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"Dr. Michael A. Milton, Chaplain (Colonel), U.S. Army Retired; President, Faith for Living and the D. James Kennedy Institute of Reformed Leadership; James Ragsdale Chair of Missions, Erskine Theological Seminary. (Photo: Michael A. Milton courtesy Kori Ho"
Dr. Michael A. Milton, North Carolina Presbyterian Minister and Educator Recognized by Army for “Exceptionally Meritorious Service” on Behalf of “Soldiers and Families”

Greenville, South Carolina - May 11, 2018 - Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Reserve, signed the orders for the Legion of Merit, authorized by the President of the United States, to be presented to Colonel Michael A. Milton. Chaplain (Colonel) Milton received the award upon his retirement from service of 32 years in the U.S. Armed Forces. Serving both Navy and Army, Milton retired on February 28, 2018. The Legion of Merit was presented on April 11, 2018.

General Luckey’s narrative confirmed the award that was authorized by Congress in 1942, “Colonel Michael A. Milton was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious service while serving in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating a 32-year career as the Command Chaplain for the Military Intelligence Readiness Command. Colonel Milton exhibited outstanding leadership, professionalism, initiative, and dedication, along with sincere concern for the welfare of Soldiers, Civilians, and Families.” The award, which has four degrees and is granted to heads of state, Allied military leaders, as well as American senior officers who have served “beyond the call” — e.g., British Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery — recognized [Milton's] distinguished performance of duty that represents exemplary achievement in the finest tradition of the United States Army.”

Milton holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, an MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Divinity from Knox Theological Seminary, and a BA from MidAmerica Nazarene University.

Milton responded to news of the award, “As any Soldier or Armed Forces Service-member will tell you, the true heroes and heroines of the Military are the families. For me, no one deserves greater honor than my wife, Mae. She has supported me in the often-trying 'balancing act' of being an Army Chaplain and officer, while, at the same time, being a pastor, and an educator. It was often challenging, but Mae made the difference. And I have to say, we would do it all over again. Serving God and Country was not just a slogan. It was and remains a privilege and an honor that transcends awards, even like the Legion of Merit.”

Milton's life story of moving from an orphan in poverty to leading the global spiritual cause of the nation's military intelligence and a nationally recognized figure in Christian leadership was captured in the book, What God Starts, God Completes: Help and Hope for Hurting People (Christian Focus Publications, 3rd ed., 2012). The author of 27 books, 5 albums, and hundreds of popular and academic articles, Milton continues service as a professor, the James Ragsdale Chair of Missions at Erskine Theological Seminary in SC. He is also the president of a NC nonprofit and the D. James Kennedy Institute for Reformed Leadership. Milton is the former President-Chancellor of Reformed Seminary and the founder of 3 congregations (KS, GA, and NC). He was previously senior minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga. A member of the American Legion and the Sons of the Revolution, Dr. and Mrs. Milton reside with their son, John Michael, in Matthews, North Carolina.

Christine Hartung | Executive Assistant to Dr. Milton | | 704-593-6506

Erin Hipps | Outreach North America, ARP |


About Michael A. Milton

Dr. Michael A. Milton is the founder and current President and CEO of Faith for Living, Inc., a 501(c)(3) NC nonprofit that advances the gospel through broadcasting, education, and publishing. He is also President and Senior Fellow of the DJK Institute. Formerly the Chancellor and CEO of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), Milton is “honorably retired” from the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and holds credentials in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP). Milton is also a board certified pastoral counselor, board certified chaplain, and a college professor. He is the founding pastor of Trinity Chapel Charlotte ( Dr. Milton earned his Ph.D. in historical theology from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David College and is an alumnus of prestigious and historic institutions such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Knox Theological Seminary, MidAmerica Nazarene University, the Command and General Staff College, and the Defense Language Institute. Milton's unique, and yet pastoral, insights and commentaries on faith have been warmly received, and his columns have appeared in newspapers and publications across the nation and around the world.

The multi-talented author, theologian and television personality is also an accomplished musician who has received rave reviews for his CD, Through the Open Door., who has compared Milton to Neil Young, and Dan Fogelberg, calls the music, “musically opulent and emotionally stirring.”

Milton has released 27 books and five CDs and writes for numerous popular and scholarly periodicals. He served as senior editor for the peer-reviewed Chaplain Corps Journal (U.S. Army) and was asked by Yale's Jonathan Edwards Center to become a contributor to the Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia (Eerdmans, 2017). He is a faculty member of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and a contributing writer for The Center for Vision and Values. He was appointed to the College of Military Preachers and served as a Chaplain (Colonel) in the U.S. Army Reserve. His assignments included Subject Matter Expert and faculty member at the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School, as well as Command Chaplain of the U.S. Military Intelligence Readiness Command.

But anyone who has listened to Milton's music can attest that “stuffy” is not the character of the music. Much like his friend and sometimes musical collaborator, legendary Christian singer/songwriter Michael Card (El Shaddai), he has an uncanny ability to unpack complex theological concepts into everyday language, making them both memorable and accessible.

Milton's recent book releases include the newly released Called? (2018), The Secret Life of a Pastor, Journey of a Lifetime, Silent No More, Songs in the Night: How God Transforms Our Pain to Praise, Sounding the Depths and the third edition of What God Starts, God Completes: Help and Hope for Hurting People. He is presently concluding work on the soon-to-be-released, Foundations of a Moral Democracy: Annotations on Samuel Rutherford's Lex Rex.

For more information on Dr. Milton, visit

About the D. James Kennedy Institute for Reformed Leadership

The “DJK Institute” was founded by Dr. Michael A. Milton in 2013 when the Kennedy family entrusted him with the name of the late pastor and evangelist for ministry to pastors and other church leaders. Kennedy's daughter, Jennifer Kennedy Cassidy, announced the DJK Institute at an event at the Ronald Reagan Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

In 2017, the DJK institute partnered with the home missions arm of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Outreach North America, to offer training to clergy and other leaders to shepherd the shepherds that shepherd the flock for sustainable spiritual health in pastors and their families, as well as in congregations throughout North America.

Dr. Milton, the President and Senior Fellow of the DJK Institute, as well as a Presbyterian minister and educator, served as a pastoral intern under his mentor, Dr. Kennedy, at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church early in his career.

Contact for Interviews or as a Subject Matter Expert for Media

Dr. Michael A. Milton has been featured in local, national, and international media platforms. He may be called upon to discuss topics such as

  • Faith and Culture
  • Military Affairs
  • Church and State
  • Theology and Religion
  • Chaplains in the Military
  • Religious Liberty
  • State of the global Church
  • Higher Education and Religion

Contact: Mrs. Christine Hartung, Executive Assistant to Dr. Milton; email: or telephone 704-593-6506.

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