Dr. Phillip R. Thorne - Gordon Conwell
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Dr. Phillip R. Thorne

Adjunct Faculty

Email: [email protected]
First Year at Gordon-Conwell:
Expertise: Theology of Pastoral Ministry, Spiritual Formation, Biblical Exposition and Preaching, Evangelical Theology and History, Barth Interpretation
A graduate of Denver Seminary and Cambridge University, Dr. Phil Thorne has taught courses in theology, spiritual formation, and church leadership at Biblical Seminary, LBC Graduate School, Phoenix Seminary, and Messiah College. Since 2015 he has served as adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Ministry program at Gordon-Conwell, mentoring several cohorts of Pastoral Theology in Practice, and recently, he has joined the Latino and Global Ministries program to teach Spiritual Formation for Ministry.

Dr. Thorne’s primary ministry passion is shepherding the local church. For twenty-one years he served as Senior Pastor of West Shore Free Church near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and until recently, he was the interim Senior Minister of Park Street Church in Boston. In semi-retirement he now focuses his energies on helping the next generation of pastors guide, nurture, and protect the flock under their care, and lead them in their mission to make disciples of all nations.

Phil and Cindi, his wife for more than four decades, live in central Pennsylvania near their children and grandchildren and just a stone’s throw from the Yellow Breeches, a wonderful trout stream in a beautiful part of the world.


  • BA (Haverford College)
  • MA (Denver Seminary)
  • PhD (University of Cambridge)

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