Dr. Jack Cottrell, a Kentuckian by birth and in spirit, comes from the Minorsville Christian Church, near Stamping Ground, Kentucky.   In his early years of church membership, two-week revival meetings, and Northward Christian Assembly brought him into contact with such stalwarts as R. J. Kidwell, Wayne Smith, Bob Shannon, and E. Ray (Cotton) Jones. After committing to vocational Christian service he received two degrees (A.B., Th.B.) from the Cincinnati Bible Seminary, followed by an A.B. in philosophy from the University of Cincinnati.

   He received his M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary.  This gave him important first-hand contact with strict Calvinist theology.

   He was recruited for the position of professor of theology in the CBS graduate school, by Dr. Louis Foster.  He completed his Ph.D. degree in theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1971.

  In 1958 he married Barbara Gordin; they have three children and four grandchildren. He is an active member of the Miamitown Ohio Church of Christ.

   He was a Professor of Theology at CBS (the graduate school) from September 1967 to December 2015 — a total of forty-eight and one-half years, a remarkable career of equipping thousands of young theologians.

   He carries on an extensive writing ministry.  Dr. Cottrell has been writing and publishing articles ever since his days as a seminary student. His first book (His Way) was published in 1973. Among his books are: Baptism: A Biblical Study; The Faith Once for All; a two-volume commentary on Romans; and a three-volume set on the doctrine of God (God The Creator, God The Ruler, and God The Redeemer.) Which Dr. Cottrell has combined into God Most High.  Dr. Cottrell is busy writing new books which can by found at the Chrisitan Restoration Association.

NOTE. His son, Dr. Russell Cottrell, is a Medical Doctor and practicing VA Psychiatrist, in Chico, CA.  


Jack Cottrell is on the web.

Dr. Cottrell’s Publications

Jack Cottrell: In A League of His Own



Election, Calvinism, and the Bible

Calvinism Summarized

Did the Early Christian Fathers Teach Calvinism

Calvinism and the Bible

Audio Recordings

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

The Role of Women   -   part 1

The Role of Women   -   part 2


Grace   -   part 1

Grace   -   part 2

Grace   -   part 3

Once In Grace

How to Be A Priest (1 Peter 2:5)

The Wells of Salvation (Isaiah 12:1-7)

Jews In Prophecy


Dr. Cottrell’s analysis of “The Shack”

“In Matters of Faith, Unity; In Matters of Opinion, Liberty”   (See Rollmann below)

The Role of Women in Church Leadership

Abortion and the Mosaic Law

Christian Worship and Instrumental Music

Classical Arminianism and Open Theism

The History of Baptism Part 1 & Part 2

"Baptism: What Does the Bible Say About Baptism and Does it Really Matter?"

Jack Cottrell on Paradise

Marriage and Sex

Are Exorcisms Miraculous

Questions and Answers

The Tyranny of the Paradigm


                His Way

Chapter 01: Living Under the Law

Chapter 02: God Is Supreme

Chapter 03: No Graven Images

Chapter 04: God’s Holy Name

Chapter 05: Lord of Time

Chapter 06: Human Authority

Chapter 07: Respect For Human Life

Chapter 08: Marriage and Sex

Chapter 09: Steal No More

Chapter 10: Truth is Basic

Chapter 11: The Peril of Greed

Chapter 12: The Greatest Commandment

Chapter 13: Love in Action

Chapter 14: The Highest Good

(Dr. Hans Rollmann)

Hans Rollmann: The Pre-history of a Restoration Movement Slogan


Dr. Jack Cottrell