Massey autobiography released

Wed, 2012-07-25 08:49 -- univcomm
Anderson University’s AU Press has recently released Aspects of My Pilgrimage, a book written by Dr. James Earl Massey, Dean Emeritus of the Anderson University School of Theology. The autobiography describes the life of a humble man who turned from a career as a classical pianist to answer a call to the ministry as a pastor, scholar, teacher, evangelist, denomination statesman, and respected leader in the world Christian movement. Dr. Massey was a valued friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and has addressed more than a hundred campuses worldwide.

“While many people seek greatness but only attain mediocrity, James Earl Massey has been lifted to greatness while seeking simply to be faithful to his calling,” said Dr. Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and executive editor of Christianity Today. Beyond his many accomplishments, at the core of Dr. Massey's being there is an essential decency, humility, and spirituality that is compelling. Never one to give himself to minor absolutes, he has modeled, with courage and compassion, the burdensome joy of a herald whose life reflects the message he proclaims.”

“This work pays tribute to the grand heritage that informed me, and to the good persons who influenced me; to mention some of the individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions whose openness to me allowed, encouraged, and enhanced what I tried to do in response to my times; and to glorify God, who entrusted a life to me, and who granted timely guidance as I sought to honor that trust,” said Dr. Massey.

Dr. Massey is Dean Emeritus of Anderson School of Theology in Anderson, Indiana. For fifty years he has been an extraordinary Christian communicator in pulpit and classroom, serving as Senior Pastor of the Metropolitan Church of God in Detroit (1954-1976), missionary educator in Jamaica (1964-1967), Campus Minister of Anderson University (1969-1977), Speaker on the “Christian Brotherhood Hour” radio broadcast (1977-1982), Dean of the Chapel of Tuskegee University (1984-1989), and Dean of Anderson School of Theology (1989-1995).

Dr. Massey carries the title “Life Trustee” of Asbury Theological Seminary, is an accomplished musician, a man of literary skill and spiritual depth, called the “Prince of Preachers,” and is an honored representative of his church heritage, the Church of God (Anderson). He provided editorial leadership for the magazine Christianity Today and the landmark publication The New Interpreter’s Bible. His own books include Spiritual Disciplines, Designing the Sermon, Sundays in the Tuskegee Chapel, and The Burdensome Joy of Preaching

Aspects of My Pilgrimage can be ordered through Warner Press via telephone at 1 (800) 741-7721 or by e-mail at For bulk orders of 10 or more at a discount, contact Dr. Barry Callen, editor of Anderson University Press, at (765) 641-4559 or by e-mail at To review other available titles published by Anderson University Press, visit the AU Press Web site at