President's Community Forum with Dr. Gendy on Jan. 18

Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando will host the president of EvangelicalTheological Seminary in Cairo to discuss current political developments in Egypt and its impact on the evangelical church in that region. Dr. Atef Gendy will join RTS Orlando President Don Sweeting for the President’s Community Forum Wednesday, January 18, from 12 to 1 p.m. in the campus Fellowship Hall.

The interview will touch on issues of interest to seminarians, who are preparing for leadership in the church, as well for a broader audience concerned about the role and reality of the church in this strategic region.

Gendy also serves as associate professor of New Testament at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Cairo (ETSC), where he has been president since 2000. He worked as a civil engineer before serving eight years as director of a training center in southern Egypt, equipping lay leaders for pastoral ministry in village churches many of which have no pastors.

Earning his Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, Gendy studied under renowned New Testament scholar I. Howard Marshall. Gendy has written study notes on the book of Acts for the Bible Society of Egypt and is currently serving as a translation consultant for the Revised Arabic Bible Translation (Van Dyke) and on the editorial committee for The Arabic Contemporary Commentary (Van Dyke).

During the forum, a lunch can be purchased for a nominal fee or participants may bring their own. For a lunch reservation, email Heather at hdefrancisco@rts.edu. For more information about future RTS President’s Community Forums, go to

In addition to his appearance at RTS Orlando, Gendy will speak at a dinner sponsored by the Overseas Council (advancing Christian leaders) on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Tickets may be purchased for that event by emailing Dan Tidwell at dtidwell@overseas.org. Gendy will also speak to the Fellowship of Presbyterians, a gathering of evangelicals in the Presbyterian Church (USA), on Thursday night, Jan. 19.

RTS was founded in 1966 and is now one of the largest seminaries in the United States. RTS is comprised of campuses in Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington D.C., Houston, Orlando, Jackson, Memphis and a Virtual campus that offers an online Master of Arts degree. For more information about RTS, go to www.rts.edu.

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