James Renihan

President and Professor of Historical Theology

Dr. James Renihan

After a ministry of church planting in Central Massachusetts, Dr. James Renihan and his family moved to Escondido, CA in 1998 to begin serving as Dean of the newly formed Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies. He has led that work for the past 19 years. He has served as a pastor in churches in Massachusetts, New York and California, and currently serves at Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Vista, CA.


He is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Ph.D.), Seminary of the East (M.Div.), Trinity Ministerial Academy, and Liberty Baptist College, (B.S.). His academic work has focused on the Second London Baptist Confession and the broader Puritan theological context from which it arose. He has been published in many journals, and is the author of multiple books including Edification and Beauty, A Toolkit for Confessions, True Love, Faith and Life for Baptists and several others.


Dr. Renihan and his wife Lynne have five adult children, who all love and serve Christ, and nine grandchildren. Two are pastors of Reformed Baptist churches.


  • M.Div., Seminary of the East
  • Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School


  • Denominations or Associations? Essays on Reformed Baptist Associations (editor, contributor)
  • Daily Treasure: 366 Daily readings on the Psalms from The Treasury of David by C. H. Spurgeon (editor)
  • True Confessions: Baptist Documents in the Reformed Family


  • Baptist Distinctives
  • Baptist History
  • Baptist Symbolics
  • Doctrine of the Church
  • Theology of Ministry