Dr. Elmer Towns

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Dr. Elmer TownsDr. Elmer L. Towns was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia.  Dr. Towns cofounded Liberty University with the late Dr. Jerry Falwell, and served as a college and seminary professor, dean of the School of Religion, and dean of the Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary.  As a nineteen year old, he became a pastor of a local church while attending Columbia Bible College, Columbia, South Carolina; in his many years of ministry he has also been a popular seminar lecturer, best-selling author, authority in Sunday school, Church Growth, spirituality and fasting and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.

He began teaching at Midwest Bible College in St. Louis, Missouri, and was not satisfied with his textbooks so he began writing his own.  He has published over 170 books listed in the Library of Congress, 8 listed in the Christian Booksellers Best Selling List; several becoming accepted as college textbooks.  He is also the 1995 recipient of the coveted Gold Medallion Award awarded by the Christian Booksellers Association for writing the Book of the Year, The Names of the Holy Spirit and was awarded the Bronze Telly Award in 2009 for “Through the Decades,” presented by Cable Television Industry.

Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 111 theological seminaries/colleges in America and abroad.  He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries.  He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees.  Five doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

Golfing is a favorite pastime and he enjoys attending campus athletic and cultural arts events performed by Liberty University students.

Degrees earned

Doctor of Ministry Fuller Theological Seminary
M.R.E. Garrett Theological Seminary
Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary
Master of Arts Southern Methodist University
Bachelor of Arts Northwestern College


Professional Experience 

Adjunct or resident faculty for over 38 colleges and seminaries  
President, Gospel Light Worldwide (Foreign Missions Lit.) 2004-2010
Dean, Global Pastors Network, Chair, Bible Knowledge; Campus Crusade, Orlando, Florida 2003-2006
President, American Society of Church Growth 1995
Founding board member of (TRACS) Transnational Association of Christian Schools  
Dean, School of Religion, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia  
Editor in Chief, Jerry Falwell Ministries, Lynchburg, Virginia 1977-80
Board member, International Christian Education Association, Detroit, Michigan 1977-87
Executive Vice President and Co-Founder, Baptist University of America, Decatur, Georgia 1974-77
Co-Founder & Professor, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia  
Board member, ETTA (Evangelical Teacher Training Association) 1968-71
Board member, Scripture Press Foundation 1965-67
President, Winnipeg Bible College, Winnipeg, Manitoba 1961-65
Advisory Council, Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges, Fort Wayne, Indiana 1959-61
Instructor, Dallas Bible College, Dallas, Texas 1957-58
Pastor, Faith Bible church, Dallas, Texas 1956-58


Recent publication

Worship through the Ages (co-author) 2012
Prayer Journey Bible (KJV version) 2012
Fasting for a Miracle 2012
Walking with Giants 2012
Essence of the New Testament (Editor) 2012
10 Questions Every Christian Must Ask About Prayer 2012
Praying for Your Job (co-author) 2011
God Laughs (co-author) 2011
The Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough 2010
Praying for Your Children  (co author) 2010
What’s Right with the Church 2009
Praying Your Way Out of Bondage: Exodus-Leviticus 2009
Praying with the Conquerors: Joshua, Judges, Ruth 2009
Praying the Heart of David:  First & Second Samuel and First Chronicles 2009
Praying for Your Second Chance: Numbers-Deuteronomy
How to Build a Lasting Marriage (Biblical Couples republished) Elmer and Ruth Towns 2009
How God Answers Prayer 2009