M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary;
Ph.D. (in process) 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
Rev. Telfer was ordained to the ministry in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in 1993. 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 seven years before joining the WSC faculty. He taught Spanish for four years at Gordon College and biblical studies at Trinity Christian College. He has served as a pastor in North Carolina and as a missionary in a part of N/E Africa where he learned Tigrinya (a sister language to Hebrew) and taught English and language-teaching methodology at the Asmara Teachers' Training College. He has also studied at the University of Costa Rica, Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and Jerusalem University College (where he participated in the excavation of Beth-Shean under direction of Ami Mazar and was a resident scholar at Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Research). And 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.
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
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Galatians 3:10-14 Galatians 4:8-20 Exodus 25.8-16; 37:1-9
What is Prayer? Desert Island Books: Charles Telfer
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He has written essays and articles in various publications, including:
Mid-America Journal of Theology
NT401 Greek II
OT401 Hebrew II
NT400 Greek I
Course descriptions are available in the WSC Catalogue.