Over winter break, you found encouragement in these pages to engage in leisurely study for both short-term (in the form of scholarly felicity) and long-term benefit (developing a habit of lifelong learning). That encouragement goes double for summer break, though I suspect that a decent number of you will have little time to read by choice because you are taking advantage of the RTS summer intensive schedule.
This is my second summer in the D.C. area since arriving here last June with my wife Jennifer and our four girls. Looking back on the year, I am thrilled about the progress this campus has made. The Lord has blessed RTS/Washington abundantly since its inception in the 1990s, but I am particularly struck by how well the campus has flourished in recent years despite some major transitions, not only in leadership but also physical location.
Over the academic past year, we have:
- graduated eight M.Div. students and four M.A.R students
- increased the number of classes offered yearly, focusing on core curriculum
- grown the student body, which indicates that we are better and more fully serving the need for theological training in the Washington area
- launched a weekly chapel program, with local pastors and faculty as speakers
- established a student-run council and student life program, both of which have helped develop the learning community of RTS outside of class
- held the first RTS/Washington’s women’s event (of which I am aware)
- appointed the first Dean of Students (congratulations, Dean Sackett!)
- added a new residential faculty member (welcome, Dr. Van Dixhoorn!)
- hosted an inauguration event that highlighted the people and presence of RTS/Washington in the metropolitan region
I am grateful for the work the Lord has done in and through this campus. You are the key part of this work, and it has been a joy to meet and get to know many of you over the past year. I pray that this summer is restful for you and your families, and that you find opportunity for fellowship and engagement of God’s word. I look forward to seeing you in the Fall.
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
John Scott Redd, Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Old Testament