IRBS Professor

James M. Renihan, Dean and Professor of Historical Theology



James M. Renihan is Professor of Historical Theology and Dean of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies. His primary task is to lecture on subjects related to Theology, Church History and Pastoral Theology, helping to prepare men for ordination in Reformed Baptist churches. He spends time with the students to pray with and encourage them, and helps to organize their internships. He is responsible for academic affairs at IRBS, and coordinates all relations with Westminster Seminary California. In addition, he travels to represent IRBS both in North America and around the world. He has preached in many churches and has taught modular courses at other theological institutions in Canada, Ukraine, Zambia, the Philippines and New Zealand. Dr. Renihan works closely with the IRBS Board of Trustees in all matters of policy.


Jim was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and came to faith in Christ when he was fifteen years old. His wife Lynne grew up in the church where Jim heard the gospel. They were baptized on the same day and have been married for thirty-five years. They have five children who all follow Christ, and six grandchildren. Jim was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1984 and has served as pastor of churches in New York, Massachusetts and California. In 1998 he was called to serve as the first professor and dean of IRBS and has lived in Escondido, CA ever since. He is presently one of the pastors of Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Vista, CA. In 2012, two of his sons graduated from IRBS/WSC and have since been ordained to the Gospel Ministry and serve in ARBCA churches.