Preparing students to serve Christ and His church through biblical, experiential, and practical ministry.
Apply Now

Thiago Machado Silva

Doctoral Student in Systematic Theology

Thiago is a doctoral candidate at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in the area of Systematic Theology. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theology from the Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul (Presbyterian Seminary of the South) in Campinas, Brazil (2009-2012); and a ThM in Systematic Theology from Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA (2014-2016). In 2017 he joined the faculty of the Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul, in Brazil where he has been teaching Systematic Theology and serving as the editor of the theological journal, Revista Teológica.

Thiago was ordained as a minister of the Presbyterian Church of Brazil in 2013 and since 2017 he has been pastoring a Presbyterian congregation in the city of Limeira-SP, Brazil. He is married to his wife Lidia.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

2 Timothy 2:15


  1. Seminário Presbiteriano do Sul (Presbyterian Seminary of the South), Campinas, Brazil (BTh)
  2. Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, (ThM in Systematic Theology)
  3. Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary (PhD - in progress)


Subject Area and Specialty The reception of Post-Reformation spirituality and piety, especially the missiological/practical implications of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Ethics Research Interests
  • Post-Reformation Spirituality and Piety
  • Herman Bavinck
  • Reformed Ethics
  • Missiology

“The Missiological Implications of Herman Bavinck’s Doctrine of the Trinity,” The Confessional Presbyterian Journal 15 (2019), 97-107.

“A União com Cristo é a Base para a Verdadeira Felicidade,” Revista Teológica (Campinas), 72, 1 (2019), 59-75.

“Organismo e Instituição: Um Breve Ensaio sobre as Implicações Missionais da Eclesiologia de Abraham Kuyper,” Revista Teológica (Campinas), v.71, nº 1 (2018), 117-136.

“Scripture as Revelation in Herman Bavinck’s Theology”, Puritan Reformed Journal 10,1 (2018), 154-171.

“Teologia Sistemática e Sola Scriptura como Método Teológico", Revista Teológica (Campinas), v. 70 (2017), 119-136.

“Herman Bavinck’s Anthropology and the Recent Body-Soul Debate,” Puritan Reformed Journal 9,2 (2017), 226-240.

“Human Reason and Divine Illumination: The Knowledge of God in Augustine’s Confessions,” Horizonte Teológico 30 (2016): 116-128.

"The Excluded Middle and the Missiological Implications of Herman Bavinck's Doctrine of Angels," Reveleteo 10, 17 (2016): 107-119.

“John Calvin and the Limits of Natural Theology,” Puritan Reformed Journal 8, 2 (July, 2016): 33-48.

 “God and the Meaning of Human Suffering Based on Calvin’s Theological Perspective: a Theodicy.” Puritan Reformed Journal 7, 2 (2015): 79-94.

A Ordem da Salvação [The Order of Salvation]. Santa Barbara D’Oeste: Z3 Editora, 2013.