
D.D., Faithway Baptist College

Dr. Thomas Strouse, Visiting Professor
Theology, Bible
B.S., Purdue University
MDiv., Maranatha Baptist Bible College
PhD., Bob Jones University

Dr. Aaron Strouse, Visiting Professor
History
B.S., Pensacola Christian College
M.R.E., D.R.E., Tabernacle Baptist Theological Seminary

Dr. Connie Champeon, Adjunct Professor
General Education
B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist Bible College
Ph.D., University of Texas Arlington

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Application Information

  1. Please contact the Institute to receive an application.

  2. Complete the Application in full

  3. Return the completed Application with $25.00 application fee (non refundable). Application will be processed only if the fee is paid.

  4. Deliver the Recommendation forms to the proper individuals, making sure all of your personal information has already been filled in, [It is customary to provide an addressed, stamped envelope when delivering the Recommendation forms], then have the individual mail it directly to the Institute.

  5. Request all transcripts from high school, colleges, and other institutions of learning that you have attended. Official transcripts should be sent directly to Western Pennsylvania Theological Institute in a sealed envelope.

  6. Submit an autobiographical sketch, including family information; church and home information; employment information; a testimony of salvation; the time and place of baptism by immersion; life purposes and goals. Transfer students should note specific reasons for transfer.

  7. Upon receipt of ALL materials requested, WPTI will send a notification of application status along with further instructions.


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