Sean is a PhD student in Historical Theology under the supervision of Dr. Adriaan Neele. His research at PRTS is focused on the life and ministry of the Father of Presbyterianism, John Knox, with particular reference to his own understanding of the pastorate and congregational ministry as demonstrated in the various congregational contexts in which he served.
Before enrolling in the doctoral program, Sean earned a B.A. from Grove City College (Grove City, Pennsylvania), an M.Div from Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, Mississippi), and an MTh in Scottish Church History and Theology from the University of Glasgow (Scotland).
In addition to being a student at PRTS, Sean also serves as the associate minister of Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCA) of Roanoke, Virginia and he serves BRITE (the Blue Ridge Institute for Theological Education), a regional church-based training institution, as the Academic Dean. In this capacity, he provides program, academic, and administrative oversight for the institution as well as guest lecturing and team-teaching with other faculty. Sean teaches various courses in the areas of Historical and Practical Theology. BRITE serves both the regional church and the global church through a number of congregational and pastoral partnerships.
Sean and his wife, Sarah, were married in 2011, and have two sons (Benjamin and Gabriel).
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
(1) Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania (BA)
(2) Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS (MDiv)
(3) University of Glasgow, Scotland (MTh in Scottish Church History and Theology)
(4) Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PhD – in progress)
Subject Area and Specialty
The life and thought of John Knox, with particular reference to his understanding of pastoral/church ministry as exemplified in his labors and emphases in his various congregations.
- John Knox
- Scottish Presbyterianism
- Scottish Theology
- Psalmody and Hymnody
- Scottish Church History