Dr. Michael A. Milton is the founder and President of Faith for Living, Inc., an outreach ministry advancing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many people possible through every means available so that there will be a multitude of souls safe in the arms of Jesus when He comes again.
Milton has demonstrated his personal commitment to the Faith for Living mission through his career in ministry and public service. He is currently Teaching Pastor for Truth That Transforms, airing on the NRB Network and select radio stations. He is also President and Senior Fellow of the D. James Kennedy Institute for Christianity and Culture.
He has served as the fourth Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), the third president of the RTS Charlotte campus, interim president of RTS Orlando, and held the James M. Baird Jr. Chair of Pastoral Theology at RTS. He also served as the interim president of Knox Theological Seminary. As an evangelist, he has preached the Gospel throughout the world — from atop the ruins of Joseph Stalin’s fallen statue in Albania when the “iron curtain” fell to Hindu villages in the north of India to village chapels in Wales — Milton has represented and offered the Christian faith to thousands.
Milton was the 12th Senior Pastor since 1838 of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga, Tenn. He planted Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kan., and founded a Christian academy there as well. He founded a second congregation, Kirk O’ the Isles (PCA), near Savannah Ga. Milton has served as a top secret Navy linguist, a manager for two Fortune 50 companies, and was commissioned a U.S. Army Reserve chaplain. He presently serves as a Lt. Col. on faculty at The U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School. Chaplain Milton was inducted into the inaugural class of the Military College of Preachers by the Chief of Chaplains of the U.S. Army in 2008 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, one of the highest noncombat decorations in the military.
In addition to his career resume, Milton has earned multiple degrees from MidAmerica Nazarene University and Knox Theological Seminary, as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Wales. He is also a graduate of prestigious national defense institutions, including the Defense Language Institute and the Command and General Staff College, Eisenhower Center, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He was awarded several prizes for his academic work, including the annual Knox Prize in Preaching, the Knox Prize in Systematic Theology, and MidAmerica Nazarene University’s annual Leadership Award, the highest non academic award bestowed by the college. He has served with the rank of full professor, teaching courses in both masters and doctoral level programs at several institutions. He has lectured from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, to Monterrey, Mexico and Madras, India, and served on doctoral examination committees at numerous institutions around the world.
A renowned author, Milton has penned 16 books, including Silent No More: Why the Church Must Speak Biblically to State and Culture. The book has been endorsed by Michael Reagan, David Limbaugh, Paul Kengor, and other cultural heavyweights, and has been featured on numerous national radio, television, print and online media outlets. His commentaries on faith and culture have been published nationally and internationally by numerous online and print publications. In addition to his popular writing, Milton has published numerous peer-reviewed academic articles appearing in leading journals such as the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.
A prolific singer/songwriter, performer and recording artist, Milton has released four albums. ChristianityToday.com has called his music “emotionally moving and musically opulent,” comparing his style and musicianship to Dan Fogelberg and Neil Young. In 2013, Milton was Broadjam.com’s No. 1 artist in downloads in the Folk-Religious genre twice during the year. He is currently working with noted Nashville publishing executive Michael Puryear and Final Four Music Publishing.
Milton lives in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife, Mae, and their son, John Michael, a college student and the youngest of eight children. Their seven adult children are all married and settled throughout the East Coast and Deep South.
Milton’s life verse is from Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it unto the day of Jesus Christ.” Or, as Milton puts it in the title of his autobiography, “What God starts, God completes.”
What people are saying…
“Michael Milton is a shepherd who leads his flock by song.”
Michael Card, singer-songwriter
“Mike Milton thinks like a scholar, but writes like a pastor. He takes subtle issues and, without dumbing them down, explains them in easy-to-understand terms. That is a wonderful gift to the Church.”
Joel Belz, Publisher, World Magazine
Dr. Albert Mohler, President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Thank God for Dr. Michael Milton…”
David Limbaugh, NY Times best selling author, constitutional attorney
“Dr. Michael Milton is a pastor, theologian, Gospel singer song-writer and one of the most gifted preachers of the Gospel in our nation today.”
Franklin Graham, Samaritan’s Purse
“Michael A. Milton has written a book that might deal with the most important question of our time. Silent No More is a ‘must read’ if we are to save our nation.”
Michael Reagan, Son of President Ronald Reagan, Columnist, Author
“…one of the outstanding Presbyterian ministers in the English speaking world…”
Dr. Terry Johnson, Senior Minister, Independent Presbyterian Church, Savannah, Georgia
“It is only when Christian leaders courageously speak to the vital issues of the day that the distinctive fruits of Christian civilization can begin to flower in a culture: justice, mercy, and humility; art, music, and ideas; freedom, opportunity, and progress; beauty, goodness, and truth. In this much-needed book, Dr. Milton brilliantly, powerfully, and prophetically sounds that Good News proclamation from the rooftops.”
George Grant, Pastor, Parish Presbyterian Church, Franklin, TN
“When Michael Milton speaks we do well to listen. He is articulate and passionate. His concern for the Christian voice to be heard in our country should be shared by all believers in this time of cultural warfare and the loss of conscience in our nation and world.”
Dr. Gordon Reed, Author, Professor of Bible, Pastor
“Mike Milton’s story of God’s amazing grace in his life is powerful.”
Dr. Frank M. Barker, Jr., Founding Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL