Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Memorials: Burton L. Goddard

Academic journal article Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society

Memorials: Burton L. Goddard

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Burton L. Goddard was born on July 4, 1910 on a farm in southern Minnesota. His father was frequently away as a traveling salesman. His mother was the spiritual influence in his life and that of his five siblings. Burton was saved as a student at UCLA, where he earned his A.B. degree with highest honors in history in 1933. He received his Th.B. from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1937 and was ordained that year as an evangelist in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He then served as pastor for four years at Carlisle Congregational Church west of Boston while he studied at Harvard University for his S.T.M. (1938), and his Th.D. (1943). He later took his M.L.S. degree from Simmons College in Boston in 1957. Burton was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honorary society.

In 1941 Burton Goddard joined the faculty of Gordon College of Theology and Missions. He taught Bible and Christian Education, and then served as Dean, professor of biblical languages and exegesis, then as director of the Library at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Upon his retirement in 1975 the library was named The Goddard Library in his honor, he was named emeritus faculty, and later given an honorary doctorate by Gordon-Conwell in 1986. …

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