Dr. Don Sweeting

President and James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Church History

  • Campus President | Cabinet | Orlando
  • Church History | Faculty | Orlando

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Lawrence University, B.A.
Oxford University, B.A., M.A.
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Ph.D.


Don Sweeting was appointed president of the RTS Orlando campus in 2010 and named the James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Church History the following year. Dr. Sweeting regularly teaches core and elective courses on church history and practical theology.

After earning a master’s degree from Oxford University, Dr. Sweeting completed a Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His dissertation explored relations between evangelicals and Catholics in the U.S. in the late 20th Century.

Dr. Sweeting received the 2016 Alumnus of the Year Award from Moody Bible Institute. He enrolled at MBI in 1973 and graduated in 1976 earning a diploma in Bible-Theology.

An ordained minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC), Dr. Sweeting served as senior pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Greenwood Village (a Denver suburb) for 12 years. His ministry there culminated with his church hosting the denomination’s annual general assembly in 2010. In addition to pastoring, Dr. Sweeting also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Denver Seminary. Before moving to Colorado, he served for 11 years as the founding pastor of Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church in Northern Illinois.

Dr. Sweeting is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and currently serves on the boards of the National Association of Evangelicals and Colorado Christian University. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents and on the Theology Committee of the World Reformed Fellowship. 

The RTS community appreciates Dr. Sweeting’s approachability and his heart for preparing students for various aspects of ministry. He meets with students at a weekly lunch gathering called Leaders in Training to help prepare future church leaders for the most practical aspects of ministry. Since coming to RTS, Dr. Sweeting has also instituted the President’s Community Forums, The Nicole Institute of Baptist Studies and a new seminary mentoring program. His daily, nationally syndicated radio program, called "Take5," is where he encourages his listeners to take five minutes a day to have a mind for truth and a heart for God.

Dr. Sweeting and his wife Christina have three adult sons and a teenage daughter. His son, Joshua, graduated from CCU in 2014. Don writes a regular blog post at donsweeting.com and can be followed on Twitter @dsweeting

To see Don's speaking schedule, click here.





  • "Changing American Evangelical Attitudes Toward Roman Catholics: 1960-2000," in Southern Baptist Journal of Theology 5:4 (2001), 20-34.

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