Teaching the Word. Equipping the Saints. Serving the Church.Furthering the health of the church by cultivating biblically, historically, theologically-rooted churchmen and women who will take what they have learned in classroom, in internship, and in mentoring, and inculcate those same priorities in the life of their own local congregation. Upcoming SeminarsUpcoming Classes
What Is BRITE? //
Winter Seminar 2023 //
This year, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Ryan McGraw for our Fifth Annual Winter Seminar, January 19-21 of 2023. Rev. Dr. McGraw (PhD, University of the Free State, South Africa) is the Morton H. Smith Professor of Systematic Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he has served since 2013. Dr. McGraw has previously served as a minister in both the Presbyterian Church in America and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
In partnership with our friends at the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, this year’s conference/course will be on the theme “God in Three Persons: The Doctrine of the Trinity as the Foundation for the Christian Life.”
Come to the Blue Ridge mountains this winter and join Dr. McGraw as together we explore the biblical foundations for this utterly crucial and oft-misunderstood and undervalued doctrine. We’ll think through what the Scriptures teach regarding our Triune God and our fellowship with Him, and also examine how this doctrine has been understood by the church down through the ages.
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Invest in the future of BRITE. 100 Ministry Partners giving $42 per month to help secure affordable theological education and training for our region and beyond for generations to come.
A Regional Study Center with a Global Impact //
About The Institute
The Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education (BRITE) serves the church in all branches of Protestant Christianity by preparing its students to be more faithful and effective church members and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. The institute seeks to accomplish this by teaching and equipping its students through a program of graduate level theological education, a variety of training seminars, courses, and conferences, with all content based upon the authority of the inerrant Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Bible, and committed to the Reformed faith.
A foundational desire for BRITE is that it would further the health of the church by cultivating biblically, historically, theologically-rooted churchmen and women who will take what they have learned in classroom, in internship, and in mentoring, and inculcate those same priorities in the life of their own local congregation—thus further bolstering the health and vitality of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ for generations to come.
BRITE serves the local and regional church by offering courses, training, and seminars of interest to laypeople in order to equip them for more effective service in their local congregation.
BRITE serves the institutional church by offering formal education to future ministers for whom traditional seminary may not be an option.
BRITE serves the global church in theological education and training by partnering with likeminded churches and missions agencies in advancing our common goal of robust biblical & theological training for all of Christ’s church.
– Established in 2017.
– An IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.
– Headquartered in Roanoke, VA with easy access to the Roanoke Airport and Interstate 81.
– Campus extension sites located in Radford, Lynchburg, and Charlottesville.
– Degree Programs: Certificates and various masters degree programs are offered by BRITE, built around a traditional seminary curriculum. BRITE is authorized to operate as a degree-granting religious institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Degree programs are set to be validated through professional academic agencies. More information available here.
– Commitments: personal mentorship in study and pastoral training; assisting local church leadership in offering training and study opportunities; accessible and affordable theological education; academic rigor in the study of Holy Scripture and branches of theological studies.
– Purpose: advanced study, training in scholarship, pastoral refreshment, fellowship in theology, and equipping area churches and church members with deeper biblical and theological study in an age of theological poverty and anemia.
– Affiliation: Unaffiliated with a particular church denomination, BRITE partners with academic and ministry organizations in the pursuit of our shared goals, and serves churches especially within the Protestant tradition.
Courses in Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Practical Theology, and more are offered throughout the region! Click below to see our current offerings.
Whether you’re interested in taking only one class or applying to one of our Degree Programs, the online application is the place to start your journey.
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Whether you’re an interested church member, current student, or simply would like to learn more about the Institute, we would love to hear from you.