Dr. VanDrunen, a minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, began teaching at Westminster Seminary California in 2001. He formerly served as a pastor of Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Hanover Park, IL, and currently serves on the Orthodox Presbyterian Church’s Committee on Christian Education and Subcommittee on Ministerial Training. He does much of his current research and writing at the intersection of systematic theology, biblical studies, ethics, and legal and political theory. He was the recipient of the Acton Institute’s Novak Award for 2004, a visiting fellow at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in 2009, and a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2016-17.
Dr. VanDrunen is the author or editor of twelve books, most recently Politics after Christendom: Political Theology in a Fractured World and Aquinas Among the Protestants. His scholarly articles have appeared in many journals, including Journal of Church and State, Journal of Law and Religion, and Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.
Dr. VanDrunen and his wife, Katherine, a WSC alumna, have one son and reside in Escondido.
What I Want to Instill in My Students
“I want to instill in my students a holistic knowledge of Reformed theology and ethics. But much more than this, I want them to understand how our doctrine and practice emerge from the text of Scripture so that they, too, can defend these truths from the biblical pages. Furthermore, I hope that my teaching will help them to understand what the church is and is called to be, and that this in turn will enable them to be better equipped pastors and teachers.”