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R.J. Gore
Gore, R. J.

Professor of Systematic Theology
Dean Emeritus

Telephone: (864) 379-6506

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.

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Curriculum Vitae


  • 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

  • Gore, R. J., ed. Celebration. Due West: ETS Press, 2018.
  • Gore, R. J. “Covenantal Preaching: Toward a Theology of Word and World.” Unpublished D.Min. dissertation, Erskine Theological Seminary, 2009.
  • Gore, R. J. Covenantal Worship: Reconsidering the Puritan Regulative Principle. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 2002.
  • Gore, R. J. Introduction to Systematic Theology. CreativeSpace for Inaliam Imprints, 2013.
  • Gore, R. J. “The Pursuit of Plainness: Rethinking the Puritan Regulative Principle of Worship.” Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Westminster Theological Seminary, 1988.
  • Gore Jr., R. J. and William McKale. Boots and Bibles. 3rd ed. Fort Riley, KS: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1993.


  • “Deductive, Inductive . . . and a Third Way,” Article Three in the Series, “From Print-Age Preaching to Digital Age Preaching.” Marshall University Sermon Studies Conference 2017.
  • “Necessities and Capacities: Article Two in the Series ‘From Print-Age Preaching to Digital-Age Preaching.’” The Journal of Modern Ministry 8:2 (Spring 2011): 113-134.
  • “Failure to Communicate: Article One in the Series ‘From Print-Age Preaching to Digital-Age Preaching.’” The Journal of Modern Ministry 8:1 (Winter 2011): 147-160.
  • “Adiaphora and Worship.” Tabletalk (July, 2010): 14-17.
  • “Your Word is True.” ARP Magazine (March, 2010): 4-5.
  • “Preaching on Special Occasions.” The Journal of Modern Ministry 6:3 (Fall 2009): 185-196.
  • “Covenantal Worship: Reconsidering the Critics.” The Westminster Theological Journal 67:2 (Fall 2005): 363-380.
  • “The Biblical Foundations of Eldership.” Faith and Practice 3:1 (Spring 1997).
  • “Warming Up the Frozen Chosen.” Faith and Practice 2:1 (Spring 1996): 40-46.
  • “Reviewing the Regulative Principle: Part II.” Presbyterion: Covenant Seminary Review 21:1 (Spring 1995): 29-48.
  • “Reviewing the Puritan Regulative Principle of Worship.” Presbyterion: Covenant Seminary Review 20:1 (Spring 1994): 41-50.
  • “New Directions in Evangelical Worship.” The Military Chaplain’s Review (Spring 1992): 54-62.
  • “Transitions in the Army: Coping With Loss.” The Military Chaplain’s Review (Winter 1991): 61-9.
  • “Calvin’s Doctrine of Inspiration.” The Reformation Review 27.2 (April 1982): 100-114.
  • “Process Theology and the Restructured Doctrine of God.” The Reformation Review 27.1 (January 1982): 54-63.
  • “Calvin’s Doctrine of Revelation.” The Reformation Review 26.2 (April 1981): 94-104.


  • Review of Authentic Worship, ed. by Herbert Bateman. The Army Chaplaincy (Winter-Spring 2003): 89.
  • Review of Worship in the Presence of God, ed. by David C. Lachman and Frank J. Smith. Westminster Theological Journal 56:2 (Fall 1994): 443-7.
  • Review of The Reforming Tradition: Presbyterianism and Mainstream Protestantism, by Milton J. Coalter et al. The Army Chaplaincy (Winter 1993), 37-8.
  • Review of Signs of the Spirit, by Howard Snyder. Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 35:2 (June 1992): 235-6.
  • Review of Deep Prayer: Healing for the Hurting Soul, by Paul Deblassie, III. The Military Chaplain’s Review (Winter 1992): 112.
  • Review of Priesthood: A History of the Ordained Ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, by Kenan B. Osborne. The Military Chaplain’s Review (Winter 1991): 113-4.
  • Review of Grace to Go On, by Jill Briscoe. The Military Chaplain’s Review (Summer, 1990): 108-9.
  • Review of A Tale of Two Churches, by George Carey. The Presbyterian Journal, 1 October 1986, 22-4.
Fall 2021

Erskine Online:

  • ST 601 Systematic Theology I (Full Semester)
  • ST 765 The Doctrine of the Church (Full Semester)
  • DN 958 Church and Sacraments (Full Semester)

Erskine Greenville:

  • WP 551 Christian Worship
    Thursday Evenings: 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Beginning August 26
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