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Elmer Towns

Elmer TownsCo-founder, Liberty University
Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology


Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of over 50 popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular itinerant lecturer, and a dedicated worker in Sunday School.

Towns was President of Winnipeg Bible College for five years, leading it to receive American Accreditation and Provincial authority to offer degrees (1960-1965). He taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in greater Chicago, Illinois, in the field of Religious Education and Evangelism (1965-1971).

He became the co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971. 

He has guest lectured at over 50 seminaries, is a visiting professor in five seminaries, and has received four honorary doctrate degrees.

He has a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.

His wife of over 50 years, Ruth, teaches a Christian Woman class at Liberty University. They have three children and ten grandchildren.