Dr. Jerry Root:
The Full Story
"Loving Jesus is the most important thing."
–Dr. Jerry Root
Dr. Jerry Root is professor emeritus at Wheaton College, as well as a visiting professor at Biola University, Talbot Graduate School of Theology, and Moody Bible Institute. As an undergrad student, Jerry attended Whittier College in Whittier, California where he was awarded 7 varsity letters in football and wrestling. Jerry started for his college championship team for three years and as a running back he never once fumbled and never lost a yard all the times he carried the football. This meant lots of first down carries and touchdowns. Jerry continued to play some form of American football until he was 44 years old. After undergrad, Jerry pursued and received his Master of Divinity degree from Talbot Graduate School of Theology and later earned his Ph.D. through the Open University at the Oxford Center for Mission Studies. Jerry and his wife Claudia have been married since 1975. Together, they have 4 married children and 15 grandchildren.