From an early age, Udo Middelmann was raised to take up the problem of human suffering. During and after World War II, his family lived in Bruchsal, near Heidelberg, Germany. The Middelmanns then moved to Bonn, Germany, where his father worked for the German government in the Ministry of Refugee Affairs. Later, his father’s work for UNICEF took the family to Beirut, Lebanon and New York City.
Middelmann’s unique perspective on biblical issues is informed by a truly international upbringing and education. He holds degrees in both law (LLM from Freiburg University, Germany) and theology (BD and MA from Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO, USA). His teaching experience reflects the same international flavor. For eight years, he chaired the Department of Religion and Philosophy at The King’s College in Briarcliff Manor, New York. He also served as Instructor in Apologetics and Postmodernism at the Geneva Bible Institute and Emmaüs Bible College, St. Légier, Switzerland.
Middelmann’s approach to the age-old problems of the world is at once scholarly and far removed from the ivory tower. He has lectured widely on ethics and society in many countries on every continent. His diverse career experience also includes fifteen years as an associate pastor in Switzerland and four years as the education program director for the International Institute for Relief and Development of Food for the Hungry in Geneva, Switzerland.
For the last nineteen years, he has been the president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation. Middelmann is a prolific author who regularly publishes Footnotes, has written two earlier books, PRO-EXISTENCE and THE MARKET-DRIVEN CHURCH, and has authored numerous articles and chapters for Francis Schaeffer’s books.
Middelmann has been married to Deborah, who is American, for 43 years. They have five children and seven grandchildren. The Middelmanns divide their time between The Schaeffer Foundation’s Switzerland and Manhattan locations, visiting the U.S., on average, three to four times a year for extended lecture tours.
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