Robert C. Cannada, Chairman of the RTS Board of Trustees and of the Executive Committee of the Board, has announced his retirement after thirty-four years of service. He was a founding member of the Board and has served all thirty-four years of the seminary's existence as chairman. James Moore, Vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees, will succeed him. Cannada's son, Dr. Robert C. Cannada, Jr., is an alumnus and serves as Executive Vice-President.


    Dr. John Currid, Professor of Old Testament and an archaeologist, and Dr. Andrew Hoffecker, Professor of Church History, will lead a study tour of Israel in October, 2000. Alumni, pastors, church leaders, and serious Bible students will find this a very worthwhile experience. Participants will live in a kibbutz on the Sea of Galilee and dig at the ancient city of Bethsaida excavation. Sites include Jerusalem, Megiddo, Hazor, and Caesarea. Six hours D.Min. credit is available. For more information, D.Min credit participants contact David Jussely at or 601-923-1689. Non-credit participants contact Mark Seeley at or704-366-5066.


    The Reverend Joseph Wheat, pastor of Village Seven Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, was the commencement speaker at RTS/Jackson May 12. Joel Belz, publisher of World magazine, was the speaker in Charlotte May 20. Dr. Joel Hunter, Senior Pastor of Northland Community Church, was RTS/Orlando's speaker May 26.


    Lyn Perez, Senior Vice-President for RTS/Orlando, was elected Chairman of the Development and Institutional Planning Committee of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. He was also elected to serve on the ATS Leadership Education Advisory Committee.


    RTS/Orlando will host a conference on its campus June 19. The event will be an opportunity for spiritual and intellectual stimulation and refreshment. The schedule is as follows:
11 a.m. Frank James - John Calvin The Church Planter
12:30 p.m. Complimentary Lunch
1:30 p.m. Steve Childers - The Gospel and Spiritual Maturity
3:00 p.m. John Frame - The Sovereign Lord of Time

    For more information, call Jennifer Williams at RTS/Orlando 1-800-752-4382.


    Dr. Richard L. Pratt has been named the Robert J. Maclellan Professor of Old Testament at RTS/Orlando. This is the first endowed chair for the Orlando campus.

    Dr. S. Donald Fortson, Dean of Students and Director of the Doctor of Ministry program at RTS/Charlotte, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Practical Theology. The Reverend Kenneth J. McMullen, RTS/Charlotte Librarian, has been appointed Assistant Professor of Theological Bibliography and Research.

    Dr. Douglas Falls has been named Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at RTS/Charlotte, moving from his position as Assistant Academic Dean at RTS/Jackson.


    Dr. John Armstrong, author of When God Moves and president of Reformation and Revival Ministries, preached in chapel at RTS/Orlando in March. Dr. Sidney Greidanus of Calvin Theological Seminary presented the Spring Academic Lectures at RTS/Orlando.


    Dr. Derek Thomas has been awarded a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the University of Wales. His dissertation topic was "Calvin's Doctrine of God in the Sermons on Job."

    Dr. Richard Belcher, Assistant Professor of Old Testament at RTS/Charlotte, received a Ph.D. in Hermeneutics and Biblical Interpretation with emphasis in the Old Testament from Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His dissertation was "Divine Retribution in Ecclesiastes."

    Dr. Frank James received his second Ph.D. recently. This one is in Historical and Theological Studies from Westminster Theological Seminary.


    Dr. James Hurley, Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at RTS/Jackson, has received a $15,000 grant to study legal and ethical issues confronting persons of faith in the field of psychology.

    Dr. Charles Hill, Associate Professor of New Testament at RTS/Orlando, has received a Lilly Theological Research Grants Faculty Fellowship to work on a book about Johannine Corpus.


    Moody Press has published Dr. William Richardson's book Loving Obedience: Child Training Techniques That Work.

    Dr. Paul Hoehner published "Ethical Decisions in Perioperative Elder Care" in Anesthesiology Clinics of North America, Vol. 18, No. 1, March 2000.

    Dr. John Currid's Doing Archaeology in the Land of the Bible will be published in Portuguese this fall.

    Presbyterian and Reformed has published Dr. Mark Futato's Creation: A Witness to the Wonder of God.

    Dr. Frank Young published an article entitled "A Time for Restraint" in the February 25, 2000 issue of Science, the scientific publication with the largest readership in the world.

    The Reverend Michael Glodo's article "Sola Ecclesia: The Lost Reformation Doctrine" was published in the Fall, 2000 issue of Reformation and Revival.

    Dr. Ronald Nash's review of The Legacy of Benedetto Croce: Contemporary Critical Views appeared in the February, 2000 issue of CHOICE.

    Dr. Douglas Kelly contributed an article entitled "Things That Cannot Be Shaken" in the January, 2000 Banner of Truth. He also co-authored "The Sabbath in a Secular Society," published by Rutherford House in December, 1999.

    Dr. Luder Whitlock contributed an article to the Spring, 2000 issue of Theological Education, the journal of ATS.


    French Camp Academy in French Camp, Mississippi, will publish a comprehensive biography of its late president, Dr. Sam Patterson, who was also the first president of RTS. They are asking anyone who knew "Mr. Pat" to share their fond remembrances for inclusion in the book. Please write, fax, or email Becky Hobbs at the following addresses: Postal Mail: Becky Hobbs, French Camp Academy, P.O. Box 120, French Camp, MS 39745. Email: Fax: 601-853-0144.


    Dr. Eric Alexander, noted theologian and former pastor of St. Georges-Tron Church in Glasgow, Scotland, was the keynote speaker at RTS/Jackson's annual Spiritual Life Conference in April. His topic was "The Holy Spirit and the Church."


    Dr. Bruce Waltke delivered the Staley Lectures at Erskine College in April. He also led a seminar with Tremper Longman, III at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia in March.

    Dr. Duncan Rankin preached at the Communion Season for Back Free Church of Scotland in March.

    Dr. Luder Whitlock spoke to more than eighty pastors at a Pastors Conference at RTS/Orlando in March and presented a seminar on spiritual growth in San Juan, Puerto Rico in April. He was also the commencement speaker at Erskine Theological Seminary in May.

    Daniel Claire lectured on "Eschatology: God's Word on the Future" at the Charles Harrison Mason Bible College in Washington, D.C., in February.

    In April, Dr. Douglas Kelly preached at the annual Easter Conference in Maesycwymmer Church in Wales and lectured on creation at La Pastorale Conference in Dijon, France.

    Dr. Simon Kistemaker was the keynote speaker at a conference at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, in April.

    Dr. Robert Cara was the primary speaker at a "Learning and Singing the Psalms" conference at Redeemer ARP Church in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in April.

    Dr. Andrew Hoffecker conducted a Lenten series on C.S. Lewis at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, Mississippi, during March and April.

    Dr. Steve Childers taught a church planting conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, in March for church planters of the Reformed Church in North America.

    Dr. Richard Gamble delivered the commencement address at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological seminary in Pittsburgh in May.

    Dr. Frank Kik was the principal speaker at a missions conference for First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, in March. He also conducted a Christian Life Conference at Neely's Creek ARP in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in April.

    Dr. Gary Rupp presented a paper entitled "Relational Therapy-Exploring the Object Relations Perspective" at the CAPS (Christian Association for Psychological Studies) Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in March.

    Dr. Allen Curry was a principal speaker at the Christian Teacher Educator's 4th Biennial Symposium at Covenant College in May. He also spoke at the Children's Ministry Conference in Atlanta in April.

    Dr. Ric Cannada taught a course on polity at Ukraine Biblical Seminary in March.

    Dr. William Eckenwiler presented a paper entitled "Teacher Bias in the Classroom" to the Christian Teacher Educator's 4th Biennial Symposium at Covenant College in May.

    Dr. Simon Kistamaker addressed the Camden, South Carolina, Ministerial Association in April on the topic "Symbolism in Revelation."

    Dr. Scott Coupland presented a paper entitled "Hope For Counselors Serving in Rural Areas" at the CAPS (Christian Association for Psychological Studies) Conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in March.


    Dr. Elias Medeiros, Associate Professor of Missions at RTS/Jackson, has been selected as the faculty recipient for the 1999/2000 HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day Working for Academic Excellence) Award. Wendy Lace, a second-year Marriage and Family Therapy Student at RTS/Jackson, was the student recipient.


    Dr. James Hurley, Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy at RTS/Jackson, has been elected president of the Mississippi Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Reformed Quarterly, Volume 19, Number 2
© 2000 Reformed Theological Seminary
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Last updated 7-19-2000.