Erskine’s faculty is composed of scholars who are also servants of Christ and his Church. Each blends academic accomplishment with experience in ministry and a desire to help students learn to know Christ better and serve his people well.

Bible Department

Eves.Terry_45A2154-Edit_crop Terry L. Eves

Professor of Old Testament
Office Phone: 864-379-8864
Email: eves@erskine.edu

Dr. Eves is a careful scholar and teacher who brings over 30 years of experience in the church and classroom. He is known for mentoring students both in and out of the classroom. He is an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.

Education: B.A., Grace College; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary; M.A., Ph.D., The Dropsie College of Hebrew & Cognate Languages

Melton.Loyd_45A0011-Edit_crop Loyd D. Melton

John Montgomery Bell Professor of New Testament; Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
Office Phone: 864-379-8883
E-mail: melton@erskine.edu

Dr. Melton’s broad experience in the church, gracious manner, and excellent teaching have made him a favorite of many students. As the Director of Erskine’s Doctor of Ministry program, he has guided countless students through ministry projects that have sharpened their skills and strengthened the church. He is a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention.

Education: B.A., Presbyterian College, 1971; M.Div., Erskine Theological Seminary, 1974; Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1978; Additional Studies, Hebrew Union College, Union Theological Seminary (N.Y.).

 Rogland.Max_45A0075-Edit_crop Max. F. Rogland

Associate Professor of Old Testament; Associate Dean, Columbia Campus
Office Phone: 803.771.6180
E-mail: rogland@erskine.edu

Dr. Rogland is a gifted teacher of biblical languages (Hebrew and Greek) as well as Old Testament. He publishes regularly in the area of Hebrew Old Testament. He is a minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and serves as the pastor of a small church in Columbia.

Education: B.A., B.Mus., University of Washington, 1991; M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary, 1996; Ph.D., Leiden University, 2001.

Seminary_9 George M. Schwab, Sr.

Professor of Old Testament
Office Phone: 864-379-8882
E-mail: schwab@erskine.edu

Dr. Schwab worked as an engineer before pursuing theological studies and has served as a counselor as well as a scholar. His “real world” experience, approachableness, and creativity shape his teaching. He is the author of several books on Old Testament topics. He serves as a minister in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

Education: B.S., Drexel University, 1982; M.Div., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1992; Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1999; Certificates from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.

Ministry Department

 Gore.RJ_45A0022-Edit_crop R.J. Gore Jr.

Professor of Theology and Ministry
Dean of the Seminary

Office Phone: 864-379-6506
E-mail: rgore@erskine.edu

Dr. Gore recently retired as an Army Chaplain (Colonel) after twenty-nine years of Active and Reserve service. He has been the pastor of a small church and has held many leadership roles in his presbytery and denomination. He has authored two books, contributed to a volume of sermons from Operation Iraqi Freedom, and has published numerous articles in various journals and periodicals. He is a minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Education: B.A., M.A., Bob Jones University, M.A., S.T.M., Faith Theological Seminary, M.A., St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, M.S.S., U.S. Army War College, D.Min., Erskine Theological Seminary, Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary Additional Studies: Chestnut Hill College, Princeton Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, Calvin College and Theological Seminary

Leslie Holmes

John H. Leith Professor of Reformed Theology and Ministry;
Dean of the Institute for Reformed Worship
E-mail: lholmes@erskine.edu

In addition to pastoring churches from 60 to 4,300 members, he has spoken, taught, and presented at preaching conferences on university campuses and churches on six continents. Former United States Senate Chaplain, Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie has called him “One of America’s foremost scholar-pastors.” He is the author or contributing editor of 12 books and numerous articles in professional journals and says his greatest delight at being on Erskine’s faculty is that he has a regular opportunity to touch a new generation of preachers. He is a minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church

Education: BA, University of Mobile, 1975; MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary, 1978; DMin, Columbia Theological Seminary, 1984; PhD, Ecole Superieure Robert de Sorbon, 2014; LLD, Grove City College, 1994.

Dale Johnson

Professor of Church History
Office Phone: 864-379-6662
Email: djohnson@erskine.edu

Dr. Johnson is a popular preacher and inspiring classroom teacher. He particularly enjoys taking students and other groups to study Reformation church history in Germany. He serves as an elder in the Presbyterian Church in America.

Education: B.A., Cedarville University, 1976; M.A., Covenant Theological Seminary, 1984; M.A., Florida Atlantic University, 1988; Ph.D., Georgia State University, 1995; Additional Studies, Oxford University, English Speaking Union Fellow; University of St. Andrews, Visiting Scholar.

Michael A. Milton

James H. Ragsdale Chair for Missions and Evangelism; Director of Master of Divinity in Chaplain Ministries
E-mail: milton@erskine.edu

Michael A. Milton is a minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Army Reserve Chaplain (Colonel), and former seminary president-chancellor, Dr. Milton is the founder and President of Faith for Living, Inc., and President and Senior Fellow of the D. James Kennedy Institute.

Education: Dipl., Defense Language Institute; BA, Mid-America Nazarene University; MDiv, Knox Theological Seminary; MPA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; PhD, University of Wales-Trinity Saint David.

Parks.Toney_45A0070-Edit_crop Toney C. Parks
Associate Professor of Ministry
E-mail: parks@erskine.edu

Dr. Parks has served as pastor of the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist church since 1991. His extensive experience as a pastor and counselor enrich his teaching. He is a minister in the Progressive National Baptist Convention.

Education: B.S., University of South Carolina, 1980; M.Div., Erskine Theological Seminary, 1998; D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary, 2002.

Theology Department

Ross.Mark_45A0081-Edit_crop Mark E. Ross

First Presbyterian Church – John R. de Witt Professor of Systematic Theology
E-mail: ross@erskine.edu

Dr. Ross brings 30 years of pastoral ministry to his current work of training leaders for the church. He is in demand as a preacher and lecturer. He is currently writing a four-year adult education curriculum for his denomination. He is a minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Education: B.A., University of Pittsburgh, 1974; M.Div., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1979; Ph.D., University of Keele, England, 1984.

Adjunct Faculty

Alan J. Avera

Adjunct Professor of Church Planting
Education: BA, University of North Carolina; MDiv, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; DMin, Covenant Theological Seminary

Maxine Sumpter

Adjunct Professor of Christian Education
Education: B.A., M.Ed., University of South Carolina; MAPM, Erskine Theological Seminary, M.Div., United Theological Seminary, D.Min., Hood Theological Seminary

M. Jerdone Davis

Adjunct Professor of Christian Education
Education: ADSN, Kennesaw State College; ThB, Trinity College; MAEM, Erskine Theological Seminary; EdD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Carl F. Ellis, Jr.

Adjunct Professor of Cultural Apologetics
Education: BA, Hampton Institute; MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary; D.Phil, Oxford Graduate School

Karen A. Ellis

Adjunct Professor of Cultural Apologetics
Education: MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary; MFA, Yale School of Drama

Lawrence Gordon

Adjunct Professor of AME Church History and Polity
Education: BS, Voorhees College; MDiv, Interdenominational Theological Seminary; MA, Webster University; DMin, United Theological Seminary

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