Curriculum Vitae of

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III


University of Edinburgh New CollegePh.D. (Theologia - Ecclesiastical History & Systematic Theology)
June 1995
Free Church of Scotland College, EdinburghAuditor, 1988-1990
Systematic Theology
Covenant Theological SeminaryM.A. (Historical Theology) cum laude
May 1987
Recipient of Covenant Seminary J. Oliver Buswell Award for Church History and Systematic Theology
Covenant Theological SeminaryM.A. (Historical Theology) cum laude
May 1987
Covenant Theological SeminaryM.Div., cum laude
May 1986
Furman UniversityB.A. (History)
June 1983
Recipient of Music Department's Dupre Rhame Award


2013-PresentChancellor & CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary
1996-PresentSenior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
2012-PresentJohn E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
2011Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
2004-2012President, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1993-PresentFounder and Editorial Director of Reformed Academic Press, Greenville, SC
1996-2011Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology, RTS, Jackson, MS
1995-1996John R. Richardson Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, RTS
1993Interim Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Yazoo City, MS
1990-1995Assistant Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS
1990-1995Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, RTS, Jackson, MS
1988-1990Assistant Warden, Mylne's Court, Edinburgh, Scotland
    Warden, Patrick Geddes Hall, University of Edinburgh, Mound Place
1983-1987Assistant to the Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, MO
1980-1983Business Manager, Furman University Singers, Greenville, SC


PhD THESIS:"The Covenant Idea in Ante-Nicene Theology"
Subject Matter:Survey of the use of the covenant idea by major theologians of the second and third centuries
Supervisors:David F. Wright, Dean of Faculty, Senior Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History.  Second Reader: A.A. Kee, Reader in Theology and Chairman of the Theology and Religious Studies Department. External Examiner: J.S. Alexander (Lecturer in Eccl. Hist., St. Andrews University). Internal Examiner: J.C. O'Neill (Prof. of NT). Viva Committee Chair: A.C. Ross (Senior Lecturer in Eccl. Hist.).
MA THESIS:"Common Sense and American Presbyterianism:  An Evaluation of the Impact of Scottish Realism on Nineteenth Century American Presbyterianism at Princeton and in the South"
Supervisors:David B. Calhoun, Professor of Church History; Joseph E. Hall, Associate Professor of Church History.

PUBLICATIONS (selected*):

Numerous scholarly and popular articles and reviews published in various magazines, journals and newspapers including: the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology, the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Christian Observer, Tabletalk, Modern Reformation, Presbyterion (The Covenant Theological Seminary Journal), RTS Ministry (now called Ministry & Leadership), Premise, O Jornal Os Puritanos, The Presbyterian Witness, NLA (National Lawyers Association) Review, AFA Journal, Presbyterian Network, Christian Research Network Journal, The Presbyterian Banner, Jackson Christian Family, Christian Perspectives: A Journal of Free Enterprise, The Clarion-Ledger, Madison County Journal, Banner of Truth, Evangelical Times.
  • Author–“Divine Passibility and Impassibility in the Nineteenth Century American Confessional Presbyterian Theologians” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 8:1 (1990):1-15.
  • Co-author–The Westminster Assembly: A Guide to Basic Bibliography (with David W. Hall). Reformed Academic Press, 1993. Sponsored by NAPARC Commemorative Committee.
  • Co-author/editor–A Short History of the Westminster Assembly(with William Beveridge). Reformed Academic Press, 1993.
  • Editor–Matthew Henry Method for Prayer. Christian Focus Publications/Christian Heritage, 1994.
  • Author–“Owning the Confession: Subscription in the Scottish Tradition” in David Hall’s The Practice of Confessional Subscription. University Press of America, 1995.
  • Co-author–The Genesis Debate: Three Views of the Days of Creation. (with David W. Hall, Meredith Kline, Lee Irons, Hugh Ross and Gleason Archer). Crux Press, 2000.
  • Author–“The Covenant Idea in Melito of Sardis: An Introduction and Survey” Presbyterion: Covenant Seminary Review 28.1 (2002):12-33.
  • Editor and Contributing Author–The Westminster Confession in the 2lst Century:Essays in Remembrance of the 350th Anniversary of the Westminster Assembly, Mentor, Vol. 1, 2003; Vol. 2, 2004; Vol. 3, 2009; Vol. 4, 2011.
  • Editor and Contributing author–Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship, P&R, 2003.
  • Contributing author–Reclaiming the Gospel and Reforming Churches, Founders Press, 2003.
  • Co-author–Should We Leave Our Churches?(with Mark Talbot). P&R, 2004.
  • Contributing author–Letters to Timothy, Founders Press, 2004.
  • Contributing author–Confessing Our Hope, GPTS Press, 2004.
  • Contributing author–The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics, IVP, 2004.
  • Author– WorshippingGod Together, FPC Publishing, 2005.
  • Co-author–Women’s Ministry in the Local ChurchCrossway. (with Susan Hunt) Crossway, 2006.
  • Contributing author– Preaching the Cross, Crossway, 2007.
  • Contributing author– In My Place Condemned He Stood. (with Mark Dever and J.I. Packer) Crossway, 2008.
  • Author– Fear Not. Christian Focus, 2008.
  • Contributing author– Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus, (ed Nancy Guthrie) Crossway, 2008.
  • Contributing author– Perspectives on Christian Worship: 5 Views, (ed. Matthew Pinson) B&H Academic, 2009.
  • Author– Does Grace Grow Best in Winter? P&R, 2009.
  • Contributing author– Risking the Truth: Handling Error in the Church, (ed Martin Downes) Christian Focus, 2009.
  • Contributing author– Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross, (ed Nancy Guthrie) Crossway, 2009.   
  • Contributing author– Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology, Crossway, 2009.
  • Contributing author– Entrusted with the Gospel,(ed D.A. Carson and Tim Keller) Crossway, 2010.
  • Contributing author– Preaching Like Calvin,(ed David W. Hall) P&R, 2010.
  • Contributing author– Calvin for Today,(ed Joel Beeke) Reformation Heritage Books, 2010.
  • Co-author– Gospel Clarity: Challenging the New Perspective on Paul (with Bill Barcley) Evangelical Press, 2011.
  • Co-author– Baptism and the Lord’s Supper (with Thabiti Anyabwile, ed D.A. Carson) Crossway, 2011.
  • Co-author/editor– Children and the Lord’s Supper (with Guy Waters), Mentor, 2011.
  • Contributing author– The Gospel as Center (ed D.A. Carson and Tim Keller) Crossway, 2012.

COURSES TAUGHT (at graduate level)

History of Philosophy and Christian Thought; Contemporary Theology; Philosophical Theology; Christology; Apologetics; Evangelism; Ethics; Medical Ethics; Covenant Theology; The Princeton Theology; Scottish Theology; 20th Century Reformed Theology; Patristic Theology; Theology of the Westminster Standards; Ecclesiology; Systematic Theology (this includes all required loci for MA/M.Div. courses); Paul and the Law


  • Historiography, Philosophy of History
  • Introductory Church History (Ancient, Medieval, Reformation and Modern)
  • Early Church History, Patristics, Medieval History
  • Scottish History, English History, Colonial and Southern (US) History
  • History of the Reformed Tradition, Puritanism, Westminster Assembly
  • History of Religion in America (especially Nineteenth Century)


  • United States Senate Page, 1976 (serving under the Honorable J. Strom Thurmond, R-SC, dec.)
  • Dupre Rhame Award, Furman University, 1983
  • Licensure, Presbyterian Church in America, 1985
  • J. Oliver Buswell Award for Church History and Systematic Theology, Covenant Seminary, 1987
  • Ordination, Presbyterian Church in America, 1990
  • Moderator, Presbytery of Calvary, PCA, South Carolina, 1996
  • Outstanding Young Men in America, 1998
  • Who’s Who in America: South and Southwest (26th edition), 1998
  • Who’s Who in America (54th edition), 2000; (55th edition), 2001; (56th edition), 2002;  (57th edition), 2003; (58th edition), 2004; etc.
  • Moderator, Presbytery of the Mississippi Valley, PCA, Mississippi, 2000
  • Moderator, General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), 2004-2005


A member of the following professional societies: the Scottish Evangelical Theology Society, the Rutherford House Fellowship, the Evangelical Theological Society, the North American Patristic Society, the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity, the National Association of Scholars, and the South Carolina Historical Society.

Past member of the following boards: Belhaven College [now University] (Jackson, MS) [Secretary of the Board, Executive Committee]; the Center for Church Reform [now Nine Marks Ministries] (Washington, DC); LifeAudio.Com [now]; Soli Deo Gloria publishers (Ligonier, PA) [now a division of Ligonier Ministries]; Word Ministries (Sardinia, SC) [Chairman of the Board], the Values Investing Forum (Jackson, MS).

Present member of the following boards: Belhaven University (Jackson, MS) [Board of Reference], the Highland Theological College of the University of the Highlands and Islands (Dingwall, Scotland), the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood [Chairman of the Board], the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, the Institutional Review Board of the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center (Jackson, MS),founder and Editorial Director of Reformed Academic Press, the Council of Reference for Christian Witness to Israel, the Board of Reference of the Reformation Translation Fellowship, the Ministerial Advisory Board of Reformation Societies International.

A Fellow of the following: Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement (Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY).


Has lectured or given papers at the following: the University of Edinburgh, New College; the Free Church of Scotland College; Rutherford House (Edinburgh Scotland); Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi; Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Greenville, SC; Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida; Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina; Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama; Belhaven College (Jackson, MS), the national meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (San Francisco, CA, 1997, Danvers, MA, 1999), as well as a regional meeting of ETS (Birmingham, AL, 1992); the annual national meeting of the North American Patristic Society (Loyola, Chicago, IL, 1997, 1998); the annual national meeting of the Social Science History Association (Atlanta, GA, 1994); International Theological Seminary (of LA,CA in Hong Kong, 1995); Mullins Lectures, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY, 2004), Adams Lectures, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (Wake Forest, NC, 2011) . . .


Has preached or spoken at the following conferences: the Reformed Fellowship of the Southeastern United States, First Presbyterian Church (ARP), (Columbia, SC, February 23, 1994) the Banner of Truth Minister’s Conference (Grantham, PA, 1998), the PCA Convocation on Revival and Reformation (Jackson, MS, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002), the Southern Baptist Founders’ Conference (Birmingham, AL 2000), the PCA MNA Evangelism Convocation (Birmingham, 1999), the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology (Philadelphia, PA, Indianapolis, IN, Colorado Springs, CO, 2001), the Southern Baptist Founders Student Conference (Jackson, MS, 2001), the Scottish Reformed Conference (Glasgow, Scotland, 2002), the National Pastor’s Conference of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (Atlanta, GA, 2002), the Ligonier Ministries Regional Conference (Colorado Springs, CO, 2002), the Ligonier Ministries Regional Conference (Houston, TX, 2003), the Ligonier Ministries National Conference (Orlando, FL, 2004), the Ligonier Ministries National Pastors Conference (Orlando, FL, 2004), the Ligonier Ministries National Conference (Orlando, FL, 2005) . . .


Was elected Moderator of the Presbytery of Calvary (South Carolina Upcountry) in 1996, served on the General Assembly’s Committee on Psalmody, as well as on Committees of Commissioners for Covenant Seminary, MNA, and Bills and Overtures, served as Member, then Vice-Chairman, and Chairman of the Credentials Committee of the Presbytery of the Mississippi Valley (1996-2002), served as the Vice-Chairman of the General Assembly’s Creation Study Committee (1998-2000), is the Convener of the Twin Lakes Fellowship (ministerial fraternal), 2000-present, served as Chairman of the General Assembly’s Theological Examination Committee (1999-2000, 2002-2004), served as Chairman of the General Assembly’s Bills and Overtures Committee (2002), member of the PCA’s Strategic Planning Committee, elected as Moderator of the Presbytery of the Mississippi Valley (October 2000-February 2001); elected Moderator, General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), 2004-2005. Convener, MidSouth RUM Joint Committee . . .


Has preached in the following churches (listed in no particular order) over the course of his ministry: Second Presbyterian Church (PCA), Greenville, SC, Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA), St. Louis, MO, Augusta Street Presbyterian Church(PCA), Greenville, SC, Davidsons Mains Church of Scotland (CofS), Edinburgh, Scotland, Durham Presbyterian Church, Durham, England (Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales [EPCEW]), Holyrood Abbey Church of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland, Cambridge Presbyterian Church (EPCEW), Cambridge, England, Cole Abbey Free Church of Scotland, London, England, Hull Presbyterian Church (EPCEW), Hull, England, Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA), Jackson, MS, First Presbyterian Church (PCA), Yazoo City, MS, Second Presbyterian Church (PCA), Yazoo City, MS, Mt. Salus Presbyterian Church (then PCA), Clinton, MS, Ackerman Presbyterian Church (PCA), Ackerman, MS, West End Presbyterian Church (Independent), Louisville, MS, First Presbyterian Church (PCA), Jackson, MS, First Presbyterian Church (PCA), Belzoni, MS, Grace Presbyterian Church, Starkville, MS, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, MS, Capitol Hill Baptist Church (SBC), Briarwood Presbyterian Church (PCA), Birmingham, AL, Faith Presbyterian Church (PCA), Birmingham, AL, Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA), Clinton, SC, First Presbyterian Church (ARP), Columbia, SC, New Harmony Presbyterian Church (PCA), Alcolu, SC, Sardinia Presbyterian Church (PCA), Sardinia, SC, First Presbyterian Church (PCA), Kosciusko, MS, Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis, TN, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA, . .

Has preached in the following institutional chapels: Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS, Belhaven College, Jackson, MS, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, the Beeson Divinity School, Samford University, Birmingham, AL, the Stony Brook School, Long Island, NY, the Faith Mission College, Edinburgh, Scotland . . .


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