Michael Anthony Milton is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He is the Chancellor/CEO Elect of Reformed Theological Seminary.
Prior to that appointment on September 2, 2010, he served the seminary as the President and the James M. Baird Jr. Professor of Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina. He is the host of the national Bible teaching television program, Faith for Living, broadcast on NRB Television Network, channel 378 on Direct TV.
A seminary leader, preacher, pastor, Army Reserve chaplain, singer-songwriter and author, he refers to himself as “a blasphemer and shameful prodigal saved by grace and called to preach the unsearchable riches I once blasphemed. I have but one identity and that is it.”
Mike Milton has appeared as either a speaker or guest on many national and international radio and television shows, and has been cited by the likes of [as he puts it] “…politicians, criminals, a presidential candidate, syndicated newspaper reporters, drunks, arts and entertainment reviewers, renegades, mad scientists, liberals, conservatives, the Pentagon, Hollywood old movie sites, and fellow bloggers, some not so nice to me and some generously merciful.” He still prefers “Sinner saved by grace rather than listing these things, which are but vapors soon to be forgotten.” His ministry is summed up in a recent statement:
“My goal in ministry is to encourage others by offering the way to eternal life through Jesus Christ alone according to the Scriptures. I find this a thoroughly Biblical way to share my faith as I read 1 Timothy 1.16:
‘But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life’ (1 Timothy 1.16 ESV).
I seek to be a witness to my Lord Jesus Christ, humbly, as one who has lived in darkness, been hurt as he has groped for a glimpse of some light, and grabbed at the illusive glimmer of hope through religious works alone. But human religion, whether Easter paganism or legalistic Western religions, have proven to be, for me, broken lanterns with short wicks. I am not the only one to testify that such ‘wicks’ burn out at the very time when the darkness descends. Out of that descending darkness in my young life, then, I was drawn, through pure grace and undeserved divine love, to the glorious eternal flame of the Light of Jesus Christ who alone has brought assurance to my heart, clarity to my mind, and a joy in my soul that has never gone away. I want to offer that light of Christ to others. I want to do that through casting this vision I have seen in His grace, and to do this, I pray, with utter humility and dependence upon God, through preaching and teaching, composing, singing and recording, and giving my life away as an offering, both to God and Man, as I am given open doors by God to do so. I pray, ‘God keep me from pride, that most vile and prominent sin, and keep me broken at the foot of the cross, pleading for others to join me there. For there at the Cross is our healing and hope, our love and life, both here and forevermore.'”
The RTS Press release about his election at Chancellor/CEO Elect is here.
A Press Release about the appointment of Michael A. Milton to become third president of RTS Charlotte may be found at this link.
The following is an official biography from Reformed Theological Seminary.
“On November 1, 2007, Michael A. Milton accepted the call to become President and Professor of Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary of Charlotte, North Carolina. His last Sunday in the pulpit at First Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga was December 9th, 2007. He will assume duties in the Office of the President, RTS Charlotte on February 1, 2008. The Inauguration for the Third President of RTS Charlotte will be held in the Sanctuary of Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church, Matthews,NC, at Six O’ Clock in the evening.
In 2001, The Rev. Dr. Michael A. Milton was called as the pastor of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tennessee, the twelfth in 161 years. Linking to the past radio and television ministries, Milton formed a new ministry, Faith for Living which continues as a multi media ministry of that church. After accepting the call to RTS, a new multi media ministry, The Call with Mike Milton was formed which broadcasts on radio in select markets in the US and distributes sermons and teachings through iTunes and Sermon Audio and other online channels. The ministry also archives the sermons of Mike Milton and provides a platform for blog called Mind and Heart.
Dr. Milton is the author of the books Small Things, Big Things: Inspiring Stories of God’s Grace, What is the Doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints?, Leaving a Career to Follow a Call: A Vocational Guide to the Ordained Ministry, Authentic Christianity and the Life of Freedom, Demands of Discipleship, O The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus: Expositions from John 17, Following Ben, Giving as an Act of Worship, Cooperation without Compromise, Hit by Friendly Fire: What to Do When You are Hurt by Other Believers as well as many popular and academic articles and published sermons in such periodicals as Preaching Magazine, The Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, The Christian Observer and World Magazine. He has been featured on national radio and television programs such as Truths that Transform with Dr. D. James Kennedy, The Coral Ridge Hour, and Moody Radio’s Money Matters. He recently provided a chapter in Hope Fulfilled: Essays in Honor of O. Palmer Robertson.
In September 2007 the book, What God Starts, God Completes was about his life, available from the publisher, Christian Focus Publications or through Mind and Heart Bookstore, the online Bookstore of Reformed Theological Seminary. In November 2009, P&R Publishing released a new book, Small Things, Big Things: Inspiring Stories of Everyday Grace. P&R is soon to release the latest book, A Doxology in the Darkness: How God Transforms our Pain into Praise. Upcoming: A Pastoral Theology for the Church Today (Christian Focus); and A Commentary on Leviticus (Christian Focus) are awaiting publication.
Prior to becoming Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Dr. Milton served 16 years in the business world and was also a top-secret Navy linguist. He completed his pastoral internship under D. James Kennedy at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and after graduating from seminary, planted two churches: Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas; and Kirk O’ the Isles Church in Savannah, Georgia. He also founded Westminster Academy Christian School in Overland Park and was the administrative head and a professor at Knox Theological Seminary. A graduate of The Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, Mid America Nazarene University (Kansas) and Knox Theological Seminary, in 1998 he earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in theology and religious studies from The University of Wales (UK).
Dr. Milton’s personal story of moving from orphan and prodigal son to understanding God’s grace and receiving His adoption through Jesus Christ forms a frequent model ( citing 1 Timothy 1.16) for offering Christ’s healing to a broken generation. Often his sermons are illustrated with songs that he writes, sings, and performs with guitar. In December 2005, a CD of original songs, which he recorded, “He Shall Restore,” was released by Music for Missions label. A second project was release in December, 2008: Follow Your Call. A third album, “Through the Open Door,” is awaiting release for fall of 2010.
In addition to his pastoral work, Dr. Milton holds a commission in the US Army Reserves as a chaplain, a ministry that he continues as an instructor at the US Army Chaplain Center and School. Serving on several boards and active in a number of civic organizations, he also remains a priority commitment to preaching and teaching in churches, conferences, and seminaries around the United States and in several other countries. Mike Milton is one of the American pastors invited to participate in Lausanne 2010 Evangelism Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.
Dr. and Mrs. Milton live with their son in the Charlotte area.”
To learn more about scheduling a time for Mike Milton to be at your church, conference or association, please contact his assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org