Office Hours talks with Rev. Charles Telfer, Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages at Westminster Seminary California, about his journey to a Reformed theology, piety, and practice.
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 seven 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). 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 writing and translation projects have included serving as editor for the 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 and his wife, Rhonda, have four children (scattered mostly in the mid-West) and are recent immigrants to Escondido.
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