Dr. Elmer L. Towns was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia; is cofounder, with Jerry Falwell, of Liberty University, is a college and seminary professor, and dean of the School of Religion, and dean of 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 200 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.