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Harvard Divinity School

Established in 1816, Harvard Divinity School is a nonsectarian graduate school institution that educates and trains a wide diversity of students both in the pursuit of academic study of religion and preparation for leadership in any religious ministry or other public service vocation.

Harvard Divinity School currently offers four degree programs  Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Theology and Doctor of Philosophy where students can engage in critical thinking and interpretation which are important foundation for their future work. The student body roughly represents 30 different religious traditions and spiritual backgrounds — Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu among others. Not only that Harvard Divinity enrolls a wide range of students coming from different spiritual backgrounds but they also enrolls students who don’t have any affiliation with any particular religious traditions.

Dr. David Hempton, an Irish historian of evangelical Protestant Christianity currently serves as the Dean of Harvard Divinity School.

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Moody Theological Seminary – Chicago

Moody Theological Seminary (MTS) is the graduate division of Moody Bible Institute (MBI), a Christian institution of higher education and media ministry that was founded by evangelist Dwight L. Moody in 1886. As the graduate division of Moody Bible Institute, MTS offers degrees at the seminary/graduate level. MTS exists to train Bible interpreters who will apply and incarnate biblical truth and minister and communicate that truth to others.

Moody Theological Seminary has two graduate campuses, one located in Near North Side of Chicago (Moody Theological Seminary – Chicago) and the other in Plymouth, Michigan (Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan). MTS currently offers graduate degrees in Master of Arts, Master of Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Master of Counseling/Psychology. MTS also offers graduate certificate, a one-year program of study at the graduate level. All graduate degrees are offered through traditional courses in MTS Chicago, or through distance education models by combining online and modular courses.

Today, Moody Theological Seminary – Chicago enrolls approximately 460 students coming from 23 states and 31 foreign countries. Almost 56 denominations are represented in MTS Chicago.

On 2009, Dr. J. Paul Nyquist became the ninth president of Moody Bible Institute.

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Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan

In November 2009, Moody Bible Institute and Michigan Theological Seminary jointly announced plans for Michigan Theological Seminary to merge with Moody Bible Institute’s Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School. Finally, in January 2010, Michigan Theological Seminary became Moody Theological Seminary–Michigan.

Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan (MTS-Michigan) is committed to providing its students with rigorous academic training and to prepare them to be spiritually mature leaders who will serve the church community in Michigan and throughout US and the world. Because its programs are designed for adult students, scheduling at Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan is flexible. MTS – Michigan accommodate students that have family or full-time work obligations by providing evening classes and academic tracks that consider realistic schedules outside of the classroom. Because of this, classes are inherently diverse, attracting students with various backgrounds, ages and levels of training providing a rich and interactive learning experience.

Today, Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan enrolls approximately 160 students coming from 3 states and 6 foreign countries with almost 29 denominations represented. The Seminary currently offers graduate degrees in Master of Divinity (with emphases in Ministry Leadership, Pastoral Studies, and Spiritual Formation and Discipleship), Master of Theological Studies and Master of Arts (concentration in Counseling Psychology and Spiritual Formation and Disciplines)

Master of Divinity at Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan Campus

Moody Theological Seminary’s Master of Divinity graduate program is a 96-credit hour that provides the student with deep understanding and excellent preaching skills in order to communicate the Scriptures with accuracy and relevance. Through in-depth biblical and practical preparation, students will be equipped to minister full-time in churches or parachurch organizations in the United States or abroad.

Master’s Degree Core Courses (48 hours)

  • Bible (15 hours)
    • Introduction to Theological Research (1)
    • Hermeneutics I & II (4)
    • Old Testament Exposition I & II (6)
    • New Testament Exposition I & II (4)
  • General Ministries (10 hours)
    • Communication of Biblical Truth (3)
    • Community Outreach (1)
    • Evangelism and Community Analysis (3)
    • Essentials for Excellence in Ministry (3)
  • Intercultural (5 hours)
    • Theology of Intercultural Ministry (2)
    • Apologetics and World Religions (3)
  • Field Education (6 hours)
    • Internship I & II (6)
  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship (3 hours)
    • Biblical Spiritual Formation (2)
    • Biblical Spiritual Formation Lab I (1)
  • Systematic Theology (9 hours)
    • Systematic Theology I, II & 3 (9)

Master of Divinity Core Courses (33 hours)

  • Bible (21 hours)
    • Biblical Theology of the OT OR Biblical Theology of the NT (2)
    • New Testament Greek I (4)
    • New Testament Greek I & II (6)
    • Biblical Hebrew (6)
    • Hebrew Syntax and Exegesis (3)
  • Historical Theology (3 hours)
    • Church History (3)
  • Pastoral (7 hours)
    • Narrative Preaching (2)
    • Pastoral Counseling (3)
    • Professional Ethics (2)
  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship (2 hours)
    • Biblical Spiritual Formation Lab II & III (2)

MDiv Emphasis Courses (12-13 hours)

Open Electives (2-3 hours)

Total Hours: 96 hours

Moody Theological Seminary – Michigan currently offers three emphases (Ministry Leadership, Pastoral Studies, and Spiritual Formation and Discipleship). MTS-Chicago, on the other hand, offers 5 emphases)

  • Ministry Leadership (12 hours)
    • Developing Leaders and Managing Resources in Ministry Leadership (3)
    • Global Perspectives in Ministry Leadership (3)
    • Power, Conflict, Resolution, and Transformational Leadership (3)
    • Current Trends and Issues in Ministry Leadership (2)
    • Harnessing Technology in Ministry (1)
  • Pastoral Studies (12 hours)
    • Pastoral Procedures and Practices (3)
    • Preaching from the Old Testament OR Teaching with Skill and Influence (2)
    • Exegesis in the Greek New Testament (2)
    • Seminar in Theology (2)
    • Bible Elective (3)
  • Spiritual Formation and Discipleship (13 hours)
    • Spirituality and the Family (3)
    • Spiritual Disciplines and Spiritual Warfare (3)
    • Theology and Practice of Prayer (2)
    • Theology and Practice of Prayer (3)
    • Advanced Theology of Practical Sanctification (2)

For more information about the Master of Divinity Degree Plan, please see Moody Theological Seminary’s Academic Catalog.

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Redeemer Seminary

Redeemer Seminary (also known as Redeemer Theological Seminary or the Westminster Texas Campus) is an Evangelical, Reformed, Christian theological seminary based in Dallas, Texas with branches in Houston and Austin.

Since 1929 Westminster Theological Seminary has been training “specialists in the Bible” who minister the gospel worldwide. In 1999 Westminster began a Texas Campus to extend the knowledge of the glory of God in Christ through offering theological education grounded in the seminary’s core values and serving churches and communities in the Southwestern United States. By God’s grace, the Texas Campus has graduated students who now serve churches and ministries across the United States. In 2009 Westminster Theological Seminary launched its Texas Campus as Redeemer Seminary, an independent institution which shares the core values and theological commitments upon which Westminster was founded. Westminster concludes its M.Div. and M.A.R. programs in Texas in cooperation with Redeemer during the transition. New students enroll as Redeemer Seminary students.

The purpose of Redeemer Seminary is to form men for the gospel ministry, who shall truly believe, and cordially love, and therefore endeavor to propagate and defend, in its genuineness, simplicity, and fullness, the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in the inerrant and infallible Word of God and summarized in that system of religious belief and practice which is set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms and which is integrally related to the fundamental principles of Presbyterian church government; thereby, cultivating and sustaining genuine Christian devotion with sound learning.

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Reformed Theological Seminary – Charlotte

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Thoroughly committed to Reformed Theology and the absolute authority of Scripture, Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) Charlotte trains students to pursue the kingdom of God with sharpened minds and hearts aflame for the Gospel. Since its founding in 1993, RTS Charlotte has trained men and women as pastors, educators, campus ministers, youth ministers, chaplains, missionaries, and countless other Christian vocations. Moreover, RTS Charlotte puts a strong emphasis on experience through internships in many of the 3,000 churches within an hour’s driving distance of the seminary.

RTS Charlotte is ideally located in the heart of southeast Charlotte, with excellent access to the airport, the interstate system, the bulk of the residential areas of Charlotte. The campus is composed of five buildings with over 50,000 square feet of space, providing ample classrooms, library, and office areas, all with full wireless access.

RTS Charlotte currently offers academic degrees in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Biblical Studies), Master of Arts (Theological Studies) and Doctor of Ministry. Michael J. Kruger serves as the current President of RTS Charlotte and Professor of New Testament.

Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary (North Carolina Campus)

The Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) is at the core of RTS Charlotte’s educational training. It is a 106 semester hour program with electives available in all the different theological disciplines. The program includes the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew in order to equip the student to dig deeper into the text. Biblical courses will include concentrating on each book of the Bible in depth. For those who have studied Greek or Hebrew may take proficiency examinations to determine if they may be exempted from portions of the language requirements. In addition to the coursework, M.Div. students are required to complete 400 hours of field education experience during their degree program, which is further designed to help students put their academic knowledge into practice.

Required Master of Divinity Core Courses per Year (3 Year M.Div. Curriculum)
Junior Year (1st Year) – 37 hours

  • Greek I and II (6 hours, 3 hours each)
  • The History of Christianity I and II (6 hours, 3 hours each)
  • Leadership (2)
  • Gospels (3)
  • Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies (3)
  • Classics of Personal Devotions (1)
  • Acts and Romans (2)
  • History of Philosophy and Christian Thought (3)
  • Evangelism (2)
  • Greek Exegesis (2)
  • Pauline Epistles (3)
  • Christian Encounter with Islam (3)
  • Elective (2)

Middle Year (2nd Year) – 34 hours

  • Missions (2)
  • Introduction to Hebrew (3)
  • Communication I (2)
  • Pastoral Counseling (3)
  • Genesis – Joshua (3)
  • Systematic Theology I (3)
  • Field Education Internship
  • Intermediate Hebrew (3)
  • Hebrew – Revelation (3)
  • Pastoral Ministry (2)
  • Hebrew Exegesis (2)
  • Poets (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory I (2)
  • Systematic Theology II (2)
  • Elective (2)

Senior Year (3rd Year) – 35 hours

  • Systematic Theology III (3)
  • Isaiah – Malachi (3)
  • Pastoral and Social Ethics (3)
  • Church Polity (1)
  • Communication II (2)
  • Principles of Sanctification (1)
  • Field Education Seminar
  • Apologetics (2)
  • Worship (3)
  • Educational Ministry of the Church (2)
  • Covenant Theology (2)
  • Advanced Biblical Exegesis/Macro-Hermeneutics (3)
  • Preaching Laboratory II (2)
  • Judges – Ester (2)
  • 3 Elective (6 hours, 2 hours each)
  • Field Education Seminar

RTS Charlotte offers two different emphasis in the Master of Divinity Program: M.Div. Emphasis in Reformed Campus Ministry and M.Div. Emphasis in Chaplains Ministry. Students who select an emphasis should adjust the core curriculum by dropping subjects then substituting it with the required courses.

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Reformed Campus Ministry

RTS Charlotte recognizes that ministry among college and university students is one of the most significant and strategic ways to develop next generation’s church leaders and evangelize the lost. Thus, RTS Charlotte offers the Institute of Reformed Campus Ministry (IRCM) which provides specialized training in the Master of Divinity degree with a focus upon ministry among college and university students. The IRCM includes a degree emphasis within the M.Div. program at the RTS Charlotte campus, an active fellowship among students headed to campus ministry, annual conferences & lectures, and numerous campus ministry opportunities. Within this degree emphasis, IRCM students are allowed to take specially focused courses in lieu of core classes and electives in the general M. Div. curriculum.

  • Ministry in a Postmodern Context replaces Church and the World
  • Pastoral Ministry: Local Church & College Campus replaces Pastoral MInistry
  • Discipleship & Campus Ministry replaces Educational Ministries in the Church
  • Planting and Growing a Campus Ministry replaces Evangelism
  • Applied Apologetics replaces one Elective course

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Chaplains Ministry

Due to the incredible opportunities and need for chaplains in all sectors of American life, both domestically and internationally, RTS Charlotte offers the Chaplains Ministry Institute (CMI) that focuses on preparing men and women for service in many settings: military, institutional, airport, hospital, corporate, and more. The CMI includes a degree emphasis within the M. Div. program at the RTS Charlotte campus, an active fellowship among students headed for chaplain ministry, annual conferences & lectures, numerous chaplain ministry opportunities, and mentorships with chaplains in the community. Within the degree emphasis, CMI students take special focused courses in lieu of core classes and electives in the general M. Div. curriculum.

These courses are as follows:

  • Leadership and Chaplain Ministry
  • Pastoral Theology for Chaplains
  • Counseling and Chaplain Ministry
  • Evangelism, Chaplaincy and Pluralism
  • Applied Apologetics

More information about Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte Campus) curriculum.

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Reformed Theological Seminary – Orlando

In addition to the Jackson and Charlotte  campus, Reformed Theological Seminary offers courses at the Orlando campus. RTS Orlando is a place of vocational and spiritual formation under the mentoring of godly pastors-scholars who share your burden for the inerrancy and sufficiency of the Word of God, for the lost, for the saints to be equipped, and for the nations to be discipled. RTS Orlando has trained more than 1,500 pastors and leaders for the global 21st century church since opening in the fall of 1989.

RTS Orlando currently offers academic degrees in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Biblical Studies), Master of Arts (Theological Studies), Master of Arts in Counseling and Doctor of Ministry. RTS Orlando maintains a belief in the inerrancy of the Bible and generally follows Reformed tradition, including Covenant Theology. Don Sweeting serves as the current President of RTS Charlotte and James Woodrow Hassell Professor of Church History.

Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando Campus)

RTS Orlando offers one of the most rigorous and comprehensive Master of Divinity degrees in the United States to both men and women from the states and abroad. The M. Div. curriculum is designed to offer training for pastoral ministry and is concentrated in three basic areas – Bible, theology, and practical theology. In addition to training for pastoral ministry, the curriculum is designed to aid in the student’s sanctification and ability to apply Scripture to contemporary circumstances.

Students taking the M.Div. degree may major in one of two emphasis offered in Belcher Campus: Counseling and Baptist Studies. Both programs require a total of 106 semester hours and is typically done in 3 years.

Students begin taking Hebrew and Greek in their first year. For those who have studied Greek or Hebrew may take proficiency examinations to determine if they may be exempted from portions of the language requirements.

Required Master of Divinity Core Courses per Year (3 Year M. Div. Curriculum)
Junior Year – 37 hours

  • Greek I and II (6 hours, 3 credits each)
  • Theology of Ministry I (2)
  • The History of Christianity I and II (6 hours, 3 credits each)
  • Evangelism (2)
  • Introduction to Pastoral and Theological Studies (3)
  • Christian Encounter with Islam (2)
  • Hebrew I and II (6 hours, 3 credits each)
  • Greek Exegesis (3)
  • Genesis – Joshua (3)
  • Communication I (2)
  • Elective (2)

Middle Year – 36 hours

  • Gospels (4)
  • Pastoral Counseling (3)
  • Hebrew Exegesis (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory I (1)
  • Systematic Theology I & II (6 hours, 3 hours each)
  • Judges – Ester (2)
  • Educational Ministry of the Church (2)
  • History of Philosophy and Christian Thought (3)
  • Acts and Pauline Epistles (4)
  • Advanced Biblical Exegesis (2)
  • Poets (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory II (1)
  • 2 Elective (4 hours, 2 hours each)

Senior year – 33 hours

  • Hebrews – Revelation (3)
  • Missions (3)
  • Communication II (2)
  • Worship (3)
  • Classics of Personal Devotions (1)
  • Systematic Theology III (2)
  • Apologetics (2)
  • Mentoring (1)
  • Field Education Seminar
  • Church Polity (1)
  • Isaiah – Malachi (3)
  • Theology of Ministry II (2)
  • Preaching Laboratory III (1)
  • Covenant Theology (2)
  • Pastoral and Social Ethics (3)
  • 2 Electives (4 hours, 2 hours each)
  • Field Education Seminar

RTS Orlando offers two different emphasis in the Master of Divinity Program: M.Div. Emphasis in Counseling and M.Div. Emphasis in Baptist Studies. Students who select an emphasis should adjust the core curriculum by dropping subjects then substituting it with the required courses.

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Counseling

The Master of Divinity Emphasis in Counseling provides students preparing for Christian ministry with an opportunity to receive specialized training in applying the gospel to persons in a variety of situations and settings.

These courses are as follows:

  • Addictions replaces 1 Elective (3 hours)
  • Theory and Practice of Counseling & Psychotherapy replaces 1 Elective (3 hours)
  • Psychology in Relation to Theology I replaces Classics of Peers Devotion
  • Sexuality and Sex Therapy replaces Educational Ministry of the Church
  • Couples Counseling replaces 1 Elective (3)

Master of Divinity Emphasis in Baptist Studies

The Master of DIvinity Emphasis in Baptist Studies is offered in conjunction with the Nicole Institute of Baptist Studies at RTS Orlando, which exists to prepare leaders for the church who are marked with “a mind for truth, and a heart for God,” by imparting to them the riches of Reformed theology and piety whole also conveying a robust vision of the church and its ministry.

These courses are as follows:

  • Baptist Confessions replaces 1 Elective (2)
  • Baptist Theology of Ministry replaces 1 Elective (2)
  • Baptist Polity replaces Church Polity
  • Baptist History replaces 1 Elective (1)

More information about the curriculum of Reformed Theological Seminary – Orlando.

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Mid-America Reformed Seminary

Locaetd in Dyer, Indiana, Mid-America Reformed Seminary is an evangelical graduate instituiton that offers theological education in the classic Reformed (or Calvinistic) tradition. The Seminary offers a three-year Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program for students seeking ordination. Moreover, Mid-America Reformed Seminary also offers a two-year Master of Theological Studies degree for students seeking a theological education but not seeking ordination.

Mid-America’s commitment to theological education is based on confessional allegiance rather than denominational affiliation. With most faculty and board members being formerly associated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, and now affiliated with the recently-created United Reformed Churches, all members of the faculty and of the Board of Trustees are committed to the Holy Scriptures as the infallible and inerrant Word of God, and in conformity with the Word are committed to the ecumenical creeds of Christendom (the Apostles’ Creed, Athanasian Creed, and Nicene Creed) and the Reformed Confessions (the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dort, and the Westminster Confession of Faith) as faithfully setting forth the system of truth taught in Scripture.

The seminary was founded on April 21, 1981 when a group of Christian Reformed ministers and laymen met at the Hilton Hotel at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago. At this meeting it was decided to establish a seminary society and board of trustees, to purchase the Harmony Youth Home in Orange City, Iowa to serve as the seminary’s campus, and to name the seminary Mid-America Reformed Seminary.1 The seminary was intended as an alternative to Calvin Theological Seminary, the denominational seminary of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, which the founders of Mid-America believed was straying from its confessional Reformed identity.

In 1995 the seminary moved its campus to Dyer, Indiana, where it currently resides.

On April 8, 2006, Mid-America held a celebration of its 25th anniversary in the West Commons at Dordt College, and plans on holding other 25th anniversary celebrations throughout the United States and Canada in 2006.

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Westminster Seminary California

Since 1979, Westminster Seminary California has offered a distinctively Reformed theological education in order to glorify Christ, promote His Gospel, and serve His Church. The strength of our four master degree programs lies in our faculty’s commitment to the inerrant Scriptures and the Reformed confessions. Our alumni use their education as pastors, missionaries, teachers, and leaders in the Church for the world.

Westminster Seminary California welcomed its first students in the fall of 1980. From the beginning, WSC committed itself to providing the finest in theological education with a particular focus on preparing men for pastoral ministry. The inerrancy of the Scriptures, the Gospel of Christ, the importance of the church and preaching, and the Reformed confessions have all guided the life and teaching of the Seminary.

From its inception WSC has attracted students from all over the United States and from many foreign countries. At the time of its founding, there was no Reformed seminary in the western part of the United States. WSC established a campus with an extensive library, a comprehensive curriculum, and a full faculty of teachers who were both experienced pastors and experts in their academic disciplines.

WSC traces its commitment to Reformed theological education back to the Reformation and especially to John Calvin’s educational approach in his Genevan Academy. In America that educational heritage was maintained at Princeton Theological Seminary in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Old Princeton was devoted to the inerrancy of the Bible, outstanding scholarship, fine academic education, and service to the church in its preaching and missionary work. When in 1929 Princeton Seminary was reorganized to tolerate theological liberalism, several faculty members, led by the distinguished scholar J. Gresham Machen, left Princeton to found Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The new seminary preserved the heritage of old Princeton and passed it on to WSC. Westminster Seminary California was initially a branch campus of the Philadelphia school until 1982 when it became fully independent.

Dr. Robert B. Strimple and Mr. Robert G. den Dulk shared the administrative responsibilities for founding the Seminary, moving to California in 1979. Dr. Strimple became the first president of WSC in 1982, overseeing the movement of the Seminary from its temporary home in San Marcos to its beautiful, permanent campus in southeastern Escondido. In 1988, Dr. Strimple returned to full-time teaching and scholarship, while Mr. den Dulk became president, increasing the size and financial strength of the school. Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, who had joined the faculty in 1981 as professor of church history, became the third president of WSC in 1993.

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Westminster Theological Seminary

Founded in 1929, Westminster Theological Seminary is a Presbyterian and Reformed Christian graduate institution that offers theological education at Philadelphia campus and through a program of study in London. In 1982, the California campus of Westminster became an independent institution which is now known as Westminster Theological Seminary California.

Westminster Theological School exists to form Christian leaders to proclaim the whole counsel of God throughout a changing world. The Seminary is committed to Scripture and to the systematic exposition of biblical truth known as the Reformed faith. The School also subscribes to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Westminster desires to be used in training ministers of the gospel and others for service in those churches committed to the Three Forms of Unity as subordinate standards.

The current president of Westminster Theological Seminary Dr. Peter A. Lillback. He is also the Professor of Historical Theology.

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Reformed Theological Seminary – Jackson

Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) is a non-denominational, evangelical graduate school dedicated to serve the Church in all branches by preparing its leaders through a program of graduate theological education. RTS’ primary theological distinctives are a commitment to historic Reformed theology and the Bible as God’s inerrant Word. RTS was founded in Jackson, Mississippi and also has campuses in Orlando, Florida, Washington D.C. and Charlotte, North Carolina. RTS in Jackson (also famously known as the Belcher Campus) currently offers academic degrees in Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling and Doctor of Ministry.

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, III was appointed as the Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary last August 2013. He was the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at RTS in Jackson and was responsible for teaching courses as Systematic Theology, Ethics, Apologetics, History of Philosophy and Christian Thought, Covenant Theology, Patristics, Evangelism and Theology of the Westminster Standards. Dr. Duncan is also the Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church where he has served for the past 17 years.

Guy L. Richardson serves as the current President of RTS in Jackson.