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Chris Crain
Crain, T. Chris

Associate Professor of Historical and Pastoral Theology
Assistant Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program

Telephone: (864) 379-6693

Rev. T. Chris Crain (Ph.D., Saint Louis University, M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary) serves as Associate Professor of Historical and Pastoral Theology and is the Assistant Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program. He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). Most recently, he served as an active-duty chaplain in the United States Army for almost twelve years. Prior to that he served as an Assistant Pastor and headmaster of a Christian school in Columbia, SC. He loves to teach, coach, and mentor aspiring and current pastors, especially utilizing the riches of Christian history and theology to inform, encourage, and challenge. Chris and his wife, Nancy, have three adult children, and live in Greenville, SC. They enjoy fitness, reading, hiking, and international cuisine.

Education and Credentials
  • PhD, Historical Theology, Saint Louis University
  • MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary
  • Ordained Minister (PCA)
Recent Publications
  • “Nevin, John Williamson.” Michael J. McClymond, ed., Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America (Westport, CT: Greenwood, Press, 2007).
  • “Turning the Beast into a Beauty: Towards an Evangelical Theological Aesthetics.” Presbyterion 29 (2003): 27-41
  • Review of Robert Littlejohn and Charles T. Evans, Wisdom and Eloquence: A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006) in Intégrité 5:2 (2006): 67-69.
  • Review of Mark A. Noll, America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2001) in Presbyterion 32:1 (2006): 55-57.
  • Review of D.G. Hart, John Williamson Nevin: High Church Calvinist (Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2005) in Westminster Theological Journal 67:2 (2005): 437-440.
  • Review of Frank Lambert, Inventing the “Great Awakening” (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1999) in Calvin Theological Journal 37:1 (2002): 141-2.
  • Review of Gerald O’Collins and Edward G. Farrugia, A Concise Dictionary of Theology, Revised and Expanded Edition (Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2000) in Journal of The Evangelical Theological Society 44:4 (2001): 747-8.
  • Review of Richard Wentz, John Williamson Nevin: American Theologian (NY: Oxford University Press, 1997) in Presbyterion 25 (1999): 123-5.
Experience and Ministry
  • U.S. Army Chaplain (2012-2024)
  • Headmaster, Covenant Classical Christian School (2006-2011)
  • Assistant Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church (2006-2011)
  • Candidates and Credentials Committee, Palmetto Presbytery (PCA)
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