J. Vernon McGee

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J. Vernon McGee
Born John Vernon McGee
June 17, 1904
Hillsboro, Texas
Died December 1, 1988 (aged 84)
Resting place Mountain View Cemetery and Mausoleum Altadena, California
Education B.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary; Th.M. and Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary
Occupation Minister; Bible Teacher Founder and teacher of the "Thru the Bible Radio Network" program.
Spouse(s) Ruth
Children One daughter, Lynda; first child stillborn
Website Thru the Bible

John Vernon McGee, Th.D., LL.D, (June 17, 1904 – December 1, 1988) was an ordained Presbyterian minister (PCUS) and later became the pastor of a non-denominational church, a Bible teacher, theologian, and was also a radio minister.


Early Years and Education

He was born in Hillsboro, Texas. He graduated with his B.D. from Columbia Theological Seminary and his Th.M. and Th.D. from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas. McGee's first church was located on a red clay hill in Midway, Georgia. He served Presbyterian churches in Decatur, Georgia; Nashville, Tennessee; and Cleburne, Texas before he moved with his wife to Pasadena, California, where he accepted a position at the Lincoln Avenue Presbyterian Church.

He moved from Pasadena to Los Angeles and became the pastor of the Church of the Open Door in 1949, where he continued as pastor until 1970. McGee also served as chairman of the Bible department at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (Biola University) and as a visiting lecturer at Dallas Theological Seminary.

Thru The Bible

In 1967, he began broadcasting the Thru the Bible Radio Network program. In a systematic study of each book of the Bible, McGee took his listeners from Genesis to Revelation in a two and one-half year "Bible bus trip," as he called it. After retiring from the pastorate in January, 1970, and realizing that two and a half years was not enough time to teach the Bible, McGee completed another study of the entire Bible in a five-year period. Thru the Bible has been translated into over 100 languages and is broadcast on Trans World Radio throughout the world every weekday.


McGee continued many speaking engagements after he retired, including throughout a bout of cancer from which he fully recovered. However, a heart problem surgically corrected in 1965 resurfaced, and he died in his sleep in 1988. After his death, the five-year program of Thru the Bible continues to air on over 800 radio stations in North America, is heard in more than 100 languages and is broadcast worldwide via radio, shortwave, and the Internet.

Education and Areas of Service

Table 1: Education
Degree Year Institution
Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) 1930 Southwestern (Memphis, TN)
Bachelor of Divinity (B.Div.) 1933 Columbia Theological Seminary
Master of Theology (Th.M.) 1937 Dallas Theological Seminary
Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) 1940 Dallas Theological Seminary
Table 2: Pastorates
Years Congregation Location Denomination
19??-19?? ?? Decatur, Georgia Presbyterian
19??-19?? Second Presbyterian Church Nashville, Tennessee Presbyterian
May 3, 1936-October 3, 1940 First Presbyterian Church Cleburne, Texas Presbyterian
1940-1948 Lincoln Avenue Presbyterian Church Pasadena, California Presbyterian
1949-1970 Church of the Open Door Los Angeles, California Interdenominational
Table 3: Radio Ministries
Years Program Location
1941-19?? The Open Bible Hour Pasadena, California
19??-1967 High Noon Bible Class Pasadena, California
1967–Present Thru the Bible Pasadena, California

Additional areas of service:

  • Head of the English Bible Department at the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (a.k.a. Biola University)
  • Visiting lecturer at Dallas Theological Seminary
  • In 1962 he co-founded and taught at the Los Angeles Bible Training School (a.k.a. LABTS)[1]


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