John Ankerberg

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John Ankerberg
Born John Ankerberg
(1945-12-10) December 10, 1945 (age 73)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Evangelist, Television personality, author, apologist theologian
Employer Ankerberg Theological Institute (President)
Known for Founder, President of Ankerberg Theological Institute, Chicago, IL
Host, The John Ankerberg Show TV program (syndicated)
Title John Ankerberg
Spouse(s) Darlene
Children 1 daughter, Michelle

John Ankerberg (born December 10, 1945) is an American Christian evangelist and TV presenter. He is an ordained Baptist minister and has written 91 books focusing on religious subjects.[1][2] He is the producer and host of the nationally televised weekly half-hour program The John Ankerberg Show.[3] Ankerberg earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, an M.A. in Church History and Philosophy of Christian Thought, and a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He earned a Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary in Lithonia, Georgia.[4]

Bakker and PTL scandal

In 1987, Ankerberg presented evidence that exposed moral failings of televangelist Jim Bakker, which included solicitation for sex and homosexual relations.[5][6][7]

Evangelicals and Catholics Together

In 1995 Ankerberg and other evangelical leaders expressed opposition to the proposed Evangelicals and Catholics Together ecumenical document designed to foster a sense of unity and cooperation between Protestant evangelicals and Catholics. This opposition resulted in a meeting which drafted an amendment clarifying the beliefs of the evangelical signers, which stated that "cooperation with evangelically committed Roman Catholics, does not imply acceptance of Roman Catholic doctrinal distinctives or endorsement of the Roman Catholic Church system." Ankerberg stated that the meeting "heals the breach", but "failed to mollify the concerns of many evangelicals."[8]

Criticism of the New World Translation

Ankerberg is critical of the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures used by Jehovah's Witnesses saying it was designed "to their own preconceived and unbiblical theology."[9]

Personal life

Ankerberg grew up in Mount Prospect, Illinois and now lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ankerberg is married to Darlene and they have one daughter, Michelle.


Published works

  • Ankerberg, John; Weldon, John; Burroughs, Dillon. The Facts on Halloween, Harvest House Publishers, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7369-2219-7
  • Ankerberg, John; Weldon, John. Encyclopedia of new age beliefs, Harvest House Publishers, 1996. ISBN 978-1-56507-160-5
  • Ankerberg, John; Weldon, John. Fast Facts on Islam, Harvest House Publishers, 2001. ISBN 978-0-7369-1011-8
  • Ankerberg, John; Weldon, John. Fast Facts on Mormonism Harvest House Publishers, 2003. ISBN 978-0-7369-1079-8
  • Ankerberg, John; Weldon, John; Burroughs, Dillon. The Facts on Jehovah's Witnesses, Harvest House Publishers, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7369-2215-9
  • Ankerberg, John; Weldon, John. Cult Watch, Harvest House Publishers, 1991. ISBN 978-0890818510


  1. "Biography of Dr. John F. Ankerberg". Retrieved 2009-06-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Religious Leaders of America: A Biographical Guide to Founders and Leaders of Religious Bodies, Churches,and Spiritual Groups in North America (Religious Leaders of America). Gale Group. 1999. p. 20. ISBN 0-8103-8878-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "The John Ankerberg Show schedule". Retrieved 2009-06-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4., About Dr. John Ankerberg
  5. "Church Hears Bakker Accusations". Chicago Tribune. April 26, 1987. Retrieved 2014-06-24.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Falwell Says He May Quit PTL Club". NY Times (AP). April 27, 1987. Retrieved 2009-06-14.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Lauter, David (1987-04-27). "Early Return Would 'Doom Ministry,' Falwell Warns Bakker". Retrieved 2011-05-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Document on Interfaith Cooperation Causes Rift". 1995-03-18. Retrieved 2011-05-28.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. See Ankerberg, John and John Weldon, 2003, The New World Translation of the Jehovah's Witnesses, accessible online

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