“We are thrilled to have him as an important part of the RTS [Reformed Theological Seminary] family. He will be a blessing to our students institution-wide.”
Have you heard the news? Crazy Busy Kevin DeYoung just got a lot busier. Here is what he recently announced via Twitter (see screen shot below).
In case you're not sure why we described DeYoung as crazy busy, it's because he wrote a book by that title last year. Much to our surprise, it won 2014 Christian Book of the Year (awarded by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association). We wrote a post about it and were amazed at what a crazy busy life DeYoung actually has. Here is a list of conferences at which he spoke, as noted in that TWW post.
Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III, who was appointed Chancellor and CEO of the Reformed Theological Seminary in August 2013 (see our post for more info), provided the following statement at the time the announcement was made:
Kevin DeYoung embodies the commitments and emphases that Reformed Theological Seminary commends to a new generation of pastors and church leaders who desire to serve the people of God faithfully and to engage the culture effectively. Kevin reminds me of a young R.C. Sproul or James Montgomery Boice. He is a theologian, churchman, writer, preacher,teacher and leader. He brings a rich pastoral experience to the task of theological education and a sharp theological mind to the work of seminary education. We are thrilled to have him as an important part of the RTS family. He will be a blessing to our students institution-wide.”
Here is a screen shot of the announcement made by RTS.
According to its website,
Reformed Theological Seminary serves the church by preparing its leaders through a program of graduate theological education based upon the authority of the inerrant Word of God and committed to the historic Reformed Faith. We invite you to browse through our seminary website to learn more about the programs available at our various Seminary campuses and our Global Program.
RTS has seminaries in a number of locations, including: Jackson, Orlando, Charlotte, Atlanta, Houston, Memphis, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Global.
The church Kevin DeYoung has pastored since 2004 voted last November to leave the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and to affiliate with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). The Gospel Coalition shared details about the vote in a post. Here are the highlights:
At a special congregational meeting last night University Reformed Church voted 366-18 (95.3%) in favor of leaving the Reformed Church in America (RCA) and affiliating with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
Of the 384 votes, 335 (320-15) were cast at the meeting and 49 (46-3) by absentee ballot.
The 384 votes represent 91% of our communicant membership. University Reformed Church currently has 422 members and a Sunday morning attendance of around 650.
In a earlier post, DeYoung explained the reasons for leaving the RCA (see below):
Let me simply say at this point that our reason for seeking to leave the RCA is not one thing, but many things. From the adoption of the Belhar Confession, to the removal of the conscience clauses related to women’s ordination, to the growing acceptance of homosexual practice in the denomination, we believe the RCA has changed significantly in the last several years. The denomination has moved away from churches like ours. Our request is that we may be able to move too.
RevKev, as DeYoung is called by his peers, is a mover and shaker in the Young, Restless, and Reformed movement. As you might imagine, he is crazy busy promoting the upcoming Together for the Gospel conference on Twitter as these two screen shots demonstrate. It's all about recruiting…
And on and on it will go until next Spring… It continues to perplex us that pastors like Kevin DeYoung, Mark Dever, and C.J. Mahaney, whose churches are relatively small in size, have so much influence over the YRR crowd.
And speaking of Mahaney, let's not ever forget that he owes a debt of gratitude to Kevin DeYoung who 'objectively' found him fit for ministry. This is what we had to say on the matter in 2011. When DeYoung was selected to serve on the preliminary panel, he was not as well known in the blogosphere as he is now. However, the DeYoung/Mahaney friendship was in full swing in March 2010, as DeYoung's post Monday Morning Mahaney shows. It appears DeYoung's loyalty is paying off handsomely as he continues to be promoted by the Neo-Cal leaders.
Perhaps one of DeYoung's goals is to recruit RTS students into the movement. We wonder whether they will receive course credit for attending T4G like students at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary do. With the early bird deadline fast approaching – 10.31.15 – can there be any doubt that Southern Seminary students in particular are making plans to attend?
As RevKev gets even busier in his new teaching role at RTS, as pastor of University Reformed Church, as a Ph.D. student, and in his leadership role in the Neo-Cal movement, it looks like his wife will have her hands full raising their six children. As a stay-at-home mom who reared two daughters to adulthood, I can honestly say that I was crazy busy in that role. And my husband's position required very little travel. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for these YRR leaders, their wives, and their children. The Neo-Cal (aka Calvinista) leaders are making great sacrifices for their cause…
Max brought to our attention a video clip featuring Kevin DeYoung, Al Mohler, and Ligon Duncan which everyone needs to watch. These guys obviously have ALL the answers.
"Where else are they gonna go, who else is gonna answer their questions?" – Al Mohler
No wonder Mahaney calls his good buddy Al "the smartest man on the planet". . .