Dr. Milo A. Rediger

Dr. Milo A. Rediger (1913-1988) dedicated his life to Christ and found his lifelong ministry at Taylor University. As scholar, teacher, mentor and administrator, he advanced the growth and welfare of the University through more than four decades of devoted service.

After graduating from Taylor in 1939 with high honors, he earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at New York University and took additional theological studies at New York Biblical Seminary. As a philosopher and theologian, he was highly respected in the classroom; his belief in the unique ministry of Christian higher education soon led to his hiring as dean of the University and ultimately to be named its president.

Rediger was a common man who invested his energies in Grant County and the surrounding communities by initiating cooperative projects between the University and its neighbors.

As loving husband of Velma ’56 and devoted father of Nelson ’67 and Wesley ’68, he conveyed the values of his rural Evangelical Mennonite heritage to his family. His total commitment to Jesus Christ was evidenced in his clear belief in personal salvation, personal responsibility and the quest for a mature faith.

Ordained in the Christian ministry, Rediger delighted in the study and preaching of the Word, whether in a cathedral or a country church. During the last decade of his life, he served as chairman of Prison Fellowship’s Indiana Task Force, a ministry devoted to prison reform, and served as pastor of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.

Rediger went to be with the Lord on October 18, 1988, and was laid to rest in Jefferson Cemetery west of Upland.

The Rediger Chapel/Auditorium opened in May, 1976, following extensive renovation from its original purpose as a gymnasium and is used for chapel services, academic programs, performing arts, student activities and conferences.