Dr. C. N. Willborn

Adjunct Professor of Church History

"Mankind is a son by nature, but with the fallen nature mankind is alienated and groaning for filial affection. As that affection was lost in Adam, so it is recovered in Christ."


Tennessee Technological University, B.S.

Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary, M.Div.

Westminster Theological Seminary, Ph.D.


Pastor, Stanton Baptist Church, 1985-1987

Associate Pastor, Open Door Bible Church, 1989-1991

Staff Person, Arab World Ministries, 1991-1996

Pastor, Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1996-2000

Associate Professor, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 2000-2009

Adjunct Professor, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 2009-present

Senior Pastor-Teacher, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2009-present

Associate Editor, The Confessional Presbyterian Journal, 2010-present

Adjunct Professor, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, 2012-present

Select Publications

  • John L. Girardeau (1825-98): Pastor to Slaves and Theologian of Causes (author), Westminster Theological Seminary (Ph.D. Dissertation), 2003
  • "Adoption: A Historical Perspective with Evangelical Implications" in Sanctification: Growing in Grace (edited by Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. and J. Andrew Wortman), Southern Presbyterian Press, 2001
  • "Introduction: A Historical-Biographical Sketch of R.L. Dabney" in The Sensualistic Philosophy by Robert L. Dabney (reprint), Naphtali Press, 2003
  • "The Diaconate: God's Office of Temporal Affairs" and "Southern Presbyterianism: The Character of a Tradition" in Confessing Our Hope: Essays Celebrating the Life and Ministry of Morton H. Smith (edited by Joseph A. Pipa and C.N. Willborn), Southern Presbyterian Press, 2005
  • "The 'Ministerial and Declarative' Powers of the Church and In Thesi Deliverances" in The Confessional Presbyterian Journal, 2005; reprinted as "In Thesi Deliverances" in Equipping Preachers, Pastors, & Churchmen: Selected Articles by the Faculty of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (edited by Zachary Groff), Presbyterian Press, 2017
  • "Gilbert Tennent" In Colonial Presbyterianism (edited by S. Donald Fortson III), Princeton Theological Monograph Series, Pickwick Publications (Wipf & Stock), 2007
  • "Preface" and "Biographical Sketch of John B. Adger" in My Life and Times by John B. Adger, D.D. (reprint), Tentmaker Publications, 2007
  • "Biblical Theology in Southern Presbyterianism" in The Hope Fulfilled: Essays in Honor of O. Palmer Robertson (edited by Robert L. Penny), P&R Publishing, 2008
  • A Christian Worldview: Essays from a Reformed Perspective (editor), Southern Presbyterian Press, 2008
  • "The Deacon: A Divine Right Office with Divine Uses" in The Confessional Presbyterian Journal, 2009
  • "Hodge and Thornwell: 'Princes in Israel'" in The Confessional Presbyterian Journal, 2012
  • "James Henley Thornwell: An American Theologian" in the Confessional Presbyterian Journal, 2013 and The Selected Writings of Benjamin Morgan Palmer (edited by Caleb Cangelosi and C.N. Willborn), Banner of Truth Trust, 2014
  • "The Gospel Work in the Diaconate: 'A Ministry Proportioned in Number'" in The Confessional Presbyterian Journal, 2014
  • "Sanctification in the American Reformed Tradition" in The Confessional Presbyterian Journal, 2015
  • "John Macleod: An American Appreciation" in The Banner of Truth Magazine, December 2015
  • "Family Religion: Adoption in the Reformation Tradition an Essential Element of the Gospel Message" in The Confessional Presbyterian Journal, 2017

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