Friday, November 7, 2014

Morales and McGraw to Join GPTS Faculty in 2015

Dr. Morales
The Board of Trustees of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. L. Michael Morales to the full-time resident faculty in 2015. Dr. Morales will be teaching New Testament Biblical Theology during the Winter Term and Old Testament Biblical Theology during the Spring term. He has been teaching the latter as an adjunct professor at GPTS. In addition, he will be teaching Greek and Hebrew exegesis courses, as well as a New Testament Introduction course, in future semesters. 

"I am thrilled that Dr. Morales is joining the faculty of Greenville Seminary," said Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., president of GPTS. "I have known Dr. Morales for a number of years. He brings a number of pluses to our ministry. He is a godly man with a very good family. He is committed to experimental Calvinism. He is a very able scholar, and he shines in the classroom.  He has a number of years of pastoral experience and is a very edifying preacher.  He is committed to mentoring students. These are the criteria for new professors at Greenville Seminary, and we thank God for bringing Dr. Morales to us."

Dr. Morales is currently serving as the Chair of Biblical Studies and professor of Old Testament and Great Works at Florida's Reformation Bible College, a position he has held since 2011. He has been associate pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA), Stuart, Fla., since 2010. Having grown up in Miami, Fla., he earned his B.A. in Business Administration at Palm Beach Atlantic University in 1996. He received an M.A. in Religion at Emmanuel School of Religion in 2000. Dr. Morales went to seminary for a Master of Arts in Northeast Tennessee and served as pastor there for four years before returning to South Florida to earn a Master of Divinity degree. His M.Div. with awards in Old Testament, New Testament, systematic theology, church history, Christianity & culture, and pastoral promise, was received from Knox Theological Seminary in 2007. After completing Ph.D. studies in the Pentateuch (Trinity College/University of Bristol, U.K., 2011), he and his family moved to Sanford, Fla., for his work at Reformation Bible College.

He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Society of Biblical Literature, and the Dante Society of America. He has also been an adjunct instructor at Reformed Theological Seminary. His books include: Who Shall Ascend the Mountain of Yahweh?: A Biblical-Theology of the Book of Leviticus; Cult and Cosmos: Tilting Toward a Temple-Centered Theology; and The Tabernacle Pre-figured: Cosmic Mountain Ideology in Genesis and Exodus. He has written articles including "Crouching Demon, Hidden Lamb: Resurrecting an Exegetical Fossil in Gen. 4:7," "The Great Commission in the Old Testament," "Law, Grace and Redemption in Les Miserables," "Jesus and the Psalms," and "Teach Your Children." For a complete curriculum vitae, go here.
Morales family

Dr. Morales and his wife Elise have been blessed with four boys: Armando, Diego, Alejandro, and Andres. The family plans to relocate to the Greenville area in the coming months.


Dr. Ryan M. McGraw


The appointment of Dr. Morales is the second faculty addition to be announced for 2015. Previously announced was the appointment of Dr. Ryan McGraw as associate professor to teach Systematic Theology, Prolegomena, Ecclesiology/Polity, Eschatology, Reformed Spirituality, and Preaching Practicum I.

Dr. McGraw
Dr. McGraw is an alumnus (M.Div. & Th.M.) of GPTS, has been serving as adjunct professor of systematic theology, and will be joining the resident faculty full-time in July 2015. He is also a research associate of the Jonathan Edwards Centre in South Africa. He is currently pastor of First Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Sunnyvale, Calif. Previously, he served as pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Conway, S.C. He received his Ph.D. from University of the Free State (Jonathan Edwards Centre).

"I am very happy that Dr. McGraw is joining the faculty," Dr. Pipa said. "We have a very close relationship.  He lived with my wife and me while he was in seminary and is like a son. Like Dr. Morales, he is committed to personal godliness, has a great home, is one of the most disciplined and productive men I know. He is a very good teacher, mentor, and writer. Both men are great additions, and I think they will contribute to the continued improvement of Greenville Seminary."

Dr. McGraw's books include A Heavenly Directory: Trinitarian Piety, Public Worship, and a Reassessment of John Owen's Theology (Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2014); The Foundation of Communion with God: The Trinitarian Piety of John Owen (Reformation Heritage Books, 2014), What is a Christian? (RHB 2014)Christ's Glory, Your Good: Salvation Planned, Promised, Accomplished, and Applied (RHB 2013)By Good and Necessary Consequence (RHB 2012)The Day of Worship: Reassessing the Christian Life in Light of the Sabbath (RHB 2012).

Dr. McGraw writes numerous articles, review articles, and book reviews for a variety of journals and magazines. These include topics related to systematic theology, the Trinity, historical theology, preaching, and practical theology. He has also done some translation work from 17th century Latin Reformed literature. A representative list of these is available from the author's Linkedin profile. Many of the author's reviews are republished at katekomen.gpts.edu.

McGraw family (pictured but not yet
visible here: newborn Megan)
He is a contributing writer to "Developing a Trinitarian Piety," in The Beauty and Glory of the Father (RHB 2013); "John Owen on the Holy Spirit, in Relation to the Trinity, the Humanity of Christ, and our Redemption" in The Beauty and Glory of the Holy Spirit (RHB 2012).

He and his wife Krista have four children, the youngest of which was born Oct. 3, 2014.