Rev. Dr. Jon D. Payne, Convener
Jon Payne is the organizing pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian (PCA) in Charleston, South Carolina. Before planting Christ Church, Rev. Payne served for ten years as the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA), near Atlanta (2003-2013).
Rev. Payne is series editor of and contributor to the Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament (Reformation Heritage Books, 2012—) and author/editor of several books including John Owen On the Lord’s Supper (Banner of Truth, 2004), In the Splendor of Holiness: Rediscovering the Beauty of Reformed Worship for the 21st Century (Tolle Lege, 2008; translated into Spanish, Burmese, Chinese, Portuguese, and Italian), and A Faith Worth Teaching: The Heidelberg Catechism’s Enduring Heritage (Reformation Heritage Books, 2013).
Rev. Payne has contributed to a number of publications including Tabletalk, The Gospel Coalition, Expositor, Reformation 21, and Modern Reformation, among others. He and his wife, Marla, have been married for 19 years and have two children, Mary Hannah (13) and Hans (11).
Rev. Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III
Ligon Duncan is the Chancellor/CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary and the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology. Duncan is an active churchman, and has been involved in the presbyteries and general assemblies of the PCA in various ways for many years.
He was appointed to the PCA Strategic Planning Committee, was on the PCA Committee on Psalmody, served on GA Committees of Commissioners for Covenant Seminary, MNA, and Bills and Overtures. He was Chairman of the Credentials Committee of the Presbytery of the Mississippi Valley, Vice-chairman of PCA Creation Study Committee, on the Search Committee for Coordinator of Reformed University Ministries, and served twice as Chairman of the PCA GA Theological Examination Committee. Duncan has been Moderator of the Presbytery of Calvary (SC) and Moderator of the Presbytery of the Mississippi Valley. He was also elected Moderator of the PCA General Assembly (2004-2005) – the youngest minister to serve as moderator in the denomination’s history.
Rev. Jason Helopoulos
Jason Helopoulos serves as the Senior Pastor of University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, MI. He regularly contributes to Tabletalk, the Gospel Reformation Network, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and TGC. Jason has also authored A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home, The New Pastor’s Handbook, Let the Children Worship, and These Truths Alone: Why the Reformation Solas are essential for our faith today. He serves on the boards of Twin Lakes Fellowship, the Gospel Reformation Network, and the Malawi Reformation Network. Jason and his wife, Leah, have two children—Gracen and Ethan. He is an avid fan of the World Champion Chicago Cubs and the less than champion, Chicago Bears.
Rev. Dr. Richard D. Phillips
Richard Davis Phillips is the twelfth Senior Minister of the Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville. He served on the pastoral staff of the church where he came to faith, Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia, PA. There, Rick was mentored by the well-known Bible teacher, Dr. James Montgomery Boice, and began his calling as a weekly preacher of God’s Word. After serving at Tenth Presbyterian from 1995-2002, Dr. Phillips accepted the call to be Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Coral Springs, FL. After five years there, he moved to Greenville to serve our church in 2007.
Dr. Phillips serves the church by authoring books, with over twenty-five currently in print. Among his many activities, he serves on the board and council of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, the council of The Gospel Coalition, and the board of trustees of Westminster Theological Seminary. Together with Philip Graham Ryken, he is series coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary series.
Rev. Dr. Harry L. Reeder III
Dr. Harry L. Reeder, III. is the Senior Pastor at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Increasingly his time outside the pulpit is spent doing conferences on Christian manhood, effective leadership and addressing public theology in the public square. Additionally, Dr. Reeder is devoted to the ministry of Church Revitalization and does a number of seminars each year both nationally and internationally. He authored The Leadership Dynamic: A Biblical Model for Raising Effective Leaders, From Embers to a Flame: How God Can Revitalize Your Church. His newest book just published is called 3D Leadership: Defining, Developing and Deploying Christian Leaders Who Can Change the World.
Dr. Reeder has several daily Podcast Programs – In Perspective – a thirty-minute expositional study of the Scripture; Today in Perspective – a ten minute look at current news through the lens of Scripture and Fresh Bread – a five minute daily devotional.
Rev. Dr. David T. A. Strain
David Strain is the Senior Minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, MS. Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, he came under care of the Glasgow Presbytery of the Church of Scotland and studied theology at Trinity College (Glasgow University), where he won the gold medal in Systematic Theology and again graduated with honors. Because of his biblical convictions, he was prevented from ministering in the Church of Scotland and so attended the Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh, graduating with distinction.
He was ordained to the gospel ministry in the Free Church in September 2003, and took pastoral charge of Cole Abbey Presbyterian Church (now London City Presbyterian Church), the Free Church of Scotland congregation in the City of London, England. In 2008, David and his family moved to the United States where he became the Senior Pastor of Main Street Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Mississippi. David is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson. David and Sheena have been married for 14 years and have two boys Euan, 10, and Joel, 8.
Mr. Melton L. Duncan
Melton L. Duncan is a Ruling Elder / Church Administrator of Second Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC where he also teaches Sunday School. He serves as the Stated Clerk of Calvary Presbytery and is an active Churchman in the PCA. He has worked for 30 years in church, media and ministry.
Married to Lynda, a classical orchestral musician and homemaker, they are rearing 3 children in the South Carolina Upcountry. You can find him on Twitter @MeltonDuncan
Rev. Dr. David B. Garner
David Garner is Vice President of Advancement and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary.
Prior to the service at Westminster, he has lived and taught in various parts of the world, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. From 2003-2007, he served as Director for TE3 (Theological Education for Eastern Europe), a regional theological training ministry based in Sofia, Bulgaria. From 2012–2015, he also served as Pastor of Teaching at Proclamation Presbyterian Church (Bryn Mawr, PA). An Alliance for Confessing Evangelicals Fellow, Garner writes a regular column entitled, Sine Qua Non, found at www.placefortruth.org.
Dr. Garner has written several books: Did God Really Say? Affirming the Truthfulness and Trustworthiness of Scripture (P&R, 2012), How Do I Know for Sure? (P&R, 2014), and Sons in the Son: The Riches and Reach of Adoption in Christ (P&R, 2016).
Rev. Donny Friederichsen, Editorial Director
Donny Friederichsen serves as Sr. Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Short Hills, NJ. Donny also serves as chaplain for the Millburn, NJ Police Department and coach for the local middle school wrestling team. He has served as Moderator for the Metropolitan New York Presbytery and currently serves as chairman of the presbytery’s Leadership Development Team.
Donny is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary and the University of Tennessee. He has written for The Gospel Coalition, Tabletalk, Reformation 21, and The Christward Collective. He and his wife, Kim, served as missionaries in Minsk, Belarus and other locations in the former Soviet Union. Donny and Kim are raising four children in North Jersey.
Rev. Sean Morris, Administrator
Sean Morris serves as the Associate Minister of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Roanoke, VA. He earned his Masters of Divinity from RTS Jackson and his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Religious Studies from Grove City College. While in seminary, he served as stated pulpit supply for Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church in Natchez, MS (the oldest Presbyterian church in that state), and as an intern to the Sr. Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Jackson MS, serving under both Dr. J. Ligon Duncan and Dr. David Strain. Additionally, he served as an Honors Scholar and Teaching Assistant for the Academic Dean and the Chancellor during his time at RTS. Sean has also taught at West Africa Reformed Seminary in Gambia.
Sean works with the Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education (BRITE), serving as the Academic Dean and is currently pursuing an MTh and PhD in Scottish Church History from Edinburgh Theological Seminary and the University of Glasgow.
Sean and his wife, Sarah, have two sons, Benjamin and Gabriel, and an adorably useless beagle, Max.