School of Divinity

Rev Michael Gott

Before taking his ministry to Eastern Europe, or setting up Michael Gott International in Keller, Texas, the evangelist preacher came to Edinburgh in 1966 on a two year scholarship to study Theology.

Composite shot. Foreground: Michael Gott with Bible. background: large congregation
Michael Gott. Photo: Michael Gott International

Writing in 2020, Michael said:

“New College helped revolutionize my life. Neither of my parents graduated from secondary school due to the Great Depression in America, and they never travelled. When I graduated from the university (Baylor), with the help of one professor who attended New College himself, I was given a scholarship to study at New College; I longed to study preaching under James S. Stewart — all this, for family and friends, was like my going to the moon!

“My educational experience at New College totally upended my life — and provincialism came to an end, and it opened the world to me; New College was directly a vital part of that. Like the Apostle Paul, I am a debtor!

“More recently the late New College Professor Larry Hurtado’s book (autographed and sitting within reach as I write), Destroyer of the gods, relit a fire within me. It declared what early Christians faced with the irrefutable evidence that he presented so skilfully and yet scholarly, and it impacted my life so very significantly.

“New College continues to impact my life after over fifty years!”

Composite image: Michael and Jan Gott (foreground), large congregation (background)
Michael and Jan Gott. Photo: Michael Gott International


Michael Eric Gott - Evangelist

Michael’s biography reads as follows:

“Michael Gott, now 77, is a symbol of evangelism with integrity. He has preached the Gospel in person to over one million individuals—as many as any contemporary Southern Baptist evangelist. Hundreds of thousands more have heard his simple message through radio and television.

“Reared on a small farm outside Livingston, Texas, at sixteen years of age he had an experience with Christ that changed his life purpose.

“Ordained by the Southern Baptist Convention in the 1960s, Michael received a solid foundation in Christian beliefs at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. In 1965 he graduated from Baylor University with a BA.

“After graduation from college, Gott served as a youth evangelist and held special events for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Within a year after leaving Baylor he was selected for a British theological scholarship. Baylor president Abner McCall, head of the Baylor religious school Ray Summers, and distinguished professor Kyle M. Yates were instrumental in securing the study grant for Gott. He attended the University of Edinburgh in Scotland for postgraduate work in New Testament preaching.

“Michael Gott is a Master of Divinity graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

“Michael also preached throughout the United States and Europe and steadily emerged as a leading spokesman for the Christian faith. Today, Michael Gott is perhaps at the height of his ministry, which has spanned more than 50 years. He has had opportunities to preach in almost every state in America and more than fifty other countries. Since 1970 he has held preaching missions in virtually every country in Eastern Europe in Europe’s largest churches.

“As founder and head of the Michael Gott Evangelistic Association he has actively sought over $400,000 in scholarships for students from the former Soviet Bloc countries. Many students have studied on this program throughout America and Eastern Europe.

“His inspirational articles and recorded messages appear and are distributed throughout Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Africa.

“He is often invited to speak at seminaries on the subject of evangelism. In 2018 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for his ministry of over 50 years in evangelism, at the Southern Baptist Convention, Dallas.

“He was first to receive the Roy Fish Award for excellence in evangelism and in 2016 was awarded a Doctor’s Degree from the Biblical Seminary in Ukraine. Mr. Gott was president of the Southern Baptist Evangelists in Texas and vice-president of all Southern Baptist Convention evangelists.

“He was once tabbed as an ‘authentic international citizen’ by leading officials in Poland. He has personally met world leaders from Margaret Thatcher to Lech Wałęsa.

“He has been quoted in numerous magazines, and he has been the subject of newspaper and magazine feature articles. Recently he was selected to be quoted in a nationally distributed book on quotes from outstanding Christian leaders—his statement, “An evangelist is a nobody, trying to tell everybody about somebody who can change anybody!”

“He and his wife Jan [pictured] have one daughter and a son-in-law, one grandson, and one granddaughter. The couple make their home near Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in the city of Keller, Texas.”


Michael’s website

John Adams’ blog post about Michael's life: Not A Bible Belt Evangelist