UTS Opened Doors for Myself, and Others

UTS opened two big doors for me—one from behind and one in front, and a lot of windows too.

I joined the unification family in 1973 just six months away from getting my bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of Utah. After three and a half years of studying in Salt Lake City while on a swimming scholarship I decided to leave school and join the Unification Church. I have never regretted that offering.

Life at Barrytown by Dan Fefferman (UTS’86)

UTS was a Mecca for me, a place where God allowed me to absorb the knowledge of the Christian centuries in preparation to return to the mission field strengthened and enriched.


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Michael MicklerProfessor of Church History

- Dipl. R.E. Unification Theological Seminary
- M.A. Graduate Theological Union
- Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union

Dr. Michael Mickler is a church historian whose teaching and research interests include the history of Christianity, the American religious experience, the Unification movement, and interreligious peace-building. He sees his task as one of balancing faith with scholarly objectivity, cross-disciplinary perspectives, and a commitment to dialogue with representatives of diverse Christian traditions and world faiths.

Dr. Mickler is the primary historian of the Unification movement in America. His several books and numerous articles are recognized by the wider academic community and cited at length in major scholarly monographs on the movement. In recent years, he has contributed a number of articles on the Unification movement to mainstream encyclopedias. His 40 Years in America: An Intimate History of the Unification Movement, 1959-99 is the definitive account of the movement’s emergence and development in the United States.

Since joining the faculty in 1989, Dr. Mickler has served in a variety of administrative positions, including those of Academic Dean (1995-2000) and Vice-President (2000-2009). He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Unification Studies and serves as Academic Director of the Seminary’s Educational Resource Center (UTS-ERC).