Seminary Update

WTS Fall Faculty News & Updates

For 92 years, Westminster has been blessed with an incomparable history of incredibly gifted faculty to spearhead our mission of training church leaders in the whole counsel of God.This unprecedented season of online learning is no exception, and we are pleased to announce some exciting new faculty additions, promotions, and updates. Please join us in giving thanks for these scholars and praying for their efforts on behalf of Westminster students this upcoming year.

Vern Poythress

With appreciation for his faithful service at Westminster, the Board of Trustees has appointed Dr. Vern S. Poythress as Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Biblical Interpretation, and Systematic Theology. The addition of systematic theology aligns with Dr. Poythress’s decades-long practice of integrating exegesis, biblical theology, and systematic theology. Beginning with this academic year, Dr. Poythress will teach core courses in the Systematic Theology department, including both Doctrine of God and Doctrine of Man. He will continue to teach New Testament and hermeneutics courses.

Dr. Poythress’s new book, The Mystery of the Trinity: A Trinitarian Approach to the Attributes of God, (P&R, 2020) is now available. He has been teaching and adult Sunday school class (via Zoom) at Lansdale Presbyterian Church (PCA) and will contribute several talks during the rescheduled Westminster Conference on Science and Faith. His Thinking about History: A God-Centered Approach (Crossway, 2021) is due out next year.

Brandon Crowe

The Board of Trustees is pleased to promote Dr. Brandon Crowe to Professor of New Testament. Dr. Crowe has served Westminster for more than a decade, and has edited, authored, and contributed to many notable publications. Dr. Crowe also serves as the Book Review Editor of Westminster Theological Journal. In recognition of this transition, Dr. Crowe delivered a special lecture via livestream on October 14, 2020.

Dr. Crowe’s The Path of Faith: A Biblical Theology of Covenant and Law (IVP, 2021) is due out this spring. He has articles forthcoming in Tabletalk, Westminster Theological Journal, Reformation 21, and elsewhere. This winter he will present a paper, “The Kingdom of Heaven and Baal-Perazim: New Light on Matthew 11:12” at the
Society of Biblical Literature’s annual meeting.

Sinclair Ferguson

The Board of Trustees is pleased to appoint Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson as the Herrell Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology this academic year. Dr. Ferguson previously occupied the Charles Krahe Chair for Systematic Theology. He resumed teaching at Westminster in 2020, and will continue to provide instruction in our residential and online degree programs. To mark this appointment, Dr. Ferguson will deliver the Roger and Genie Herrell Lecture via remote means.

Dr. Ferguson recently contributed a Foreword to J. Gresham Machen’s Things Unseen (WSP, 2020). His newest book, Devoted to God’s Church (Banner, 2020) will be released this winter.

Stafford Carson

Westminster is pleased to welcome back Dr. Stafford Carson, who has been appointed by the Board as Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology. Dr. Carson previously served as Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster. He has pastored for many years in Northern Ireland.

Brian Mattson

The Board of Trustees is pleased to appoint Dr. Brian G. Mattson as Adjunct Professor of Systematic and Public Theology. A Senior Fellow of Theology and Culture for the Center for Cultural Leadership, Dr. Mattson was appointed Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology in 2019.

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