Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education

God in Three Persons: The Doctrine of the Trinity as the Foundation for the Christian Life 2023


Ryan McGraw


January 19-21, 2023


Waverly Place Baptist Church
1407 Kenwood Blvd SE
Roanoke, VA 24013



We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ryan McGraw for our Fifth Annual Winter Seminar, January 19-21, 2023. It will be on the theme of 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 we explore the biblical foundations for this utterly crucial, oft-misunderstood, and undervalued doctrine. We’ll think through what the Scriptures teach regarding our Triune God and our fellowship with Him and examine how the church has understood this doctrine down through the ages. Download the course syllabus


Thursday, January 19
6:00-9:00 PM 

Friday, January 20
6:00-9:00 PM

Saturday, January 21
9:00-5:00 PM 

Ryan McGraw (Ph.D., ThM, MDiv, BA) is the Morton H. Smith Professor of Systematic Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he has served since 2013. He has published 23 books as of 2019, including Knowing the Trinity: Practical Thoughts for Daily Life, many articles, and numerous reviews. His research foci include Trinitarian theology, Latin Reformed Scholastic texts, and the whole scope of systematic theology to both scholarly and popular audiences. He is a journal and book editor, speaks at conferences internationally, and co-edits with Joel Beeke the Cultivating Biblical Godliness series. He has pastored churches in the PCA and the OPC and continues serving as a minister in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He is married with four children, and he loves skateboarding.


Much like the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, the Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education desires to foster a Reformed and confessional awakening throughout the evangelical church in the Southwestern Virginia region and North America more broadly.  


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, and theologically-rooted churchmen and women who will take what they have learned in the classroom, in internship, and in mentoring, and inculcate those same priorities in the life of their local congregation–thus further bolstering the health and vitality of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ for generations to come.

Like the Alliance, BRITE has striven to form a network of like-minded confessional pastors, teachers, scholars, and lay people throughout our region to labor together so that we might educate and equip future church leaders and today’s Christian servants. For those for whom traditional seminary education is not an option, it is the mission of BRITE to bring the seminary to the church pews: for the glory of God and for the health of his people. 

Winter Seminar 

BRITE and the Alliance share a vision to bring quality, confessional theological education and resources to everyday Christians, to pastors laboring faithfully, and to classes of future church leaders and ministers. The Alliance has partnered with BRITE to highlight and promote BRITE’s Winter Seminar, an annual January conference designed to both educate theological students and equip church members to help cultivate healthier churches. 

2018 — Kingdom Living in a Hostile Age (Biblical and Social Ethics) with Dr. Carlton Wynne

2019 — Defending the Faith; Proclaiming our Hope (Apologetics) with Dr. Carlton Wynne

2020 — No Other Gospel: The Life and Theology of Paul with Dr. Guy Waters

2022 — The Grand Sweep of Scripture: Intro to Biblical Theology with Dr. Jonathan Gibson

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