PhD Study


Students can research a wide range of topics, as demonstrated by the thesis titles listed below. Many of HTC’s PhD graduates are lecturers and professors in seminaries and theological institutes.

Incomprehensibilitas dei: Calvin’s Pastoral Theology in the Sermons of Job.
Derek W.H. Thomas (PhD 1999) Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Atlanta, Georgia

Herman Hoeksema’s Theological Method.
David McWilliams (PhD 2000) Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Theological Seminary, Dallas, Texas & Senior Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Lakeland, Florida

Scottish Theological Education and Training in the Kirk and Secession, 1560-1850.
Jack Whytock (PhD 2001) Lecturer in Church History and Missiology at Dumisani Theological Institute, King Williamstown, South Africa

The Federal Pneumatology of George Smeaton (1884-89).
Robert M. Shillaker (PhD 2002) Lecturer in Systematic Theology at Highland Theological College UHI

Time for Favour. Scottish Missions to the Jews 1838-1852.
John Stuart Ross (PhD 2004) Formerly Lecturer in Dumisani Theological Institute, South Africa; now part-time Lecturer at Free Church College, Edinburgh; Minister Glenurquhart & Fort Augustus Free Church

The Application of Presbyterian Polity and Transfer of Leadership in Cross-Cultural Situations.  A Study in Presbyterian Missiology.
Clayton E. Quarterman (PhD 2005) President of Evangelical Reformed Seminary, Ukraine

The Influence of Ancient Near Eastern Vassal Treaties on the Seven Prophetic Messages in Revelation with Specific Reference to the Message to Smyrna.
David E. Graves (PhD 2008)

Moses, David and the High Kingship of Yahweh: A Canonical Study of Book IV of the Psalter.
Mike McKelvey (PhD 2008) Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, USA

Men of One Book: A Comparison of Two Methodist Preachers, John Wesley and George Whitefield.
Ian J. Maddock (PhD 2009) Lecturer in Theology at Sydney Missionary and Bible College

Matthew 1:1-17 as a Summary of Israel’s Story: The Messiah, his Brothers and the Nations.
Jason B. Hood (PhD 2009) Was an adjunct Professor at RTS

The Justification Controversy at Westminster Theological Seminary. The Years 1974-1982.
Ian A. Hewitson (PhD 2009) Associate Professor of Theology, University of Northwestern, St Paul, MN

A Critical Analysis of the Sacramental Theology of George Gillespie.
Jerrard C. Heard (PhD 2009)

Puritan Evangelism: Preaching for Conversion in Late Seventeenth Century English Puritans as Seen in the Works of John Flavel.
Clifford B. Boone (PhD 2009) Pastor, Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church, Allentown, PA

The Marrow Controversy and Seceder Tradition: Marrow Theology in the Associate Presbytery and Associate Synod Secession Churches of Scotland (1733-1799).
William VanDoodewaard (PhD 2009) Associate Professor of Church History at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

A Biblical and Theological Study of the Contemporary Relevance of Christ’s Role in the Heavenly Session.
Ian R. Clark (PhD 2010) Retired

The Reformed Doctrine of the Will of God in the Theology and Pastoral Practice of Thomas Boston.
Jonathan P. Mackenzie (PhD 2011) Pastor of The Lighthouse Church, Forres

The Emotion of Joy and the Rhetoric of Reversal in Luke-Acts: A Socio-Rhetorical Study.
David H. Wenkel (PhD 2011) Adjunct Faculty, Bible and Theology, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago

Distress in the Psalms. An Exegetical and Canonical Study of the צדד Word Group in the Psalter.
Michael D. Rasmussen (PhD 2011) Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas

Watch out for Whom? Reconstructing the Historical Background of Paul’s Rhetoric in the Letter to the Colossians.
Adam Copenhaver (PhD 2012)

The Unassumed is the Unhealed. The Humanity of Christ in the Theology of T.F. Torrance.
Kevin Chiarot (PhD 2012) Pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Jackson, TN

Are the Princetonians Passe? Evaluating the Post-Conservative Critique of Charles Hodge.
Michael L. Gurney (PhD 2012) Professor of Theology & Philosophy, Multnomah University, Portland, Oregon

Anthony Burgess and the Westminster Doctrine of Assurance.
Jonathan L. Master (PhD 2012) Professor of Theology & Dean of the School of Divinity, Cairn University, Philadelphia

The Covenant Theology of Zacharias Ursinus.
Todd Smedley (PhD 2012) Senior Associate Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, MD

The Apologetics of Thomas Chalmers: The Influences, Methods and Effects of Chalmers’ Rebuttals to Objections to Christianity.
Steven C. Adamson (PhD 2013) Provost and Executive Vice President of Arizona Christian University

Canonical Interpretations of the Song of Songs.
Rosalind S. Clarke (PhD 2014). Associate Director of Church Society and Course Leader of the Priscilla Programme: and

Time and Eternity: A Study of the ‘Accidental Temporalist’ View.
R. Keith Loftin (PhD 2014) Assistant Professor of Humanities, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, USA