G. I. Williamson

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G. I. Williamson
Born Gerald Irvin Williamson
(1925-03-19) March 19, 1925 (age 92)
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Nationality United States of America
Education Bachelor of Divinity
Alma mater Hope College
Drake University
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Occupation Pastor, author

Gerald Irvin Williamson (born May 19 1925 in Des Moines, Iowa[1]) is a Reformed theologian, pastor, and author.


Williamson was a Christian minister for fifty years, retiring in 2011.[2] After serving in the army and working as a dance hall musician, Williamson converted to Christianity at age 21. He attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan for one year and then transferred to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He graduated from Drake in 1949.

In 1952, he earned a B.D. from Pittsburgh-Xenia Theological Seminary under John Gerstner.[3] He served in various positions as a pastor for fifty years including two terms as a minister in the Reformed Churches of New Zealand.

While in New Zealand he served in Māngere (one of three congregations in Auckland. It has since ceased to exist by that name) and Silverstream (a congregation in the Wellington region). He was twice elected as Moderator of the Synod (1965 and 1977). His clarity of thinking and teaching was greatly appreciated by the congregations throughout the country.

He is ordained in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. From 1992 through 2005[1] Williamson edited 'Ordained Servant', a newsletter published by the OPC for church officers.

He is the author of several books on Reformed theology, including study guides for the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Heidelberg Catechism. He is also an outspoken young earth creationist[4] and defender of the Regulative Principle of Worship[5]


  1. ^ a b Reynolds, Greg. "Galvanized Iron. . ." (PDF). Ordained Servant. Orthodox Presbyterian Church. Retrieved April 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ Banner of Truth Trust General Articles
  3. ^ Liberty in Christ by G.I. Williamson
  4. ^ G. I. Williamson, A Defense of Six-Day Creation: It’s my conviction that we in the Presbyterian and Reformed community have lost credibility with respect to this, Aquila Report, September 16, 2013.
  5. ^ G. I. Williamson, The Scriptural Basis for the Regulative Principle of Worship, accessed December 2, 2015.

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