Reformed Theological Seminary

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Reformed Theological Seminary
Established 1966[1]
Type Evangelical Seminary
Chancellor Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, III
Location Jackson, Mississippi, USA
Affiliations Non-denominational

Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) is a non-denominational, evangelical Protestant seminary. RTS's first campus remains in Jackson, Mississippi, United States though the school has expanded to include several additional campuses.


In 1966, conservatives from the Presbyterian Church in the United States, concerned about the increasing influence of liberalism and neo-orthodoxy in the denomination's seminaries and pulpits, established Reformed Theological Seminary, independent from the PCUS, along "Old School" Presbyterian lines, to educate ministers.[2] RTS has largely served the Presbyterian Church in America since that denomination's founding in 1973.[citation needed]


RTS is governed by a Board of Trustees exercising oversight through its administration. RTS is led by its Executive Committee, the Chancellor of the RTS system and through the respective campus presidents. The Chancellor and CEO of RTS is Michael A. Milton.[3][4] Ligon Duncan has been appointed to take over as Chancellor and CEO.[5]


RTS maintains an institutional belief in the inerrancy of the Bible and follows the Reformed tradition, including Covenant Theology.[6]

Programs of study[edit]

RTS's institutional focus is on training students (especially in its Presbyterian and Reformed branches) to be pastors, missionaries, educators, and Christian counselors.[citation needed] RTS offers Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Master of Arts degrees in several subjects.[7] Through its virtual campus, RTS offers a Master of Arts - Religion (MAR) degree.[8] The degree can be earned primarily online with two on-site week-long intensive sessions over the course of the program.[citation needed]

RTS, including its virtual campus, is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada[9] and by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.[10]

RTS also provides course recordings on iTunes U free of charge.[11]


In April 2010, Bruce Waltke offered to resign his professorship at Reformed Theological Seminary because of controversy over a video where he discussed his positive views on evolution.[12][13] Waltke wrote in a letter that he finds no fault with the administration of RTS on the matter.[14]


RTS has campus locations in Jackson, Mississippi; Orlando, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Washington, D.C.; Memphis, Tennessee; and Houston, Texas, as well as its Virtual Campus.[15] RTS also has extension sites in Memphis, Tennessee and Houston, Texas.[16]

RTS's Washington, D.C. campus is a member of the Washington Theological Consortium.[17]

RTS's virtual campus traces its origins to the Orlando campus, from which distance education was first offered for RTS students in the early 1990s.[1] In 1998, the virtual campus official launched as a separate "campus".[1] The virtual campus eventually became the first online seminary to offer accredited degrees.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c "History of RTS Virtual". Reformed Theological Seminary. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  2. ^ D.G. Hart & John Muether Seeking a Better Country: 300 Years of American Presbyterianism (P&R Publishing, 2007) pg. 235
  3. ^ "Reformed Theological Seminary". Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dr. Milton succeeded Dr. Ric Cannada as RTS chancellor and CEO June 1, 2012.". Reformed Theological Seminary. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  5. ^ RTS Appoints Pastor-Theologian as New Chancellor
  6. ^ "RTS Statement of Beliefs". Retrieved December 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Degree programs". Reformed Theological Seminary. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  8. ^ "RTS Virtual Degree Program". Reformed Theological Seminary. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Association of Theological Schools - Member Detail". Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Member Detail". Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ "RTS on iTunes U". Reformed Theological Seminary. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  12. ^ Jaschik, Scott (2010-04-09). "Evangelical Scholar Forced Out After Endorsing Evolution". USA Today. 
  13. ^ "On Theistic Evolution and Professor Waltke’s Resignation". 
  14. ^ "Updates from Waltke and from RTS". 
  15. ^ "RTS Campuses Near You". Reformed Theological Seminary. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  16. ^ "Reformed Theological Seminary Opens an Extension Campus in Houston". Christian News Wire. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Member Institutions". Washington Theological Consortium. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 

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