Last week’s election of J. Ligon Duncan III as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) places a committed complementarian at the head of one of the fastest-growing denominations in the United States.
Last week's election of J. Ligon Duncan III as the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) places a committed complementarian at the head of one of the fastest-growing denominations in the United States.
Duncan, senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Miss., serves as board chairman for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW). Randy Stinson, executive director of CBMW, said Duncan's election further cements the PCA's commitment to complementarianism.
"Ligon Duncan is a great leader, an unparalleled scholar, and a fearless defender of Orthodoxy," Stinson said. "There is no doubt that he is an asset to CBMW and will be to the PCA.
"The PCA is clear on their complementarian position and CBMW is thankful for their role in helping the church deal biblically with gender issues."
Duncan was elected Moderator at the PCA's annual denominational meeting held last week in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The PCA has roots stretching back to the colonial period of American history and is the largest theologically conservative Presbyterian denomination in the English-speaking world.
The PCA is one of the faster growing denominations in the United States, with over 1500 churches and missions throughout the USA and Canada, with a membership of approximately 350,000 and has the largest Presbyterian missionary force in the world. A Greenville, South Carolina native, Duncan is a graduate of Furman University (1983 BA History), Covenant Theological Seminary (1986 Master of Divinity; 1987 MA Historical Theology), having received the J. Oliver Buswell Award for Church History and Systematic Theology, and earned the PhD (1995 Ecclesiastical History and Systematic Theology) at the University of Edinburgh, New College, Scotland. Dr. Duncan is the Convener of the Twin Lakes Fellowship, adjunct professor of Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Chairman of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, board member of Highland Theological College of the University of the Highlands and Islands (Dingwall, Scotland), and Secretary of the board of Belhaven University.
He has authored numerous articles in various magazines, edited several collections, and most recently was a joint author and editor of Give Praise to God: A Vision for Reforming Worship-A Celebration of the Legacy of James Montgomery Boice (with Phillip Graham Ryken and Derek W.H. Thomas) and was editor and contributor of The Westminster Confession in the 21st Century, volumes 1-3.
Dr. Duncan is married to Anne Harley Duncan. They have two children, Sarah Kennedy Duncan and Jennings Ligon Duncan (IV).
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