In 1929, Dr. J. Gresham Machen, professor of New Testament literature and exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary and author of Christianity and Liberalism, invited other distinguished professors to join him in founding a seminary devoted to training "specialists in the Bible." The story of Westminster begins with our founding faculty--we invite you to get to know some of them as you explore these pages.
Since our founding, Westminster has been an unusually faculty-oriented institution. In the early years, all institutional decisions, large and small, were made by the faculty at formal faculty meetings, chaired by different faculty members. In 1952, the Board of Trustees appointed Professor Ed Clowney the first president of the Seminary. Since then, delegation of institutional affairs to professional administrators has occurred, but the faculty continues to have exceptional authority over, and responsibility for, the life of the Seminary.
Also, listen to "An Introduction to the Founding Faculty of Westminster" by President Peter A. Lillback, one of the 2006 Commencement seminars.