Robert Godfrey

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W. Robert Godfrey
OccupationProfessor, Seminary President, Minister
Notable work
An Unexpected Journey, God's Pattern for Creation, Pleasing God in Our Worship
Theological work
Tradition or movementReformed

W. Robert Godfrey is a minister in the United Reformed Church and formerly served as the third President of Westminster Seminary California. As of 2017 he is President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Church History. He currently is Chairman of Ligonier Ministries located in Sanford, Florida, where he took over this position from the late Dr. R. C. Sproul.[1] He has taught at Westminster Seminary California since 1981 and has previously taught at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, as well as Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Stanford University. Godfrey is a Council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, an organization composed of pastors and theologians from the Baptist, Presbyterian, Reformed, Anglican, Congregational, and Lutheran church communities. He has been a speaker at many theological conferences including those sponsored by the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, Ligonier Ministries, and the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization.[2]

Godfrey earned his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts and PhD from Stanford University.

Godfrey grew up in Alameda, California where his father and grandfather both served as Mayor.[3][4] He lives in California with his wife Mary Ellen, with whom he has three grown children who also reside in California.[5]

Published works[edit]

Godfrey is the author of the following books:

  • An Unexpected Journey
  • Reformation Sketches
  • Pleasing God in Our Worship
  • God’s Pattern for Creation
  • John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor

He has written chapters or articles for the following books:

  • John Calvin, His Influence in the Western World
  • Through Christ’s Word
  • Theonomy: A Reformed Critique
  • The Agony of Deceit
  • Roman Catholicism
  • Sola Scriptura!
  • The Practice of Confessional Subscription
  • The Coming Evangelical Crisis

Godfrey has also written articles for journals such as the Westminster Theological Journal, Archive for Reformation History, and Sixteenth-Century Journal.


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  2. ^ Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, retrieved 2012-11-29
  3. ^ "An interview with W. Robert Godfrey". Retrieved 5-22-18. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  4. ^ McDonough, Susan (11-8-2004). "Island mourns the death of 'Mr. Alameda'". East Bay Times. Retrieved 5-22-18. Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help)
  5. ^ W. Robert Godfrey Biography (PDF), retrieved 2018-05-22