Meet Millard Erickson

Born June 24, 1932, in the rural town of Stanchfield, Minnesota, about 50 miles north of Minneapolis, Millard Erickson grew up the son of a farmer. From this humble beginning he has gone on to become a world-renowned scholar and one of the most highly respected theologians of our day.

Compiling his educational achievements and career highlights makes for quite an impressive listing. Heís earned a B.A. from the University of Minnesota, a B.D. from Northern Baptist Seminary, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and has pursued postdoctoral studies at the University of Minnesota, University of Munich, and the University of Edinburgh Pastoral Ministry. An ordained Baptist minister, heís served as pastor of churches in Chicago and Minneapolis, and interim pastor at more than 30 others. He was an assistant professor, associate professor of Bible and apologetics, and head of department at Wheaton College, as well as associate professor and professor of theology at Bethel Theological Seminary. Currently, he serves as professor of theology at Baylor Universityís Truett Seminary and at Western Seminary.

A prolific author, Dr. Erickson is perhaps best known for his work Christian Theology, the first American conservative evangelical systematic theology in years. It earned him the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Publishers Association, and has become one of the most frequently used theology textbooks. In it, he cautions contemporary evangelicals about straying too far from their conservative roots. J.I. Packer provided a ringing endorsement of the title: "Robustly evangelical, essentially conservative, thoroughly contemporary, firmly Baptist, gently Calvinistic, and cautiously post-tribulationist premillennial, its fair-minded breadth and meticulous analysis of options have won it consistent praise. It is altogether a masterly piece of work."

Some of Millardís other recent books include Does It Matter How I Live?; The Evangelical Mind and Heart: Perspectives on Theological and Practical Issues; God in Three Persons: A Contemporary Understanding of the Trinity; Where Is Theology Going? Issues and Perspectives on the Future of Theology; A Basic Guide to Eschatology: Making Sense of the Millennium; and The Evangelical Left: Encountering Postconservative Evangelical Theology.

Millard and his wife, Virginia, were married in 1955, and are the proud parents of three daughters. When not studying Godís Word and matters of theology, Millard enjoys golfing, flying, horseback riding, and photography.

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