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 a visiting lecturer in practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta, 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 has served as the Associate Pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan, since 2012. He first pastored in North Carolina before moving to Michigan to plant a PCA church. He serves on the board of Twin Lakes Fellowship and has contributed to various magazines and journals. He is also a regular blogger on The Gospel Coalition and Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals websites.
Jason has written several books, including A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home (Christian Focus, 2014), The New Pastor’s Handbook (Baker Books, 2015), Let the Children Worship (Christian Focus, 2016), and These Truths Alone: Why the Reformation Solas are Essential for Our Faith Today (Good Book Company, 2017).
He resides in Michigan with his wife, Leah, and their two children.
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
Harry Reeder is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church. In February of 1983, Pastor Reeder was called to Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church as their founding Pastor. The Lord has also brought into existence a growing Bible teaching radio ministry entitled In Perspective. The program is heard Monday through Friday on a number of stations in the southeast. Pastor Reeder also has a 10 minute daily radio program called Conversations with Harry as well as 1 minute In Perspective spots.
Additionally, he is devoted to the ministry of Church Revitalization hosting multiple Embers to a Flame Conferences both nationally and internationally each year and is the author of From Embers to a Flame: How God Can Revitalize Your Church.
Along with a number of published works, he contributed a chapter in the book John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine & Doxology on the life of John Calvin as a preacher for Ligonier Ministries to honor of his 500th birthday.
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 Duncan is the son of a PCA founding father and an active churchman within the Presbyterian Church in America, Calvary Presbytery, and the Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville where he was ordained a Ruling Elder in 2002 – the youngest serving Ruling Elder in the previous century of the congregation. After a 20 year career in media and Christian ministry, Mel joined the staff at Second Church as its Administrator in 2010.
In Calvary Presbytery he has been elected twice as Moderator (2007, 2012), and since 2016 has served as its Stated Clerk. He previously chaired the South Carolina Joint Committee for RUF and, within the PCA General Assembly, has served as a Commissioner each year since 2003 and as a member of its Overtures, MTW, and Resolution of Thanks Committees as well as the PCA History Center Oversight Commission and RUM Permanent Committee.
Married to Lynda, a classical orchestral musician and homemaker, they are rearing 3 Southern Presbyterians in Upcountry, South Carolina.
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.