Robert Erickson Profile
Doctoral studies, New Testament and Early Christian Literature, University of Chicago
B.D., Salutatorian, Bethel Theological Seminary, St. Paul
B.S., cum laude, University of Minnesota
In 1961, while teaching New Testament Greek in the collegiate division of Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, Professor Erickson became captivated by the vision of Dr. Benjamin P. Browne to move the college division of the seminary to Elgin and continue its ministry as Judson College. Professor Erickson, who was the last of Judson’s founding full-time faculty, was given the Golden Eagle Award in 2012 and given status as Professor Emeritus after his semester as a full-time professor in the spring of 2013. He was responsible for the drafting and designing of the Biblical Studies curriculum at the inception of Judson in 1963 and, along with others, sought to sustain and fine-tune the curricular offerings during his more than 45 years at Judson. In 1980, he developed a senior capstone course entitled, “Faith and Life Issues” for the traditional program and also an adaptation in 1994 for the Division of Adult Continuing Education. Professor Erickson is an ordained minister with the Baptist General Conference and has served as the pastor of Hillside Baptist Church (now Crossroads Community Church) of Hillside, Illinois and several churches as an interim minister. He and his wife, Gladys, are currently members of First Baptist Church of Geneva, Illinois. Although he considers his experience at Judson to be a great way to invest his life, he has had opportunities (on a limited basis) to teach selected courses at Northern Illinois University/Loyola University, College of St. Francis and Wheaton College. These experiences in other academic settings have confirmed for him his belief that Judson students and the colleagues with whom he works are, clearly, among the finest anywhere. Though he and Gladys have raised six children, they have been active in the Elgin area community. Gladys, in the earlier years of Judson’s history served as the as the college nurse and now owns and operates Lemstone Christian Stores of Algonquin, Illinois. Professor Erickson has served as a member and president of the U-46 Board of Education for sixteen years and served as the founding president of the Fox Valley Mental Health Resources Council. Professor Erickson has been an active member of the Elgin Noon Kiwanis for over thirty five years and has served as the Elgin Noon Kiwanis/ Judson University’s advisor to Circle K (College and University branch of the Kiwanis organization). His hobbies include: Building (residential, multi-family and sub-division development); running; and coin-collecting. He is also a long-term member of the Judson University Trivia Bee team.
Expertise / Involvements
New Testament Translation, New Testament Interpretation, The Corinthian Letters, Apocalyptic Genre of the New Testament, and Integration of Faith and Life Issues.
Professional Societies or Affiliations
American Theological Society
Society of Biblical Literature
Professor Erickson is interested in developing assessment instruments for measuring “value-added” elements, particularly related to courses that are part of the “core curriculum” delivered by the Christian Religion, Philosophy, and Ministry division and related to his teaching assignments.