Dr. R. J. Gore, Jr.
Professor of Systematic Theology
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 31 March 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 Systematic Theology
and, recently, as Acting Dean of the Seminary. He is regularly 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 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 and has three adult children and one favorite grandson.