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Join us October 3rd from 2:30pm-4:30pm in the Hawthorne/Lucas/Flora Room of the Renaissance Grand Hotel for our annual Urshan Graduate School of Theology Java Fellowship. All Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff, and Prospective Students are welcome to join us for refreshments, fellowship, and updates from President Bernard and alumni officers. For more information and to RSVP, contact David Molina at

Join us October 3rd from 2:30pm-4:30pm in the Hawthorne/Lucas/Flora Room of the Renaissance Grand Hotel for our annual Urshan Graduate School of Theology Java Fellowship.

All Alumni, Students, Faculty, Staff, and Prospective Students are welcome to join us for refreshments, fellowship, and updates from President Bernard and alumni officers.

For more information and to RSVP, contact David Molina at
UGST congratulates Adjunct Professor Chris Paris on the release of his new book: Narrative Obtrusion in the Hebrew Bible.

Adjunct Professor Chris Paris' new book, Narrative Obtrusion in the Hebrew Bible, is being released on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.  We congratulate Professor Paris on this accomplishment.

Narrative critics of the Hebrew Bible often describe the biblical narrators as “laconic,” “terse,” or “economical.” The narrators generally remain in the background, allowing the story to proceed while relying on characters and dialogue to provide necessary information to readers. On those occasions when these narrators add notes to their stories, scholars may characterize such interruptions as “asides” or redactions.
Christopher T. Paris calls attention to just these narrative interruptions, in which the storyteller “breaks frame” to provide information about a character or even in order to direct reader understanding and, Paris argues, to prevent undesirable construals or interpretations of the story.
After surveying the phenomenon of omniscient narration and narrative obtrusiveness in the Hebrew Bible and other ancient Near Eastern literature, Paris focuses on the Deuteronomistic History. Here the narrator occasionally obtrudes into the narrative to manage or deflect anticipated reader questions and assumptions, sometimes invoking the divine, sometimes protecting a favored character, in an interpretive stance that Paris compares with the commentary provided by later rabbis and in the Targums. Attention to narrative obtrusion offers an entry point into the world of the narrator, Paris argues, and thus promises to redefine aspects of narrative criticism.

"The author's carefully argued thesis advances a theoretical construct that will be welcomed by interested readers of the Hebrew Bible. This new book provides a review of a past scholarship on the voice of the narrator and a notable advance as well. Using aptly chosen examples from the Former Prophets and ancient Near Eastern sources, Christopher Paris explains why obtrusions are important in the interpretation of biblical narrative."
—Keith Bodner
Crandall University

"This engaging book really does advance our understanding of the workings of biblical narrative by exploring the art of the narrator. Paris writes with clarity, lays out his theoretical argument cogently, and offers us a wealth of examples. And as a bonus, he applies his insights comparatively to other narratives from the ancient world. A very fine study."
David M. Gunn, A. A. Bradford Emeritus Professor of Religion
Texas Christian University

UGST welcomes our new Academic Dean, Dr. Steven Beardsley, our new Distance Learning Director, Vinessa D'Sa, and our joint Registrar with Urshan College, Dr. Jeanie Bland.

New Academic Dean:

Dr. Steven Beardsley has been appointed as the new academic dean of UGST, effective June 1, 2014. Dr. Daniel Segraves has stepped down for health reasons.  Dr. Beardsley has been a faculty member since the beginning of the school and is associate professor of Biblical Studies. 

He will continue to serve as senior pastor of Newark UPC in Newark, DE, but has hired an executive assistant, Lela Cooper, to help him in both roles. During each semester he will typically be on campus every other week while fulfilling some responsibilities by email and video conferencing. He will continue to teach two or three classes per year. 

New UGST Distance Learning Director

After an extensive search, we have chosen to hire our new UGST DL Director internally. Vinessa D’Sa has accepted the position and will be transferring from the Registrar’s Office to this new position beginning July 1, 2014.  As many already know she is a graduate of both Gateway and UGST and brings a great knowledge of both institutions to her new position.  We welcome her into this new role. 

New Registrar:

Dr. Jeanie Bland has accepted the position of both Registrar (UC/UGST) and Program Director for General Education.  Dr. Bland comes highly qualified for both positions.  She is the former Academic Dean of Gateway College of Evangelism and a current adjunct professor of general education for Urshan College.  She has a Ed.D. in School Leadership and a Masters in Secondary Education and has many years of commitment to higher education.  Her first day will be June 23, 2014.

UGST's accrediting association now allows UGST to accept UPCI Bible College graduates directly into two of UGST's masters programs. Contact the admissions office for details.
This is a composite listing of required texts for Spring 2013 courses which can be ordered through Amazon. Some courses may require additional readings not posted here (check syllabus).
Available for download at:
Additional pictures from graduation and the banquet (hooding ceremony) can be found in the Media Gallery under the New & Events tab above or by clicking through the links in this heading. Photos are courtesy of Barry Davis Photography and McCarty Photography.
Pictures from Graduation and Banquet (photo description acknowledges where prints may be purchased).
UGST President, David K. Bernard, was inaugurated as General Superintendent for the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) on Friday, March 5, 2010. Copies of the service can be ordered through Media Missions at or by calling 314.837.7300 x458.
View the schedule for UGST's Symposium: "A Call to Build: Doing Church in the 21st Century" featuring tracks for chaplains, counselors and women who minister as well as biblical studies presentations and various Oneness Apostolic leaders! Register today to attend Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30!!
UGST's code for the FAFSA is: G41461. UGST is also listed in the U.S. Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs. Click heading for more.
Go to, click on “Click Here to Begin Your Search,” and under “Search by Institution” type in “Urshan Graduate School of Theology.” We have the official status of “pre-accreditation” or “candidate for accredited membership.” This documents that we have official recognition of our status and have the benefits of accreditation.
UGST's seventh annual Symposium held in conjunction with the Apostolic Leaders' Summit, will be November 6-7, 2008 and is entitled: "Standing Together for Truth." In addition to the presentation of academic papers, you are invited to interact with leaders of the largest Oneness organizations, participate in Roundtable discussions with David Bernard and Kenneth Haney, experience a variety of dramatic Bible enactments and more!
UGST is pleased to be partnering with UPCI Sunday School Division to offer a tour and course in the Holy Land. Jeff Brickle will teach the course, "Following John's Gospel" November 11-18 while visiting the sites associated with Jesus and His disciples. Click for more information.

The course will concentrate on the unique perspective of John, including the Gospel's background, geographical interest, structure, narrative logic and theology. It will also consider how the Gospel would have been performed originally by a lector before an audience. The tour will include the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Nazareth, Cana, Caesarea by the Sea, Jerusalem and Bethlehem as well as an optional excursion to the Dead Sea and Masada.

The program fee for "Following John's Gospel" is $250 whether you take the course for three graduate credits or for three continuing education units. For more information please contact Jeff Brickle ( ) or Rhonda Morley ( ) at Urshan Graduate School (314-921-9290).

To register for the Holy Land tour, please contact Lana Farnell ( ) at the UPCI General Sunday School Division (314-837-7300, x362 OR x358). Additional information (including travel costs and itinerary) is also available at the UPCI Sunday School Division website.


Endorsements from previous class:

“One of the finest and most life changing trips that I have ever been on. I will never preach the same again! The Bible has been ignited in my soul in a very special way after this trip. It is a must see!” -Don Martin (Tulsa, OK)

“Having classes at the end of each day reinforced and solidified what the Bible says about Jesus and his journeys. Attending the lectures and open discussions added an indescribable dimension to the tour.” -Kathy Hodgson

“Awesome? Enchanted? Spectacular? Incredible? Breathtaking? Exciting? Fascinating? I am unable to describe the feeling. There is not a word or group of words that can adequately describe the feeling of being in, seeing, feeling, and experiencing Israel. The trip was like a semester of seminary crammed into one week .... Scripture came alive with new meaning as I saw the land and events through the eyes of our excellent guide. It was a tremendous opportunity and I would encourage others to seriously consider being a part of this unique educational opportunity offered through Urshan Graduate School.” -Steve Harris (Center, TX)

“Since I have taken this class and studied the geography of the land in which Jesus lived and how the Gospels portrayed these areas, I will never see it the same way again! It has become a real place instead of pictures in a book. It helped me to understand customs, past, present and future events as well as appreciate the Word of God even more as it is spoken into our lives.” -Crystal Reece (Selmer, TN)

All are welcome to attend this series of free workshops designed to make you think about the way you live and act as a Christian. The first session meets November 17 at 7:30pm. It's a night of fun and fellowship you won't soon forget! Click the link above for more information.

For more information on the series click the following link:
CrossTalk: Theology Unhinged

General information on the first session:

                    Going to Hell, One Promotion at a Time

                (an interactive workshop on ethics in the workplace)

Where: UGST Campus, Classroom A

When: November 17 at 7:30pm

Cost: Free (refreshments will be served)

Contact: OR 314-921-9290 x7107


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