Erwin Lutzer

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Erwin Lutzer
EWLutz Bughouse.png
Dr. Erwin Lutzer after presenting at Bug House Square
Born (1941-10-03) October 3, 1941 (age 76)
Regina, Saskatchewan
Occupation pastor, author
Spouse(s) Rebecca Lutzer

Erwin W. Lutzer (born October 3, 1941) is an evangelical Christian pastor, teacher and author. He was the senior pastor of The Moody Church, in Chicago, Illinois from 1980 to 2016.


Lutzer graduated from Winnipeg Bible Institute in 1962 with a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Education. He served as senior pastor of Edgewater Baptist Church, Chicago, from 1971 to 1977. During that time he completed an M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. Previously he had earned the Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Dallas Theological Seminary in 1967. He then entered the PhD program at Loyola to pursue a doctorate in Philosophy;[1] however, he did not complete his dissertation.[2] In subsequent years, Lutzer has received two honorary doctorates, an LL.D. from Simon Greenleaf School of Law and a Doctor of Divinity from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary.[3]

The Moody Church[edit]

In January 1980, Lutzer became the senior pastor of The Moody Church, in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. The church and its ministries have grown significantly under his leadership, leading to the construction of a new Christian Life Center to complement the existing 75-year-old building.[4] On January 4, 2016, at a Sunday sermon, Lutzer announced that he would be retiring from his senior pastor position at the Moody Church.[5] He said he would retain the position until a new senior pastor was decided, and afterward would consider himself to be the church's "Pastor Emeritus", hoping to "assume a wider role" by continuing his radio show "Running to Win" as well as "speaking at media rallies, conducting seminars, and writing books" in the future.[5] On the Sunday morning of May 22, 2016, Lutzer preached his last sermon as Senior Pastor of the Moody Church and officially stepped down from the position.[6]


Lutzer is the speaker on three radio broadcasts: "Songs in the Night," "Running to Win" and "The Moody Church Hour." These broadcasts are heard on radio stations across the United States and across the world through the Internet. Sunday morning services at the church are streamed live, worldwide, through the church's website.[7] Lutzer speaks internationally at churches, conferences, and retreats.


Lutzer has authored more than 30 books, including Hitler’s Cross, which won a Gold Medallion award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association and the bestselling One Minute After You Die: A Preview of Your Final Destination.[8]

More recently, Lutzer’s book critiquing Dan Brown’s best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code, entitled The Da Vinci Deception, was featured on national broadcasts in both secular and Christian markets.[9]



  1. ^ "Canadian Institute for Law, Theology, and Public Policy". Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  2. ^ "Dr. Erwin Lutzer - A Personal Testimony". Retrieved 2014-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Meet Erwin Lutzer". Retrieved 2008-11-20. 
  4. ^ "Moody Church Christian Life Center". Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  5. ^ a b "Dr. Lutzer to Assume Greater Role". Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  6. ^ "Senior Pastor Update: Celebrating 36 Years - Search Updates and Prayer Requests". Retrieved 2016-06-22. 
  7. ^ "Moody Church Radio Ministry". Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  8. ^ "Hitler's Cross: How the Cross was Used to Promote the Nazi Agenda". WordJourney. 12 October 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Focus on the Family - DaVinci Code Contributors". Retrieved 2007-04-22. 

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