Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the Word of God—2 Timothy 2:15
It is a tremendous honor and privilege to welcome Dr. Vern Poythress, Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Editor of the Westminster Theological Journal, to the pulpit of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church on Sunday, March 2nd.
Vern S. Poythress was born in 1946 in Madera, California with his parents Ransom H. Poythress and Carola N. Poythress and his older brother Kenneth R. Poythress. At nine years old, he made a public commitment to Christ and was baptized in Chowchilla First Baptist Church in Chowchilla, California.
He earned a B.S. in mathematics from California Institute of Technology (1966) and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University (1970). After teaching mathematics for a year at Fresno State College (now California State University at Fresno), he became a student at Westminster Theological Seminary where he earned an M.Div. (1974) and a Th.M. in apologetics (1974). He received an M.Litt. in New Testament from University of Cambridge (1977) and a Th.D. in New Testament from the University of Stellenbosch in Stellenbosch, South Africa (1981).
He is a prolific writer, publishing books on a Christian philosophy of science, theological method, dispensationalism, biblical law, hermeneutics, Bible translation, and revelation.
He has been teaching in New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, since 1976. In 1981 he was ordained as a teaching elder in the Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Synod, which has now merged with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
Dr. Poythress married his wife Diane in 1983, and they have two children, Ransom and Justin. When Dr. Poythress is not teaching or writing, he enjoys science fiction, string figures, volleyball, and computers.
On a personal note, I have benefited significantly from Dr. Poythress’s books and articles over the years. His works, Understanding Dispensationlists and Symphonic Theology were both informative and formative to my own theological development. I can hardly express how thankful I am to have him minister among us.