John Gerstner

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John Henry Gerstner
Born (1914-11-22)November 22, 1914
Tampa, Florida
Died March 24, 1996(1996-03-24) (aged 81)
Ligonier, Pennsylvania
Nationality American
Occupation Professor of Church History
Religion Christian (Presbyterian)
Academic background
Education Westminster Theological Seminary, Harvard University
Academic work
Discipline Church History
Institutions Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Knox Theological Seminary

John Henry Gerstner (November 22, 1914 – March 24, 1996) was a Professor of Church History at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and Knox Theological Seminary and an authority on the life and theology of Jonathan Edwards.[1][2]


He earned both a Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Theology degree from Westminster Theological Seminary. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Harvard University in 1945. He was originally ordained in the United Presbyterian Church of North America, then (due to church unions) with the United Presbyterian Church in the United States of America and the Presbyterian Church (USA).[1] In 1990, he left the PCUSA for the Presbyterian Church in America.

Gerstner counted among his students, noted author and preacher, R. C. Sproul, founder of Ligonier Ministries,[1] Dr. Arthur Lindsley, Senior Fellow at the C.S. Lewis Institute,[1] and Dr. Walter (Wynn) Kenyon, Professor of Biblical Studies and Philosophy; Chair of the Philosophy Department and Division of Ministry and Human Services at Belhaven University, and Dr. Mark Ross, the John R. de Witt Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Institute for Reformed Worship at Erskine Theological Seminary.

In addition to the books Gerstner had written, he also recorded several lengthy audio courses giving a survey of theology, church history, and Christian apologetics, which are distributed through Ligonier Ministries. Gerstner was non-dispensationalist.

In 1976, a Festschrift was published in Gerstner's honor. Soli Deo Gloria: Essays in Reformed Theology included contributions by Cornelius Van Til, J. I. Packer, Philip Edgecumbe Hughes, John Murray, R. C. Sproul, John Warwick Montgomery, and Roger Nicole.




  • ——— (1961). "Christian Science". In Christianity Today. The Challenge of the Cults: a Christianity today symposium. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. OCLC 3935669. 
  • ——— (1968). "The Message of the Word". In Tenney, Merrill C. The Bible: the living word of revelation. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. OCLC 183697. 


  • Sproul, R. C., ed. (1976). Soli Deo Gloria: essays in reformed theology: Festschrift for John H. Gerstner. Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co. OCLC 3304866. 


  1. ^ a b c d "John H. Gerstner, Ph.D., D.D. - Legacy Professor". Retrieved August 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ Jeffrey Stephen McDonald (2014). John Gerstner and the Renewal of Reformed Evangelicalism in Modern America (PDF) (Ph.D.). University of Stirling. Retrieved August 24, 2016. 

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