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September 5

Westminster Seminary California

Westminster Seminary California convened its first student body on this day in 1980 with twenty pupils, who were addressed by J. I. Packer. Edmund Clowney served as the first president and original faculty members consisted of Robert Strimple (Dean, Systematic Theology), Meredith Kline (Old Testament), John Frame (Apologetics), and Richard Kaufmann (Evangelism) of the OPC, and Allen Mawhinney (New Testament), David Sanford (Biblical Languages) and James T. Dennison, Jr. (Librarian) of the PCA, and Roger Greenway (Practical Theology) of the CRC. In 1981, Robert Godfrey (Church History), a ministerial member of the CRC, joined the faculty. In 1982, OPC minister Jay Adams became a faculty member.

Dr. Strimple took over as president from Clowney in 1982 and helped oversee the move of the seminary from its first home in San Marcos to its current location in Escondido. In 1988, he returned to full-time teaching and Robert den Dulk became president, In 1993, Dr. Godfrey became the third president of the seminary and continues to serve to the present time.

Current faculty members include OPC ministerial members Steven Baugh, David VanDrunen, Bryan Estelle, Charles Telfer, and John Fesko. Over 90 graduates of the seminary have served in ordained gospel ministry in the OPC.

Picture: Robert Strimple

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