John Ankerberg

John Ankerberg (born December 10, 1945) is an American Christian television host, author, and speaker. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has authored or coauthored more than 150 books and study guides.[1] He is the producer and host of the internationally televised weekly program The John Ankerberg Show.[2]

John Ankerberg
Born
John Ankerberg

(1945-12-10) December 10, 1945 (age 74)
NationalityAmerican
OccupationEvangelist, Television personality, author, apologist theologian
EmployerAnkerberg Theological Research Institute (President)
Known forFounder, President of Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, Chicago, IL
Host, The John Ankerberg Show TV program (syndicated)
TitleJohn Ankerberg
Spouse(s)Darlene
Children1 daughter, Michelle
Websitewww.johnankerberg.com

Early life and educationEdit

Ankerberg earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.A. in Church History and Philosophy of Christian Thought, and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary in Lithonia, Georgia.[3] He was ordained Baptist minister. [4]

MinistryEdit

His ministry, the John Ankerberg Show, launched in 1980 on one network in Kansas City, Missouri.[5]His organization notes:

"While speaking at a Youth for Christ summer camp, he was first asked to host a Kansas City Christian television program. Structuring the program with a debate-format, the show quickly caught the attention of other networks. After moving to Chattanooga, Tennessee to serve another media ministry, The John Ankerberg Show was picked up on CBN, a new network that soon expanded nationwide. Within a short time, Dr. Ankerberg’s side project quickly became a full-time ministry in 1980, renting office space and studio time to produce additional programs."[6]

The television program airs on Daystar, God TV, and internationally in 10 languages with 4.5 billion potential viewers in virtually every nation.[7]

Influential among conservative evangelicals, John Ankerberg was a noted influence in the life of Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.[8] In 2018, Ankerberg met with a delegation of leaders regarding international Christian persecution with vice president Mike Pence.[9]

National Religious BroadcastersEdit

John Ankerberg is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Religious Broadcasters, a position he has held on multiple occasions. He was most recently noted as a member of the Board Class of 2020.[10]

Bakker and PTL scandalEdit

In 1987, Ankerberg presented evidence that exposed moral failings of televangelist Jim Bakker, which included solicitation for sex and homosexual relations.[11][12][13]

Evangelicals and Catholics TogetherEdit

In 1995 Ankerberg and other evangelical leaders expressed opposition to the proposed Evangelicals and Catholics Together ecumenical document designed to foster a sense of unity and cooperation between Protestant evangelicals and Catholics. This opposition resulted in a meeting which drafted an amendment clarifying the beliefs of the evangelical signers, which stated that "cooperation with evangelically committed Roman Catholics, does not imply acceptance of Roman Catholic doctrinal distinctives or endorsement of the Roman Catholic Church system." Ankerberg stated that the meeting "heals the breach", but "failed to mollify the concerns of many evangelicals."[14]

AwardsEdit

  • Recipient of the William Ward Ayer Award for Distinguished Service – National Religious Broadcasters, 2015[15]
  • “The Television Program Producer of the Year Award”, National Religious Broadcasters, 1992[16]

Published worksEdit

  • Middle East Meltdown, John Ankerberg, Dillon Burroughs (2007)
  • The Da Vinci Code Controversy, John Ankerberg, Dillon Burroughs, Michael Easley (2006)
  • Fast Facts on Roman Catholicism, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (2004)
  • What Do Mormons Really Believe? What the Ads Don't Tell You^, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (2002)
  • Fast Facts on Islam, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (2001)
  • Creation Vs. Evolution: What You Need to Know, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1999)
  • Encyclopedia of Cults and New Religions: Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormonism, Mind Sciences, Baha'I, Zen, Unitarianism: John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1999)
  • Darwin’s Leap of Faith: Exposing the False Religion of Evolution, (Harvest House, 1998)
  • Ready With an Answer, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1997)
  • Behind the Mask of Mormonism, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1996)
  • Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1996)
  • The Facts on the King James Only Debate, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1996)
  • Knowing the Truth About Jesus the Messiah, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1996)
  • The Facts on Angels, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1995)
  • Protestants & Catholics: Do They Now Agree?, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1995)
  • The Facts on Creation Vs Evolution/ Facts on Series, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1993)
  • The Myth of Safe Sex: The Tragic Consequences of Violating God's Plan, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1993)
  • Facts on Jehovah Witnesses, (1992)
  • The Facts on Islam, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1991)
  • The Facts on the Mormon Church, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1991)
  • The Facts on the Occult, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1991)
  • The Secret Teachings of the Masonic Lodge: A Christian Perspective, John Ankerberg, John Weldon, (Moody, 1990).
  • Facts on the New Age Movement, John Ankerberg, John Weldon (1988)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Broadcasters, National Religious. "Dr. John Ankerberg Honored With NRB's William Ward Ayer Award". National Religious Broadcasters. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  2. ^ "The John Ankerberg Show schedule". johnankerberg.org. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  3. ^ jashow.org, About Dr. John Ankerberg
  4. ^ J. Gordon Melton, Phillip Charles Lucas, Jon R. Stone, Prime-time Religion: An Encyclopedia of Religious Broadcasting, Oryx Press, USA, 1997, p. 9
  5. ^ Barry Courter, Technological Gospel: Ankerberg spreads the Word through TV, smartphones and apps, timesfreepress.com, USA, April 11th, 2015
  6. ^ Ankerberg, John. "Our Story - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show". Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  7. ^ Ankerberg, John. "Our Story - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show". Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  8. ^ "Mike Huckabee: Is a folksy showman willing to get meaner?". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  9. ^ Broadcasters, National Religious. "Vice President Pence Hosts NRB Members at the White House". National Religious Broadcasters. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  10. ^ Broadcasters, National Religious. "BOARD OF DIRECTORS". National Religious Broadcasters. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  11. ^ "Church Hears Bakker Accusations". Chicago Tribune. April 26, 1987. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
  12. ^ "Falwell Says He May Quit PTL Club". NY Times (AP). April 27, 1987. Retrieved 2009-06-14.
  13. ^ Lauter, David (1987-04-27). "Early Return Would 'Doom Ministry,' Falwell Warns Bakker". Articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  14. ^ "Document on Interfaith Cooperation Causes Rift". Articles.latimes.com. 1995-03-18. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  15. ^ Broadcasters, National Religious. "Dr. John Ankerberg Honored With NRB's William Ward Ayer Award". National Religious Broadcasters. Retrieved 2018-06-05.
  16. ^ Barry Courter, Technological Gospel: Ankerberg spreads the Word through TV, smartphones and apps, timesfreepress.com, USA, April 11, 2015

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