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Frank A. James III, DPhil, PhD

President

BIO

Frank A. James III is the President and Professor of Historical Theology at Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, PA. He formerly served as Provost and Professor of Historical Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He studied history under Alister McGrath for his D.Phil. at Oxford University and added a second Ph.D. in Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary/Pennsylvania.

Frank is the author of Peter Martyr Vermigli and Predestination: The Augustinian Inheritance of an Italian Reformer (Oxford University Press), editor of Peter Martyr Vermigli and the European Reformations: Semper Reformanda (Brill), coeditor with Heiko Oberman of Via Augustini: Augustine in the Later Middle Ages, Renaissance and Reformation (Brill) and with Charles Hill of The Glory of the Atonement (IVP) and one of the founding members of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture. His latest book, Church History: From Pre-Reformation to the Present (Zondervan), has just been published. He has also been a consultant and scriptwriter for a historical documentary film series.

Frank currently serves as the chair of the Faith and Spirituality Advisory Board for the Department of Behavioral Health in Philadelphia and has been appointed to the Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia

Frank is married to Carolyn Custis James, noted author and speaker. They have one daughter, Allison, and two granddaughters.

EDUCATION

  • B.A., Political Science, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
  • M.A., in Religion, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA
  • D.Phil., Oxford University, Faculty of Modern History (St. Peter's College), Oxford, England
  • Ph.D., Historical and Theological Studies, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Church History
  • Historical Theology

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Co-author, Church History: Reformation to the Present, vol. 2 (Grand Rapids: Zondervan (division of HarperCollins), textbook completed and scheduled for publication in 2013. Companion volume to Church History: From Christ to Pre- Reformation, vol. 1 by Everett Ferguson.

Author, Peter Martyr Vermigli and Predestination: The Augustinian Inheritance of an Italian Reformer, Oxford Theological Monographs (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1998).

“Missional is Mission Critical: An Afterward,” Reformed is Missional: Following Jesus into the World, edited by Sam T. Logan (Philadelphia: New Growth Press, 2013), pp.

ON THE WEB

Article Regarding the Reformation and Marriage - HOW THE REFORMATION SAVED BACHELORS

Article Regarding Treatment of Women During the Reformation: - PDA: LIKE A LUTHERAN OR A CALVINIST?

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