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Dr. R. J. Gore, Jr.

Professor of Systematic Theology

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

Education:
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
Faculty Web page: http://acad.erskine.edu/facultyweb/gore/gore.htm
E-mail:
rgore@erskine.edu

 

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

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 and served as chaplain for the 119th Maintenance Battalion for over two years. Dr. Gore entered active duty January 1989 and served as the Chief, Department of Ministry and Pastoral Care at Walson Army Community Hospital, Fort Dix, NJ until June, 1991. R.J. then moved to the Republic of Korea to serve as chaplain for the 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery, MLRS, Second Infantry Division, for one year. After graduating from the Chaplain Officer Advanced Course, (during which time he served Village Presbyterian Church in Hainsport, NJ, as Interim Pastor) R.J. was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry of the First Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Riley, KS. There he served as Co-Pastor of the Main Post Chapel for two years. In March 1996, he left active duty and was assigned as Brigade Chaplain, 4th Brigade, 87th Division (Exercise) in the United States Army Reserve. After that he served as Battalion Chaplain, 391st Engineers (Combat), and Brigade Chaplain, 1st Brigade, 108th Division (IT). His military experience also includes participation in REFORGER 87 (as a reservist), three rotations to The National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA (1993-1995), Overseas Deployment Training (ODT) to Hohenfels, Germany in 1999, and service in Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003-2004. R.J. served 90 days during the Summer, 2003 as a Small Group Instructor, Chaplain Career Course, at the United States Army Chaplain Center and School, Fort Jackson, SC. From December, 2003-December, 2004 he was assigned as Group Chaplain, 172d Corps Support Group, which was stationed at LSA Anaconda, Balad, Iraq. Since June, 2005, R.J. has served as Command Chaplain for the 108th DIV (IT), now the 108th Training Command (IET). The 108th has a 48-state geographical footprint and R. J. supervises approximately 80 chaplains, chaplain candidates, and chaplain assistants. He was promoted to Colonel in October 2008. 

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 Ministy 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 2006, R.J. was selected for the U.S. Army War College which he began in May, 2008 and completed in July, 2010, earning a Master of Strategic Studies Degree.

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 journal 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 the separate position in 2003, Vice President of the Seminary, R.J. served as Dean of the Seminary from 2003-2006. He continues his service today as Professor of Systematic Theology. He is regularly engaged as a preacher and lecturer. Since 2000, he has regularly lectured at the US Army Chaplain Center and School on sacred communication 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 US.

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 to Joan (Green, of Philadelphia) and they have three children, Matthew (B.A., Erskine College; M.A.T.S., Th.M., Erskine Theological Seminary), Colin (B.A., Erskine College), and Alison (B.A, Covenant College; M.A., New York University). Joan is a graduate of Temple University (B.B.A.) and holds the Master of Arts in Christian Education and the Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree from Erskine Theological Seminary. She also has completed advanced studies in the Ed.D. program in Christian School Administration at Columbia International University.