Dr. Michael Milton Named President of D. James Kennedy Institute
Theologian, author and singer/songwriter Dr. Michael Milton has been named President and Sr. Fellow of the newly founded D. James Kennedy Institute for Christianity and Culture (DJK Institute), established in honor of the beloved pastor and teacher, who taught the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the world, reports McCain & Co. Public Relations.
The announcement was made by Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy, daughter of the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, at the launch of the second edition of Dr. Milton's book, Silent No More, at the Reagan Ranch Center in Santa Barbara, Calif.
The vision of the DJK Institute is to continue the Christ-centered legacy of Dr. D. James Kennedy by declaring the biblical message of Jesus Christ and providing evangelistic outreach through popular and scholarly works in books, music, and missions. In addition to the ministry of evangelism and education, the DJK Institute will also serve as a "think tank" for faith and culture and will provide scholarships to support a new generation of pastors.
Dr. Milton, the former Chancellor/CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary, is the founder and current president and CEO of Faith for Living, Inc. Dr. Milton, a Presbyterian minister (PCA) was in the first graduating class of Knox Theological Seminary, which was founded by Dr. D. James Kennedy. Dr. Milton was the first recipient of the annual preaching prize at Knox, and also the prize in systematic theology. He also was the first Knox Seminary pastoral intern and assistant to Dr. D. James Kennedy.
"The Institute is literally a dream come true," Milton says. "I dreamed that the legacy of my late, great mentor, Dr. Kennedy, needed to be continued. When I awoke, I began writing down my vision for an institute that would be not only a 'think tank' for faith and culture, but a fellows program to help perpetuate the optimistic Kingdom-minded vision of D. James Kennedy in the lives and ministries of future pastors. I brought this dream to Mrs. Kennedy and his daughter, Jennifer. Together we dedicated it to the Lord in prayer."
"I am so honored that the Kennedy family has asked me to lead the D. James Kennedy Institute, and I am delighted to now share this vision with others," Milton continues.
The announcement follows news in September from Truth In Action Ministries that Dr. Milton has been tapped as teaching pastor of Truth That Transforms with Dr. Michael Milton, a television ministry which launched in 1974 as The Coral Ridge Hour with Dr. D. James Kennedy.
The television ministry, which reached a peak audience of 3 million viewers in 200 countries during its tenure, has continued with Dr. Kennedy's messages since he passed away in 2007.
Truth That Transforms with Dr. Michael Milton airs at 9 p.m. C.T. Sundays on the NRB Network, immediately following Kennedy Classics, featuring the sermons of Dr. D. James Kennedy. Kennedy Classics also airs on The Church Channel on Sundays at 9 a.m. C.T. Both shows are hosted by Dr. Jerry Newcombe and Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy.
Truth in Action Ministries, which changed its name in 2011 from Coral Ridge Ministries, was founded by Dr. D. James Kennedy, the founder of Evangelism Explosion International, Knox Theological Seminary, Coral Ridge Ministries and Westminster Academy in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
For more information about Truth That Transforms, Kennedy Classics or Truth In Action, visit truthinaction.org. For more information about Dr. Milton or his current book, Silent No More, visit michaelmilton.org.
About Truth in Action and Truth That Transforms:
Inspired by the vision of Dr. D. James Kennedy, Truth In Action Ministries educates, motivates, and activates believers to see the world in light of God's truth - and transform their culture for Christ.
With more than 39 years of ministry impact, Truth In Action Ministries equips believers to understand God's Word, see their lives through a biblical worldview, and make a difference in the world.
Truth That Transforms with Dr. Michael Milton is the broadcast ministry of Truth In Action, airing on the NRB Network and select radio stations.
For more information, visit truthinaction.org.
About Dr. Michael Milton:
Dr. Michael Milton is the founder and current President and CEO of Faith for Living, Inc. and the teaching pastor of the Truth That Transforms with Dr. Michael Milton TV program on the NRB Network. Formerly the Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), Milton is an ordained Presbyterian (PCA) pastor as well as a professor. Milton earned his Ph.D. in theology from The University of Wales and holds multiple degrees from such respected institutions as Knox Theological Seminary and MidAmerica Nazarene University, and is a graduate of historic national defense institutions such as the Eisenhower Command and General Staff College and the Defense Language Institute. Milton's unique, and yet pastoral, insights and commentaries on faith and culture have been warmly received, as his columns have appeared in newspapers and publications across the nation and around the world.
The multi-talented pastor, author and musician has received rave reviews for his current CD, Through the Open Door. Christianitytoday.com, who has compared Milton to Neil Young, Steve Curtis Chapman and Dan Fogelberg, calls the music, "musically opulent and emotionally stirring."
Milton has released four CDs, 16 books and writes for numerous popular and scholarly periodicals. He is a faculty member of Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a contributing writer for The Center for Vision and Values. He was appointed to the College of Military Preachers, serves as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve and is an instructor at the Armed Forces Chaplain School. But anyone who has listened to his music can attest that "stuffy" is not a word that is found in his vocabulary. Much like his friend and sometimes musical collaborator, legendary Christian singer/songwriter Michael Card ("El Shaddai"), Milton has an uncanny ability to unpack complex theological concepts into everyday language that makes them both memorable and accessible.
Milton's current book releases include Silent No More from Tanglewood Publishing in the U.S. and Evangelical Press in the U.K., Songs in the Night: How God Transforms Our Pain to Praise from P&R Publishing Co., and the third edition of What God Starts, God Completes: Help and Hope for Hurting People by Christian Focus Publications.
For more information on Michael Milton, visit michaelmilton.org.
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