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Our song "We Are One" is dedicated to Earl Radmacher.
Written for a conference he was leading in San Bernardino, CA in 1981


Earl Radmacher Biography



Earl Radmacher was born almost seventy years ago in Portland, Oregon just a couple miles from Western Seminary where, in the providence of God, he would later serve on the theological faculty for thirty-three years (1962-1995) and in administrative positions as Dean of the Faculty, (1964-1965) President (1965-1990), and Chancellor (1990-1995).  In 1995 he was designated President Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology Emeritus.

His parents, who were immigrants from Romania and Austria, settled in Portland in 1913 where they brought eight children into this world, Earl being the last.  The whole family was very active in local churches so every Sunday found Earl spending all day in church - Sunday school, morning worship, potluck lunch at the church, recreation break, youth service, evening service, and after service.  Even though he had heard the gospel preached Sunday after Sunday, he did not personally receive Christ as his Savior until he was fourteen years of age.  He has often stated that sitting in church Sunday after Sunday doesn't make one a Christian any more than sitting in a garage makes one a car.

At that juncture in his life, Earl came in contact with another Earl - Earl Gile - a faithful Sunday school teacher who lived right across the street from the grade school he had attended, and he opened up his home as an outreach to boys from the school.  Mr. Gile's church rented the school gymnasium on Thursday nights and made it available for boys to play basketball if they came to Sunday School on Sundays.  That sounded like a good deal, so he went.  Shortly after that, the teacher announced a forthcoming boys camp at Twin Rocks Beach, Oregon.  He decided to go; and there, at fourteen years of age, he accepted Christ as his Savior.

Although the church preached the gospel faithfully, they didn't go beyond the gospel to build up believers in the faith.  He has often said, "As a believer, I didn't need a birth message, but I did need a growth message.  That being absent, I tended to flounder, and my growth in Christ was stunted.  Thus, the high school years were a disaster as far as the things of Christ and spiritual growth were concerned."

As graduation time neared, he took the normal batch of tests to determine which line of work he should pursue.  The tests indicated mathematics or mechanics, so he decided to go the route of mathematics and join it with money by starting a career in a saving and loan institution.  He started as a file clerk and worked up to an investment statistician that year.

His plans in the investment business were dramatically interrupted, however, by a visit to Portland of a new evangelist on the scene, Billy Graham, in August of 1950.  A friend invited him to go to the meeting and, although he had little spiritual appetite at the time, God seemed to press him toward the affirmative.  As the poet Francis Thompson has written: "He tracked me down the corridors of time."  As it turned out, Earl not only went that night but every night thereafter for six weeks.  The only meeting he missed was the women's meeting (they wouldn't let him in!).

After listening to the powerful preaching of Billy Graham for six weeks, at the conclusion of the last service, he found himself standing to his feet, going forward, grabbing Cliff Barrow's hand, and telling him that God had called him to preach.  His next question was, "What do I do now?"  Cliff said, "You go to college and prepare" and he recommended his alma mater in South Carolina.

Once again, God had a man prepared to help him take the next step.  As the tabernacle cleared out, he saw a man he hadn't seen since grade school.  In the beautiful providence of God, this man, Jerry Burleson, was going to the same college in South Carolina that Cliff Barrows had recommended, and he was looking for one more rider.  Although it was just two weeks before Fall semester, Jerry assured him that they would accept him on probation though his recommendation.  He worked nights for two weeks training another person for his job so that he could leave with the good graces of his employer.

Twelve years and four degrees later (Bob Jones University, B.A., M.R.E.; Dallas Theological Seminary, Th.M., Th.D.), together with broad opportunities of experience in preaching and teaching, overseas missions and military chaplaincy, local church pastor and parachurch ministries, rural and urban outreaches, he ended up not in the pastorate, but in the training of evangelists, pastors, and teachers at Western Seminary.  His years there involved traveling over ten million miles and preaching and teaching over twenty thousand hours in over a thousand Bible conferences and thousands of churches.

Among the numerous books and articles that Dr. Radmacher has authored or edited are the following books:  You and Your Thoughts (1977), The Nature of the Church (1978, 1995), Can We Trust the Bible (1979), What to Expect from the Holy Spirit (1983), Hermeneutics, Inerrancy, and the Bible (1984), The NIV Reconsidered (1990), The Nelson Study Bible (1997), Nelson's New Illustrated Bible Commentary (1999), and Salvation (2000).

Dr. Radmacher has often stated "In my wildest dreams fifty years ago, I could never have imagined the excited plans that God, in His sovereign grace, had for me."  His life mission is found in 2 Timothy 2:15, "Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman who has no need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."  His personal life verse is 2 Corinthians 3:18, "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."


Biography from the web site (2001)   http://defiant.corban.edu/gderickson/CharisPress_author.html


Earl Radmacher Obituary

Radmacher, Earl Dwight 83 Nov. 29, 1931 Dec. 08, 2014

Earl Dwight Radmacher went home to be with Jesus Monday, Dec. 8, 2014.

He came from humble beginnings; his parents, Carl and Katarina Radmacher, emigrated from Germany in 1913 to escape the political struggles that later became WWI.

Although his many siblings, Adele, Ewald, Karl, Dave, Bob and Marie, were each remarkable in their own right, none of them chose the academic path onto which their little brother ventured. Earl graduated from Washington High School in Portland in 1949, and began working at Equitable Savings and Loan. But, inspired by God at a Portland Billy Graham Crusade in 1950, he quit his banking career, went to college, finished seminary (twice) and became one of the leading theologians of our day.

His work in the areas of hermeneutics (biblical interpretation), spiritual gifts, inerrancy and free grace are well known, but what will last into eternity is the impact he had on the lives of those he taught and those who heard him preach at churches, conferences and in classrooms. Dr. Earl Radmacher became president of Western Seminary in 1965, at age 34, the youngest seminary president in the country, leading a school of 90 students. Six years of effort recruiting faculty and students saw the student body increase to 600 students, and Dr. Radmacher led the institution as its president for a total of 25 years.

In 1995, he became president emeritus and distinguished professor of systematic theology, then founded Grace Seminary of the Northwest, and served as six years as the chancellor of Rocky Mountain Bible College and Seminary in Denver. During those many years, he traveled over 10 million miles in the U.S. and around the world, preaching and teaching, connecting with and inspiring people who were looking to become students and teachers of God's Word.

While many would consider his decades of teaching and authoring numerous works to be a completed career, he was not done running the race set before him. He agreed to serve as the general editor of Thomas Nelson's NKJV Study Bible and the NKJV Study Bible Commentary, a task he undertook tirelessly for a decade. In the years since its publication in 1997, he has striven to disperse the Study Bible to as many people as possible, to help more people carry out the instruction of Timothy 2:15: "Study to show yourself approved unto God, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

He also authored "You and Your Thoughts," "The Nature of the Church," "Hermeneutics, Inerrancy and the Bible" and "Salvation," among dozens of other books and hundreds of articles. Those he touched will carry his impact forward, years into the future, in their various teaching, preaching and counseling ministries. Dr. Radmacher is survived by his wife, Ruth, who "held down the fort" (raised four children) while he traveled so extensively.

Married in 1953, they recently celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. He is also survived by his children, Rebecca (David), Timothy (Tammy), Jonathan and Daniel (Brenda); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015, at Central Bible Church in Portland. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in honor of Earl Radmacher to the Center for Leadership Development at Western Seminary, Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association, Rocky Mountain Seminary or Biblical Education by Extension. 

Biography from the web site  http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?pid=173724328