Dr. Chuck Missler: A Retrospectiveby William P. Welty, Ph.D.
In early May 2018, Koinonia House announced the death of Dr. Charles W. “Chuck” Missler, about the time that the Holy Bible: International Standard Version was being prepared for print publication.
Dr. Missler served on the board of directors of the ISV Foundation for about ten years, and personally contributed to the translation by the late Dr. Peter Flint of the ISV book of Isaiah from the Dead Sea Scrolls.
I first met Chuck in mid–1992, having been introduced to him by Doug Mahr, one of the original founders of the New Age Movement. Doug had come to know Jesus the Messiah, largely as a result of Dr. Chuck’s teaching ministry.
A personal friend of Doug’s arranged for Doug and I to meet, and then Doug invited me to accompany him to one of Chuck’s teaching sessions at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa.
At the time I met Dr. Chuck, I was still four years away from beginning my Super-Wide Area Satellite (SWANsat) System, an international telecommunications venture. After I began that project, Chuck was pleased to provide his final consultancy in the American technology business sector as an advisor to us.
It wasn’t the technology consulting and encouragement for SWANsat that was the most valuable contribution made by him to my work. That distinction is reserved for his amazing discipline in the field of biblical studies and exposition.
In a word, the man was learned, if I may use a somewhat obsolete word to describe him. The word is obsolete, in my opinion, mainly because so few Christians — and even fewer Christian teachers — are so ignorant of the Scriptures.
Chuck was a delightful exception. He constantly surprised me with the depth of his understandings regarding the nuances of the original languages of the Bible…and this from a man who had no formal training in Hebrew, Aramaic, or New Testament Koiné Greek.
The highlight of the last ten years or so of my relationship with Chuck has been Chuck’s invitation to address the Strategic Perspective Conferences, held annually in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
I have fond memories of these experiences, including the memories of meeting dozens of Koinonia Institute students annually.
I already miss the times of fellowship. We used to talk regularly between his New Zealand residence and my office in southern California.
I look forward to seeing him again soon. Very soon.
William P. Welty, Ph.D.