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. Ligon was born in Greenville, SC, and reared in the home of an eighth generation Presbyterian ruling elder. A 1983 graduate of Furman University (B.A. History), he received the M.Div. and M.A. (Historical Theology) from Covenant Theological Seminary. He earned the Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, New College, Scotland, in 1995 (under the supervision of renowned Reformation and Patristics scholar, David F. Wright). While in Scotland he also studied Systematic Theology at the Free Church of Scotland College (now Edinburgh Theological Seminary) with Professor Donald Macleod.


Ligon’s pastoral ministry now spans three decades and four congregations: The Covenant Presbyterian Church of St. Louis, Missouri; Trinity Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Miss.; First Presbyterian Church, Yazoo City, Miss.; and historic First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Miss., where he served almost 18 years. He became Chancellor/CEO of RTS in 2013.


Ligon has authored, co-authored, edited or contributed to more than 35 books including, The Underestimated Gospel (B&H, 2014), The Unadjusted Gospel (Crossway, 2014), Gospel Clarity: Challenging the New Perspective on Paul (with Bill Barcley) (Evangelical Press, 2011), Children and the Lord’s Supper (Mentor, 2011), Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Crossway, 2011), Entrusted with the Gospel (Crossway, 2010), Perspectives on Christian Worship (B&H, 2009), Does Grace Grow Best in Winter? (P&R, 2009), Fear Not (Christian Focus, 2008), Women’s Ministry in the Local Church (Crossway, 2006), Should We Leave our Churches (P&R, 2004), The Westminster Confession in the 2lst Century: Essays in Remembrance of the 350th Anniversary of the Westminster Assembly, (Mentor, 2003, 2004, 2009), Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, (P&R, 2003), The Genesis Debate, (Crux Press, 2000), and Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer, (Christian Focus Publications/Christian Heritage, 1994).


Duncan is an active churchman, and has been involved in the presbyteries and general assemblies of the PCA in various ways for many years. 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.


Along with his friends Mark Dever, Al Mohler, and C.J. Mahaney (joined by John Piper, John Macarthur, and R.C. Sproul) Duncan co-founded Together for the Gospel (“T4G”) in 2006. T4G has become a major catalyst for the young reformed resurgence. He is founder and chairman of Reformed Academic Press and serves on numerous boards/councils including The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Highland Theological College, The Gospel Coalition, and Reformed African American Network. He is the chairman of the RUF Midsouth Committee which gives oversight to university campus ministry throughout the region.


Ligon and his wife Anne have two teenagers and reside in Jackson, Miss.

 

HARRY L. REEDER III

Dr. Harry L. Reeder, III is the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Cindy are natives of Charlotte, North Carolina. They have three children: Jennifer Toomer, Harry IV (Angie), and Abigail Leib (Ryan). Additionally, they are the proud grandparents of Brianna, C.J. and Mack Toomer, Matthias, Taylor and Mitchell Elizabeth Leib and Virginia and Winn Turpin.

Pastor Reeder began his undergraduate work at East Carolina University. After his marriage to Cindy, he withdrew in order to allow his wife to finish her BA degree in chemistry from UNCC.  During the first year of their marriage in 1969, Harry was called by the Gospel of grace in Jesus Christ to a personal relationship with the risen Savior. After Cindy's graduation, he returned to East Carolina University.  Responding to God's call in his life to the Gospel ministry, he left ECU and finished his undergraduate work at Covenant College, graduating in 1974. Finishing his B.A. Degree in History and Bible, he began to Pastor an Independent Bible Church in the Chattanooga area. This ministry continued for six years, during which he went part-time to Tennessee Temple Seminary. Due to growing convictions in certain areas of theology and ecclesiology, Pastor Reeder resigned his charge in Chattanooga and went into a Pastorate of the Presbyterian Church in America in Miami, Florida--Pinelands Presbyterian Church while completing a Master of Divinity degree with Westminster Seminary through the Florida Theological Center. Pinelands Presbyterian Church enjoyed the blessing of God's sovereign grace and grew from an attendance of 50 to over 400 during his 3-year year pastorate. In February of 1983, Pastor Reeder was called to Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church as their founding Pastor. The ministry began with 38 committed members and in seventeen years, attendance grew to over 3,000 during the Lord's Day morning worship services.

An increasing amount of his time is devoted to leadership development, Christian Manhood Seminars, and talks using a biographical focus upon Generals Robert E. Lee, Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington. Pastor Reeder has written a book, published by Crossway called The Leadership Dynamic.

Additionally, he is devoted to the ministry of Church Revitalization hosting multiple “Embers to a Flame Conferences” both nationally and internationally each year. Pastor Reeder completed his doctoral dissertation on "The Biblical Paradigm of Church Revitalization" and received his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina (where he serves as adjunct faculty member and holds the same status at Birmingham Theological Seminary, Birmingham, Alabama) and is the author of From Embers to a Flame – How God Can Revitalize Your Church with Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company.

Along with a number of published works he is recently 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.
Providentially, Pastor Reeder received a call from the Lord to become the Senior Pastor of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama in September of 1999. He continues to serve a growing and vibrant congregation committed to “…Equipping Christians for God’s glory to reach Birmingham and to reach the world for Christ…

RICHARD D. PHILLIPS

Richard Davis Phillips became the twelfth Senior Minister of the Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville in July, 2007.

He came to faith in Jesus Christ at age 30, surrendering his life to the Savior in response to the preaching of God’s Word. He soon was leading evangelistic Bible studies at the college where he was teaching and, after a few years, received God’s call to enter the gospel ministry. He attended Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA and after graduation joined 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 describes his ministry as centering on three “P”s: preaching, praying, and pastoring. He is devoted to expository preaching, which is the teaching of whole books of the Bible week-by-week. His ministry is widely heard on the radio and the internet and Dr. Phillips is frequently called upon to speak at conferences on the Bible and Reformed theology. He further 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. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary, Dr. Phillips holds degrees from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (Doctor of Divinity), the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.) and the University of Michigan (B.A.).

Rick is married to the former Sharon Wilkey, whom he met at church in Philadelphia. Sharon is a homemaker, author, and home-schooling mother. They have an active family of five children: Hannah, Matthew, Jonathan, Ellie and Lydia.