Reformed Theological Seminary
Reformed Theological Seminary is a theological seminary in the Reformed theological tradition with campuses in multiple locations in the United States. Founded by conservatives in the Southern Presbyterian Church, the Presbyterian Church in the United States in 1966, it serves primarily students from more conservative branches of the Presbyterian and Reformed tradition.
In 1966, conservatives from the Southern Presbyterian Church, 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. RTS has largely served the Presbyterian Church in America since that denomination's founding in 1973, then later the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and in more recent years serves a large population of students from Reformed Baptist and Independent churches.
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. Ligon Duncan is Chancellor and CEO.
Programs of study
RTS's institutional focus is on training students (especially in its Presbyterian and Reformed branches) to be pastors, missionaries, educators, and Christian counselors. RTS offers Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Master of Arts degrees in several subjects. Through its Global program, RTS offers a Master of Arts - Religion (MAR) degree, Master of Arts - Biblical studies degree (MABS), and a Master of Arts - Theological Studies (MATS). The degrees can be earned primarily online with two on-site week-long intensive sessions over the course of the program.
RTS, including its global campus, is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
RTS has had many notable faculty over the years. R.C. Sproul, Roger Nicole, Ronald H. Nash, Steve Brown, Richard L. Pratt, Jr., Sherrod McKenzie, Will Norton, Charles Hill, Michael J. Kruger and Bruce Waltke.
In April 2010, Bruce Waltke offered to resign his professorship at Reformed Theological Seminary because of controversy over a video made by the Bio Logos Foundation where he discussed his positive views on evolution. Waltke wrote in a letter that he finds no fault with the administration of RTS on the matter.
RTS has campus locations in Jackson, Mississippi; Orlando, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Washington, D.C.; as well as its Global Campus. RTS also has extension sites in Memphis, Tennessee, New York City and Houston, Texas.
RTS's global campus traces its origins to the Orlando campus, from which distance education was first offered for RTS students in the early 1990s. In 1998, the Global campus official launched as a separate "campus". The global campus eventually became the first online seminary to offer accredited degrees.
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