The President's Welcome
Thank you for your interest in Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson! Our mission is to serve the church by preparing its leaders, through a program of graduate theological education, based upon the authority of the inerrant Word of God, and committed to the Reformed faith. I have taught here at RTS Jackson since 1990, and I love what I get to do, more than ever.
Mississippi is where RTS was born, and Jackson is our first campus. RTS Jackson is known as the Belcher Campus in recognition of the generosity of S. Elliott Belcher, Jr., who was one of our founding board members. Our brand-new, state-of-the-art campus is nestled between Meadowbrook Road and Old Canton Road—minutes away from our supporting churches—strategically situated in the hub of the state and region. RTS Jackson serves as the administrative headquarters of the entire RTS system. The campus features comfortable, modern, high-tech classrooms, ample space for student fellowship and gathering, faculty offices accessibly located near teaching areas, an on-site theological library, a campus bookstore, Alumni Chapel and the Sam Patterson Student Center (named for our founder), student housing located conveniently nearby, a first-class counseling center, the Summer Institute for Biblical Languages (SIBL), and more, all of which contribute to an environment that is highly conducive to graduate theological education and ministry preparation.
But as beautiful as this place we call home is, it is the people that make it special—a place like no other. Here, you will meet a world-class faculty of pastor-scholars who deeply care about you—your heart, your life, your faith, your family, your education, and your future ministry. And alongside them are staff who genuinely want the best for you. People who know that they are loved, learn more and learn better. That is the kind of environment the people of RTS create.
If you want to study with professors committed to the Scriptures and sound theology, with extensive ministry experience and a commitment to give you the best possible preparation for ministry, alongside gifted, consecrated fellow students who are preparing to become pastors, church planters, missionaries, campus ministers, counselors, educators and more, then RTS Jackson is the place for you.
Because we have so many students and families living nearby the campus, there is a strong sense of community at RTS Jackson. The Student Services Committee organizes monthly events that draw us together in fellowship. There are regular on-campus extracurricular activities throughout the year. The RTS Jackson Women’s Fellowship provides an avenue for female students and wives of students to develop a gospel-centered community through teaching, training, fellowship, and prayer. My wife, Anne—a graduate of the RTS counseling program—is incredibly involved with this ministry, as are other faculty spouses, area women’s ministry leaders, and students. The Reformed Informer is a weekly publication that keeps our students up to speed on what they need to know about student life.
The church opportunities available to students in Jackson are another unique and wonderful feature of education here. Our students tend to get more preaching opportunities than students at any other seminary that I know because of the number of Bible-believing congregations within a reasonable drive of the campus, and because of what we call “the Circuit”—churches all over the region that depend upon RTS for pulpit supply. Numerous internships are open to our students through area churches as well.
The best way to learn about RTS is to come to our campus and get to know us! My staff and I will be happy to help you arrange a visit so that you can attend classes, share a meal with a faculty member, meet current students, get a tour of our campus, and look around the greater Jackson area. You will get a real taste of what life is like as an RTS Jackson student. We hope you will plan a visit or schedule a call to learn more about the application process and financial aid options. If you have further questions, please email us at email@example.com.
Dr. Ligon Duncan
President, RTS Jackson
John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology
Chancellor/CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary