Reformation International College
International College (RIC) and Reformation International
Theological Seminary (RITS) began in 1996 after attempts at
establishing working relationships with other schools aimed at providing
education specifically for those in off-campus and overseas settings proved
untenable. Working with students overseas or off-campus was considered too
complicated and more importantly, unprofitable.
obstacle, the vision of Reformation Christian Ministries (RCM) was clear: A
generation of people on the mission fields of the world, including North
America and Europe, needed access to inexpensive college and seminary
The true Gospel
brings about an entire change of thinking which needs undergirding by an
education aimed at applying that Gospel in the churches, occupations and
institutions in each person's respective country and setting. To this end,
we needed to provide quality education comparable to, even better than, that
found in a North American college or seminary campus program so as to
prepare the next generation of preachers, teachers and other leaders who in
turn would teach others (2 Timothy 2:2).
the predominant institutional approach is to bring students to a campus in
North America and have them learn outside the setting of their own country
or church. This is clearly more efficient for the school, but this is not
the way that the disciples learned. We respect the contribution that
centralized campus programs have provided over the centuries, and where a
campus program is a viable option for a person living near such a campus or
able to relocate to one, we find them very useful. However, this does not
come close to meeting the need for Christian leaders both in the church,
much less the public and private sectors. Furthermore, the vast majority of
students cannot afford to be dislocated from jobs, family, church and
culture. Even those who find a way to the centralized campus very often do
not find their ways back to their native country. Those who do, often find
reacclimation to their culture much more difficult and eventually leave.
None of this bodes well for the mandate to make disciples of their nations,
which requires leaders to remain in and relevant to their own culture and
Whether it be
in the mission fields of the world, or in North America and Europe, we
are committed to educating people in their local setting so that their
education becomes immediately applicable to their situation. Those within
their circle of influence don't have to wait for three to six years to
benefit from the education the student is receiving, because within days of
their learning it, they will be using it in their culture, in their church
and in their immediate setting.
with a campus program is that over time they become focused more upon
building and maintaining the huge expenditures necessary for a campus more
than the beneficial outcome of a solidly Christian education for their
students. Not unlike the church growth movement in some way, education has
become seeker-friendly and donor-friendly. Too often education has become a
business more than a service. Thankfully, some schools have avoided this
temptation, but increasingly, history has proved that schools moved in the
direction of their donor base and student desires than that set forth by
Scripture for sound education. And thus such originally soundly established
schools such as Harvard, Yale and later Princeton, once bastions of
orthodoxy, became the rampant propogators of liberalism and every imaginable
heresy and false doctrine under the sun. This is not to say that all campus
programs have done so, but they are precious few who have avoided this pit.
It is easy for
us to make comments like the above in that we are very young and
idealistic. However, we say this not only to distinguish ourselves from
many others, but also as a warning to ourselves of the dangers that lay
ahead of those committed to educational orthodoxy. We believe our school is
called of God to maintain its orthodoxy and yet also to provide education in
a simple fashion aimed at true education and not just
political correctness. We would rather see ourselves closed, than to
go on for reasons other than that for which God has called us. God
willing, this vision shall be sustained by His grace into the future.
International College (RIC) began in 1996 in partnership with Christ College
of Lynchburg, Virginia (which has since closed and moved). We initially
were the distance learning facility for their campus program and offered a
Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Thought. Over time, we began obtaining
our own courses and developing some additional majors. Most recently we
have begun a Bachelor of Education program aimed at providing teacher
training for teachers in our school in Suriname. However, this program also
offers opportunities for students in the United States who wish to obtain a
degree that will enable them to sit for the Florida State Teacher's
more details about the College, go to the RIC page and download a catalog.
International Theological Seminary (RITS) also began in 1996 originating its
own courses through the collaborative effort of a good number of qualified
professors and centers its education around the Master of Divinity degree.
Bachelor versions and other master degree programs are now offered as well
as a full-orbed doctoral program.
For more details about
the Seminary, click here to go to the RITS page and download a catalog.
Both RIC and
RITS are very competitive in price and thoroughly REFORMED in content with
the aim of producing solid Christian thinkers and ministers. We
have aimed at keeping our costs as low as reasonably possible by keeping our
overhead low, and aiming primarily at ministry instead of money. We believe
you will be able to tell the difference.
For information on the RITS & RIC
doctoral programs, click here.
SPECIAL NOTE: There are some limited opportunities for on-location
student work programs. Please inquire with the
to learn more.