Dallas Willard

Biography

Dallas Willard is a Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has taught at USC since 1965, where he was Director of the School of Philosophy from 1982-1985. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, 1960-1965), and has held visiting appointments at UCLA (1969) and the University of Colorado (1984). Willard's undergraduate studies were at William Jewell College, Tennessee Temple College (B.A., 1956, Psychology) and Baylor University (B.A., 1957, Philosophy and Religion); and his Graduate education was at Baylor University and the University of Wisconsin (Ph. D., 1964: Major in Philosophy, Minor in the History of Science). Dallas lectures and publishes in the areas of philosophy and religion. Renovation of the Heart was published in May 2002, and The Divine Conspiracy was released in 1998 and selected Christianity Today's "Book of the Year" for 1999. The Spirit of the Disciplines appeared in 1988, and Hearing God (1999) first appeared as In Search of Guidance in 1984 (2nd edition 1993). Willard has served on the boards of the C.S. Lewis Foundation and Biola University, and is a member of numerous evaluation committees for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (accreditation). Willard was born in Buffalo, Missouri September 4, 1935. He married Jane Lakes of Macon, Georgia, in 1955. They live in Chatsworth, California, where Jane is a Marriage and Family Therapist. They have two children, John and Rebecca, and a granddaughter, Larissa.