Executive Council

Jon Payne

Rev. Dr. Jon D. Payne, Executive Coordinator

Jon Payne is senior pastor of Christ Church Presbyterian (PCA) in Charleston, South Carolina. Before planting Christ Church in 2013, he was senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA), near Atlanta, from 2003-2013. Rev. Payne has served as Executive Coordinator of the Gospel Reformation Network since 2015. He also serves as a trustee with the Banner of Truth Trust and the Heidelberger Society.

Rev. Payne is series editor of and contributor to the Lectio Continua Expository Commentary on the New Testament (Reformation Heritage Books) and author/editor of numerous books including John Owen On the Lord’s Supper (Banner of Truth), In the Splendor of Holiness: Rediscovering the Beauty of Reformed Worship for the 21st Century (Tolle Lege Press; translated into Spanish, Burmese, Chinese, Portuguese, and Italian), and A Faith Worth Teaching: The Heidelberg Catechism’s Enduring Heritage (Reformation Heritage Books). Rev. Payne has also 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 20 years and have two children, Mary Hannah and Hans.

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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).

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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

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Rev. Dr. David B. Garner

David Garner is Academic Dean, Vice President of Global Ministries, and Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. A graduate of the University of North Carolina (BS, 1987), Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM, 1992) and Westminster Theological Seminary (PhD, 2002), David Garner has served in theological education, pastoral ministry, missions, and parachurch ministries since 1986. He has lived and taught in various parts of the world, including Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.  Since 2007, he has taught systematic theology and missiology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and continues to teach around the world, most frequently in Asia. A frequent conference speaker, Dr. Garner also serves as the Systematic Theology Book Review Editor for Themelios Journal. While teaching at Westminster, he also served as Pastor of Teaching at Proclamation Presbyterian Church (Bryn Mawr, PA) from 2012–2015. Dr. Garner is married and father of six children.

Dr. Garner has written several books, including 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).

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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 HomeThe 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. He is an avid fan of the World Champion Chicago Cubs and the less than champion, Chicago Bears.

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Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Master

Dr. Jonathan L. Master serves as President of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Taylors, SC, a Trustee of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals,  and an Associate Editor of the Banner of Truth Magazine. From 2012 to 2020, he served as Dean of the School of Divinity at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA. With over 20 years of pastoral experience, he is a Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He is the author of Growing in Grace (Banner of Truth, 2020) and A Question of Consensus: The Doctrine of Assurance After the Westminster Confession (Fortress, 2015). He edited The God We Worship (P&R Publications, 2016) and co-edited (with David W. Hall) On Reforming Worship (Covenant Publications, 2018). His Ph.D. is in Reformation and Post-Reformation theology from the University of Aberdeen in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is frequently called upon to lecture at seminaries and to speak at Reformed conferences around the world. He and his wife Elizabeth have been blessed with two daughters, and they live in the Greenville area, where they attend the Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville.

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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 the Second Presbyterian Church in 2007.

Dr. Phillips serves the church by authoring books, with over forty currently in print. Among his many activities, he serves on the board  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.  His most recent books include commentaries on Revelation, Psalms, and Titus.

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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 sons.

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General Council

Rev. Matthew Adams
First Presbyterian Church
Dillon, South Carolina

Mr. Billy Ball (RE)
Briarwood Presbyterian Church
Birmingham, Alabama

Rev. Nicholas Bullock
Christ Presbyterian Church
New Braunfels, Texas

Rev. Dr. Brian Cosby
Wayside Presbyterian Church
Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Rev. Clif Daniell 
Cherokee Presbyterian Church
Canton, Georgia

Rev. Scott Edburg
Providence Presbyterian Church
Troy, Illinois

Rev. Donny Friederichsen
Lakeside Presbyterian Church
South Lake, Texas

Rev. Dr. George Grant
Parish Presbyterian Church
Franklin, Tennessee

Rev. Seth Hammond
Christ Covenant PCA
Knoxville, Tennessee

Rev. Richard Harris
Christ Evangelical PCA
Houston, Texas

Mr. Tobe Hester (RE)
Christ Church Presbyterian
Charleston, South Carolina

Rev. Ross Hodges
Eastwood Presbyterian Church
Montgomery, Alabama

Rev. Aldo Leon
Pinelands Presbyterian Church
Cutler Bay, Florida

Rev. Brad Mills
Brandon Presbyterian Church
Brandon, Mississippi

Rev. Sean Morris
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Rev. Rob Pacienza
Coral Ridge PCA
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Rev. Todd Pruitt
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Harrisonburg, Virginia

Rev. Art Sartorius
Black Hills Community Church
Rapid City, South Dakota

Rev. George Sayour
Meadowview Reformed PCA
Lexington, North Carolina

Rev. Stephen Spinnenweber
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Jacksonville, Florida

Mr. Stephen Todd (RE)
Trinity Presbyterian Church
Asheville, North Carolina

Rev. Wilson Van Hooser
Grace Presbyterian Church
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Rev. Chad Watkins
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Rev. Dr. Charles Wingard
First Presbyterian Church / Reformed Theological Seminary
Jackson, Mississippi