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Dr. R. J. Gore, Jr.

Professor of Theology and Ministry

Vice President and Dean, 1998-2003
Dean of the Seminary, 2003-2006
Acting Dean of the Seminary
, 2014-Present


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
Office Phone: 864-379-6506
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Ralph ("R. J.") Jackson Gore, Jr., D.Min., Ph.D.


Dr. Gore is a member of Second Presbytery, Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. For over seven years he served as pastor of a small Presbyterian Church (PCA) near Stockton, NJ. In 1986 he was commissioned in the Army National Guard. Dr. Gore entered active duty January 1989 and served until 1996 when he transferred to the US Army Reserve. He recently completed 29 years of service, retiring 15 April 2015 with the permanent rank of Colonel.

R.J. is a graduate of Bob Jones University where he received the B.A. and M.A. degrees (Biblical Studies, Pastoral Studies). In 1979 he moved to the Philadelphia area and began studies in several institutions. He holds the M.A. and S.T.M. degrees from Faith Theological Seminary (Biblical Literature, New Testament Exegesis) and the M.A. degree from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary (Dogmatic Theology). In 1988 R.J. graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary with the Doctor of Philosophy degree (First Honors). He majored in Systematic Theology and his dissertation examined the Puritan regulative principle of worship from biblical, historical, and theological perspectives. R.J. has done additional studies at Chestnut Hill College, Princeton Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Calvin College and Seminary. In 2009 he earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Erskine Theological Seminary, with a focus on preaching in the digital age. He has graduated from both the US Army Chaplain Officer Basic and Advanced Courses with Honors and is a graduate of the Combined Arms and Services Staff School and the Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. In July, 2010, he earned a Master of Strategic Studies Degree from the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, PA.

Dr. Gore has been a member of the Evangelical Theological Society since 1984 and has published scholarly and popular articles or book reviews in: The Army Chaplaincy; The ARP; The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society; The Journal of Modern Ministry; The Presbyterian Journal; PCA Messenger; Presbyterion, the Covenant Seminary Review; RPCNA Covenanter Witness; Tabletalk, the Reformation Review; the Military Chaplains' Review; the Westminster Theological Journal; Faith and Practice, the Fort Dix and Fort Riley post papers, and the Griffon, the quarterly news magazine for the 108th Training Command. In 1993 he authored the revised and greatly expanded 3rd edition of Boots and Bibles, the history of the Army chaplaincy at Fort Riley, KS. In November 2002, his book, Covenantal Worship, was published by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company. In 2012, the Office of the Chief of Chaplains (Army) published two sermons from his wartime service in the volume, Be Strong and Courageous: An Anthology of Sermons to Warriors.

He began his work as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Erskine Theological Seminary (The Seminary of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church), Due West, SC in January, 1996, and in July 1998 was named Vice President and Dean of Erskine Theological Seminary. In March, 2003, he was tenured and promoted to Professor of Systematic Theology. With the creation of a separate Vice Presidential position in 2003, R.J. served as Dean of the Seminary until 2006. He continues his service today as Professor of Theology and Ministry and, since October 2014, as Acting Dean of the Seminary. He is frequently engaged as a preacher and lecturer. He regularly lectured at the US Army Chaplain Center and School on sacred communication, from 2002-2014, and in 2011 was invited by the US Army to provide training on "ministry to millennials" for the seven Chaplain Annual Sustainment Training (CAST) events throughout the continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii. Over the years he has also conducted training at Ft. Benning, Ft. Gordon, Ft. Jackson, Ft. Knox, Ft. Stewart, and most recently at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER).

R.J. was named one of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1989. His military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/2Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal w/2OLC, Army Achievement Medal w/Silver OLC, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal w/2OLC, National Defense Service Medal w/Star Device, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass and M Device, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon w/2 Device, and Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon w/2 Device. Additional awards include the Combat Action Badge, the Basic Parachutist Badge, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Army Superior Unit Award. R.J. is married and has three adult children and one favorite grandson.