Middleton, RichardJ. RICHARD MIDDLETON

Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis, Northeastern Seminary

J. Richard Middleton is Professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis at Northeastern Seminary, located on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y. He also serves as adjunct Professor of Old Testament at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology in Kingston, Jamaica. He has been president of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association since 2011.

A native of Jamaica, Middleton moved to Canada for graduate studies, before settling in the United States. While in Canada he coauthored (with Brian Walsh) The Transforming Vision (InterVarsity Press, 1984) and Truth is Stranger Than It Used to Be (InterVarsity Press/SPCK, 1995). The former book has been published in Korean, French, Indonesian, Spanish, and Portuguese. The latter book received a Book-of-the-Year award (1996) from Christianity Today magazine and has been published in Korean.

He holds a B.Th. from Jamaica Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Guelph (Canada), and a Ph.D. in Theology from the Free University in Amsterdam.

Book CoverHe has authored The Liberating Image (Brazos Press, 2005), which has been translated into Korean, and a co-edited volume of essays entitled A Kairos Moment for Caribbean Theology has been published by Pickwick/Wipf & Stock (2013). His new book on eschatology, entitled A New Heaven and a New Earth, is forthcoming from Baker Academic, and he is working on 1 and 2 Samuel for the Abingdon Old Testament Commentary series.

Published essays include topics such as biblical creation theology, salvation in the Old Testament, eschatology, the problem of evil, the theology of popular music, and the interpretation of specific Old Testament texts (in Samuel and the Psalms). His essay "Let's Put Herod Back into Christmas" was awarded the Canadian Church Press prize for best theological reflection (1993) and another essay, "Why the 'Greater Good' Isn't a Defense: Classical Theodicy in Light of the Biblical Genre of Lament," received the annual Fall essay award of the Princeton Graduate Theological Forum (1997).

Before beginning at Northeastern Seminary in 2011, Middleton taught at Roberts Wesleyan College for ten years, and before that at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School (Rochester, N.Y.), Redeemer University College (Ancaster, ON), and the Institute for Christian Studies (Toronto, ON). He has also served as campus minister at two universities in Canada (the University of Guelph and Brock University) and two in the United States (Syracuse University and the University of Rochester).

Richard is married to Marcia, his teenage sweetheart, and they have two sons, Andrew and Kevin. Due to their mixed cultural and national heritage, they consider themselves "Jamericadians."