CPT Leadership


Todd Wilson
Co-Founder, President

Todd was installed as President of the Center for Pastor Theologians in 2018, and has served on the CPT board since 2006. Todd has a B.A. in Philosophy, an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis, and a Ph.D. in New Testament from Cambridge University. Before coming on staff with the CPT, Todd served as the Senior Pastor of Calvary Memorial Church for ten years (2008-2018). In addition to being the author of several scholarly articles in the area of New Testament studies, he is also the author of The Curse of the Law and the Crisis in Galatia (Mohr-Siebeck), Pastors in the Classics (Baker), Mere Sexuality (Zondervan), and several other books.


Gerald Hiestand
Co-Founder, Director of Ecclesial Theologian FEllowships

Dr. Gerald Hiestand served as the CPT Executive Director from 2006-2019. He now oversees the CPT’s ecclesial theologians fellowhsips. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in theology, and a Ph.D. in Classics from the University of Reading. He has been in pastoral ministry since 1999, and is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Memorial Church in Oak Park (Chicago). Gerald has written and edited a number books, including The Pastor Theologian (Zondervan), Becoming a Pastor Theologian (IVP Academic), Beauty, Order and Mystery (IVP Academic), and Justification (Baker Academic, forthcoming). Gerald  is the general editor of the CPT's Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology.


CPT Board

Todd Wilson (Board Chairman)
President, Center for Pastor Theologians

Gerald Hiestand
Senior Pastor, Calvary Memorial Church, Oak Park, IL

John Yates III
Rector, Holy Trinity Anglican, Raleigh, NC

Michael LeFebvre
Pastor, Christ Church Reformed Presbyterian, Brownsburg, IN

CPT Staff


Jameson Ross
Director of Student and Local Theologian Fellowships

Jameson joined the staff of the Center for Pastor Theologians in 2019, working with CPT fellows, professors and students to develop new initiatives at academic institutions and local churches in the hopes of spreading the CPT’s vision of the pastor theologian. Jameson has a B.A. in Biblical Languages, an M.A. in Biblical Exegesis and a Ph.D. in Theology from Durham University. Before serving with the CPT, Jameson served as a pastor from 2004 to 2016 at a church in the far western suburbs of Chicago. Jameson and his wife Rachel have three children, Charlotte, Winston and Adler.


Zachary Wagner
Managing Director

Zachary Wagner (B.A. Moody Bible Institute, M.A. Wheaton College) grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and has lived in and around Chicagoland his whole life.  He has degrees in systematic theology and biblical exegesis and hopes to one day serve in full-time vocational ministry. He has been a regular attender of Calvary Memorial Church since 2013 and has been on staff with the Center For Pastor Theologians since 2016. His responsibilities at the CPT include event planning, communications, website management and other logistics.


Trent Jones
Manager for Creative Content


Soo Ai Kudo
Editorial Assistant

Soo Ai is a Chinese Malaysian who came to the US as a teenage exchange student. She later studied Art History, and worked in graphic arts after graduation. She became a US citizen after marrying a Japanese American, and later became a Christian as a young mom.


James Mor

Born and raised in South Florida, James is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute (B.A. in Biblical Languages). James desires to serve the church through church-based and higher Christian education. He plans on attending TEDS beginning in Fall 2019 seeking an M.A. in Systematic Theology. His research interests include ascension theology, metaphysics, systematic theology, and biblical languages.


Cheryl Shoemaker