Westminster Seminary California
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B.A., University of Illinois;
M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary;
Ph.D. Candidate, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Ministerial Member: Presbytery of Southern California (Orthodox Presbyterian Church)
Evangelical Theological Society
Society of Biblical Literature
Evangelical Missiological Society
National Association of Professors of Hebrew

Charles K. Telfer

Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages
Charles K. Telfer

Rev. Telfer was ordained to the ministry in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1993. Prior to joining the faculty of WSC in 2011, he served as pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church (OPC) in the Chicago area for nine years and as Adjunct Professor of Greek at Mid-America Reformed Seminary for eight years. He has served as a pastor in North Carolina and as a missionary in a part of Northeast Africa where he learned Tigrinya (a sister language to Hebrew). He has studied in Jerusalem and has done archeological work in Israel. In addition, he has served often as an interpreter and has had the opportunity to minister in a variety of international contexts including Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico, Spain, and Sudan. 

His translation projects have included serving as editor for a committee to re-translate the Westminster Shorter Catechism into Tigrinya. He has contributed articles and book reviews to the Mid-America Journal of Theology, New Horizons, and Themelios. His dissertation at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School explores the exegetical methodology of Campegius Vitringa (1659-1722) as expressed in his Commentarius in Librum Prophetiarum Jesaiae. Rev. Telfer is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, the National Association of Professors of Hebrew and the Evangelical Missiological Society.

Rev. Telfer and his wife, Rhonda, have four children (scattered mostly in the mid-West) and are recent immigrants to Escondido.

What I Want to Instill in My Students
"As students prepare for ministry in a variety of cultural contexts, I hope they grow in their sense of reverence and wonder at the word of God contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. I want them to flourish as careful exegetes and confident expositors of the Bible in its native beauty. And as Christ confronts us from each part of the Scriptures, I desire for them to grow in the joy of the gospel and in a grateful commitment to integrity in every area of life."

Areas of Interest and Research
Isaiah; OT historiography; History of exegesis (esp. Post-Reformation exegetical works in Latin); Language learning and pedagogy; Greek grammar; Christian missions in Northeast Africa and Hispanoamerica

An interview with Charles K. Telfer

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