Introducing Matt Marino

Higher Education

November 28, 2023

New Aberdeen College is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Matt Marino as the college’s inaugural professor of theology. Matt brings twenty years experience as a pastor and teacher in the classical sphere. He maintains an active online ministry, Reformed Classicalist, where he publishes numerous theological resources for the broader community.

The hiring committee was impressed with Rev. Marino’s ability to relate theological concepts to practical ministry concerns and to address theological controversy with grace and precision. He is well equipped to teach in a confessionally Reformed, classical setting.

“Matt’s colleagues speak confidently of Matt’s reliable theological mind, clear ability to communicate, and his mature Christian character. His alignment with our vision was noticeable from the outset of our conversations,” states Dr. Ryan Smith. “Matt brings a pastoral heart, an astute academic mind, and the experience of raising four faithful children to the college.”

We anticipate that Rev. Marino will teach and coordinate theology online and in hybrid settings at the college’s anticipated opening in 2025. In the meantime, he will write articles and contribute to curriculum development.

He serves as the Pastor of Grace Church in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Winter Springs, Florida, where he also worked for Ligonier Ministries for a number of years. He is married to Emily and they have four children: Joshua, Hannah, Isabella, and Aiden.

He obtained his B.A. in Philosophy and Apologetics from Trinity College in Newburgh, IN, his Master of Theological Studies from Columbia Evangelical Seminary in Longview, WA, and his Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL.

He is currently completing his Ph.D. program at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, with a research focus on the role of reason and nature at the foundations of systematic theology. He has A.B.D. status with an expected completion date of 2024.