A Practical Encyclopedia of Evangelism and Church Growth
By: Elmer L. Towns
Publisher: Gospel Light

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You'll never run out of inspiration or ideas with this all-in-one, A-Z encyclopedia of evangelism and church growth knowledge. This fascinating resource contains contributions from todays freshest thinkers, as well as classic pioneers of the Christian faith.

About the Author
Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, a dedicated worker in Sunday School, and a developer of over 20 resource packets for leadership education. He has published over 100 books listed in the Library of Congress, 7 listed in the Christian Booksellers Best Selling List and several have become accepted college textbooks. He is also the 1995 recipient of the coveted Gold Medallion Award for his book, The Names of the Holy Spirit.

He was President of Winnipeg Bible College for five years and paved the way for 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 co-founded Liberty University with Jerry Falwell in 1971, and he was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty's existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus and 39,000 in its Distance Learning program, and he serves as the Dean of the School of Religion.

Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries 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.

His personal education includes 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 55 years, Ruth, teaches a Christian Women's class at Liberty University. They have three children, ten grandchildren, and live in Forest, Virginia.