|NEW PRESIDENT IN WASHINGTON DC|
DR. JOHN SCOTT REDD INAUGURATED ON APRIL 20
On Saturday night, April 20, there was a great celebration going on in Washington, D.C. Dr. John Scott Redd (pictured front center) was inaugurated as the first president of the RTS/Washington D.C. campus. The inauguration was held at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Md.
Dr. Robert M. Norris, senior pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church (back row, second from left) gave the inaugural address. RTS Acting CEO Steve Wallace (bottom row, second from right) along with RTS Board Chairman Richard Ridgway gave the presentation and investiture. RTS/Orlando President Dr. Don Sweeting (bottom right) gave the charge to the president. Academic Dean Dr. Howard Griffith (left of Dr. Redd) gave the charge to the seminary. Congratulations to Dr. Redd!
April 30, 2013 | Issue #137
DATES TO REMEMBER
May 2 - National Day of Prayer
May 20-22 - OnePassion Conf. at RTS/Atlanta
May 18 - RTS/Jackson Commencement - FPC Jackson 10am
May 24 - RTS/Orlando Commencement - St. Andrews Chapel 7:30pm
May 25 - RTS/Charlotte Commencement - Christ Covenant Church - 11am
May 25 - RTS/Atlanta Commencement - RTS/Atlanta Campus - 10am
May 31 - RTS/Washington DC Commencement - McLean PC - 7:30pm
|RTS/ORLANDO PRESIDENT LAUNCHES RADIO PROGRAM|
This spring, WTLN 950 AM (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) began airing the new TAKE 5 radio program with Dr. Don Sweeting, president of Reformed Theological Seminary’s Orlando campus. The five-minute program is for the listener willing to take five minutes out of their day to contemplate how the gospel can help them cultivate a mind for truth and a heart for God.
The program, which can be heard daily at 6:55 a.m. before “Focus on the Family” and 5:55 p.m. after “Moving Forward” and before “Jay Sekulow,” reaches an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 Christians in Central Florida each week. Read more here.
VAN DIXHOORN TO JOIN RTS/WASHINGTON FACULTY
Dr. Scott Redd, president of RTS/Washington, D.C. is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Chad B. Van Dixhoorn as associate professor of church history.
“Chad brings an impressive mix of academic excellence in the area of church history and experience with faithful pastoral ministry,” Redd commented. “His addition to our residential faculty will greatly augment RTS/Washington’s work of equipping ministers and Christian leaders in the metropolitan area.” Read more here.
A PACKED CHAPEL FOR PIPER'S LECTURE AT RTS/ORLANDO
John Piper spoke at RTS/Orlando on "The Life and Ministry of Charles Spurgeon." to a record crowd in the RTS Pamplin Chapel on April 10. This was the inaugural message for the new lecture series for The Nicole Institute of Baptist Studies. The lecture was followed by Q&A from the audience, and a dessert reception and book signing in the fellowship hall. Watch the lecture here.
RTS BOARD ENGAGES SIMA FOR NEW CHANCELLOR SEARCH
RTS announces a search for our next chancellor/CEO. The board of trustees of RTS has authorized SIMA International and Dr. Tommy Thomas to coordinate a search for RTS’s next chancellor/CEO. Dr. Thomas, a leader in this industry, has conducted more than 150 executive-level searches.
If you or someone you know would be interested in this position, please contact Dr. Tommy Thomas via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 615.261.4623. You may also contact Richard Ridgway, the RTS chairman of the board at email@example.com or use this mailing address: 5422 Clinton Blvd., Jackson, MS 39209.
Please pray for the Lord to lead the right person to the seminary as a result of this search for a chancellor.
THE RTS BOOTH AND DISCUSSION PANEL AT THE GOSPEL COALITION IN ORLANDO
|Stephane Jeanrenaud, admissions director of RTS/Charlotte (pictured behind table in black shirt) answers questions at the RTS booth at The Gospel Coalition. Tim Trouten, admissions coordinator for RTS/Orlando is pictured far left talking to Jim Song (RTS/Washington D.C. student, who also worked at the RTS booth.)|
| From the faculty discussion panel, pictured (L to R) is Dr. John Currid (Charlotte), Dr. Mike Kruger (Charlotte) and Dr. Chuck Hill (Orlando).|
|Pictured (L to R) above are admissions directors Matt Koehn (Atlanta) and Stephane Jeanrenaud (Charlotte) and applications coordinator Dave Veldkamp (Orlando). Matt Stahl, assistant to the executive director (Houston) is behind them (red shirt). RTS/Global admissions director Jim McAlhaney is pictured far left speaking with Ministry & Leadership editor Paul Schwarz. |
|Jim McAlhaney, admissions director (RTS/Global) (pictured right). Kevin Collins, admissions director (Orlando) is behind them.|
Prior to his time at RTS/Charlotte, Dr. Oliver had served in the pastorate for nearly 35 years, with 29 of those years as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Ga.
|JOHN OLIVER RETIRES|
With deep appreciation for his labors in training ministers of the gospel, Reformed Theological Seminary announces that Dr. John Oliver will retire from his position as the Robert Strong adjunct professor of homiletics and practical theology effective May 31, 2013. Dr. Oliver has taught at the RTS/Charlotte campus since 1999 in the areas of preaching, worship, sanctification and missions.
Dr. Michael Kruger, president of the Charlotte campus, said, “There are few professors that have shaped the Charlotte campus like John Oliver. His passion for faithful expository preaching, his love of Christ-centered worship, and his heart for missions has transformed an entire generation of pastors. He will be deeply missed.”
To thank him for his many years of service, a lunch reception for Dr. Oliver will be held on the RTS/Charlotte campus on May 7 at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel.
TWO NEW ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES
Until recently, RTS offered one online degree, the Master of Arts (Religion). Now RTS will offer three, fully online-degrees: the Master of Arts (Biblical Studies), the Master of Arts (Theological Studies), and the Master of Arts (Religion). In addition, RTS will now offer a significant percentage of the Master of Divinity degree online. M.Div students can now take up to 67% of their courses via distance education. Read more here.
RTS COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION
RTS/Jackson - Saturday, May 18, at First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Miss., at 10:00 a.m. The speaker will be Sean Lucas, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, Miss.
RTS/Orlando - Friday, May 24, at St. Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Fla., at 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be the Hon. Bill Armstrong, president of Colorado Christian University and former Colorado senator.
RTS/Atlanta - Saturday, May 25, on the RTS/Atlanta campus at 10:00 a.m. The speaker will be Dr. Sam Larsen, professor of missions emeritus.
RTS/Charlotte - Saturday, May 25, at Christ Covenant Church at 11:00 a.m. The speaker will be Dr. T. David Gordon, professor of Religion and Greek at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa.
RTS/Washington D.C. - Friday, May 31, at McLean Presbyterian at 7:30 p.m. The speaker will be Dr. Richard Gaffin, Jr., professor of biblical and systematic theology emeritus at Westminster Theological Seminary.
Covetousness chokes out the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, allowing discontentment to bloom. The key to overcoming is to get to the root of our problem: unbelief-a mistrust of God's sovereignty and goodness. An ideal resource for deeper study or group discussion." Melissa serves as the women's ministry coordinator at Uptown Church in Charlotte, NC, and is married to Dr. Mike Kruger, president of the RTS/Charlotte campus.
| || MELISSA KRUGER TALKS CONTENTMENT|
Melissa Kruger has written The Envy of Eve (Christian Focus, 2012) and was recently interviewed on the 700 Club on CBN TV about her book where she talks about contentment. Listen to her interview here during the first part of this program.
The publisher says, "The Envy of Eve guides readers to understand how desires grow into covetousness and what happens when this sin takes power in our hearts.
|Michael Aitcheson (M.Div. '11)|
Mike was ordained in mid-April at Lake Baldwin Church in Orlando, Fla., and is currently serving as church planting apprentice. Michael Tilly (M.Div. '97) serves as senior pastor there and Fritz Schalmo (M.Div. '12, MAC '12) serves as pastor of youth and families. Josh Bales (current RTS student and singer-songwriter of five albums) serves as director of worship and communication.
John Burke (M.Div. '11)
John is teaching theology courses in Latin America. He traveled to Costa Rica and Colombia last year to teach at seminaries in those countries. He is also working with MINTS, a world-wide pastor training organization based in Miami, Fla., to help provide impoverished pastors with higher quality resources and training. Currently, he is developing a course on 1 Thessalonians. He appreciates the Reformed perspective he gained at RTS and finds it distinct and valuable in providing Christ-centered education.
Phil Davis (M.Div. '03)
As a church planter of Faith Community Church in Prague, Czech Republic, Phil is currently on Home Mission Assignment in the U.S. They've enjoyed reconnecting with churches and supporters and taking some fun trips. They plan to travel to Spain the last 2 weeks in May for World Harvest Mission's mission-wide conference. They are looking forward to seeing their Prague team again.
David Fisher (RTS Washington DC Student)
David wrote an article in World magazine's March 22 edition titled "Old Lives, New Lives." Read the article here.
Rod Miles ( M.Div. '04)
Rod is the founding pastor of Grace Church of Marin in San Anselmo, Calif, which opened in 2006. This year they celebrated their first Easter as a "particular church" with a great crowd, welcoming new members and celebrating the resurrection. Please pray for continued growth of the church and for the finances of the church to support staff levels, and a possible new venue to accommodate more people. Rod is scheduled to begin a three-month sabbatical with his family beginning May 11.
Lisa Repair (MA '10)
Lisa is currently serving with Mission to the World in Bangkok,Thailand at New City Church. She teaches English to the church on a regular basis as a service. They are currently seeking a full-time Thai pastor. Her church has a strong connection to New Beginnings, a restorative home for girls who have left prostitution. Please pray for their team/staff retreat in early May.
Jolly Rimai (D.Min./ICS '05)
Jolly (pictured above) serves as the mission secretary for the Manipur Baptist Convention affiliated with the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India. In early April he encouraged believers at Louphong Baptist Church during their Jubilee celebration. He then went to the Garo Baptist Convention where they had their mission consultation on streamlining the mission of the church. He asks for prayer as he has many more engagements coming up in the next few months.
Cynthia Ruble (MATS '00)
In April, Cynthia gave a speech in Japanese at a meeting about a new adoption law in the building of the Japanese Diet (Parliament).The new law will make adoption even more rare and difficult there. She also introduced her adopted son Micah. Please pray for her in her work with this effort.
Jemar Tisby (M.Div. '07)
Jemar wrote an article in ByFaith titled "The Joyful Pursuit of Multiethnic Churches: It's a good thing, but it's not easy." He is also pictured above working the RTS booth at The Gospel Coalition in Orlando. Thanks, Jemar!
ALUMNI & FRIENDS: DON'T MISS OUR MEAL EVENTS AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLIES!
BREAKFAST AT ARP SYNOD
Join us on Wednesday, June 12, at the ARP Synod for the RTS Alumni & Friends Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. The breakfast will be held at the Bonclarken Convention Center in Flat Rock, NC. RSVP not required.
RTS/Charlotte President Mike Kruger will speak at this event.
NEW! LUNCH AT PCA GA
Join us Thursday, June 20, at the PCA General Assembly for the RTS Alumni & Friends Lunch at noon at the TD Convention Center, Room 202A (room subject to change) in Greenville, SC. RSVP not required. Seating is limited.
BREAKFAST AT EPC GA
Join us on Friday, June 21, at the EPC General Assembly for the RTS Alumni & Friends Breakfast at 7:00 a.m. The breakfast will be held in the Park Ridge Ballroom AB at the Marriott Denver South, 10345 Park Meadows Drive, Littleton, CO. RSVP not required. Seating is limited.