Welcome to Orlando
Orlando is a fun, exciting place to live and it’s famous for being a world class vacation destination. The fabulous weather, beautiful beaches, cultural events, and attractions draw visitors from around the world. Living in Oviedo keeps you close to the action (theme parks, beaches and shopping outlets are less than an hour away), yet offers a quiet environment in which to live and study.
During your time at RTS Orlando you may also find service opportunities through a thriving local church or perhaps a para-church ministry such as Cru, Wycliffe, Pioneers, or Third Millennium Ministries.
The Orlando campus opened in 1989 in a fertile field of population growth and church planting opportunities. Originally located in Maitland, RTS Orlando was the first accredited Protestant seminary in the state, and it soon became a hub of a growing evangelical community.
In 1999 the Orlando campus moved to its permanent home in the northeast quadrant of metro Orlando in the city of Oviedo. Situated on 65 scenic acres of a former orange grove on Long Lake, the campus attracts students from across the United States and around the world.
The Orlando campus is also home to the largest theological library in the state. It houses the Roger Nicole Collection, one of the largest private theological collections in the world, comprising over 20,000 volumes of books, periodicals, and antiquarian material – some dating back to the 16th century.
Since opening its doors, RTS Orlando has conferred over 1,800 degrees in divinity, counseling, biblical studies, and theological studies. Alumni serve around the globe as pastors, counselors, missionaries, church planters, educators, active duty chaplains, campus ministers, and lay leaders.
The Lucas Campus
David Lucas has been a major partner of the ministry of Reformed Theological Seminary for over 25 years. An exceptionally successful businessman, visionary leader, and a man driven by his love for God, David has immensely blessed the RTS community with his stewardship and servanthood. On October 24, 2018, in recognition of David’s significant generosity and faithful service, The Board of Trustees of Reformed Theological Seminary named the Orlando campus The Lucas Campus.
In 1993 David was asked to be on the steering committee for a brand-new campus in Oviedo. Offering his visionary guidance as well as his industry experience in land development, David contributed greatly to this committee, which oversaw the construction of the beautiful 60-acre Oviedo campus that RTS Orlando enjoys today as well as the addition of the iconic Pamplin Chapel.