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July 30

Edmund P. Clowney

On July 30, 1917, Edmund Clowney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

After studies at Wheaton College and Westminster Seminary, Clowney was ordained by the Presbytery of New York and New England in 1942. He pastored Orthodox Presbyterian churches in Connecticut, Illinois, and New Jersey before joining the practical theology faculty at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. There he also served as the school's first President, from 1966 to 1982. During his 42-year tenure in the OPC, Clowney also served as an editor for the Committee on Christian Education (1948-1958), and he moderated the 25th General Assembly in 1958. In 1984 Clowney accepted a call as associate pastor of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Charlottesville, Virginia, and transferred his ministerial credentials into the PCA.

Clowney was a towering figure among the ministers of the OPC's second generation. Under his leadership, Westminster Seminary underwent ambitious plans for expansion, including significantly higher student enrollments, multiple campuses, and a constituency that grew far beyond the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

- John Muether

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