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The Rev. Michael A. Milton, PhD

Michael Anthony Milton (born 1958) is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America, a theologian, pastor, broadcaster, author, professor, and musician. Milton is a Colonel US Army Retired. He served from 1976-1982 in The Naval Security Group (NAVSECGRU). Milton served from 1992 to 2018 in the Chaplain Corps (US ARMY). Milton was the Command Chaplain, US Army Military Intelligence Command (MIRC) from 2015 to 2018. Milton retired on 03 March 2018. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, a presidential citation, among other honors. The service included an official presentation from the Office of the Governor of North Carolina, during which Michael A. Milton was inducted into the Order of the Longleaf Pine, the highest award for service in the State of North Carolina. Milton's record of service is located in his online curriculum vitae.[1]

Milton's record includes service as Provost of the Seminary, Erskine College and Seminary, the James Ragsdale Chair of Missions, and President of the D. James Kennedy Institute of Reformed Leadership. Chaplain (Colonel) Milton served as the Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee, In 2007 the Board of Trustees of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) named Milton as President and, then, Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer. [2]

He is the founder and president of Faith For Living, Inc. a North Carolina religious non-profit engaged in Christian discipleship, education, and communication.[3][4]

Milton, a former intern under D. James Kennedy, became president and Senior Fellow of the D. James Kennedy Institute of Reformed Leadership.[5]

Milton's writings and sermons on issues of religious liberty and Christianity and culture have been published in the United States and the United Kingdom[6][7]

Theological career[edit | edit source]

Milton succeeded D. James Kennedy as the Teaching Pastor for Truth That Transforms with the first national broadcast of that continuing program on Sunday, September 29, 2013, on the NRB Network, channel 378, DirectTV.[8] Milton became a board member of Truth in Action Ministries and served as a spokesman, pastor, and theologian for the ministry.[9]

Milton was elected to become chancellor and chief executive officer of Reformed Theological Seminary on September 2, 2010, and officially assumed those duties on June 1, 2012.[10] The investiture and inauguration service was held on September 14, 2012.[11] With Milton's election, the Office of the Chancellor moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where Milton resides.[12]

Prior to becoming chancellor, Milton was President of RTS-Charlotte, elected in 2007, interim president of RTS Orlando, and the James M. Baird, Jr. Chair of Pastoral Theology since 2009. He retained the Chair of Pastoral Theology with his election as Chancellor.[13]

On March 13, 2013, it was announced that the Executive Committee of the Seminary granted a retirement from the position in order to seek recovery from a chronic illness that had become increasingly debilitating. The move was described as compassionate in order for Milton to fully recover and be able to return to ministry. Milton wrote a theological reflection on the illness called, "Difficult but Necessary: Relinquishing Leadership in Winter to Renew Ministry in a New Season."[14] Milton remains an adjunct member of the faculty.[15]

Milton was the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and of Westminster Academy of Overland Park, Kansas;[16] Interim President, Knox Theological Seminary;[17] founding pastor, Kirk O' the Isles, Savannah, Georgia;[18] Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee;[19][20] and president of RTS-Charlotte.

Milton is a faculty member and speaker with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute,[21] and is a contributor to the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College.[22] He is a contributing editor to and contributing writer for Preaching Journal.[23] He is, also, an adjunct faculty member of Belhaven University and Erskine Theological Seminary.

Milton writes commentaries on Christian faith in the public square. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association asked Milton to serve on a lead team to write the theological affirmation for Billy Graham's final crusade, "My Hope".[24] Milton was invited by President Ronald Reagan's son, Michael Reagan, to speak at the Reagan Center in Santa Barbara, California. He spoke on September 26, 2013 at the Reagan Center, before the guests of the Young Americas Foundation, on the topic of "What the Legacy of Ronald Reagan Can Teach Us Today about Religious Liberty."[25][26]

Milton serves as a chaplain in the United States Army Reserves.[27] Milton was appointed by the Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army in 2010 to the College of Military Preachers.[28][29] Michael A. Milton serves as a faculty member of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and was the Senior Editor of the Chaplain Corps Journal'.[30]

Milton is a graduate (now, A.S.) of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California; received a B.A. from MidAmerica Nazarene University, and Master of Divinity from Knox Theological Seminary. He earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Theology[31] from the University of Wales, Lampeter. Milton is an alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Master of Public Administration program of the School of Government.[32] He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College at Eisenhower Hall[33] in Leavenworth, Kansas.[4] Milton completed the postgraduate certificate in higher education teaching from Harvard Univerity (Bok School of Teaching and Learning).[34]

Books[edit | edit source]

Milton is the author of the following books:

  • The Secret Life of a Pastor (and other intimate letters on ministry. Christian Focus. 2015. ISBN 978-1781915967. 
  • Journey of a Lifetime. Fortress Book Service. 2014. ISBN 978-0985289744. 
  • Sounding the Depths: When the Savour Prays for His People. EP Books. 2013. ISBN 978-0852349717. 
  • Silent No More: A Biblical Call for the Church to Speak to State and Culture. EP Books in the U.K.. 2013. ISBN 978-0985289713. 
  • Finding a Vision for Your Church: Assembly Required. P&R Publishing. 2012. ISBN 978-1596384385. 
  • What God Starts, God Completes: Help and Hope for Hurting People, Third Edition with updates and a new Introduction. Christian Focus Publications. 2012. ISBN 978-1845508234. 
  • What is the Doctrine of Adoption?. P&R Publishing. 2012. ISBN 978-1-59638-391-3. 
  • Hit by Friendly Fire: What to Do When Fellow Believers Hurt You. EP Books. 2011. ISBN 0-85234-776-6. 
  • Songs in the Night: How God Transforms our Pain into Praise. P&R Publishing. 2011. ISBN 978-1-59638-221-3. 
  • Small Things, Big Things: Inspiring Stories of God's Everyday Grace. P&R Publishing. 2009. ISBN 1-59638-145-0. 
  • What is the Doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints. P&R Publishing. 2009. ISBN 1-59638-094-2. 
  • Hit by Friendly Fire: What to do when you are hurt by other believers. Wipf and Stock Publishers. 2008. ISBN 1-55635-928-4. 
  • What God Starts, God Completes: Help and Hope for Hurting People. Christian Focus Publications. 2007. ISBN 1-84550-276-0. 
  • Cooperation without Compromise: Faithful Gospel Witness in a Pluralistic Setting. Wipf and Stock Publishers. 2007. ISBN 1-55635-390-1. 
  • Oh the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus: Expository Messages from John 17. Wipf and Stock Publishers. 20017. ISBN 978-1-59752-218-2. 
  • Following Ben: Expository Preaching for Frail Followers of Pulpit Giants. Wipf and Stock Publishers. 2006. ISBN 1-59752-958-3. 
  • Giving as an Act of Worship. Wipf and Stock Publishers. 2006. ISBN 1-59752-712-2. 
  • Leaving a Career to Follow a Call: A Vocational Guide to the Ordained Ministry. Wipf and Stock Publishers. 1999. ISBN 1-57910-347-2. 
  • Authentic Christianity and the Life of Freedom. Wipf and Stock Publishers. 2005. ISBN 1-59752-212-0. 
  • The Demands of Discipleship: Expository Messages from Daniel. Wipf and Stock Publishers. 2005. ISBN 1-59752-217-1. 

Music[edit | edit source]

Milton is a singer-songwriter, performer, and recording artist who has released five Christian music albums: He Shall Restore (2005, ASIN: B0013BJ7QS), Follow Your Call (2009, ASIN: B001J6VP58), Through the open door (2011, ASIN: B004CHP1LK), Wind and Waves: A Collection (2015, ASIN: B00TV63PW4).[35]

A Christmas album, (2012, ASIN: B009YJQ72S) was released on October 23, 2012.[36]

Milton, under Bethesda Records, released a single entitled, "A Promise is Stronger than Blood". A press release from McCain & Associates announced that the single was released to support sanctity of life adoption ministries.[37]

Preacher[edit | edit source]

In addition to pastoral work, Milton is an evangelistic preacher.[38] He is the Founder and President of Faith for Living, an evangelistic outreach ministry. Milton followed D. James Kennedy as the preacher on Truth that Transforms.[39]

Milton has been the keynote preacher for the National Preaching Conference on three occasions,[40] and the International Congress on Preaching in Cambridge, England[41]

He teaches or has taught homiletics, church planting, or other pastoral theology courses at the masters and doctoral levels at Reformed Theological Seminary,[42] Knox Theological Seminary,[43] and Erskine Theological Seminary.[44]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Colonel Michael A. Milton MIRC Command Chaplain Retires," the official MIRC Facebook Page, 03 March 2018, https://www.facebook.com/USARMIRC/posts/10156292706778631
  2. “New President Appointed at RTS-Charlotte,” RTS News, November 5, 2007.
  3. "Heartland Presbytery (PCA)". http://www.pcahistory.org/findingaids/presbyteriesAM/heartland.html. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Chancellor's Biography". Reformed Theological Seminary. http://www.rts.edu/Chancellor/bio.aspx?id=522. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  5. Connor Hipps, "President," D. James Kennedy Institute of Reformed Leadership (Greenville: Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church), March 13, 2014. https://djkleader.org/.
  6. http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2013/01/22/Exclusive-interview-silent-no-more
  7. By Faith Online Milton Named President of D. James Kennedy Institute
  8. "Dr. Michael Milton assumes mantle of Dr. D. James Kennedy". News. NRB Network. http://www.nrbnetwork.tv/Pages/pressroom.aspx?ItemID=71. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  9. "Exciting Program Announcement!". 20 September 2013. https://www.truthinaction.org/index.php/exciting-programming-announcement/. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  10. "RTS Succession Plan Taps President Milton to become Next Chancellor". http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/8358114832.html. Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  11. Williamson, Parker (October 30, 2012). "Fighting Words". http://www.layman.org/news.aspx?article=30792. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  12. "Transition Plan". Reformed Theological Seminary. http://www.rts.edu/site/chancellor/transition.aspx. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  13. Perez, Lyn. "Dr. Michael A. Milton Selected as the James M. Baird, Jr. Professor of Pastoral Theology". Press Release. Reformed Theological Seminary. http://www.rts.edu/chancellor/files/Press/BairdChairPressRelease.pdf. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  14. "Difficult but Necessary: Relinquishing Leadership in Winter to Renew in Another Season of Ministry". michaelmilton.org. http://michaelmilton.org/2013/03/12/difficult-but-necessary-relinquishing-the-chancellorship-in-order-to-recover-future-ministry/. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  15. "Chancellor Milton Retires from RTS". ByFaithOnline.com. http://byfaithonline.com/chancellor-milton-retires-from-rts/. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  16. "History and Vision". Church web site. Redeemer Presbyterian Church. http://redeemer-pca.org/information/history-of-rpc/. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  17. "Faith for Living-New TV Show with Dr. Michael Milton". http://theaquilareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3603:faith-for-living-new-tv-show-with-dr-michael-milton&catid=88:tv&Itemid=142. 
  18. "Kirk History". Church website. Kirk O' the Isles Presbyterian Church. http://www.kirkpca.org/about-us/kirk-history/. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  19. Cooper, David. "About Us". church website. First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga. http://www.1stpresbyterian.com/#/welcome/about-us. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  20. Exum, Roy (December 19, 2010). "To God be the Glory". http://www.chattanoogan.com/2010/12/19/190822/Roy-Exum-To-God-Be-The-Glory.aspx. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  21. "Michael A. Milton, Ph.D.". website. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute. http://faculty.isi.org/speakers/profile/view/id/6278/Michael_A_Milton#.UVYKWWt5mSM. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  22. "Contributing Writer: Dr. Michael A. Milton". Center for Vision and Values website. Grove City College. http://www.visionandvalues.org/author/michael-a-milton/. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  23. "What God Starts, God Completes". website. Salem Communications. http://www.preaching.com/book-reviews/11638367/. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  24. "My Hope with Billy Graham: A Theological Affirmation". Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. http://www.sbts.edu/bgs/files/2012/08/SBJME-1.3-My-Hope-with-Billy-Graham.pdf. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  25. "Alum Says MNU Gave Him License To Learn". 13 July 2013. http://www.mnu.edu/newsroom/article/alumnus-to-speak-at-reagan-center. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  26. Kurtz, Chuck (16 July 2013). "MNU alum Michael Milton to speak at Reagan Ranch". http://viewfromthemidwest.com/2013/07/16/mnu-alum-michael-milton-to-speak-at-reagan-ranch/. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  27. Milton, CH (MAJ) Michael A. (Summer–Fall 2010). "Finding God in Spiritual Depression". pp. 43–54. http://www.chapnet.army.mil/Documents/Summer-Fall_2010.pdf. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  28. Carver, CH (MG) Douglas (Summer–Fall 2010). "The Powerful Privilege & Responsibility of Sacred Communications". pp. 6–7. http://www.chapnet.army.mil/Documents/Summer-Fall_2010.pdf. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  29. Perez, Lynwood (September 14, 2012). "Biography of Michael A. Milton". p. 5. http://www.rts.edu/Site/Chancellor/Inauguration/MiltonInauguralPrgm12.pdf. 
  30. "The Chaplain Corps Journal: The Professional Bulletin for Religious Support". United States Army. Spring–Summer 2014. http://cgsc.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16040coll4. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  31. See http://proquest.umi.com/pqdlink?Ver=1&Exp=02-15-2018&FMT=7&DID=2172094171&RQT=309&attempt=1&cfc=1
  32. McCain, Lynn (n.d.). "About Michael A. Milton, Ph.D.". Faith for Living, Incorporated. http://faithforliving.org/About. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  33. Dumay, Jan (27 June 2013). "Eisenhower Hall reopens". http://www.ftleavenworthlamp.com/article/20130627/NEWS/130629323. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  34. Shealy, Langley, "Faculty: Michael A. Milton" (Due West, SC), June 15, 2020), https://seminary.erskine.edu/staff-member/michael-a-milton/
  35. Ham, Robert (15 February 2011). "Michael Milton: Through the Open Door". http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/music/reviews/2011/throughopendoor-mini.html. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  36. Wiegmake (October 23, 2012). "Singer/Songwriter/Author/Theologian Michael Milton Unveils New Christmas CD Today". http://alphaomeganews.org/content/2012/11/. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  37. "Release of Single: A Promise is Stronger than Blood". michaelmilton.org. http://michaelmilton.org/2013/03/26/release-of-single-a-promise-is-stronger-than-blood/. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  38. Ryan, Erin. "Healing the Soul: Seminary Leader Spreads the Word with Apps and a Guitar". pp. 1E, 3E. 
  39. McCain, Lynn (20 September 2013). "Truth in Action Ministries Taps Dr. Michael Milton As Teaching Pastor". http://www.christiantelegraph.com/issue21104.html. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  40. Duduit, Michael. "Speaker: Mike Milton". National Conference on Preaching. http://ncp2013.com/speaker-lineup/mike-milton/. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  41. Joki, Emily (29 January 2007). "International Congress on Preaching Planned for April 2007 in Cambridge, United Kingdom". http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/121262062.html. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  42. "Dr. Michael A. Milton". http://www.rts.edu/Charlotte/Faculty/bio.aspx?id=522. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  43. "Dr. Michael A. Milton Bio". Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church Missions News. Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church (PCA), St. Louis, MO. http://www.twinoakschurch.org/article223321.htm. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  44. "Curriculum Vitae". MichaelMilton.org. http://michaelmilton.org/cv/. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 

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