Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Academic Dean
Dr. Swain joined the faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary in 2006. Prior to that, he taught theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois and served on the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. His motivation for studying and teaching theology is summarized in a quotation from John Duns Scotus: “The blessed who know more, do love more. So, he who is more acquainted with the mighty deeds of God, is more directed to praise and to love God.”
His main research interests concern the doctrine of the Trinity and the theological interpretation of Scripture. Recent publications include: Trinity, Revelation, and Reading: A Theological Introduction to the Bible and its Interpretation (T & T Clark, 2011); with Andreas Köstenberger, Father, Son and Spirit: The Trinity and John’s Gospel, New Studies in Biblical Theology 24 (IVP, 2008); “The Trinity in the Reformers,” in The Oxford Handbook on the Trinity, edited by Gilles Emery and Matthew Levering (Oxford University Press, 2011); and “God’s Lordly Son: Mark 12.35-37 and Trinitarian Christology,” in Theological Commentary, edited by Michael Allen (T & T Clark, 2011). He is in the process of completing God according to the Gospel: Robert Jenson’s Trinitarian Theology for the Strategic Initiatives in Evangelical Theology series, published by IVP Academic. With Michael Allen, he serves as general editor of T & T Clark’s International Theological Commentary.
Dr. Swain is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He and his wife, Leigh, have four children.
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Associate Professor of Practical Theology and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program
Dr. Steven Childers received a D.Min. from Reformed Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Exegetical Theology from Covenant Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and has done doctoral studies in global mission at Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of World Mission.
He is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, having served two churches (urban and suburban) as church planter and senior pastor for 15 years.
Recognized as an expert in church planting and church growth, Dr. Childers is also an international conference speaker and the President of Global Church Advancement, an inter-denominational ministry that provides training, consultation, and resources for church planters, pastors and missionaries throughout the world.
Through his conferences and seminars, Dr. Childers has trained church leaders from more than 40 countries, representing over 120 denominations and mission agencies. He teaches evangelism, missions, church planting and spiritual formation at RTS.
His unquenchable enthusiasm for Christian mission and his passionate focus on the transforming power of the Gospel endear him to our students. He and his wife Becky live in Orlando, Florida, and have three daughters: Angela, Cara and Laura.
Professor of New Testament
Dr. Hill, Professor of New Testament, received his PhD in Divinity from Cambridge University. His undergraduate training was in Fine Art and he worked for a time as a commercial artist before entering theological study. Prior to joining the faculty of RTS, he taught at Northwestern College in Iowa. He was elected to be a Lilly Theological Research Grants Faculty Fellow for the academic year 2000-2001, and a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2012. He is the author or editor of several books and many articles on New Testament and Patristic topics. His research interests include Johannine Studies, early Christian eschatology, the canon of the New Testament, and the New Testament manuscript tradition. His most recent book is Who Chose the Gospels? Probing the Great Gospel Conspiracy (Oxford University Press, 2010). In 2003 he was elected to Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas and is member of several other professional societies. Dr. Hill and his wife, Marcy, have three adult children.
Associate Professor of Counseling
Dr. Jim Coffield came to RTS full-time in 2003 after serving as a professor at other educational institutions. His background includes working within the church as a youth pastor and counselor, and in educational settings as a teacher and basketball coach. He presently serves as an associate professor of counseling and the clinical director of the MA in Counseling degree program. He received his PhD from the University of Tennessee in counseling psychology and is a licensed psychologist. Dr. Coffield brings a wide variety of teaching and clinical experiences. His clinical experience includes counseling in private practice, college, church-based, and hospital settings. He enjoys the classroom and brings over twenty years of teaching experience. His teaching reflects his love of story and humor. His research and clinical interests include adoption, special needs children, narrative psychology, and counselor training. He is married to Mona and they have two sons, Skylar and Pearce.
Professor of Systematic Theology & Philosophy
Dr. John Frame serves as J.D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy.
An outstanding theologian, John Frame distinguished himself during 31 years on the faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary, and was a founding faculty member of WTS California. He is best known for his prolific writings including ten volumes, a contributor to many books and reference volumes, as well as scholarly articles and magazines. Rev. Frame is a talented musician and discerning media critic who is deeply committed to the work of ministry and training pastors.
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