Chuck Missler

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Chuck Missler
2010-10-23 - Strategic Perspectives Conference 153.jpg
Missler in 2010
Born (1934-05-28)May 28, 1934
Illinois, United States
Died May 1, 2018(2018-05-01) (aged 83)
Reporoa, New Zealand
Occupation
  • Engineer
  • businessman
  • Bible teacher
Years active 1970s-2018
Spouse(s)
Nancy Missler
(m. 1957; d. 2015)
Children 4
Website chuckmissler.com

Charles W. Missler (May 28, 1934 – May 1, 2018) was an American author, evangelical Christian, Bible teacher, engineer, and former businessman. He was the founder of the Koinonia House ministry based in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Life and career[edit]

Career[edit]

Missler graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956[1] and a Master's degree in Engineering from UCLA[2]. He worked for several years in the aerospace and computer industries. He joined the Ford Motor Company in 1963.[3] Missler joined Western Digital as chairman and chief executive in June 1977, and became the largest shareholder of Western Digital.[4]

In 1983 Missler became the chairman and chief executive of Helionetics, Inc., another technology company.[4] He left Helionetics in 1984 "to pursue other opportunities in the high-technology field".[5] In August 1985 Helionetics sued Missler, alleging a conflict of interest, claiming that after Missler and other Helionetics executives had decided not to purchase a small defense electronics maker, that same company was purchased by an investment corporation in which Missler held a controlling interest.[6] The suit was settled when Missler's firm agreed to pay Helionetics $1.6 million.[7]

In 1989 he headed up the Phoenix Group International, a former Colorado real estate company that entered the high-tech industry to sell personal computers to Russian schools.[8] Phoenix filed for bankruptcy protection in 1990 when the deal did not develop as anticipated.[9]

Ministry[edit]

After teaching for many years at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Missler moved to Coeur d'Alene in 1992 and founded Koinonia House. Through this organization, Missler distributed a monthly newsletter and Bible study tapes, hosted a radio show called "66/40", and spoke at conferences.[10]

Missler is a prominent speaker on the subject of bible prophecy.[11] Missler has had numerous programs aired on the Christian television station GOD TV, namely the DVD versions of his biblical studies "Learn the Bible in 24 Hours", "The Book of Revelation", "The Book of Genesis", and "The Book of Daniel".[12]

In April 2016, Missler retired from his position as president of Koinonia House.[13]

In May 2017, Missler retired from active participation in international ministry conferences.[13]

Controversy[edit]

A Los Angeles Times article reported that Missler and co-author Hal Lindsey had plagiarized a portion of Miami University Professor Edwin Yamauchi's 1982 book Foes from the Northern Frontier in their own 1992 book The Magog Factor. Hal Lindsey's manager Paul Krikac said Missler had written the passages in question, but conceded that Lindsey is responsible for the overall manuscript: "His (Lindsey's) butt is on the line."[14] After the missed attribution was acknowledged by Missler[15], book shipments to bookstores were discontinued and all of the authors' proceeds donated to a ministry.[16]

Missler has also been accused of plagiarism of New Age writer Michael Talbot's 1992 book The Holographic Universe in his 1999 book Cosmic Codes: Messages from the Edge of Eternity.[17] Missler has also acknowledged this plagiarism and has since publicly apologized. He said a correction would be inserted in all unsold copies and the book itself updated in subsequent printings. Missler has donated all of the author's proceeds from the book to a ministry.[18] [15]

Due to his experience with technology, Missler was a figurehead in bringing the "Year Two Thousand Bug" (a.k.a. "Y2K bug") to the attention of the Christian community.[19] In 1998 he coauthored a book with John Ankerberg investigating whether America would survive the crises to be caused, he claimed, by embedded computer chips that would malfunction on what they would calculate as year zero.[20] While the Y2k problem seems to have been minimal, you can see a list of failures due to the 'bug' here[21]

Personal life[edit]

Missler was married to Nancy Missler. They had two sons and two daughters. Nancy died of cancer on November 11, 2015. Both his sons preceded his death.[22]

Death[edit]

Missler died at his home in Reporoa, New Zealand.[23] He is survived by his two daughters.[24]

Books[edit]

  • 2002 Learn the Bible in 24 Hours Pub: Nelson Books ISBN 0-7852-6429-9
  • Behold a White Horse: The Coming World Leader. Koinonia House. 2015. ISBN 1-57821-630-3.
  • 2006 Prophecy 20/20: Profiling the Future Through the Lens of Scripture Pub: Thomas Nelson ISBN 0-7852-1889-0
  • Alien Encounters: The Secret Behind the UFO Phenomenon. Koinonia House. 2003. ISBN 1-57821-205-7.
  • Eastman, Mark & Missler, Chuck (1995). The Creator: Beyond Time & Space. Word For Today. ISBN 0-936728-61-2.
  • Cosmic Codes: Hidden Messages From the Edge of Eternity. Koinonia House. 2004. ISBN 1-57821-255-3.
  • Hidden Treasures in the Biblical Text. Koinonia House. 2000. ISBN 1-57821-127-1.
  • Missler, Chuck; Nancy Missler (2012). The Kingdom, Power, & Glory: The Overcomer's Handbook. The King's High Way Ministries. ISBN 978-0979513640.
  • Missler, Chuck; Nancy Missler (2004). Why Should I Be the First to Change?: The Key to a Loving Marriage. Koinonia House. ISBN 978-0975359310.

References[edit]

  1. ^ USNA Alumni Association Website
  2. ^ "In Memory of Chuck Missler". Koinonia House.
  3. ^ "The Eleventh Ann Arbor Industry-Education Symposium", University of Michigan, June 1967
  4. ^ a b "Chief Is Named at Helionetics". The New York Times. October 27, 1983.
  5. ^ Hollie, Pamela. " Top Official Resigns At Helionetics Inc.", New York Times, December 24, 1984
  6. ^ Lazzareschi, Carla. "Helionetics' Claims Called 'Ludicrous' : Ex-Chairman Responds to $7-Million Lawsuit", Los Angeles Times, August 16, 1985
  7. ^ Lazzareschi, Carla. "Missler to Pay $1.6 Million to Helionetics", Los Angeles Times, November 26, 1985
  8. ^ Flagg, Michael and O'Dell, John. "Soviet Choice of Phoenix Spurs Skepticism", Los Angeles Times, September 12, 1989
  9. ^ Takahashi, Dean. "Head of Phoenix Group Explains Venture Failure : Trade: Chairman Charles W. Missler says sale of computers to Soviet Union fell apart because of lack of capital and problems with the firm's Soviet partners.", Los Angeles Times, December 7, 1990
  10. ^ "About Koinonia House - Koinonia House". Koinonia House. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  11. ^ Clark, Victoria (2007). "Chuck Missler's Tour of the Holy Land". Allies for Armageddon: The Rise of Christian Zionism. Yale University Press. p. 10. ISBN 978-0-300-11698-4.
  12. ^ "Learn the Bible in 24 hours with Chuck Missler". God TV. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Biography - Chuck Missler". chuckmissler.com. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  14. ^ Question of Attribution, Los Angeles Times July 30, 1992, by Roy Rivenburg
  15. ^ a b "TMI_Letter | Chuck Missler". www.chuckmissler.com. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  16. ^ Missler, Chuck. "Letter to Baker Book House" (PDF). Koinonia House website. Koinonia House. Retrieved August 21, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  17. ^ Without Attribution, Herescope, August 7, 2013, by Gaylene Goodroad
  18. ^ Missler, Chuck. "Missing Attributions in Cosmic Codes". YouTube. Lyonshead Media LTD. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  19. ^ "Y2K and Bible Prophecy". thebereancall.org. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  20. ^ Chuck Missler and John Ankerberg, Will America Survive the Y2K Crisis? (Coeur d’Alene, ID: Koinonia House, 1998), video.)
  21. ^ "What Problems Actually Occurred". www.cs.swarthmore.edu. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  22. ^ "Biography". Biography page on Official Chuck Missler website. Koinonia House. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  23. ^ Jones, Marcus (May 1, 2018). "Bible teacher Dr Chuck Missler dies". Official website. Premier Christian Radio. Retrieved May 2, 2018.
  24. ^ "Bible champion Chuck Missler dies at 83". WND. May 1, 2018. Retrieved May 2, 2018.

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