About

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.'”

For more about Michael Anthony Milton visit Faith for Living with Mike Milton or Follow Your Call or Michael Milton’s music updates.

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 GraceWhat 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 hholbrook@rts.edu

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13 Responses to About

  1. Wayne Carter says:

    Mike:

    i went to the symphony in Chattanooga last night with Steven and Betsy Hatchett. Of course the evening would not be complete without our talking about you. I hope all is well with you.

    I retied from the army on July 19th and must admit I still miss it. I am in the final year of the Commision Lay Pastors prgram and really enjoying it.

    Keep in touch.

    Wayne

  2. Matt says:

    I bought your songs on iTunes Store “He Shall Restore”. I like a lot this one: Faithful and True…
    Is it possible to become the lyrics of this songs? I speak Italian and I’d like to understand better the lyrics…
    Thanks and a happy new year.

    Matteo

  3. Matt says:

    I bought your songs on iTunes Store “He Shall Restore”. I like a lot this one: Faithful and True…
    Is it possible to become the lyrics of this songs? I speak Italian and I’d like to understand better the lyrics…
    Thanks and a happy new year.

    Matteo
    (sorry, the email address was wrong)

  4. bob Albright says:

    Dear Mike,
    First, I’m sorry I didn’t send our congratulations on your inauguration there at RTS Charlotte when we got the announcement. Please accept our belated best wishes as you serve our Lord there.

    Reading that John Guest delivered the sermon brought back memories for me. He took his position at the Sewickly church when I was at Geneva College many moons ago. He spoke frequently at the college and some of us would go down to hear him. (It was rare and cool to see an orthodox younger long haired pastor in those days) A sermon that made a huge impression on me dealt with worship which he incorporated with the English idea of worthship. I remember him saying we Americans lacked an understanding of a sovereign monarch who, by merely having the position of king, deserved and expected the fealty of his people. How much more so of our Holy, Righteous, Sovereign God. He went on to challenge us on what attitude we brought to worship and who was the focus of worship. Themes that are so pertinent in light of today’s expectation of entertainment and lack of reverence within the modern day church.

    So, it was great to see your connection to him at your installation.

    Blessings to you, May and John Michael. Bob

  5. Lorraine says:

    Wow!
    I googled “when christians hurt other christians” and stumbled upon your site. ‘Wish we lived close enough to join your church! Thank you for your well chosen words to remind, encourage and admonish. God bless you.

  6. 2LT Cory Van Sloten says:

    Dr./CH (MAJ) Milton,

    Thank you for your encouragement and instruction today regarding Sacred Communication within the Army Chaplaincy. We were very blessed! Soli Deo Gloria!

    2LT Cory Van Sloten
    Chaplain Candidate, IAARNG

    • mikemilton says:

      2LT Van Sloten

      Thank you so much! I do pray the Lord will bless and encourage you as you go through this time. I will always remember my time in Chaplain basic and cherish the memories.

      May this help to prepare you to declare the unsearchable riches of Christ to our flock in ACUs!

      Yours in Christ,

      Mike Milton

  7. Mateo says:

    A great collection of works… thank you

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  9. Gail VanDerVeer says:

    Dr. Milton,
    I wish we back here at RTS in Charlotte could view the film on Christian history that you describe in Lesson 3! I am enjoying the updates.
    Gail VanDerVeer

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