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President's Greeting

Some Bible interpreters claim they are not interpreting at all but are simply presenting the definitive, unadulterated words of God.   


We all interpret. In fact, it is our responsibility to interpret.

How Christians interpret the Bible matters. It matters a great deal. With the Bible in hand, Christians have justified punishment, retribution, prejudice, slavery, and the pursuit of “Christ’s will” at the end of a gun barrel or sword point. Some Christians use the Bible to reject the scientific pursuit of knowledge.  

At Phillips Theological Seminary, we:

  • Educate you to interpret the Bible responsibly--responsible to God, responsible to the Gospel, responsible to the people you serve, and responsible to standards of good scholarship.
  • Insist that you examine your beliefs, biases, and assumptions about the Bible and God.
  • Broaden and deepen the community of interpreters with whom you read the Bible.

God has a mission in the world. The Christian movement needs leaders who interpret the Bible in a manner that works with God to mend this broken world. Phillips educates such leaders. 

Interested? Please be in touch.

PTS Video: President's Inauguration Speech

November 10, 2009, Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend was inaugurated as president of Phillips Theological Seminary. We invite you to watch a video of his inauguration address or read the speech text

PTS Audio: Interview with the President

July 12, 2012, Dr. Gary Peluso-Verdend was interviewed by KWGS, Tulsa Public Radio. We invite you to listen to the audio of this interview or read the interview text.


Gary Peluso-Verdend
President & Associate Professor of Practical Theology

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