Dr. Michael Milton
Dr. Michael A. Milton is the founder and President of Faith for Living, Inc., an outreach ministry advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people possible through every means available so that there will be a multitude of souls safe in the arms of Jesus when He comes again. The organization focuses its aims through communication, discipleship, and education.
Milton has demonstrated his personal commitment to the Faith for Living mission through his career in ministry, education and public service. He became the speaker for Truth That Transforms, in 2013. The program airs weekly on national television. He is also President and Senior Fellow of the D. James Kennedy Institute.
He has served as the fourth Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), the third president of the RTS Charlotte campus, interim president of RTS Orlando, and held the James M. Baird Jr. Chair of Pastoral Theology at RTS. He was forced to step aside for a sabbatical of healing due to a virus he contracted while on a mission to Africa. His medical condition is improved and stable. He released a single called “How the Wounded Bird Flies” in November 2013 to reflect on the journey of affliction and finding strength in weakness. Milton also served as the interim president of Knox Theological Seminary. As an evangelist, he has preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ in numerous points around the globe — from atop the ruins of Enver Hoxha’s fallen statue in Albania when the “iron curtain” fell to Hindu villages in the north of India to village chapels in Wales.
Milton was the 12th Senior Pastor since 1840 of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Under the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America’s Mission to North America and with a faithful core gathered, Milton founded Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas and founded a Christian academy there as well. He founded a second congregation, Kirk O’ the Isles (PCA), near Savannah GA. Milton has served as a top secret Navy linguist, a manager for two Fortune 50 companies, and was commissioned a U.S. Army Reserve Chaplain. He presently serves as a Lt. Col. on faculty at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School. Chaplain Milton was inducted into the inaugural class of the Military College of Preachers by the Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Army in 2008 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, one of the highest noncombat decorations in the military.
An alumnus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (MPA program, School of Government), Milton has earned multiple degrees from MidAmerica Nazarene University (BA) and Knox Theological Seminary (MDiv), as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Trinity Sant David’s. He is also a graduate of prestigious national defense institutions, including the Defense Language Institute and the Command and General Staff College, Eisenhower Center, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He was awarded several prizes for his academic work, including the annual Knox Prize in Preaching, the Knox Prize in Systematic Theology, and MidAmerica Nazarene University’s annual Leadership Award. He serves with the rank of full professor, teaching courses in both masters and doctoral level programs at several institutions, including Belhaven University and Erskine Seminary. He has lectured from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to Monterrey, Mexico and Madras, India, and served on doctoral examination committees at numerous institutions around the world.
A renowned author, Milton has penned twenty-one books, including Silent No More: Why the Church Must Speak Biblically to State and Culture. The book has been endorsed by Michael Reagan, David Limbaugh, Paul Kengor, and other cultural heavyweights, and has been featured on numerous national radio, television, print and online media outlets. His commentaries on faith and culture have been published nationally and internationally by numerous online and print publications. In addition to his popular writing, Milton has published numerous peer-reviewed academic articles appearing in leading journals such as the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.
A prolific singer/songwriter, performer and recording artist, Milton has released five albums. ChristianityToday.com has called his music “emotionally moving and musically opulent,” comparing his style and musicianship to Dan Fogelberg and Neil Young. Michael Milton has recorded with Michael Card, as well as Buddy Greene and noted fiddle player Tiger Bell. His music has been reviewed positively by professionals in education and medicine such as Dr. Matthew Alexander, Professor of Family Medicine at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. In 2013, Milton was Broadjam.com’s No. 1 artist in downloads in the Folk-Religious genre twice during the year. He is currently working with noted Nashville publishing executive Michael Puryear and Final Four Music Publishing.
Milton lives in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife, Mae, and their son, John Michael, a college student and the youngest of eight children. Their seven adult children are all married and settled throughout the East Coast and Deep South.
Milton’s life verse is from Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it unto the day of Jesus Christ.” Or, as Milton puts it in the title of his autobiography, “What God Starts, God Completes.”
Milton says of his life, “Mike Milton is simply a sinner saved by grace and called to preach the Gospel he once blasphemed.”
—Compiled from McCain & Co.