Orlando Residents and the Surrounding Community are Invited to Convocation

Dr. Donald W. Sweeting, the new RTS Orlando president and professor of church history cordially invites the Orlando residents and surrounding community to attend the 22nd convocation of the Orlando campus of Reformed Theological Seminary, on August 25th at 11:00a.m. in the RTS Pamplin Chapel where he will speak.

Dr. Sweeting was appointed by unanimous vote of the RTS Board of Directors and he began serving in this role on June 1, 2010. Dr. Sweeting is ordained in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) and served as the senior pastor of Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church in Englewood, Colo., since 1998. Previously he served as a church planter and senior pastor of Chain of Lakes Community Bible Church in northern Illinois for 11 years.

The Orlando campus of RTS was started in Maitland in 1989 by then president Luder Whitlock and vice president Lyn Perez, and moved to Oviedo in 1998 when the permanent facility was built on 65-acres beside Long Lake, provided by the Evans family. It is one of six RTS locations--other campuses are in Atlanta, Washington D.C., Charlotte, Jackson, Memphis, a Virtual campus and a new extension campus in Houston.

Three members of the RTS Board of Trustees are Florida residents: Jim Seneff, CEO of CNL in Orlando, David Lucas, CEO of the Bonita Bay Group in Bonita Springs and Henry Dekker of Malabar. RTS was founded 45 years ago in Jackson, Miss., and is one of the largest seminaries in the nation with approximately 3000 students enrolled annually. The Orlando campus offers the following degree programs: Masters of Divinity, Master of Arts in Counseling, in Master of Arts in Bible Studies, Master of Arts Theological Studies and a Doctor of Ministry program with a partnership with the Ligonier Academy.

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Sweeting was raised in northern Illinois. He earned a B.A. in history from Lawrence University, an M.A. from Oxford University in England, studied at Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., and received a doctorate in church history from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

For many years his father served as the president of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

Dr. Sweeting is married and has four children. He maintains a regular blog (The Chief End of Man) at www.donsweeting.wordpress.com.

In response to Sweeting’s appointment, the Rev. Billy Graham said, “it is my prayer that God will mightily use you to impact many lives. I thank God for your deep commitment to the gospel and your faithfulness to the Scriptures.”

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