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Issue #77
August 19, 2009

WELCOME BACK NEW STUDENTS!!!
We welcome our many new students to the Fall Semester 2009 and welcome back our returning students. Classes begin August 26. We are excited to have our students back on campus. Please keep our students in your prayers as many of them still need to find part-time jobs and secure additional financial assistance for the year.

RTS AT CEDAR FALLS CONFERENCE
Dr. Mike Milton (far left), president of RTS/Charlotte and interim president of RTS/Orlando, and Dr. Derek Thomas (middle), the John Richards professor of practical and systematic theology, spoke at the Cedar Falls Bible Conference in Iowa. The conference was held from July 25 to Aug. 2.

2009 MEN’S SUMMIT BY DOWNLINE MINISTRIES

“The vision of the 2009 DownLine Men’s Summit is to provide a venue that encourages the Body of Christ to more effectively make disciples according to the model and mandate that Jesus Christ has put forth.” Click here to learn more about this summit which will be held at Bellevue Baptist Church, in Cordova, TN, Oct. 16-17.  Click here to register. Student discounts are available.

VIDEO OF ISRAEL TRIP HOSTED BY RTS NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE
The recently posted videos on the Youtube link below were part of a 2000 trip to Israel and the Holy Land, sponsored by RTS and hosted by RTS professors Dr. Andrew Hoffecker and Dr. John Currid. The tour included such places as Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, The Garden of Gethsemane, and more.  See all the videos here.

RTS PHONE-A-THON BEGINS AUGUST 24
Will you be a Student Scholarship Partner? RTS Staffers will be calling beginning August 24 to ask for your gift to assist students in need of financial aid to follow their call to serve. We hope you will consider supporting one of our many students.

2009 RTS WORLD MISSIONS CONFERENCE
The RTS World Missions Conference will be held at RTS/Jackson on Sept. 8-10.  Dr. Doug Kelly, the Richard Jordan professor of Theology, will be the speaker. The schedule is listed below. 
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Tuesday, "The Victory of the Risen Christ over the Nations"
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Wednesday, "Good News about the Gates of Hell"
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Thursday, prayer


SIGN UP FOR AN RTS TOUR

A few vacancies remain for the Christian Character Tour led by Dr. Harry Reeder, Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.  The four-day tour leaves from RTS-Charlotte on September 29 and studies three generals as we visit Gettysburg, Antietam, Lexington and Appomattox.  For more details and a registration form, go to www.rts.edu/cct

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 61ST RTS/VIRTUAL CAMPUS M.A. (RELIGION) DEGREE GRADUATE
Congratulations to Lorrie Deringer of Lilburn, GA, the 61st graduate of the Virtual Campus M.A. (Religion) degree program. She presently serves as the principal of Lakeview Christian School in Lilburn. Her thesis topic was "Where Is Your Faith? A Grace-Driven Approach To Dealing With Fear Provided By Jesus in Luke 8". Dr. Andy Peterson, president of RTS/Virtual, served as Lorrie's thesis advisor.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE A SERMON OF THE MONTH?
For your monthly gift of $25 by recurring credit card charge or regular electronic transfer from your checking account, you may enroll in the “Sermon of the Month Partnership” and receive a sermon on CD each month from Dr. Michael Milton. Call 1-866-926-4RTS to enroll and begin your automatic monthly gift.

CHURCH PLANTER READINESS SEMINAR
Mission to North America (MNA), PCA and RTS/Charlotte are sponsoring the Church Planter Readiness Seminar at RTS/Charlotte, Nov. 6-7. There is an application and reference process that must be completed prior to the seminar. The deadline to apply is September 28. For more info click here.

CHAPLAIN BASIC SCHOOL

In July, Dr. Mike Milton, president of RTS/Charlotte and interim president of RTS/Orlando (second from right) went to Fort Jackson, SC, to teach “Expository Preaching” at the U.S. Military Chaplain School.

JOB OPPORTUNITY IN DC/NORTHERN VIRGINIA
A part-time worship leader position is open in the DC/Northern Virginia area.  Click here for more
information.

CAMPUS EVENTS
 RTS/CharlotteConvocation will be held September 1, at 10:00 a.m. The speaker will be Dr. Mike Milton.
 RTS/JacksonConvocation will be held August 27, at 11:00 a.m. The speaker will be Dr. David Jussely.
 RTS/OrlandoConvocation will be held August 26, at 11:00 a.m. The speaker will be Dr. Mike Milton.
 RTS/Washington D.C.Convocation will be held August 27th at 7:30PM.  The speaker will be Rev. Peter Y. Lee, assistant   professor of Old Testament.

ALUMNI SNIPPETS
Joe Brandi
(M.Div. ‘07) shares a glimpse of what happened on one trip with World Orphans in Nairobi Kenya. Click here to view his video. He hopes to be leading four mission trips a year, taking college students, post college young adults, and adults to various countries where churches are attempting to rescue, restore, and adopt orphans. He is fundraising to be a full-time mobilizer and disciplemaker for World Orphans.

David Bradsher (M.Div. ‘05) was ordained as pastor of Grace Community Church in Yulee, FL, on August 2.
Grace is currently meeting at Yulee Middle School.

Gerald Chrisco (MAR ’09), Chief Financial Officer of The Budd Group which provides janitorial, security, integrated security and landscape maintenance services, is now also going to be working part time as a ministry intern at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Clemmons, NC.. He has been a lay youth minister with his church for the past 20 years, which has led him to his current path.

Bryan Clarke (M.Div. ‘03), campus minister for the Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), in Alberta, highly recommends a book titled Relationships-- A Mess Work Making, by Paul Tripp. This book was the basis for the teaching and discussions in the Relationship Series he conducted with students last semester.

Abraham George (MAC ‘09) hugs his daughter (right) after 2 long years at RTS. He arrived back in India to see his wife, parents and children, in June, after his graduation. He is now also a certified MBTI practitioner.  Abraham, with India Campus Crusade for Christ, officiated his first church service after a gap of two years. Also, he is helping with the ministry of Story Runners. Please pray for the work that has begun for the translation of Bible stories into local dialects. They are also praising God for approval of a loan for a car.

Andrew “Ande” Johnson (M.Div. ‘06) is married to Kelly and is the RUF pastor at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Click here to view the website.

Nicholas "Nick" Johnson (M.Div. '06, at RTS/O), 47, passed away of cancer on Sunday, Aug. 16 in Bermuda. He was a senior attorney for Lex Mundi and was a former assistant pastor at New Covenant Church in Winter Springs, FL. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Karin and his family.

Bill Robfogel (M.Div. ‘76) and his wife Edna, will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary in October. They  hope to soon be moving from Charlotte, NC to Sebring, FL as soon as the house sells and the right person is found to take over the work of prayer coordinator at SIM USA . Currently, SIM is conducting a 3-week orientation, where 39 candidates attend classes to learn what they need to know to serve as SIM missionaries - from finances and policies  to prayer and spiritual warfare, safety and how to thrive overseas. 

Charlie Vensel
has accepted a position as Rector of All Saints Church in Spartanburg, SC. He will start August 16. They would appreciate your prayers during this transition, for a beautiful exit, a stellar arrival, a suitable home, and for continued or new employment for his wife. 

RTS WEBSITE
Please make sure to visit www.rts.edu to learn more about RTS, browse through our resources, and read about the latest news from each campus. Do you need to shop for RTS books, CDs, or other products? Click Here to visit the online RTS Bookstore.

Lyn Perez, Editor
RTS E-Newsletter
lperez@rts.edu


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