Erwin W. Lutzer

Erwin W. Lutzer (born October 3, 1941) is an evangelical Christian pastor, teacher, and author. He is currently the senior pastor of The Moody Church.

Early life

Erwin Lutzer was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, the last of Gustav and Wanda Lutzer's five children. He graduated from Winnipeg Bible College and then attended Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. In 1967, he graduated from Dallas (M.A. Theology) with honors and as president of the student body.

While in Dallas, Erwin became acquainted with a young woman named Rebecca Hickman, who was attending Dallas Bible College. They were married in 1969, and have three married daughters and six grandchildren.


Erwin Lutzer served as Senior Pastor at Edgewater Baptist Church in Chicago from 1971 to 1977. During that time he completed an M.A. in philosophy from Loyola University Chicago. He then entered the Ph.D program at Loyola to pursue a doctorate in philosophy. In subsequent years, he has received two honorary doctorates.

Since January 1980, Erwin Lutzer has been the Senior Pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago. The church and its ministries have grown significantly under Lutzer’s leadership, and construction is currently being done on a new Christian Life Center to complement the current 75-year-old building.

Dr. Lutzer is the speaker on three popular radio broadcasts: Songs in the Night, Running to Win, and The Moody Church Hour. These broadcasts are heard across the United States, and in many countries through the internet. Sunday morning services at Moody are streamed live worldwide through the church's website. He is also an international speaker at churches, conferences, and retreats.

Lutzer has authored more than 30 books, including Hitler’s Cross, which won a Gold Medallion award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and the bestselling One Minute After You Die: A Preview of Your Final Destination. Most recently, his book about The Da Vinci Code, called The Da Vinci Deception, was featured on national broadcasts both in secular and Christian markets.