(Washington, D.C.) – February 20, 2013 - Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) announces the inauguration of Dr. John "Scott" Redd, Jr., as president of the Washington D.C. campus of RTS. The ceremony will be held on April 20, 2013 and will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 5500 River Road, Bethesda, MD 20816. A reception will follow in the Upper Room.
"Dr. Scott Redd is exactly the right man for such a time as this as our first president of RTS/Washington," said Chancellor Michael Milton. "Scott brings that rare collection of sacred gifts to bear as a seminary president: pastoral instincts, leadership experience, impeccable scholarship, cultural insights, and a heart that is broken for the lost and longing to see the truth of God's Word unleashed to free human beings. He is God's man for this great city and this critical time."
Redd began his duties as president and an assistant professor of Old Testament at the Washington campus in June 1, 2012. He also sits on the board of trustees of the Washington Theological Consortium and the International Training Institute. Prior to arriving in Washington, Redd served as an assistant professor of Old Testament and dean of students at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando.
Redd was raised around the Washington area, attended W.T. Woodson High School and later The College of William and Mary.
“I believe that the Washington area provides tremendous exposure to the local, national, and international Christian movement,” said Redd. “We aim to build and nurture a seminary community that serves a variety of constituencies in church, para-church, and lay ministries around the region. I am thrilled to join the RTS/Washington team as well as local Christian ministries in this endeavor.”
After working for three years at Burson-Marsteller in Washington, Redd pursued a Master of Divinity at RTS/Orlando. He then completed a doctoral dissertation in the Department of Semitic Language and Egyptian Languages and Literatures at the Catholic University of America entitled "Constituent Postponement in Biblical Hebrew Verse". During his doctoral studies, he taught at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Md., and ministered at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, N.C. In addition to RTS/Orlando, he has taught at Catholic University of America and the Augustine Theological Institute in Malta. He and his wife Jennifer have four daughters.
Dr. Robert M. Norris (Th.D.; Ph.D., The University of St. Andrews), the senior pastor of Fourth Presbyterian Church, will offer the message at the inauguration. The chancellor and CEO of RTS, Dr. Michael A. Milton (Ph.D., The University of Wales, Lampeter), will present the charge to the president, and Dr. Howard Griffith (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary), associate professor of systematic theology and academic dean at RTS/Washington D.C., will present the charge to the campus.
The public is invited.