The Pastors Academy at London Seminary has handed over its Masters in Theology (ThM) to be run by the Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PRTS), which is based in North America.
From January 2019, the partnership with Westminster Theological Seminary, which currently runs the ThM, will end. In a statement, London Seminary commented: ‘We are sad our formal partnership with Westminster is drawing to a close, and are very grateful for all Westminster and so many of its faculty have selflessly given to this work in the UK over the years. But we are thrilled to have found such dynamic new partners at PRTS’.
In the new-look ThM students will be able to specialise in biblical studies and systematic theology, as well as in historical theology. The statement said: ‘We have been trying for over a decade to establish a biblical studies specialism, so this is a wonderful development.
‘As well as deepening pastors’ grasp of the Scriptures for their preaching, we hope to be part of training up some home-grown, conservative and yet appropriately creative biblical scholars’.
Joel R. Beeke, president of PRTS, said: ‘We trust that, by God’s grace, this newly established programme, in addition to our PhD programme in London, will stress both solid reformed academic training and vital piety, and will serve to strengthen the church and the academy in unprecedented ways’.