Summer Classes End

Faculty Retreat

The Faculty Retreat is August 18, 2014 at 9:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Library Conference Room.


Orientation Schedule for New Students

Orientation is mandatory for all new students. Anyone who has taken 8 hours or less at the Jackson campus is considered a "new student." If you are married, plan on bringing your spouse.

8:30 - 10:15     Welcome and Introductions          Chapel

10:15 - 11:30   Meet the Staff                               Depart from Chapel

11:30 - 1:00     Lunch & Advice from Students      Patterson's Porch

1:00 - 2:00       Adjusting to Seminary                   South Campus

2:00 & beyond  Program Pieces                             South Campus

New students are cordially invited to President Guy Richardson's house (3 Avery Circle, Jackson) for dessert starting at 6:30.

Free childcare will be available from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm by prior reservation only. Parents must provide a snack lunch for each child to eat in the nursery. Please make reservations by 4:30 p.m., Thursday, August 14th with the Admissions office (601-923-1670).

Fall Classes Begin

Convocation Speaker: Dr. Guy Waters, Professor of New Testament

Fall Luau

It's time to kick off another fall semester here at RTS Jackson, and what better way to do it than get together for a barbecue?! Join us at Patterson's Porch on Friday, from 6-9:00 pm for food and fellowship as we wrap up the first week of class! We ask that you bring a side or salad to share, and we'll provide barbecue chicken, ribs (cooked by our very own Mike McKelvey!) and dessert. All students, faculty, and administration are welcome along with their families. We hope to see you there!

Lunch with U.S. Navy Chaplain Recruiter

Monday, August 25, 2014 Eric R. Holmes, Navy Chaplain Recruiter, will have lunch at 11:45 am for those who are interested in Navy Chaplaincy. If interested please RSVP Dr. Charlie Wingard at

Chapel Speaker: Dr. Charlie Wingard, Professor of Practical Theology, Dean of Students

International Fellowship

International Fellowship, Friday, August 29, 2014, at Patterson's Porch, 6:00 -10:00 pm.

Labor Day Holiday

Last Day to Add a Class

Chapel Speaker: The Rev. David Strain, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS

The African American Leadership Initiative Annual Kickoff

The African American Leadership Initiative is hosting its annual kickoff on Friday, September 5th from 3:00 to 10:00 pm. This event offers training related to AALI, dinner, and FUN! Everyone of all races, genders, and degree programs are welcome to join in.

3:00-6:00 pm in DC2: Biblical Theology of Race and Nations, The Power of the Cross, and the Power of We
6:00-7:00 pm in DC2: Dinner with special chef
7:00-10:00 pm in DC2, the Gym, and in the Parking Lot: Laser Tag, Game Truck, and some good ole fashioned board games

For more information call Justin at 443-621-8144 or email at

Families of those who come to the 3-6 pm are welcome to attend, please make sure you register everyone who is coming. Don't miss the first event of the Year as it will be informative, fun, and just a great opportunity to get to know each other.

Missions Conference with Ken Temple

Tuesday, September 9   12:10 - 12:55 Pizza Lunch at Patterson's Porch, Introduction Session

Wednesday, September 10  11:00 - 11:55 Grace Chapel, Session Two
                                              12:00 Patterson's Porch, Free Lunch, Q and A Session

Ken Temple has been reaching out to Muslims (Iranians, Arabs, Turks) for over 30 years (including three years in a Muslim country). During those years, he has ministered to Iranian Muslims and believers in Christ, through evangelism, discipleship, church-planting and leadership training. He speaks Farsi, the language of Iran. Ken continues to go overseas and train underground church pastors and lay leaders (Iranians) 2-3 times per year and ministers to Iranians in the Atlanta area. Visit Ken's blog at

RUF Lunch with Les Newsom and John Stone at Patterson's Porch, 12:00 pm

Les Newsom is the Area Coordinator for Reformed University Fellowship in Alabama and the Midsouth. John Stone is the Assistant Coordinator for RUF National. Les and John will be on campus all day Tuesday and would love to meet with anyone who has questions about or interest in the ministry of RUF. Please contact Laura Wofford,, to find a time to meet with either John or Les.

Chapel Speaker: Trevor Johnson, Missionary to Indonesia

African Bible College Luncheon

Bob Penny with African Bible College is hosting a pizza luncheon for anyone interested in learning about ABC on Tuesday, September 23 at 12:00 pm at Patterson's Porch.

Chapel Speaker: Dr. Guy Richardson, President, RTS, Jackson

Last Day to Drop a Class

Writing Seminar

There will be a Writing Seminar in Biblical Studies Room 2, Friday, September 26, 2014, for all students who want to attend.
For more information contact Dr. Ben Gladd at

Chapel Speaker: Dr. Jim Hurley, Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy


The inauguration of Ligon Duncan will be held October 2, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi at 7:30 pm.

Reading Week: October 6-10, 2014

RTS MFTC Counseling Conference

2014 RTS MFTC Conference on Christian Counseling:
Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Chapel
Topic: Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Guest Speaker: Dr. Diane Langberg
Also Speaking: Dr. James Hurley, Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, RTS 
                         Dr. William Richardson, Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy, RTS

Dr. Diane Langberg is a practicing psychologist whose clinical expertise includes 35 years of working with trauma survivors and clergy. She speaks internationally on topics related to women, trauma, ministry and the Christian life. She is the director of Diane Langberg, Ph.D.& Associates, a group practice in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, staffed by Christian psychologists, social workers and counselors. Dr. Langberg has expertise in many areas, including sexual and domestic abuse, addictions, depression and eating disorders. For more information, please contact Stephanie Hathorn at  

Registration Time:
7:00 - 7:45 am, Thursday, October 9 and Friday, October 10, 2014 at Patterson's Porch

Chapel Speaker: Dr. Elias Medeiros, Professor of Missions

Chapel Speaker: Dr. Ben Gladd, Assistant Professor of New Testament

The Presbytery of the Mississippi Valley (PCA) Hosts Credentials Luncheon in Patterson's Porch on Tuesday, October 28, 12:00

On Tuesday, October 28 in Patterson's Porch, presbytery credentials committee representatives will be present to walk new-ish students through the process of ordination into the PCA. The meeting will be discussion based and have time for Q&A.

While the process of ordination isn't necessarily identical for every student (varied denominations and presbyteries), even students who are not planning on entering the PCA should plan to attend. This meeting is a good opportunity to learn why certain procedures exist (hint: to protect you, the local church, and the presbyteries!) and the timelines given for students preparing for ordination will help all students. If you are planning on ordination into the PCA, this meeting is a priceless chance to make sure you're on track. You don't want to be the student who thinks all it takes is a degree only to find out upon graduation you have another two years of presbytery work ahead of you.

Please make plans to attend. Lunch will be paid for by the presbytery.

Chapel Speaker: Dr. Miles Van Pelt, Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, Academic Dean

Dr. Hurley Testimonial

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