Apr. 19, 2015
Christopher Mitchell, professor in Biola’s Torrey Honors Institute, passed away unexpectedly the evening of July 10, 2014. Mitchell, 62, joined the Biola University faculty one year ago and quickly became a beloved professor and friend to students and colleagues alike.
“A careful and imaginative scholar, Chris was a person of deep faith, authentic humility, generous spirit, and resonant compassion. He will be missed,” said David Nystrom, provost and senior vice president.
Biola grieves the loss of this dear member of the Biola community and mourns with his family.
“Though Dr. Mitchell joined Biola from Wheaton College only one year ago, he and Julie quickly became part of our family,” said Biola University President Barry H. Corey. “They loved being here, and we loved having them here. How profoundly sad we are today and how sincerely we extend our prayers and comfort to his wife Julie and their children, in-laws and grandchildren.”
Mitchell was a premier C.S. Lewis scholar and former director of the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College in Illinois, a study center devoted to researching the lives and works of influential Christian writers including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and others. He is the author of numerous articles on C.S. Lewis.
As a member of the faculty at Biola’s Torrey Honors Institute, one of the largest classical books honors programs at any Christian college, Mitchell worked directly with students in an educational environment modeled on the Socratic approach of Oxford and Cambridge. The institute has always looked to the creative and intellectual legacy of C.S. Lewis as a model, according to Paul Spears, director of the institute.
Mitchell received his master's from Wheaton College, and doctorate from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, where his concentration was historical theology.
A memorial service will be held at Grace EV Free Church in La Mirada on Sunday, July 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Read Mitchell’s article, “Still Looking for C.S. Lewis,” published in Biola Magazine’s 2013 summer issue.
Watch a collection of Mitchell’s lectures on Open Biola.
Written by Jenna Bartlo, media relations specialist. For more information, contact Jenna at (562) 777-4061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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