Matthews, N.C. – Dr. Michael A. Milton, who serves as President of the D. James Kennedy Institute, the James H. Ragsdale Chair of Missions and Evangelism at Erskine Theological Seminary, and is the former Chancellor of Reformed Theological Seminary, has been selected for promotion to full colonel and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in September 2016.
Milton grew up in Livingston Parish, where he was active in athletics and in the 4-H Club in Livingston Parish.
Mike Milton, orphaned as a young child, was reared by the late Mrs. Eva (Milton) Turner, attending Live Oak School and graduating from Denham Springs High School.
He is the son of the late Jesse Ellis Milton, a WWII Naval and Merchant Marine officer, and the great-great-grandson of Michael and Martha Milton, who founded Milton Old Field (1853), which became Walker.
As a teenager, Milton worked part time, as a political cartoonist, for “The Denham Springs News,” now “The Livingston Parish News.”
Milton has served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army Reserve since 1992. He was a top-secret linguist in the Navy in the Cold War.
Chaplain Milton was selected to lead the U.S. Military Intelligence Readiness Command as Command Chaplain in 2015.
In this role, Chaplain (Colonel) Milton oversees the spiritual support and religious programs of all Army Reserve Chaplains serving military intelligence around the world.
Dr. Milton remarked, “I’ve served in uniform for over 35 years, and I am deeply humbled by this new open door of ministry in the military, as well as the deeper meaning this has for serving God and Country.”
“I believe that senior leadership as Colonel is a high privilege and a platform for empowering others and supporting the greater good. That will be my goal as I continue to serve,” he said.
Milton holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wales (UK), a Master of Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Master of Divinity from Knox Theological Seminary, and a BA from MidAmerica Nazarene University (KS).
The author of 26 books and numerous popular and peer-reviewed articles, Milton is also a composer who has released five albums of original music.
The former chancellor-president of a graduate school of theology, Milton is an ordained Presbyterian minister, having founded congregations in KS and GA, before his call as senior pastor at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga.
Dr. Michael and Mrs. Mae Milton, reside in North Carolina with their son, John Michael Ellis Milton, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Miltons have seven adult children, four of whom live in Louisiana.
The D. James Kennedy Institute for Reformed Leadership and Training, founded by Milton, provides mentoring and training to clergy for a sustainable ministry career, stable clergy families, and spiritually healthy Christian communities.
The Institute is an initiative of Faith for Living, Inc., a North Carolina non-proﬁt, 501(c)(3), serving the Church through communication, education, and discipleship.