Dr. Mitch Glaser was born into a nominally Orthodox Jewish home in New York City during an era when views on life, death and religion were beginning to undergo major changes in American society. Mitch went to Hebrew School and had his Bar Mitzvah at the age of 13, but lost any religious zeal he had to the excitement and energy of the 1960s.
After dropping out of college in 1970, Dr. Glaser moved to California and was introduced to various Eastern religions, which seemed intriguing but did not answer the deeper questions of his soul. After two of his closest Jewish friends became believers in Jesus, Dr. Glaser was introduced to the idea that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah. After a thorough investigation of the Old and New Testament as well as a study of Messianic prophecies in the Scriptures, Dr. Glaser himself received Jesus as his Messiah in November of 1970.
Almost immediately after becoming a believer, Dr. Glaser became involved with what was then the West Coast branch of Chosen People Ministries (formerly known as the American Board of Missions to the Jews). This was the beginning of almost 40 years in ministry, during which he has worked with Messianic missions such as Jews for Jesus and Ariel Ministries. Since 1997, Dr. Glaser has served as president of Chosen People Ministries – one of the oldest and largest Messianic ministries in the world.
Chosen People Ministries was established in 1894 by a Hungarian immigrant, Rabbi Leopold Cohn, and today has workers in 15 countries including the United States, Israel, Russia, Germany and Argentina.
Dr. Glaser is an alumnus of Northeastern Bible College, holds a Master of Divinity degree in Bible from Talbot Theological Seminary and a Ph. D. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary School of World Mission. He has a keen understanding of the global scope of the modern Messianic movement thanks to his extensive travels, and was instrumental in establishing two congregations among Russian Jewish immigrants in New York.
He is the co-recipient of Christianity Today magazine's 2009 Award of Merit in the Apologetics/Evangelism category for the book To The Jew First: The Case for Jewish Evangelism in Scripture and History, which was co-edited with Darrell Bock. Dr. Glaser and Dr. Bock also co-edited The Gospel According to Isaiah 53, which was recently published by Kregel Press. Dr. Glaser has also written the evangelistic book entitled Isaiah 53 Explained and initiated the Isaiah 53 Campaign – a focal point of Chosen People Ministries’ global outreach to the Jewish community. He is also the co-author of The Fall Feasts of Israel with his wife, and has written many articles for Christian periodicals.
Dr. Glaser has taught at leading evangelical schools such as Biola University and the Talbot School of Theology, where he is an adjunct professor, and helped to initiate the Charles Feinberg Center for Messianic Jewish Studies – a program designed to train leaders for Jewish ministries. In addition, he has taught classes at Fuller Theological Seminary, Columbia International University and Moody Bible Institute.
Dr. Glaser is a musician, composer and gifted teacher. He and his wife have two adult daughters and live in Brooklyn, New York City, which he calls “the soul of the worldwide Jewish community.”