Michael A. Milton

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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, U.S. Army Reserves chaplain, and musician. Milton was elected to the James Ragsdale Chair of Missions and Evangelism, Erskine Theological Seminary, in June 2015.[1]

Milton's record includes service as Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee and his election as President of the Charlotte campus of RTS and then Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS).

He is the founder and president of Faith For Living, Inc. a North Carolina religious non-profit engaged in Christian discipleship, education, and communication.[2][3]

Milton, a former intern under D. James Kennedy, became President and Senior Fellow of the D. James Kennedy Institute. Milton succeeded D. James Kennedy as the Teaching Pastor on the nationally televised sermon broadcast, Truth That Transforms (2013-2015).[4]

Milton's writings and sermons have been published in the United States and the United Kingdom[5][6]

Theological career[edit]

Michael A. Milton was educated for the ministry under D. James Kennedy, George W. Knight III, and Robert L. Reymond at Knox Theological Seminary.[7] He is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California; received a B.A. from MidAmerica Nazarene University, and Master of Divinity from Knox Theological Seminary.[8] He earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Theology[9] from the University of Wales, Lampeter. He wrote his dissertation in seventeenth century pastoral theology under William Price and Noel Gibbard, University of Wales, Lampeter. [9] 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. Milton studied public administration under Dr. William Rivenbark.[10] [11] He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College [12] in Leavenworth, Kansas.[3]

Milton was founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church and of Westminster Academy of Overland Park, Kansas;[13] Interim President, Knox Theological Seminary;[14] founding pastor, Kirk O' the Isles, Savannah, Georgia;[15] Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee;[16][17] before his appointment as president of RTS-Charlotte.

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, succeeding the Reverend Robert "Ric" Cannada, Jr. .[18] The investiture and inauguration service was held on September 14, 2012.[19]

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.[20]

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."[21] Milton remains an adjunct member of the faculty.[22]

Milton is a faculty member and speaker with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute,[23] and is a contributor to the Center for Vision and Values at Grove City College.[24] He is a contributing editor to and contributing writer for Preaching Journal.[25] He is, also, an adjunct faculty member of Belhaven University and holds the chair of missions and evangelism at Erskine Theological Seminary.[26]

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".[27] 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."[28][29]

Milton serves as a chaplain in the United States Army Reserves.[30] Milton was appointed by the Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army in 2010 to the College of Military Preachers.[31][32] Michael A. Milton also served as a faculty member of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He was Senior Editor of the Chaplain Corps Journal'.[33] in 2015 Michael A. Milton was appointed as the Command Chaplain of U.S. Military Intelligence Readiness Command.[34]


Milton is the author of the following books:

  • Vocation and Reform. Civitas: Faith for Living, Inc. 2016. ISBN 978-1535315302. 
  • 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. 2007. 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. 


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]


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

Milton has been the keynote preacher for the National Preaching Conference on three occasions,[39] and the International Congress on Preaching in Cambridge, England[40]

He teaches or has taught homiletics, church planting, or other pastoral theology courses at the masters and doctoral levels at Reformed Theological Seminary,[41] Knox Theological Seminary,[42] and Erskine Theological Seminary.[43]


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  2. ^ "Heartland Presbytery (PCA)". PCA Historical Center. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
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  4. ^ "NRBTV - Think deeply. Live differently.". 
  5. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Interview with 'Silent No More' Author Michael Milton - Breitbart". January 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ By Faith Online Milton Named President of D. James Kennedy Institute
  7. ^ "What God Starts, God Completes". Christian Focus Publications. CFP. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Apologetics and World Religions (ST 780) Winter Intensive Course with Dr. Mike Milton January 4-7, 2016". Erskine.edu. Erskine Theological Seminary. 
  9. ^ a b Milton, M. A. (January 1, 1998). "The application of the theology of the Westminster Assembly in the ministry of the Welsh Puritan, Vavasor Powell (1617–1670)" – via ProQuest. 
  10. ^ "Faculty and Staff Profiles," Master of Public Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, accessed July 07, 2016, http://www.mpa.unc.edu/node/50.
  11. ^ McCain, Lynn (n.d.). "About Michael A. Milton, Ph.D.". MichaelMilton. Faith for Living, Incorporated. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  12. ^ Dumay, Jan (27 June 2013). "Eisenhower Hall reopens". FtLeavenworthLamp.com. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "History and Vision". Church web site. Redeemer Presbyterian Church. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Faith for Living-New TV Show with Dr. Michael Milton". The Aquila Report. 
  15. ^ "Kirk History". Church website. Kirk O' the Isles Presbyterian Church. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  16. ^ Cooper, David. "About Us". church website. First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  17. ^ Exum, Roy (December 19, 2010). "To God be the Glory". The Chattanoogan.com. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  18. ^ "RTS Succession Plan Taps President Milton to become Next Chancellor". Retrieved 2013-03-27. 
  19. ^ Williamson, Parker (October 30, 2012). "Fighting Words". The Layman Online. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  20. ^ Perez, Lyn. "Dr. Michael A. Milton Selected as the James M. Baird, Jr. Professor of Pastoral Theology" (PDF). Press Release. Reformed Theological Seminary. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Difficult but Necessary: Relinquishing Leadership in Winter to Renew in Another Season of Ministry". michaelmilton.org. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  22. ^ "Chancellor Milton Retires from RTS". ByFaithOnline.com. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  23. ^ "Michael A. Milton, Ph.D.". website. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Contributing Writer: Dr. Michael A. Milton". Center for Vision and Values website. Grove City College. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  25. ^ "What God Starts, God Completes". website. Salem Communications. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 
  26. ^ Michael A. Milton, James Ragsdale Professor of Missions and Evangelism, "Erskine Seminary Faculty," Erskine Theological Seminary, June 2016, accessed July 07, 2016, http://seminary.erskine.edu/academics/faculty/.
  27. ^ "My Hope with Billy Graham: A Theological Affirmation" (PDF). Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  28. ^ "Alum Says MNU Gave Him License To Learn". Accent Magazine: MidAmerica Nazarene News. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  29. ^ Kurtz, Chuck (16 July 2013). "MNU alum Michael Milton to speak at Reagan Ranch". View from the Midwest. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  30. ^ Milton, CH (MAJ) Michael A. (Summer–Fall 2010). "Finding God in Spiritual Depression" (PDF). The Army Chaplaincy: 43–54. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  31. ^ Carver, CH (MG) Douglas (Summer–Fall 2010). "The Powerful Privilege & Responsibility of Sacred Communications" (PDF). The Army Chaplaincy: 6–7. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  32. ^ Perez, Lynwood (September 14, 2012). "Biography of Michael A. Milton" (PDF). Chancellor Inauguration Program: 5. 
  33. ^ "The Chaplain Corps Journal: The Professional Bulletin for Religious Support". Combined Arms Research Library (CARL) Digital Library. United States Army. Spring–Summer 2014. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  34. ^ "Winter Intensive Course with Dr. Mike Milton". Erskine.edu. Erskine Theological Seminary. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  35. ^ Ham, Robert (15 February 2011). "Michael Milton: Through the Open Door". Christianity Today. Retrieved March 17, 2012. 
  36. ^ Wiegmake (October 23, 2012). "Singer/Songwriter/Author/Theologian Michael Milton Unveils New Christmas CD Today". Alpha Omega News. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  37. ^ "Release of Single: A Promise is Stronger than Blood". michaelmilton.org. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  38. ^ McCain, Lynn (20 September 2013). "Truth in Action Ministries Taps Dr. Michael Milton As Teaching Pastor". Christian Telegraph. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  39. ^ Duduit, Michael. "Speaker: Mike Milton". National Conference on Preaching. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  40. ^ Joki, Emily (29 January 2007). "International Congress on Preaching Planned for April 2007 in Cambridge, United Kingdom". Christian NewsWire. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  41. ^ "Dr. Michael A. Milton". RTS Charlotte. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  42. ^ "Dr. Michael A. Milton Bio". Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church Missions News. Twin Oaks Presbyterian Church (PCA), St. Louis, MO. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  43. ^ "Curriculum Vitae". MichaelMilton.org. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 

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