Dr. Tim J. R. Trumper is a native of Wales. Converted to Christ at the age of 15, his testimony can be read of in “God Found Me” (Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 2000).
After graduating in politics from the University of Wales (B.A. [Hons]), Dr. Trumper trained for the ministry at the Free Church of Scotland College, Edinburgh (now Edinburgh Theological Seminary), before undertaking doctoral studies at the University Of Edinburgh. During his studies there he spent a year at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, Germany. His doctoral dissertation is titled, “An Historical Study of the Doctrine of Adoption in the Calvinistic Tradition,” and can be downloaded as a pdf file from the British Library Ethos Website . Some of his main theological interests include the methodological renewal of the discipline of systematic theology, the biblical renewal of Reformed theology, the recovery of the doctrine of adoption, and the value of expository preaching.
Dr. Trumper has preached internationally; taught systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia; worked with postgraduate students through such institutions as Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, and Moore Theological College, Sydney; and pastored in the south-east Pennsylvania (2003-07). He has served as guest chaplain at the Pennsylvania State Senate in January 24, 2007 and at the Michigan House of Representatives on October 17, 2013. Between 2007 and 2017 he served as senior minister of Seventh Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan. His sermons were broadcast on radio twice weekly across West Michigan. During his tenure he served between December 2008 and May 2017 as a monthly panelist and theologically Reformed voice on Total Christian Television’s locally and nationally broadcast program “Ask the Pastor.”
At the end of May, 2017, Dr. Trumper stepped aside as the 18th senior minister of Seventh Reformed Church to found from His Fullness Ministries, having become, with Rev. Charles Krahe, her joint second-longest serving minister.
Dr. Trumper is the author of popular and scholarly articles and chapters, as also When History Teaches Us Nothing: The Recent Reformed Sonship Debate in Context, Preaching and Politics: Engagement without Compromise (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2008 and 2009, respectively), and Consecutive Exposition: A Weighing of Iain H. Murray’s “Time for Caution” (Grand Rapids: From His Fullness, 2014). He also compiled and edited for Seventh Reformed Church two books: a new liturgy book Worship is Spirit and Truth (2015) and Gathered at the Cross: Celebrating God’s to Seventh Reformed Church, 1890-2015 (2016).
Dr. Trumper is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and Britain’s only Prime Ministerial library, the Gladstone Library (Hawarden, North Wales). He is married to Brenda, a Grand Rapidian. In addition to worshiping and ministering together, their interests include their pets (Worcester, Sadie, and Dexter), travel, hiking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, and reading.
For more, follow Dr. Trumper on Twitter @TIMJRTrumper .