Vern Sheridan Poythress
Professor of New Testament Interpretation
B.S., California Institute of Technology, 1966; Ph.D., Harvard University, 1970; M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1974; Th.M., 1974; M.Litt., University of Cambridge, 1977; D.Th., University of Stellenbosch, 1981; Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Fresno State College, 1970–1971; Teaching Staff, Summer Institute of Linguistics, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977; Editor, Westminster Theological Journal, 2005– ; Westminster, 1976– .
Author: Philosophy, Science and the Sovereignty of God; Symphonic Theology: The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology; Understanding Dispensationalists; Science and Hermeneutics: Implications of Scientific Method for Biblical Interpretation; The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses; God-Centered Biblical Interpretation; The Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation; The Gender-Neutral Bible Controversy: Muting the Masculinity of God’s Words (co-author); The TNIV and the Gender-Neutral Bible Controversy (co-author); Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach; In the Beginning Was the Word: Language--A God-Centered Approach.
Contributor: The Foundations of Christian Scholarship; Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, and the Bible; The New Testament Student and His Field; Inerrancy and Hermeneutic: A Tradition, A Challenge, A Debate; Theonomy: A Reformed Critique; Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood; New Geneva Study Bible; Spirit of the Reformation Study Bible; The Practical Calvinist; Resurrection and Eschatology: Theology in Service of the Church; ESV Study Bible.
Representative Articles: “The Use of the Intersentence Conjunctions De, Oun, Kai, and Asyndeton in the Gospel of John,” Novum Testamentum, 1984; “Reforming Ontology and Logic in the Light of the Trinity: An Application of Van Til’s Idea of Analogy,” Westminster Theological Journal 57, 1995; “Why Scientists Must Believe in God: Divine Attributes of Scientific Law,” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 46/1, 2003.
Professor of Apologetics
B.A., Harvard University, 1966; M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1969; Dr. Théol., Université de Genève, 1993; Home missionary of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania, 1969–1970; Faculty, Brunswick School, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1970–1978; Professor of Apologetics, Faculté Libre de Théologie Réformée, Aix-en-Provence, France, 1979–1989; Westminster, 1989– .
Author: In Spirit and In Truth: Ten Bible Studies on Worship; Taking Note of Music; Sur le rock; Bibliographie d’ouvrages apologétique; Reasons of the Heart: Recovering Christian Persuasion; La carte protestante: L’apologétique protestante de langue française de 1815 à 1848; The Face of Truth: Lifting the Veil; Truth in All Its Glory: Commending the Reformed Faith; Les dix commandements; Christian Apologetics Past and Present (co-author).
Contributor: Modern Reformation (editor, Borrowed Capital cultural apologetics column); Une Philosophie du Seuil: Hommage à Jean Brun; Art in Question; À propos du SIDA; Practical Theology and the Ministry of the Church; Révolution et Christianisme; Introduction, The God Who is There (Chinese edition); Finding God at Harvard; A Preserving Grace: Protestants, Catholics, and Natural Law; The Identity of Geneva; Creator, Redeemer, Consummator: A Festschrift for Meredith G. Kline; Dictionnaire Œcuménique de Missiologie: Cent Mots Pour la Mission; The Communion of the Saints: Living in Fellowship with the People of God; C. Van Til 1895-1987 Studi di Teologia; It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God; United in Love: The Communion of the Saints; The Practical Calvinist: An Introduction to the Presbyterian and Reformed Heritage; Le Pasteur Samuel Vincent à l’aurore de la modernité, 1787–1857; Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship; Cornelius Van Til: Christian Apologetics, 2nd ed. (editor); Justified in Christ: God’s Plan for Us in Justification; New Dictionary of Christian Apologetics; Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics; Cornelius Van Til: Introduction to Systematic Theology, 2nd ed. (editor); Faith Comes By Hearing: A Response to Inclusivism; God’s Fiery Challenger for Our Time: Festschrift in honor of Stephen Tong; A Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes; Calvin and Culture: Exploring a Worldview.
Representative Articles: “Why Love Can’t Wait: The Lonely Social Ethic of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” Mars Hill Review, 2000; “Tricksters and Badmen,” Books and Culture 14/2, March/April 2008; “Shoring up the Fragments: The Poetry of T. S. Eliot,” The Trinity Forum’s Provocations, January 8, 2008; “Work and Rest in God’s Perspective,” Business Ethics Today, 2010.
Douglas James Green
Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology
B.A., Sydney University, Australia, 1975; LL.B., 1978; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1984; M.Div., 1985; M. Phil., Yale University, 1989; Ph.D., 2003; Attorney, Sydney, 1978–1982; Teaching Fellow, Yale University, 1990; Westminster, 1992– .
Author: “I Undertook Great Works”: The Ideology of Domestic Achievements in West Semitic Royal Inscriptions.
Contributor: New Living Translation; A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible; The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery; The Whirlwind: Essays on Job, Hermeneutics and Theology; Keeping God’s Earth: The Global Environment in Biblical Perspective; Eyes to See and Ears to Hear: Essays in Memory of J. Alan Groves .
Kenneth Scott Oliphint
Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology
B.S., West Texas State University, 1978; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1983; Th.M., 1984; Ph.D., 1994; Pastoral ministry, Texas, 1984–1991; Westminster, 1991– .
Author: Things That Cannot Be Shaken (co-author); Reasons For Faith; The Battle Belongs to the Lord: The Power of Scripture For Defending Our Faith; Revelation and Reason; If I Should Die Before I Wake: Help for Those Who Hope for Heaven.
Contributor: Die Idee van Reformasie: Gister en Vandag, Potchefstroomse Universiteit vir Christelike Hoer Onderwys; The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards; The Practical Calvinist; Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes.
Representative Articles: “Epistemology and Christian Belief,” Westminster Theological Journal, Fall 2001; “Something Much Too Plain to Say,” Westminster Theological Journal, Fall 2006.
Carl R. Trueman
Professor of Historical Theology and Church History
M.A., St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, 1988; Ph.D., University of Aberdeen, 1991; Tutorial Assistant in Church History, University of Aberdeen, 1991–1993; Lecturer in Theology, University of Nottingham, 1993–1998; Senior Lecturer in Church History, University of Aberdeen, 1998–2001; Editor, Themelios, 1998–2007; Council member, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, 2004– ; Westminster, 2001– .
Author: Luther’s Legacy: Salvation and English Reformers, 1525–1556; The Claims of Truth: John Owen’s Trinitarian Theology; Reformation: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow; The Wages of Spin: Critical Writings on Historic and Contemporary Evangelicalism; John Owen: Reformed Catholic, Renaissance Man; Minority Report: Unpopular Essays on Everything from Ancient Christianity to Zen Calvinism; Histories and Fallacies: Problems Faced in the Writing of History; Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative
Contributor: Dictionary of Historical Theology; Dictionary of National Biography (UK); Dictionary of the Theological Interpretation of Scripture; Dictionary of Apologetics; Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart; Evangelicals Now; Covenanter Witness; New Horizons; Reformation 21; A Pathway into the Scriptures; The Bible, Church, and Reformation; Interpreting the Bible; The Reformation World; Reformation and Scholasticism: An Ecumenical Enterprise; The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin; The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology; The Word Became Flesh; Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals; Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology; Protestant Scholasticism: Essays in Reassessment (co-editor); Solid Ground: Twenty-five Years of Evangelical Scholarship (co-editor); The Trustworthiness of God (co-editor); Calvin, Barth, and Reformed Theology (co-editor); New Westminster Dictionary of Church History; Calvin Handbuch; Scholasticism Reformed; Reason, Faith and History; The Trials of Theology
Representative Articles: “John Owen’s Dissertation on Divine Justice: An Exercise in Christocentric Scholasticism,” Calvin Theological Journal 33, 1998; “A Small Step Towards Rationalism: The Impact of the Metaphysics of Tommaso Campanella on the Theology of Richard Baxter,” Protestant Scholasticism, 1999; “Simul peccator et justus: Martin Luther and Justification,” Justification in Perspective, 2006.
Peter Alan Lillback
Professor of Historical Theology
B.A., Cedarville College, 1974; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1978; Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1985; Professor, Philadelphia Theological Seminary, 1995–1999; President, The Providence Forum, 1999– ; Pastoral ministry, Delaware and Pennsylvania, including Proclamation Presbyterian Church, 1982–2009; Westminster, 1981, 1986– .
Author: The Binding of God: Calvin’s Role in the Development of Covenant Theology; The Practical Calvinist; A Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes: Essays and Analysis (Editor); The Sacrament of Baptism: First Steps of Life in Covenant With God; George Washington’s Sacred Fire; Wall of Misconception; Lessons on Liberty: A Primer for Young Patriots; Proclaim Liberty; Freedom’s Holy Light, With a Firm Reliance on Divine Providence; Proclaiming the Word Bible Study Guide.
Contributor: The Future of Theological Education in the Global Era of Church History: Change Without Compromise; Peter Martyr Vermigli and the European Reformations; Election Day Sermons; Pressing Toward the Mark: Essays Commemorating Fifty Years of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church; Justified in Christ.; Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization; Resurrection and Eschatology; God’s Word in Servant-Form: Abraham Kuyper and Herman Bavinck on the Doctrine of Scripture.
Representative Articles: “A Primer on Presbyterianism,” New Horizons, 1989; “The Continuing Conundrum: Calvin and the Conditionality of the Covenant,” Calvin Theological Journal, 1994; “Pluralism, Postmodernity, and Religious Liberty: The Abiding Necessity of Free Speech and Religious Convictions in the Public Square,” Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 44:1 Winter 2009.
Alexander (Sandy) Finlayson
Professor of Theological Bibliography
B.A., University of Toronto, 1980; M.L.S., University of Toronto, 1982; M.T.S., Tyndale Seminary, 2002; Public Services Librarian, University of Saskatchewan Libraries, 1982–1991; Library Director, Tyndale College & Seminary, 1991–2002; Westminster 2002– .
Author: Unity and Diversity: The Founders of the Free Church of Scotland. Christian Focus: 2010.
Contributor: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals; Anchored in the Storm: Faith at Work in the Trials of Life; Studies in Canadian Evangelical Renewal: Essays in Honour of Ian S. Rennie; Justified in Christ: God’s Plan for Us in Justification.
Representative Articles: “Creators For the Creator: A Biblical Reflection on the Christian and the Arts,” The Monthly Record of the Free Church of Scotland, August/September 1998, “Heidelberg and Westminster: Two Reformed Confessions” New Horizons, 26 no. 1, 2 & 3, January, February, and March, 2005; “Westminster and Wikipedia: The Theological Library in the Twenty First Century,” Westminster Theological Journal, v. 69 n. 2, Fall 2007.
Timothy Zimmerman Witmer
Professor of Practical Theology
B.A., West Chester University, 1975; M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1979; D.Min., Reformed Theological Seminary, 1998; Associate Pastor, Berith (Springton Lake) Presbyterian Church, 1979–1986; Pastor, Crossroads Community Church, 1986– ; Founder and Director, The Shepherds’ Institute, 1998– ; Westminster, 1997– .
Author: The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church.
Contributor: Globalization and Its Effects on Urban Ministry in the 21st Century; Preparing for Ministry: A Practical Guide to Theological Field Education; Ministry to Seniors.
Representative Articles: “Topositional Preaching,” Leadership, Summer 1996; “Seminary: A Place to Prepare Pastors?” Westminster Theological Journal, Fall 2007.
Gregory K. Beale
Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology
B.A., Southern Methodist University, 1971; M.A., 1976; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1976; Ph.D., University of Cambridge, 1981; Graduate teaching fellowship, Southern Methodist University, 1971, 1974; Adjunct Faculty, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1981; Greek teacher, Gordon College, 1997–1998; Visiting Fellow, St. Edmunds College, 2005, 2007–2008; Guest Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion, Grove City College, 1980–1982; Assistant Professor, 1983–1984; Assistant Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 1984–1986; Associate Professor, 1987-1992; Professor, 1992–2000; Kenneth T. Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies and Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College, 1999–Present; Westminster, 2009– .
Author: The Use of Daniel in Jewish Apocalyptic Literature and the Revelation of St. John; The Book of Revelation; John’s Use of the Old Testament in Revelation; 1-2 Thessalonians; The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God; We Become Like What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry; The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism: Responding to New Challenges to Biblical Authority.
Contributor: Gospel Perspectives 5, the Jesus Tradition Outside the Gospels; Presuppositions of a Religio-Philosophical Dimension of Life; It is Written: Scripture Citing Scripture; Essays in Honor of Barnabas Lindars; Right Doctrine from Wrong Texts? Essays on the Use of the Old Testament in the New Testament (editor); Dictionary of the Later New Testament and Its Developments; A Vision for the Church: Studies in Early Christian Ecclesiology in Honour of J.P.M. Sweet; Early Christian Interpretation of the Scriptures of Israel; ‘The Reader Must Understand’: Eschatology in the Bible and Theology; Biblical Theology: Retrospect and Prospect; Creator, Redeemer, Consummator, a Festschrift for Meredith G. Kline; New Dictionary of Biblical Theology; In Heaven on Earth: The Temple in Biblical Theology; Hell Under Fire; Evangelical Christianity and Other Religions; A Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (co-editor); Resurrection and Eschatology: Essays in Honor of Richard B. Gaffin.
Representative Articles: “Did Jesus and His Followers Preach the Right Doctrine From the Wrong Texts? An Examination of the Presuppositions of the Apostles’ Exegetical Method,” Themelios 14, 1989; “The Old Testament Background of Rev 3.14,” New Testament Studies 42, 1996; “The Descent of the Eschatological Temple in the Form of the Spirit at Pentecost: Part I,” Tyndale Bulletin 55, 2005.
John Sterling Leonard
Associate Professor of Practical Theology
B.A., Belhaven College, 1977; M.Div., Reformed Theological Seminary, 1983; Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, 2006; Youth Pastor, Monroeville Presbyterian Church, 1976–1977; Assistant Pastor, Redlands Community Church, 1984–1987; Missionary, Mission to the World and Arab World Ministries, 1988–1998; Visiting Professor of Missions, Reformed Theological Seminary, 1994–1995; Regional Director for Franco-phone Africa, Mission to the World, 1997–1998; Pastor, Cresheim Valley Church, 2006– ;Westminster, 1998– .
Author: Beyond Brazil: An Introduction to Missions (English title); Great Faith (English title).
Contributor: The Urban Face of Mission: Ministering the Gospel in a Diverse and Changing World; Globalization and its Effects on Urban Ministry in the 21st Century.
Representative Articles: “The Church in the Middle,” Evangelical Missions Quarterly, January 2004; “Reaching the Muslims Around Us,” Reformed Presbyterian Witness, June 2007; “A Prayer to a Sovereign God,” www.Reformation21.org, March 2008.
Jeffrey K. Jue
Associate Professor of Church History
B.A., University of California, Irvine, 1994; M.Div., Westminster Seminary California, 1998; Graduate Studies, University of Geneva, 1999; Ph.D., University of Aberdeen, 2003; Lecturer, The Aberdeen School of Christian Studies, 2000; Tutorial Instructor, University of Aberdeen, 2000–2001; Visiting Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary, 2002– ; Westminster, 2002– .
Author: Heaven Upon Earth: Joseph Mede (1586–1638) and the Legacy of Millenarianism.
Contributor: The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism; Religion in Geschichte und Gengenwart; Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics, Justified in Christ: God’s Plan for Us in Justification; Resurrection and Eschatology: Theology in the Service of God; Globalization and its Effect on Urban Ministry in the 21st Century.
Representative Article: “What’s Emerging in the Church? Postmodernity, Evangelicalism and the Reformation,” www. Reformation21.org, September 2005; “Islam and the West,” www.Reformation21.org, January 2008.
Lane Garrett Tipton
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
B.A., Southwestern Oklahoma State University, 1992; M.Div., Westminster Seminary California, 1998; Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary, 2004; Minister of the Word, 2010 - ;Westminster, 2003– .
Contributor: Justified in Christ; Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics (co-editor); Resurrection and Eschatology: Theology in Service of the Church: Essays in Honor of Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. (co-editor).
Representative Articles: “The Eschatology of Hebrews 2:1–4: A Critical Appraisal of the Theonomic Thesis,” Kerux, 2000; “The Function of Perichoresis and the Divine Incomprehensibility,” Westminster Theological Journal, Fall 2002; “Incarnation, Inspiration, and Pneumatology: A Reformed Incarnational Analogy,” Ordained Servant, June 2008.
David B. Garner
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
B.S., University of North Carolina, 1987; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1992; Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary, 2002; Adjunct Faculty, Philadelphia College of the Bible, 1998–1999; Pastoral assistant and scholar in residence, Proclamation Presbyterian Church, 2001–2003; Director, Theological Education for Eastern Europe, 2003–2007; Adjunct Professor, Geneva College, 2007– ; Vice President for Alumni Relations and Educational Advancement, Westminster, 2007–2008; Vice President for Advancement, 2008– ; Westminster, 2007– .
Contributor: Resurrection and Eschatology: Essays in Honor of Richard B. Gaffin, Jr.; Реформацията: История и Съвременни Измерения; The Practical Calvinist
Michael Bruce Kelly
Assistant Professor of Old Testament
B.S., Calvin College, 1987; M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1994; Ph.D. Candidate, Westminster Theological Seminary; Church planting ministry, Latin America, 1987–1989; Westminster, 1999– .
Contributor: The Dictionary of Biblical Imagery; Eyes to See and Ears to Hear: Essays in Memory of J.Alan Groves.
Representative Article: “Infertility: Mastery or Mystery,” By Faith, December 2006.