Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology
Dr. Johnson is professor emeritus of practical theology at Westminster Seminary California, where he taught from 1982 to 2018. He previously pastored Orthodox Presbyterian churches in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, and East Los Angeles, California. After teaching New Testament for 16 years, he taught primarily preaching and ministry courses, in which he applied his background in biblical studies to the issues of ministry, the church, and the culture. He is the author of Him We Proclaim: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures, The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption, Triumph of the Lamb: A Commentary on Revelation, Let’s Study Acts, Philippians (Reformed Expository Commentary), and Walking with Jesus through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures.
The Church as Exiles
The First Epistle of Peter teaches Christians, whatever our cultural context, to view ourselves as exiles—not homeless, but distant from our real home, “the inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you” (1 Pet. 1:4). Our uncomfortable calling as exiles—to be neither isolated from nor absorbed into our environment—means following the footsteps of the Suffering Servant, confident that, even as we are marginalized, “the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you” (4:12-14).
J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics
Dr. Horton has taught apologetics and theology at Westminster Seminary California since 1998. He is an ordained minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America. Additionally, Dr. Horton is host of the White Horse Inn, a nationally syndicated, weekly radio talk show exploring issues of Reformation theology in American Christianity. He is also editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. Dr. Horton is author of more than twenty books. His most recent publications are Pilgrim Theology: Core Doctrines for Christian Disciples (Zondervan, 2010), Calvin on the Christian Life: Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever (Crossway Books, 2014), and Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World (Zondervan, 2014), Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story (Zondervan, 2016).
The Church as Pilgrims
As pilgrims we are purposefully and intentionally headed somewhere. We have been liberated and freed for the journey, but we have neither settled nor arrived. This message will compare and contrast being a pilgrim with being a master, on one hand, and a tourist, on the other.
Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics
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. Dr. VanDrunen is the author or editor of eleven books, most recently Politics after Christendom: Political theory in a fractured world, Aquinas Among the Protestants and God’s Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life.
The Church as Neighbor
How is the church to remain faithful to preaching the gospel, which is an offense, alongside the call to live in peace with all people? Both are expressions of Christian love. This message will explore how the church relates to unbelieving neighbors alongside whom it exists.
Professor of Practical Theology
Dr. Troxel previously served as pastor of Bethel Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Wheaton, Illinois since 2007 and as pastor of Calvary Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Glenside, Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2007. His introduction to the ministry was by itinerating in congregations of the Church of God (Anderson, In.) in Wasilla and Fairbanks, Alaska. Dr. Troxel has published numerous articles in publications such as Westminster Theological Journal, Presbyterion, Fides et Historia, Calvin Theological Journal, Trinity Journal as well as New Horizons, Ordained Servant and Modern Reformation. He is the author of What is Man? and What is the Priesthood of Believers? (P&R), and has a forthcoming book, With All Your Heart: Orienting Your Mind, Desires, and Will Toward Christ (Crossway). His research interests include pastoral theology, Reformed spirituality, the doctrine of the church, and biblical teaching on the heart.
The Church as Body
Christ "fills all in all" but the church is his "fullness" (Eph 1.21-22). The headship of Christ splashes upon the shores of millions of galaxies and myriads of angelic hosts, which bow to the dominion of Christ’s supremacy. And yet it is the church—not the universe—which is his body. All things are under his feet. One thing is the apple of his eye. This message will unfold how this marvelous reality influences how we worship and serve Christ as creator, ruler, and redeemer.
President and Assistant Professor of New Testament
Rev. Kim has taught New Testament at Westminster Seminary California since 2005 and in May 2017 was appointed as the fourth president of WSC. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and has served as Associate Pastor of Segaero Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. Rev. Kim taught historical and systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary and International Theological Seminary in Los Angeles, as well as in Taiwan and Indonesia. He is the son of a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church. He has served on the English Ministry pastoral staff of Korean-American churches during his M.Div. studies at Westminster Seminary California and subsequent to his graduation in 1997, in California and Michigan.
The Church as Persecuted
What do the sufferings of the church of Christ in the past and around the globe teach us about the present church? It is easy to forget that Christ’s church is more often marked by persecution and not prosperity. This message will explore how Christ’s church bears witness in the midst of persecution, proclaiming the enduring reign of God and the power of His Word.
Associate Professor of New Testament
Dr. Bitner grew up in the PCA in Illinois, and has since lived in various places in the United States and around the world. After receiving his B.A. from Taylor University, he earned an M.A.R. in Biblical Theology and Exegesis from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Bitner served as a pastor for three years before pursuing doctoral studies. He completed his Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity in 2013 at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Bitner has taught New Testament, Greek, and Biblical Theology at Oak Hill College and Macquarie University. In 2015, he authored Paul’s Political Strategy in 1 Corinthians 1:1-4:6: Constitution and Covenant (Cambridge University Press). He has two other book projects in progress on the biblical theology of Geerhardus Vos and Paul’s paradigm for building up the church in 1 Corinthians.
The Church as Confident
Despite the challenging conditions of her exile, the Church of Christ can have great confidence. As Christians we may be confident that God is indeed for us in Christ even when our circumstances tempt us to doubt God’s favor toward us and presence with us. Romans 8:31-39 bolsters our confidence by pointing us to the gracious gift of God in Christ, the comforting verdict of God in Christ, and the glorious love of God in Christ.