Pastor and Scholar? History Says Yes

Jeff Robinson | November 17, 2015

Editors’ note: This is the final installment in a series on the pastor-scholar. Articles have been published weekly leading up to the 2015 annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), which opens today in Atlanta.


Ligon Duncan has given his life to pursuing both ministry in the local church and the life of the Christian mind in the academy. At age 24 he was licensed to preach in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and from 1996 until 2013 he served as pastor of the historic First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi. Two years ago, Duncan was appointed chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary. He serves on the boards of numerous parachurch ministries including the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. He is also a Council member for TGC.

I asked Duncan about his decision to move from the pastorate to the chancellor’s office, how men should sort through their call to ministry, the rich evangelical tradition of the pastor-theologian, and more.


Is it necessary to draw a sharp distinction between the offices

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