Sinclair Ferguson

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Sinclair Ferguson
Born (1948-02-21) February 21, 1948 (age 73)
OccupationProfessor, Author, Public Speaker
Notable work
  • Reformed Confessions Harmonized
  • In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life
  • The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction
Theological work
Era20th and 21st century
Tradition or movementReformed

Sinclair Buchanan Ferguson (born 1948) is a Scottish theologian known in Reformed Christian circles for his teaching, writing, and editorial work. He is Chancellor's Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary since 2017,[1] commuting from Scotland where he is an assistant minister at St. Peter's Free Church of Scotland, Dundee.


Ferguson studied at the University of Aberdeen for all of his university education, firstly a master or arts, then a bachelor of divinity, before gaining his Ph.D. During his days as a student, he worshiped at Gilcomstons South Church, under the ministry of William Still.[2]

Ferguson was ordained as a minister in the Church of Scotland in 1971, becoming the minister of St. John's, Baltasound, the most northerly parish in Scotland, on the island of Unst, Shetland.[3] He was the pastor there for 10 years. After this decade on Unst, he was offered a teaching position as a part-time Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.

He then moved back to his native Scotland in 1997, filling the pulpit at St George's-Tron Church, Glasgow, succeeding the successful 20-year ministry of Eric Alexander.

In the mid-2000s, he then transferred back to the US to the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, serving as the senior pastor of historic First Presbyterian Church of Columbia, South Carolina.

From 25 August 2013, he has served as a preacher and elder at St. Peter's Free Church, Dundee.[4]

Other Roles[edit]

He has served as an editor with the Banner of Truth Trust.

He was also a professor of systematic theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas.

He has held the Charles Krahe Chair for Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary.

He also previously served as a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.


Ferguson speaks at numerous conferences worldwide. Books he has written, edited or contributed to include:

  • Know Your Christian Life (1981) ISBN 0-87784-371-6
  • Kingdom Life in a Fallen World - Living Out the Sermon on the Mount (1986) ISBN 0-89109-194-7
  • John Owen on the Christian Life (1987) ISBN 0-85151-503-7
  • New Dictionary of Theology (Master Reference Collection) (1988) ISBN 0-8308-1400-0, editor with David Wright and J. I. Packer
  • Daniel (Mastering the Old Testament, Vol 19) (1988) ISBN 0-8499-3557-1
  • Grow in Grace (1989) ISBN 0-85151-557-6
  • Children of the Living God (1989) ISBN 0-85151-536-3
  • Heart for God (1996) ISBN 0-85151-502-9
  • The Christian Life (1996) ISBN 0-85151-516-9
  • Discovering God's Will (1996) ISBN 0-85151-334-4
  • Sermon on the Mount (1996) ISBN 0-85151-519-3
  • The Pundit's Folly (1996) ISBN 0-85151-676-9
  • Big Book of Questions and Answers (1997) ISBN 1-85792-295-6
  • The Holy Spirit (1997) ISBN 0-8308-1536-8
  • Let's Study Philippians (1998) ISBN 0-85151-714-5
  • Reformed Confessions Harmonized (1999) ISBN 0-8010-5222-X, editor with Joel Beeke
  • Let's Study Mark (1999) ISBN 0-85151-755-2
  • The Big Book of Questions & Answers about Jesus (2000) ISBN 1-85792-559-9
  • The Grace of Repentance (Today's Issues) (2000) ISBN 1-58134-165-2
  • The Preacher's Commentary - Vol. 21 - Daniel (2002) ISBN 0-7852-4795-5
  • John Owen: The Man and His Theology (2003) ISBN 0-87552-674-8, contributor about John Owen
  • Let's Study Ephesians (2005) ISBN 0-85151-907-5
  • Faithful God - An exposition of the book of Ruth (2005) ISBN 978-1-85049-216-0
  • In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life (2007)
  • By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes me (2010) ISBN 978-1567692020
  • The Grace of Repentance (Redesign) (Today's Issues) (2011) ISBN 978-1433519833
  • The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction (2013) ISBN 978-1848712591
  • Name above All Names (2013) with Alistair Begg ISBN 978-1433537752
  • Deserted by God (2013) ISBN 978-1848711532
  • The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, & Gospel Assurance--Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters (2016) ISBN 978-1433548000


  1. ^ "Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson Appointed as Chancellor's Professor of Systematic Theology". Reformed Theological Seminary. 14 June 2017. Archived from the original on 9 October 2018.
  2. ^ Old, Hughes Oliphant (2010). The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church, Vol. 7: Our Own Time. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. pp. 135–136.
  3. ^ "Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson". Reformed Theological Seminary. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Sinclair Ferguson to Join St Peter's Free Church in Dundee". The Aquila Report. 19 July 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2019.

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