Howard Griffith was the founding pastor of All Saints Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Richmond, Va., and continued to serve as pastor for 23 years. He was Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary’s Washington D.C. campus, having taught there since 2002.
Dr. Howard Griffith, 64, was called home to glory on March 20, 2019, after a bout with cancer. He served as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America for 35 years.
Howard Griffith was the founding pastor of All Saints Reformed Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Richmond, Va., and continued to serve as pastor for 23 years. He was Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary’s Washington D.C. campus, having taught there since 2002. He was considered warm-hearted and committed to the church; Howard was a gifted theologian, bringing redemptive historical biblical exegesis to bear upon the church’s theology. He was a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia (Ph.D.). Howard and his wife Jackie have five children.
Dr. Scott Redd, President of RTS/Washington D. C., reported the news of Griffith’s death in a memo to the campus:
Our dear friend and professor Dr. Howard Griffith went home to his Lord early this morning. His wife Jackie and his children were with him throughout the night.
Howard was a true man of God in Christ, a shepherd of the church for 25 years, a scholar, and a teacher of God’s word all the way up to the end. Last Thursday I met with him, and we discussed his recent work on the doctrine of justification in the post-Reformation period. That was his calling: to understand and faithfully articulate the word of God for the benefit of the church. He pursued that calling faithfully.
Howard now stands in the glory in which he placed his hope and about which he tirelessly taught. I give thanks for Howard’s legacy and God’s provision that we would know him. Please join me in praying for Jackie and their family now as they grieve his absence.
A memorial service for Howard Griffith will be held Saturday, March 30, at 2:00 p.m., at McLean Presbyterian Church (1020 Balls Hill Rd., McLean, VA, 22101), with a reception to follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family desires that contributions be made to the Washington, D.C. campus of Reformed Theological Seminary, the institution that Howard loved and served so faithfully as professor and dean. Contributions may be made by mail or online. If by mail, checks payable to “RTS Washington” and designated “In memory of Dr. Griffith” may be mailed to:
8227 Old Courthouse Rd.
Vienna, VA 22182
For online donations go to www.rtsdc.com.
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