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Richard J. Mouw



Richard Mouw
Messiah College is excited to present Richard J. Mouw, this year's commencement speaker. Mouw served as president of Fuller Theological Seminary from 1993, and retired from that position in June 2013. During this academic year he is Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Pepperdine University; next September he will return to the Fuller faculty as Professor of Faith and Public Life.  A philosopher, scholar, and author, Mouw joined the faculty of Fuller Theological Seminary as professor of Christian philosophy and ethics in 1985. Before coming to Fuller he served for 17 years as professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Free University in Amsterdam.

A graduate of Houghton College, Mouw studied at Western Theological Seminary and earned a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Alberta. His Ph.D. in philosophy is from the University of Chicago.

Mouw has a broad record of publication. He has been an editor of the Reformed Journal and has served on many editorial boards, including currently Books and Culture. He is the author of 19 books, including: “The God Who Commands,” “The Smell of Sawdust,” “He Shines in All That’s Fair: Culture and Common Grace,” “Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport,” “Praying at Burger King,” an expanded and revised edition of “Uncommon Decency: Christian Civility in an Uncivil World,” and most recently, “Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction, The Challenges of Cultural Discipleship,” and “Talking with Mormons: An Invitation to Evangelicals.”

Mouw has received several awards, including Princeton Theological Seminary's and the Shalom Award for Interfaith Cooperation from the American Jewish Committee. He recently served as president of the Association of Theological Schools, and co-chaired for six years the official Reformed-Catholic Dialogue.

Mouw’s wife, Phyllis, is an art historian who is involved in seminary and community programs. Their son, Dirk, daughter-in-law, Christine, and grandsons, Willem and Peter, live in Arkansas.