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Edmund Clowney

Edmund Prosper Clowney (July 30, 1917 – March 20, 2005) was a theologian, educator, and pastor.


  • Early life and education 1
  • Ministry 2
  • Publications 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life and education

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Wheaton College in 1939, a Bachelor of Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1942, a Master of Sacred Theology from Yale Divinity School in 1944, and a Doctor of Divinity from Wheaton College in 1966.


Clowney was ordained in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and served as pastor for churches in Connecticut, Illinois, and New Jersey from 1942 to 1946. Westminster Theological Seminary invited him to become an assistant professor of practical theology in 1952. In 1966 he became the first president of that seminary, and remained so until 1984, when he became the theologian-in-residence of Trinity Presbyterian Church (part of the Presbyterian Church in America) in Charlottesville, Virginia. In 1990, he moved to Escondido, California where he was adjunct professor at Westminster Seminary California. In 2001 he began a full-time position as associate pastor at Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. After two years in Texas, Clowney returned to Trinity Presbyterian Church as part-time theologian-in-residence, a position he held until his death in 2005.

Clowney married Jean Granger Wright (b. Feb 17, 1920) on August 30, 1942. They had five children.


Clowney was also a prolific writer. Books that he has authored include:

  • Preaching and Biblical Theology (ISBN 0-87552-145-2)
  • Called to the Ministry (ISBN 0-87552-144-4)
  • Christian Meditation (ISBN 1-57383-227-8)
  • Doctrine of the Church
  • The Message of I Peter: The Way of the Cross (The Bible Speaks Series, ISBN 0-8308-1227-X)
  • The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament (ISBN 0-87552-174-6)
  • Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (ISBN 1-58134-452-X)
  • The Church (Contours of Christian Theology, ISBN 0-8308-1534-1)
  • How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments (ISBN 978-1-59638-036-3)

In addition, he authored many articles, lectures and sermons, including the anonymous humor column "Eutychus and His Pin" (later renamed "Eutychus and His Kin") for the magazine Christianity Today from 1955-60, and Bible studies for the daily devotional Tabletalk.

A memorial fund has been established in his name, with income coming from investments used to create student scholarships.

Tim Keller has said that Clowney and J. Alec Motyer were "the fathers of my preaching ministry".[1]

See also


  1. ^ Mesa, Ivan. "Whom Do Tim Keller and Don Carson Look Up To?".  

External links

  • "The Politics of the Kingdom" a biblical-theological essay in PDF by which Clowney discusses how the Church must resist the temptation to become subservient to earthly political powers and programs.
  • Obituary for Dr. Edmund Clowney by Westminster Theological Seminary
  •, a tribute site
Academic offices
New office President of Westminster Theological Seminary
Succeeded by
George C. Fuller
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