Faculty

Peter Leithart

President

Peter Leithart is President of Theopolis Institute and an adjunct Senior Fellow of Theology at New St. Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho. He is ordained in the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC).

He is the author of many books, including Gratitude: An Intellectual History(Baylor, 2014), Traces of the Trinity (Baker, 2015)Delivered from the Elements of the World (IVP, 2016), and The End of Protestantism (Baker, forthcoming). He writes a blog at firstthings.com, where he also writes a regular bi-weekly column. He has published articles in many periodicals, both popular and academic.

Leithart has served in two pastorates: He was pastor of Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church (now Trinity Presbyterian Church), Birmingham, Alabama from 1989 to 1995, and was pastor of Trinity Reformed Church, Moscow, Idaho, from 2003-2013. From 1998 and 2013 he taught theology and literature fulltime at New St. Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho.

He received an A.B. in English and History from Hillsdale College in 1981, and a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1986 and 1987. In 1998 he received his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England.

He and his wife, Noel, have ten children and seven grandchildren.

      James Jordan

      Scholar-in-Residence

      James Jordan was born in 1949. His father was a professor of French Literature and his mother a piano teacher and a poetess. He graduated with an A.B. in 1971 from the University

      of Georgia, with a major in Comparative Literature and minors in Music and in Political Philosophy. He served as a Military Historian in the US Air Force for four years. He began seminary training at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, MS, and graduated with an M.A.R. and a Th.M. from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, majoring in Systematic Theology. He thesis was on Slavery in the Bible.

      In 1980, Mr. Jordan became director of Geneva Ministries in Tyler, TX, where he also served as a pastor in a Presbyterian congregation. In 1987 he founded Biblical Horizons, presently located in Niceville, FL. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters from Central School of Religion in 1993. Beginning in 1999, Mr. Jordan served part time as Professor of Biblical Studies at the Reformed Theological Seminary of St. Petersburg, Russia.

      Mr. Jordan is married to Brenda, and has two grown sons, Dale and Douglas. He is author of more than a dozen books, scores of monographs, and hundreds of short essays. He writes and lectures mainly in the areas of Biblical and Liturgical Theology. His most recent book is The Handwriting on the Wall: A Commentary on Daniel. He is presently at work on a commentary on the book of Zechariah.

          Richard Bledsoe

          Rev. Richard Bledsoe was born in Tacoma, Washington at the Army Hospital at Fort Lewis on September 13, 1949, where his father was stationed. He graduated from

          high school in Longmont, Colorado. He graduated from Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, graduating with a BA in Literature and Philosophy in 1972. He moved to Boulder, Colorado in 1974, where he taught a large adult Sunday School class at First Presbyterian Church until he went to seminary in 1981. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in California in 1984 and returned to Boulder to plant Tree of Life Presbyterian Church (PCA), where he served for twenty-one years. Since 2005, he has served as a hospital chaplain at Boulder Community Hospital. He received his DMin in Metropolitan Ministry from the Bakke Graduate School in 2009. He has been married to Carla since 1976, has three children, and enjoys hiking, cycling, and cross-country skiing. He has been a regular lecturer at the Biblical Horizons Summer Conferences for many years.

              John Barach

              John Barach is the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Sulphur, Louisiana. Previously, he pastored the Christ Church of Southern Oregon (CREC) in

              Medford, Oregon as well as Trinity Reformed Church (URCNA) in Lethbridge, Alberta and Covenant Reformed Church (URCNA) in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He is a contributing author to The Federal Vision.

                  Jeff Meyers

                  Chairman of the Board

                  Jeff Meyers has been the Senior Pastor at Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in St. Louis for 20 years.  He graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia (’79, B.S. Geology). After serving as an

                  officer in the U.S. Army for 4 years, Jeff attended Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, but took three years off to teach at a Christian school in Texas. Upon graduation from Covenant Seminary (’88), he served three years as an Associate Pastor in Huntsville, Alabama, and then three years as Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian in Houston, Texas. Since coming to Providence in 1994, Jeff has earned his Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M) and finished his Ph.D studies (ABD) in Systematic Theology at Concordia Theological Seminary.

                  Pastor Meyers is a member of the Board of Trustees at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis.  He is also the Chairman of the Board for Theopolis Institute and serves as a visiting instructor.

                  Jeff and his wife Chris give thanks for 35 years of marriage and four faithful children: Rebekah, Lauren, Julia, and Jeffrey Jr. Jeff enjoys walking, competitive shooting, hunting, photography, science fiction, and cooking. Pastor Meyers is the author of The Lord’s Service: The Grace of Covenant Renewal Worship, as well as the popular commentary Ecclesiastes Through New Eyes: A Table in the Mist, and many other essays and articles.

                      Steve Wilkins

                      Vice Chairman

                      Steve Wilkins was born in Mobile, Alabama, graduated from the University of Alabama with a BS in pre-law, and received his M. Div. from the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. He was ordained

                      in the PCA and served congregations in that denomination for 32 years before transferring to the CREC in 2008. He is married and he and his wife Wendy have 6 children and 6 grandchildren (with one more on the way). Wilkins has served as Pastor of the Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church in Monroe, Louisiana, since 1989.

                          Brian Moats

                          Assistant to the President

                          An Alabama native and graduate of Boyce College in Louisville, Brian is a professional photographer in Birmingham, AL and previously worked as an Account Coordinator for Charter Communications. He is married to Ashton and they have two children, Talitha (4) and Abel (1).  He and his family are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.

                              Trey Fulmer

                              Treasurer

                              Trey Fulmer was born in Birmingham, Alabama, graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a BS in Accounting, and became a Certified Public Accountant in 2011. He worked in the public accounting sector for 6 years, cultivating a broad practical and academic understanding of tax matters, financial accounting, and management. He currently works as the CFO of South Cypress, Inc., an e-commerce flooring company with a strong faith-based, service-focused culture. He serves as the financial analyst for the Board of Theopolis Institute. He and his wife, Becca, are members of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama.