Timothy Lin (1961)
Th.B., S.T.M., B.D., Ph.D.
Theology, Semitic Languages
A Brief Biography of Dr. Timothy Lin
Dr. Timothy Lin was
born to a ministers family in Chekiang, China.
He was taught to read the Bible when he was 6, began to preach when he was 15, but
was not born again until age 19.
Having left Central Theological Seminary of Nanking in 1934 due to its modernistic
teaching, he served as the pastor of Jubilee Church in Shanghai until 1937. In 1938-39 he was principal of the Christian and
Missionary Alliance Bible Institute of Kwangsi. In
1940 he came to the United States for the first time to study Hebrew and Greek at
Concordia Theological Seminary and Washington University.
During World War II,
Dr. Lin was in charge of Bethel Orphanage as well as being the principal of Bethel High
School. He was also the dean of Shanghai
Bible College. After the war, Dr. Lin was
invited to be the president of the East China Theological College of Hangchow, which was
cosponsored by the China Inland Mission. Then
in 1948 he came again to the United States for advanced study, receiving a B.D. and S.T.M.
from Faith Theological Seminary, then in Wilmington, Delaware, and a Ph.D. from the College of Hebrew and Cognate Learnings of
Dropsie University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In
addition, he holds several other earned and honorary degrees.
Dr. Lin was a member
of one of the Old Testament translation committees for the New American Standard Bible. He was also a professor in the graduate school of
Bob Jones University, in South Carolina, where he taught Systematic Theology, Biblical
Theology, Old Testament Hebrew, Biblical Aramaic, Classic Arabic, and Peshitta Syriac. Moreover, he was a professor at Talbot Seminary,
Los Angeles, and Trinity Evangelical Seminary, Chicago, and the president of China
Evangelical Seminary in Taiwan.
In 1961 the Lord led
him to become interim pastor of the small struggling First Chinese Baptist Church of Los
Angeles, and in 1962 the permanent pastor. When
he retired as Senior Pastor a few years ago, the church had eight pastors, more than 2,200
in regular Lords Day attendance, and in addition had started several mission
churches with more than 300 in regular attendance.
Dr. Lin has also been a popular teacher and Bible conference speaker, being in great demand by ministers, teachers, and church leaders for training in biblical interpretation and church growth in the Far East as well as in North America.