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Valley Baptist Church

Dispensational Theological Seminary

55330 Lovegren Dr., Cherry Grove, OR, 503-357-5795

Seminary Catalog








Valley Baptist Church


Gaston, Oregon



-- Information Catalog –


   This school is The Dispensational Theological Seminary of Valley Baptist Church of Gaston, Oregon, a non-profit corporation authorized by the State of Oregon to offer and confer the academic degree described herein, followed by a determination that state academic standards will be satisfied under OAR 583-030.  Inquiries concerning the standards or school compliance may be directed to the Office of Degree Authorization, 1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100, Eugene, Oregon 97401.


The Dispensational Theological Seminary is the extension of the educational ministry of the Valley Baptist Church of Gaston, Oregon.  Being such, its purpose is to glorify God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ by accepting students who can reasonably be supposed to have the spiritual gift of pastor-teacher or teacher and to teach courses designed to increase the student's biblical knowledge and equip the student to use library tools to exegete and propagate Biblical knowledge in a local church, so that each Christian may be mature in Christ; Colossians 1:28.


   The Advisory Board of the Seminary Selected by Valley Baptist Church of Gaston are:


         Mr. Dan Christiansen                                          Hillsboro, Oregon


         Mr. Bruce Myron                                                 Beaverton, Oregon


         Mr. Mark Prewitt                                                Woodburn, Oregon




Hermeneutics determines one's theology.  As a result of a consistent literal interpretation of Scripture, this seminary is Dispensational.  However, our Dispensationalism is not to be confused with that brand of theology called Hyper or Ultra Dispensationalism.  We do not hold nor teach Hyper or Ultra Dispensationalism.


We would be in accord with the type of Dispensationalism taught by the Scofield Reference Bible and Chafer's Systematic Theology.


This seminary is unique for the following reasons:


1.   It is local church related.  It is not an institution by itself, but is an extension of a local church's ministry.


2.   Normally this seminary will not accept transfer credits unless the transfer is from a dispensationally consistent graduate school.  We do not claim to be the sole possessors of the truth, but unless the course content is the same, a transfer of credit would be difficult.  When transfer credits are allowed, the required curriculum is adjusted accordingly.


3.   It is confusing to most Christians to see the contradictions and disagreements in Biblical commentaries.  It is also upsetting to attend a seminary where professors have views in disagreement with one another.  This seminary has a faculty in agreement in all areas of theology.  Such a unity should exist if each one is illumined by the Holy Spirit to the one system of truth in Scripture, Eph. 4:1-6.


4.   At this seminary we believe the Bible is sufficient for the totality of Christian life and ministry, II Tim. 3:16-17.   Therefore, only subjects directly related to the Bible are taught.  These subjects are designed to give the student knowledge of the Bible itself.  The only courses taught are those which increase Biblical knowledge or which equip the student to use the tools to exegete and propagate Biblical knowledge.  The graduate student is mature enough to study and keep abreast of contemporary issues on his own.  The Bible will be the textbook of all courses.


5.   The only students who will be accepted are those who can reasonably be supposed to have the spiritual gift of pastor-teacher or teacher.  Thus, a student in this seminary will be learning to use his spiritual gift.


6.   This Biblically oriented seminary will not offer as a study, nor teach, the doctrines of false cults or non-Biblical theologies.  The student will learn to recognize error by learning the truth.


7.   This will be a faculty run seminary, under the authority of the local church, but directly governed and administered by the faculty.  There will be an advisory board elected by Valley Baptist Church.


8.   This seminary does not believe gain to be godliness, I Tim. 6:3-6.  Therefore, it does not aspire to largeness.  After the number of students reaches the limit set, no one will be admitted until graduates leave a vacancy.  The student body of this school will be a limited, select group of men who have common goals and can thus have genuine fellowship among themselves and with the faculty.


9.   This seminary is the extension of the educational ministry of an independent local Baptist church.  The Valley Baptist Church of Gaston, Oregon, is a fundamental church independent of any ecclesiastical group.  However, it does fellowship with others of like doctrine.  Therefore, the seminary is Baptist in orientation.


FACILITIES:  The seminary is located in the facilities of Valley Baptist Church of Gaston, which is located in Cherry Grove in a tranquil, country setting at the head of PattonValley.  The beautiful wooded surroundings are typical of Northwest Oregon, yet the school is only 12 miles from Forest Grove and 35 miles from metropolitan Portland, within convenient distance for ample housing and employment.  Several classrooms are located in three different stories in this rustic country church, and the main auditorium is used for chapel.


DEGREES OFFERED:  At this present time only the M.Div. (Master of Divinity) degree will be offered.  This degree will be given upon completion of the required courses to those who have an acceptable Bachelors degree.




         Dale R. Spurbeck, M.Div. [Telephone (503) 359-5209]


              Professor of Greek and Bible Analysis


         David K. Spurbeck, Th.M. [Telephone (503) 357-5795]


              Professor of Hebrew and Bible Analysis


         Chris Camilli, M.Div. [Telephone (503) 357-0250]


              Associate Professor of Hebrew and Bible Analysis



CHAPEL:  In a three year cycle, all of the Bible is taught either in exegesis, Bible Analysis, or chapel, except the books of Samuel, Kings and Chronicles.  The chapel services maintain a consistent quality and continuity of interpretation by our faculty members who preach exegetical and analytical studies through books of the Bible.


WIVES' PROGRAM:  For the spiritual maturing of the wives of seminary students, two hours of instruction will be given one evening a week concurrent with the quarter day classes.  Seminary student wives will be permitted to take all evening classes without charge.  Others requesting the courses will be charged $10.00 per hour.  No credit will be given toward the seminary degree.


STUDENT CLASSIFICATION:  Regular students are those taking at least twelve hours a quarter in pursuing a degree.


Irregular students are those pursuing a degree but taking fewer than twelve hours a quarter.


Special students are those who are not qualified for a degree but are taking the required courses for graduation.  Any special student taking less than twelve hours a quarter will be classified as a part-time student.  A limited number of mature men who do not hold a college degree will be admitted as special students.  Such men will be awarded a Certificate of Graduation upon completion of the required curriculum.  At a later date, upon completion of baccalaureate work, the Certificate will be exchanged for the M.Div. degree.


ENROLLMENT:  Applications for admission must be received at least thirty days before the beginning of the Fall quarter.  A Baccalaureate degree is required of all students entering our degree program.  Beyond an acceptable Bachelor's degree, only one course - Greek Grammar 112 - has an entrance requirement of the equivalent of one year of Bible College Greek.  If a matriculating student does not have such a course on his transcript, he must pass an entrance exam before he will be allowed to register for this class.


ATTENDANCE:  Because this seminary concentrates on class teaching time with a minimum of homework, good attendance is mandatory.  Our standard policy  is  that  three  occasions  of  tardiness  equal  one  absence,  and  more  absences than  the number  of quarter  hours for  that class  will result in a final grade penalty.


Absenteeism for more than 25% of the quarter would necessitate the student's withdrawal from class.  This normal policy will be followed except under extenuating circumstances.


CHRISTIAN SERVICE:  Required of each student is participation in some Christian service activity approved by the faculty.  This permits the student to use what he is learning in his own life and also to benefit others.


STUDENT PROGRESS:  A high standard of academic and spiritual progress is expected of each student.  A letter grading system is followed:  A, B, C, D and F.  The minimum passing grade is D.  The minimum grade point average of C (2.00) is required for graduation with the Master of Divinity degree.  A student who fails to maintain a quarterly grade point average of 2.00 is placed on probation.  If unsatisfactory progress is made, a student will be counseled by the faculty; and if no improvement is made during the quarter, he will be asked to leave.  At the faculty's discretion, he may re-enter another quarter on a probationary basis for that quarter.  Complete records of each student's progress are maintained by the seminary and are available to the student, but to no one else without his permission.


STUDENT CONDUCT:  Because this seminary desires to graduate well-rounded, thoroughly prepared men for the ministry of the Word of God, each student's conduct as well as his academic achievement is carefully observed.  Any student conducting himself in a manner unbecoming to a pastoral ministry will be counseled by the faculty and placed on probation.  If the conduct is of a serious nature, such that it may disqualify him from serving in the churches for which he is being prepared (i. e. morals, dishonesty, etc.), the student will be immediately expelled without provision for re-admission.


RACE:  The seminary admits qualified students of any race, color and national or ethnic origin.




         (a)     The seminary will be able to meet its financial obligation and


                  maintain its Christian testimony only as each student meets his


                  obligations.  Therefore, each student maintains his personal


                  testimony by paying his tuition promptly.


         (b)     Registration Fee:  $25.00.  This will be charged one time only


                  and is due at the time the application is received.  This fee is




                  V. A. Refund Policy:  In compliance with Regulation 14255, only $10.00 of this registration fee will be considered nonrefundable for veterans receiving V.A. benefits.  The Remaining $15.00 and all additional tuition will be refunded on a pro rata basis.


         (c)     Tuition of $65.00 a quarter hour will be charged.  A full academic load is eighteen quarter hours per quarter resulting in tuition fees of $1170.00 each quarter.  Appropriate graduation fees will be charged in the final quarter of the student's graduation year.


         (d)     Books:  The required books and/or syllabi for classes will seldom exceed an average of $5.00 to $10.00 per quarter.  For a few classes, technical works may increase this cost.


         (e)     Refund:  Students who find it necessary to withdraw from the seminary are refunded 80% after the first week, 70% after the second week, 60% after the third week, 50% after the fourth week, and no refund thereafter.








Theological Studies




Theology 111 -- Christian Life -- The walk and warfare of the saint is considered.  Lust, which is the basis for temptation leading to sin, is traced to its three sources.  On the basis of the Christian's standing and state, the responsibilities of being filled by and walking by the Holy Spirit are analyzed.  The usage of the armor of God is explained.  The development of the believer to abiding and maturity is examined.  4 hrs.



Theology 121 -- Bibliology and Dispensationalism -- The doctrine of the Scriptures is studied with an emphasis on the subjects of inspiration, revelation, animation, illumination, inerrancy, and authority.  The authority of the Scriptures is seen in two areas:  faith and practice.  In delineating these two areas of authority, the basis for dispensationalism is developed.  4 hrs.




Theology 131 -- Theology Proper, Trinitarianism, and the Decree -- The study of the doctrine of Deity relates to the existence, essence, and attributes of God.  The personal Trinitarian distinctions within one nature of Deity are explained.  The ontological and economic relations of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are detailed.  An analysis and schedule of the decree is made from Scripture.  4 hrs.




Theology 211 -- Christology -- The doctrine of the Son, including His eternal existence, sonship, and pre-incarnate ministry, leads to a study of the hypostatic union of the two natures of the incarnate Son.  The union of Christ's two natures is then related to His Person, His impeccability, death, burial, resurrection, exaltation, present and future ministries.  4 hrs.




Theology 221 -- Pneumatology -- The doctrine of the Holy Spirit includes His personality, Deity, and ministries prior to and during creation.  His distinctive Old Testament ministries are contrasted to His ministries to Christ and the Church saint.  His future ministries in the tribulation, millennium, and eternity future are examined.  4 hrs.





Theology 231 -- Anthropology, Hamartiology and Angelology -- The doctrine of man is studied from the time of the creation of Adam, his fall and effects on mankind.  The trichotomous nature of man as to origin, depravity, function, and future is considered.


The doctrine of sin is studied as to its origin, identity, nature, and relationship to the totality of unrighteousness.  A study of thirty-two Greek words and twenty-two Hebrew words helps define the limits of sin and unrighteousness.


The doctrine of the holy angels relates to their being, ranks, and orders, as well as to their present and future ministries.  4 hrs.




Theology 311 -- Soteriology, Satanology, and Demonology -- the doctrine of salvation is considered on the basis of the twenty-two accomplishments of the cross.  The finished aspect of the cross work and the benefits accruing to the believer are itemized and minutely analyzed.  The riches of salvation are then summarized.


The doctrines of Satan and demons are studied in relation to the origin, motives, abilities, and methods of these fallen spirit beings.  4 hrs.




Theology 321 -- Ecclesiology and Prayer -- The origin and nature of the Church, which is the Body of Christ, is examined.  The relationship of the local assembly to that Body and its great importance to the ministry of each believer is emphasized.  The Biblical officers and polity of the local church are examined, and the ministry of the church in today's world is explained.


The doctrine of the believer's communication with God is developed under the eight classifications given in Scripture.  4 hrs.




Theology 331 -- Eschatology -- The doctrine of the future is related to the Church, to Israel, and to the Gentiles.  These three groups are related to that part of unfulfilled Scripture which identifies each as to their respective roles in God's future plan.  The pre-tribulation rapture is seen as the only position compatible with the uniqueness of the Church as the bride of Christ.  4 hrs.




Greek Studies




Greek 112 -- Greek Grammar -- In this intermediate level course the accidence of Koine Greek is reviewed.  The grammar of the noun is considered with reference to its case system, followed by a study of the prepositions and their use with the various cases of the noun system.  Also, the building of a Greek vocabulary is begun.  One year of introductory Greek is prerequisite4 hrs.




Greek 122 -- Greek Grammar -- The Greek verb system is studied, stressing the importance of the tenses, moods, and voices in exegeting the New Testament.  The distinctive meanings belonging to the different parts of the verb are emphasized.  The building of a Greek vocabulary is continued.  GR 112 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Greek 132 -- Greek Grammar -- Participles, infinitives, and clauses which join the Greek noun and verb systems together are the consideration of this course.  For the purpose of becoming acquainted with the Greek New Testament, Greek reading is introduced.  The building of a Greek vocabulary is further emphasized.  GR 122 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Greek 212 -- Greek Syntax -- The general syntax of the sentence is studied as a basis for the specialized interrelationships among noun forms, prepositions, and problematical case constructions.  The use of diagramming is introduced as a tool for understanding syntactical relationships.  GR 132 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Greek 222 -- Greek Syntax -- Emphasis is placed on the syntax of the definite article, such as its unique interpretative importance when attached to the term Christ.  Similarly the functions of adjectives and adverbs are studied, along with the syntax of tenses.  GR 212 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Greek 232 -- Greek Syntax -- One of the most commonly used parts of speech in the New Testament -- the infinitive -- is also one of the most commonly misunderstood and abused in translation.  Therefore, special care is given to its syntax in this course, along with its cousin, the participle.  Relative clauses are another trouble spot that is emphasized, and conditional/concessive clauses are examined as vitally important interpretative elements.  GR 222 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Greek 312 -- Greek Exegesis -- Two Pauline books -- Philippians and Philemon -- are exegeted in this course.  Translating and reading from the original are done daily, but the major emphasis in the course is on the practical blending of grammar and syntax into a consistent literal interpretation.  Diagrammatic analysis of the Greek text is also used as a tool to achieve this goal.  GR 232 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Greek 322 -- Greek Exegesis -- Selected portions from Mark and Luke are exegeted with the same goal and procedures as in GR 312.  The styles of these authors differ significantly, not only between themselves but with Paul as well.  This contrast is emphasized in this course.  GR 312 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Greek 332 --Textual Criticism -- Not to be confused with "higher criticism," textual criticism is necessary for anyone to be a competent workman in the Greek New Testament.  The history of the text, scribal habits, intentional and unintentional changes, the effect of the early "schools" at Alexandria, Antioch, and Caesarea, the theory of families and recensions, and the men who wrote the editions are all studied with a view to a practical working knowledge of the issues involved in textual criticism.  The examination of copies of selected manuscripts (such as Alexandrinas, Vaticanus, P66,  P75) is also provided for the student.  Considerable time is spent both on the problem of "the Textus Receptus versus the critical text" and the use of a critical apparatus.  GR 322 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Hebrew Studies




Hebrew 113 -- Hebrew Vocabulary -- The careful building of extensive Hebrew vocabulary establishes a foundation for the translation and exegesis of the Hebrew Bible.  Special emphasis is made on building and expanding vocabulary from Hebrew roots.  Extensive classroom drill using overlearning principles is used to minimize work outside the classroom.  The basic grammar of the Hebrew noun is presented.  4 hrs.




Hebrew 123 -- Hebrew Verbal Forms -- A careful study of the Hebrew strong verb is pursued providing a basis for learning the weak verb.  Drill from the Hebrew Bible is used to solidify the student's learning of the Hebrew verb system.  Classroom drill with an emphasis upon overlearning techniques minimizes the work necessary outside the classroom.  HEB 113 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Hebrew 133 -- Hebrew Verbal Forms and Grammar -- The mastery of the Hebrew verb system is expected with the final drills in the Hebrew weak verb.  The fundamentals of Hebrew grammar are solidified through drill and the translation of selected sections of the Hebrew Bible and sections of the textbook.  Continued building of vocabulary is seen as essential.  This course completes the study of Yate's elemental Hebrew grammar.  Translation drill ties to the third quarter chapel series if the series is in the Old Testament.  HEB 123 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Hebrew 213 -- Hebrew Syntax -- The syntactical relationships of Hebrew words to one another in clauses and phrases are carefully studied.  Hebrew verbless clauses, prepositional phrases, and Hebrew sentences are carefully analyzed.  Extensive translation from selected passages of the Hebrew Bible is expected.  HEB 133 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Hebrew 223 -- Old Testament Textual Criticism and Word Studies -- The textual apparatus of Biblia Hebraica (Kittel and Stuttgartensia) is evaluated so the student can adequately evaluate the accuracy of the Hebrew text. The history of the development of the Hebrew text is shared.  The analysis of Hebrew tools for word studies is provided.  Practice in the use of the tools is given as the student prepares word studies.  Procedures for Hebrew word studies are examined with the goal of demonstrating the theological and expositional values of Old Testament word studies.  A critique of the Septuagint is presented as well as an evaluation of the Dead Sea scrolls and their contributions to textual criticism.  HEB 213 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Hebrew 233 -- Exegesis of Genesis and Judges -- The translation and exegesis of major theological passages in the book of Genesis is expected in this course.  The parsing of verbs and analysis of syntactical relationships are central to the translation of these passages.  Selected passages in Judges introduce the student to the translation of Hebrew historical narrative.  Those passages not translated are surveyed with an emphasis upon the linguistic content of the material.  HEB 223 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Hebrew 313 -- Exegesis of the Megilloth -- The translation and exegesis of the Scrolls including Ruth, Canticles, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations and Esther are expected in this course.  An analysis of simple Hebrew narrative and an introduction to elements of Hebrew poetry are primary aspects of this course.  HEB 233 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Hebrew 323 -- Exegesis of Ezra, Nehemiah and Daniel -- Limited translation is done in Ezra and Nehemiah to expose the student to the style of the historical period.  All Hebrew sections of Daniel are translated with special attention given to the key eschatological sections.  An exegetical paper is required on a key section of Daniel.  An introduction to Biblical Aramaic is given in this course.  HEB 313 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Hebrew 333 -- Exegesis of Ezekiel -- The book of Ezekiel is exegeted with the student translating the key theological sections.  Principles of Hebrew diagramming are introduced and used to a limited degree in this course.  Special attention is given to the eschatological themes in the book.  HEB 323 is prerequisite.  4 hrs.




Bible Analysis




Bible Analysis 114 -- Analysis of Ephesians and Colossians -- A careful, detailed study of the Greek texts of Ephesians and Colossians is made examining the exegetical, expositional character of each book.  Theological concepts and themes are pursued and systematized with a special emphasis upon the development of in Christ (including positional truth) in the epistles.  A harmony of the two books will demonstrate their doctrinal and linguistic similarities.  Specific suggestions will be made concerning different preaching and teaching approaches to each epistle.  4 hrs.




Bible Analysis 124 -- Analysis of the Corinthian Epistles -- The letters of Paul to the church in Corinth are exegeted with an emphasis upon the doctrine of the church as it is exhibited in these letters to a pastorless church.  A verse by verse analysis is pursued with an emphasis upon the problem passages in the two letters.  4 hrs.




Bible Analysis 134 -- Analysis of the Thessalonian Epistles -- A detailed analysis of the letters of Paul to the church in Thessalonica is made with careful study of the contents of the text, the theology of the text, the problems, and textual variants of the text.  Special consideration is given to the eschatological contributions of the books with an emphasis upon the pre-tribulational rapture of the Church.  4 hrs.




Bible Analysis 214 -- Analysis of Acts -- The history book of the early church is analyzed from the original language.  The transitional theology of the early years of the Dispensation of Grace is emphasized, including the problems relating to pneumatology and hyperdispensationalism.  4 hrs.




Bible Analysis 224 -- Analysis of Romans -- The past, present, and future aspects of salvation are the theme of Paul's letter to the Romans.  Paul unfolds many truths here about the work of our Savior and the problem of sin -- its origin, its mediate and immediate imputation to man, sin guilt versus sin nature and the results of each.  But he also reveals both the future victory and the present victory for the believer through resurrection life and our position in Christ.  This masterful treatise is examined from the Greek with as many language helps as time permits.  4 hrs.




Bible Analysis 234 -- Analysis of James and Jude  Two of the Lord's half-brothers wrote two significant epistles particularly involving Jewish believers.  The difficulties that believers faced after being saved out of the legality of Judaism were very unique, especially in the early years of the church.  For a while the Holy Spirit even dealt differently with them than with Gentile believers, an issue chronicled by James.  Each of these epistles is analyzed from the original language.  4 hrs.




Bible Analysis 314 -- Analysis of Galatians and First, Second and Third John -- An analysis is made of Galatians with emphasis on Paul's unique apostleship, the gospel of grace for saints and the unique provisions of grace for the maturing of the believer in his position as a son in Christ.  An analysis of 1 John leads one to understand the abiding life which is necessary to go on to fellowship with the Father by walking in the light.  4 hrs.




Bible Analysis 324 -- Analysis of Hebrews -- Hebrews is analyzed concerning the many warnings to the carnal Christian.  The need to be borne on to maturity is established as the only response to the better things in Christ.  The two new covenants, one to the Church and one to Israel in the future, are clearly set forth.  The role of Christ as the mediator of the Church's new covenant is explained.  The better hope for the faith of the grace believer is presented.  4 hrs.




Bible Analysis 334 -- Analysis of I and II Peter -- These epistles are analyzed as to the matter in which a spiritual Christian may learn to use the fruit of the Spirit and his spiritual gift.  The prophecies, unique to Peter, of the day of the Lord and the day of God are explained and harmonized with the rest of Scripture.  4 hrs.


Pastoral Studies




Homiletics 115 -- Hermeneutics -- Dispensationalism is the result of a consistent literal interpretation of the Scriptures.  The basic principles of the literal, historical, grammatical interpretation of the Bible are carefully examined and applied to selected illustrative passages of Scripture.  The student is encouraged to apply the principles consistently in his study and exposition of the Scriptures.  2 hrs.




Homiletics 125 -- Sermon Preparation -- Effective communication skills are a must for any teacher or pastor-teacher.  In this course, concentration is placed upon analyzing and building the parts of a sermon into a cohesive, logical unit.  2 hrs.




Homiletics 135 -- Communication -- Once the skill of preparing a good sermon has been acquired, it is necessary to add rhetorical devices that permit better communication with the audience.  Numerous ways to make a sermon more interesting to listen to and more "rememberable" are studied and practiced.  HOM 125 is prerequisite.  2 hrs.




Homiletics 215 -- Style and Voice -- Special Attention is given to preaching styles and proper use of the voice.  The role of gestures is investigated as well as leadership rapport.  HOM 135 is prerequisite.  2 hrs.




Homiletics 226 -- Pastoral Counseling -- Working from the premise that the Bible provides sufficient information for dealing with all of the needs of the believer, this course evaluates the Scriptural principles for dealing with the functions of the human mind.  An extensive analysis of the Scriptural teaching concerning the soul, the spirit, the mind, conscience, spiritual enemies, and answers to problems is done.  The student is encouraged to reject modern "Christian psychology" for New Testament anthropology.  2 hrs.



Homiletics 236 -- Pastoral Problems and Procedures -- The student is given information which will assist him in dealing with problems and procedures in the local church and pastoral ministry.  Areas of study include:  personal life, family life, library, use of time, public ministry, administration of the Lord's table, baptismal procedure, and  the  conducting  of  weddings  and  funerals.   The  pastor  and  his relationship to government is discussed with an emphasis upon the elements of civil law that affect pastors.  2 hrs.




Homiletics 315 -- Preaching -- Student preaching on a regular basis is begun in this first quarter of the third year.  Analysis by one or more faculty as well as the students is designed to augment the student's effectiveness in preaching.  HOM 215 is prerequisite.  2 hrs.




Homiletics 325 -- Preaching -- Student preaching is continued as in HOM 315, but several "special occasion" messages are required, such as messages for a wedding, a funeral, a radio broadcast, a candidating situation, a banquet, etc.  HOM 315 is prerequisite.  2 hrs.




Homiletics 335 -- Preaching -- Student preaching is continued with attention given to the "special occasion" messages and their particular problems.  As part of his homiletical training, each student will conduct a Lord's Table service and preach his senior sermon in the local church.  One segment of the quarter is devoted to instruction and practice in parliamentary procedure.  HOM 325 is prerequisite.  2 hrs.

















First Year












Th111 Chr. Life


Th121 Bibilology


Th131 Theology Proper


Gr112 Grammar


Gr122 Grammar


Gr132 Grammar


Heb113 Vocab.


Heb123 Verb Form


Heb133 Grammar


BA114 Eph. & Col.


BA124 1 & 2 Cor.


BA134 1 & 2 Thess.


Hom115 Herm.


Hom125 Sermon Prep.


Hom135 Communication


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Second Year












Th211 Christology


Th221 Pneumatology


Th231 Anthro. Hamar. Angelology


Gr212 Syntax


Gr222 Syntax


Gr232 Syntax


Heb213 Syntax


Heb223 OT Crit.


Gr233 Syntax


BA214 Acts


BA224 Romans


BA234 James & Jude


Hom216 Style & Voice


Hom226 Past. Counsel.


Hom236 Pastoral Prob.


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Third Year












Th311 Sot.Satan & Demonology


Th321 Ecclesiology & Prayer


Th331 Eschatology


Gr312 Exegesis.


Gr322 Exegesis


Gr332 Exegesis


Heb313 Exegesis


Heb323 Exegesis


Heb333 Exegesis


BA 314 Gal., 1, 2, 3 John


BA324 Hebrews


BA334 1 & 2 Peter


Hom315 Preaching


Hom325 Preaching


Hom335 Preaching


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Fall Quarter First Year Classes:

Theology 111 – Christian Life (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Greek 112 – Greek Grammar (D. R. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Hebrew 113 – Hebrew Vocabulary (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Bible Analysis 114 – Analysis of Ephesians and Colossians (Chris Camilli) – 4 hours

Homiletics 115 – Hermeneutics (D. K. Spurbeck) – 2 hours

Total hours = 18 Academic Hours


Winter Quarter First Year Classes:

Theology 121 – Bibliology and Dispensations (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Greek 122 – Greek Grammar (D. R. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Hebrew 123 – Hebrew Verb Forms (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Bible Analysis 124 – Analysis of 1 and 2 Corinthians (Chris Camilli) – 4 hours

Homiletics 125 – Sermon Preparation (D. R. Spurbeck) – 2 hours

Total hours = 18 Academic Hours


Spring Quarter First Year Classes:

Theology 131 – Theology Proper, Trinitarianism and the Decree (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Greek 132 – Greek Grammar (D. R. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Hebrew 133 – Hebrew Verbal Forms and Grammar (David Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Bible Analysis 134 – Analysis of 1 and 2 Thessalonians (Chris Camilli) – 4 hours

Homiletics 135 – Communication (D. K. Spurbeck) – 2 hours

Total hours = 18 Academic Hours


Fall Quarter Second Year Classes:

Theology 211 – Christology (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Greek 212 – Grammar (D. R. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Hebrew 213 – Hebrew Syntax (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Bible Analysis 214 – Acts (D. R. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Homiletics 215 – Style and Voice (D. R. Spurbeck) – (2 hours)

Total Hours = 18 Academic Hours


Winter Quarter Second Year Classes:

Theology 221 – Pneumatology (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Greek 222 – Greek Syntax (D. R. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Hebrew 233 – Exegesis of Genesis and Judges (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Bible Analysis 224 – Romans (D. R. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Homiletics 226 – Pastoral Counseling (D. K. Spurbeck) – (2 hours)

Total Hours = 18 Academic Hours


Spring Quarter Second Year Classes:

Theology 231 – Anthropology, Hamartiology and Angelology (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Greek 232 – Greek Syntax (D. R. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Hebrew 223 – Hebrew Textual Criticism and Word Studies (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Bible Analysis 234 – Analysis of James and Jude (D. R. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

HOM236 – Pastoral Problems and Procedure (David Spurbeck) – 2 hours

Total Hours = 18 Academic Hours


Fall Quarter Third Year Classes:

Theology 311 – Soteriology, Satanology, Demonology (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Greek 312 – Greek Exegesis -- Philippians and Philemon (D. R. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Hebrew 313 – Hebrew Exegesis -- The Megilloth (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Bible Analysis 314 – Analysis of Galatians and the First Epistle of John (Chris Camilli) – 4 hours

Homiletics 315 – Preaching (Faculty) – 2 hours

Total hours = 18 Academic Hours


Winter Quarter Third Year Classes:

Theology 321 – Ecclesiology, Prayer (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Greek 322 – Greek Syntax (D. R. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Hebrew 323 – Exegesis of Ezra, Nehemiah and Daniel (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Bible Analysis 324 – Analysis of Hebrews (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Homiletics 325 – Preaching (D. R. Spurbeck) – 2 hours

Total hours = 18 Academic Hours


Spring Quarter Third Year Classes:

Theology 331 – Eschatology (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Greek 332 – Textual Criticism (D. R. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Hebrew 333 – Hebrew Exegesis of Ezekiel (D. K. Spurbeck) – 4 hours

Bible Analysis 334 – Analysis of I & II Peter (Chris Camilli)

Homiletics 335 – Preaching (D. R. Spurbeck) – 2 hours

Total hours = 18 Academic Hours






The epitome of all things practical is the Word of God and hence expository preaching is extremely important. One of the unique programs of Dispensational Theological Seminary is the chapel program. Each quarter an expository chapel series is presented as part of the academic program. These fifty minute preaching sessions each day expose the student to studies of 28 books of the Bible in his three year seminary course. Seminary faculty members present each series from the original languages. Attendance is required for graduation. Classroom studies combined with the chapel series expose the student to 60 of the 66 books of the Bible in an academic way in his three year seminary career. The Old Testament historical books are not included because of time limitations. The following gives the chapel sequence:


First Year

Fall Quarter 

Isaiah and Jeremiah

Winter Quarter


Spring Quarter


Second Year

Fall Quarter

Minor Prophets

Winter Quarter


Spring Quarter

Pastoral Epistles

Third Year

Fall Quarter

Exodus thru Joshua

Winter Quarter


Spring Quarter

Job and Proverbs






Dispensational Theological Seminary's Evening School of the Bible are special classes designed to provide the wives of married seminary students a sound Biblical and theological foundation. They are offered for two hours (two classes) one night each week of the seminary quarter. The Evening School classes survey the whole spectrum of systematic theology as well as other key areas of Biblical study. The abbreviated classes permit the wives to become conversant with the whole of theology. 18 hours are offered in the three years of a seminary program (a total of 216 classroom hours). A certificate is awarded at the completion of three years of Evening School study. These classes are free to seminary wives and are open to others in the community. These classes are held in Forest Grove, Oregon on Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm - 9:00pm and are also available live on the internet (see the announcement on the home page of The sequence of Evening School classes is as follows:



First Year


Christian Life

Doctrine of God





Priesthood of the Believer


Second Year



Positional Truth





Satan and Demons

Communication with God

Third Year