Who We Are
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Who we are
Theology Matters is a publication that aims to provide clear and coherent articulation of theology that is reformed according to God’s Word.
Theology Matters exists to equip and encourage, to instruct and inspire, members of the Reformed-Presbyterian family and the wider Christian community. It exists to bear witness to the truth of Jesus Christ and to demonstrate that theology does matter in that when properly understood it makes a fundamental difference in the way we think and live.
For 26 years, Theology Matters has sought "to equip the saints for the work of ministry" (Ephesians 4:12).
Since our founding in 1994, when several American mainline denominations officially supported an effort to “re-imagine” Christianity and align the church with radically progressive cultural and political movements, Theology Matters has provided an important resource for congregational leaders who have sought to think through the various theological challenges, temptations, and opportunities of our times.
Our Mission and Beliefs
THEOLOGY MATTERS because the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ matters.
For our complete statement of mission and beliefs click the button below.
Officers of the Board & Directors
Randal C. WorkingPresident
First Presbyterian Church of Lancaster, Lancaster, California
Acton Community Presbyterian Church, Acton, California
Richard E. BurnettExecutive Director and Managing Editor
Due West, South Carolina
James C. Goodloe IVVice President
Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church, Concord, North Carolina
Alan F.H. WisdomSecretary
Adjunct Fellow, Institute on Religion & Democracy, Fall Church, Virginia
First Presbyterian Church, San Diego, California
David J. WoodDirector
Teaching Elder, Goochland, Virginia
Retired English Teacher, Levittown, Pennsylvania
Thomas A. MillerDirector
Surgeon, Professor of Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
John M. MetzgerDirector
Attorney at Law, Princeton, New Jersey
Sue CyreExecutive Director Emeritus
Dr. Richard E. Burnett
An ordained pastor, scholar, and author, Richard grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from King College, Bristol, Tennessee and received his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. He spent a year studying at the University of Tübingen, Germany, returning to be ordained as Associate Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Bristol, Tennessee. He later earned an S.T.M. at Yale University Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Richard has authored and edited several academic books and articles and has been a Visiting Professor of Theology at Union Presbyterian Seminary, an Adjunct Professor at Gordon Conwell Seminary, and a Visiting Scholar at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2002, he joined the faculty of Erskine Theological Seminary, where he won the Allison Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2006, was granted tenure in 2008, and served until 2016. His primary commitment, however, has always been to the church. He has served congregations in Tennessee, New Jersey, North Carolina, and South Carolina. For the last eighteen years he has taught courses in Reformed Theology and Church History in the Lay School of Theology sponsored by the PCUSA Presbyteries of South Carolina. He frequently preaches, teaches, and provides special lectures in local congregations.
He is married to Martha, the daughter of a German Lutheran pastor whom he met at a conference in Amsterdam in 1986 sponsored by the Billy Graham Association. They have four grown children.
Board of Reference
The Board of Reference is a group of individuals who endorse Theology Matters and support its vision and mission.
Dr. F. Dale Bruner
Whitworth University, retired
Rev. Dr. Andrew Dearman
Fuller Theological Seminary, TX
Dr. James R. Edwards
Whitworth University, WA
Rev. Dr. Daryl Fisher-Ogden
Dean, Abraham Lincoln University
Rev. Dr. Robert Gagnon
Houston Baptist University
Rev. Dr. Roberta Hestenes
Retired, World Vision, CA
Rev. Dr. Donald Macleod
Tyndale University College and Seminary, Toronto, Ontario
Dr. Richard Mouw
President Emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary, CA
Dr. Mark A. Noll
University of Notre Dame, retired
Rev. Dr. Richard A. Ray
Chairman of the Board, Presbyterian Heritage Center
Mrs. Terry Schlossberg