Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will host a church educators’ certification course “Reformed Theology” Oct. 26-30. The Rev. Dr. James A. Gilchrist, senior pastor and head of staff at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair, Pa., will lead the group.

This course will provide an overview of the essential tenets of Reformed theology for Christian educators and others who teach or preach in the Reformed tradition, and for those of different backgrounds who seek a clearer understanding of Reformed theology. Readings from historic confessions of faith and from an introductory text in systematic theology will inform classroom discussions on key topics, with a view to cultivating theological understanding among members of contemporary congregations.

For more information or to register contact the Office of Continuing Education at 412-924-1345, ConEd@testsite.pts.edu, or online. Registration is $225 and includes the Journey Inward, Journey Outward conference. Overnight housing is available on campus. Call 412-924-1397 to make a reservation.

Gilchrist is a graduate of Yale University (B.A.), Yale Divinity School (M.Div.), and Carnegie Mellon University (Ph.D.). He was ordained in the United Methodist Church, and he transferred to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1993. Before coming to Westminster, he served five congregations and was executive director of The Wesley Institute in Upper St. Clair. Gilchrist is passionate about education and enjoys teaching in a church setting. He has also taught courses at Carnegie Mellon University, Dickinson College, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has published articles in The Christian Century, the History of Education Quarterly, and the Encyclopedia of Social History.

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary is a graduate professional institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). Founded in 1794, the Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pa. and approximately 320 students are enrolled yearly in the degree programs. The Seminary prepares leaders who proclaim with great joy God’s message of good news in both word and deed. PTS is rooted in the Reformed history of faithfulness to Scripture and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.