It is said that "change brings about change," but that is not always true.

      After 26 years at RTS, 23 of those years as president, Dr. Luder G. Whitlock, Jr. has retired. He has served in that capacity longer than any other major seminary president in recent history, and through his leadership has moved RTS into national and international prominence. He has shown himself to be a leader among seminary [presidents, having recently served as President of the Association of Theological Schools.

     Reformed Theological Seminary will now be seeking a new president to lead into this new millennium. That, of course, will be a change of leaders, but RTS will not change. The Board of Trustees is dedicated to the bedrock principles upon which the Seminary was founded 35 years ago - biblical inerrancy and subscription to the Westminster Confession of Faith.

      From its humble beginnings with 14 students and 5 faculty members, in a wooden farm house on the outskirts of Jackson, Mississippi, RTS has grown to include three main campuses with two major extensions and several international affiliations serving well over 2000 students. With more than 3000 graduates serving in ministry worldwide, it can truly be said that the sun never sets on the work of RTS alumni.

      The RTS Board of Trustees knows that we have only served as God's instruments. Isaiah 26:12 says, "All that we have accomplished you have done for us."

      The Lord willing, what RTS is today, a bastion for orthodox Christianity in the Reformed tradition, is what RTS will be 35 years from now. That is the pledge of the Board of Trustees.

      So many have been faithful through the years to support RTS with prayers and finances. For the sake of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, RTS still needs your support.

      The pulpits of our churches and the many other Christian ministries carrying the Good News, at home and abroad, must be filled by those best trained to carry the message of the saving power of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 10: 14 & 15 ask, "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent?"

      As a new era unfolds at RTS, there will surely be a change of leaders, but the mission will be the same - that will not change. Your prayers are most coveted, for without a cover of prayer we can never have the wisdom to lead.

      We can never adequately express our appreciation for the resources God has provided over the past 35 years. He has provided through His people and we trust that He will continue to provide for His work. In the words of Sam Patterson, founding president of RTS - "He is able, we are willing."

Reformed Quarterly, Volume 20, Number 2/3
© 2001 Reformed Theological Seminary
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