Dr. Lynn E Mitchell, Jr.

August 15, 1940 ~ July 20, 2019

Dr. Lynn E. Mitchell Jr., 78, of Sulphur, LA died on July 20, 2019 in a local hospital.

Dr. Mitchell was born on August 15, 1940 in La Feria, TX to Lynn Mitchell Sr. and Hazel Mitchell. Dr. Mitchell held the following degrees:

  • A. in Bible with minors in Greek and English, Abilene Christian University, 1961.
  • A. in Doctrine with minor in Hebrew, A.C.U., 1969. Thesis: The Apologetic Method of C.S. Lewis. 
  • D. in Religious Studies, Rice University, 1979.

He was also part of the Academic Society Membership, American Academy of Religion, Society of Biblical Literature, American Society of Christian Ethics, and Restoration Theological Research Fellowship. Dr. Mitchell was a Resident Scholar in Religion in A.D. Bruce Religion Center and Director of the Religious Studies Program for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, University of Houston, 1985 – 2014.

His selected publications included,

  • Walking in the Light: How Christians Face Ethical Issues
  • Two Ages and Two Communities: The Implications of an Eschatological Duality for Development of a Social Ethic. Dissertation at Rice University Microfilms International.
  • The Two Books of God: Science and the Bible.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Kellogg Mitchell; two children, Anne Mitchell Liscum of Sulphur, LA and Jon Colin Mitchell of Katy, TX.

Cremation has been entrusted to Johnson and Robison Funeral Home.

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  1. My goodness, what a magnificent life! For those of us who knew Lynn through the years and debated with him over coffee in his kitchen (usually losing the debate,) it was easy to forget he was highly credentialed, a man of letters as it were. His easy going, laid back manner allowed that. Looking back he was a bit of "scholar shark," and I fell for it every time and he would just laugh at my lame attempts to defend my position.This much I know for certain, the many lives he impacted, the young minds he influenced and the wisdom he spread across the planet will be felt in perpetuity. Carol, Jon, Anne and family. Much love to you all.

  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. May the hope of the resurrection comfort you. Ronna Jane Popovich

  3. I’m so glad I got to meet Lynn at Bering Drive Church of Christ. I enjoyed his teaching, preaching and our interesting conversations on various biblical topics. He was so unique. He will be missed. My sympathy to Carolyn and family. 

  4. My dear brother Lynn, You were supposed to do my eulogy and you have slipped out ahead of me. I love you dearly and I look forward to seeing you on the banks of the river of the water of life.


  5. Carol, Jon, and Anne ——- We are saddened to learn this. We appreciated so much about Lynn's teaching and fellowship over many years. God bless each of you – and the whole family – with comfort and strength. Love, Dale and Mary Charlotte

  6. Blessings and prayers for you as you cope with Lynn's passing. For many years his teaching and insights were a major influence at Bering. We will long remember his contribution to our broadened perspectives and spiritual growth. Alec Schrader

  7. a giant servant leader, pastor, theologian….eternally grateful for his counsel, friendship and spiritual influence in my life and his guiding in the egalitarian transformation of our Sunset Ridge church family….Dr Lynn Mitchell was a champion for acceptance, inclusion and love, for faith and truth, for equality and development of giftedness within the whole body of Christ. Thanks God that his spirit resides in the lives of those he discipled and mentored. 

  8. Lynn taught us more about the bible at Bering than anyone could in a 30 minute class. He loved questions and answering them. His wisdom was impressive and so was his heart. I'm going to miss our debates and his hugs. Carol, Jon and Anne…this has been a very difficult time (the long goodbye) and while our sympathies are with you, so too our relief. Relief that he is with Jesus and they are probably debating! Love to the entire family.

  9. I was blessed to be a room-mate of Lynn's for 1.5 years, 1962, 1963 off-campus at Abilene Christian University (College then). He taught me a lot. I had the pleasure of meeting his family in 1963 at their home in Mercedes, TX. We lost touch when I returned to Canada. We made contact again on Facebook just a few years ago. I always thought of travelling to his home for a visit but I let that slide. Lynn's sister let me know on FB yesterday that Lynn had passed on July 20 I believe. I replied that I would have to visit him 'on the other side'. I have been impressed at Lynn's education and credentials as someone else said, but agree that he was a great, caring human being, loving well and being loved by our Maker. Travel well, Brother Lynn. Hope to be with you one day soon. 

  10. My friendship with Lynn goes back more than 50 years, and has grown richer in more recent times. Our frequent messages with each other on social media were highlights that I looked forward to sharing. With his passing I will rely on many precious memories, some profound, some filled with laughter.

  11. Lynn’s Sunday school classes and friendship have had such a profound impact on my practice and understanding of Christianity. These days he would be a sought after podcaster!  One of his sayings I quote most was his description of himself as “spiritually looking exactly like Robert Redford”. Joe treasured his fellowship as much as I did and I hope they are now once again enjoying life together. My sincerest best wishes to all the family. 

  12. Sorry to hear about Lynn’s passing.  I pray for God’s comforting arms to surround each of you.  I know your last few years have been difficult with his health decline, but also know there is a peace that he is at rest.  Bless you all!
    Sara Faye

  13. Here is a man whose intelligence always grabbed my attention. He made the bible so real and understandable for me. He also had a very large heart that could be broken very easily. That same heart helped many people. He knew unequivocally his Master of love, forgiveness and grace and proved it every day. I will miss you my sweet Lynn.

  14. Carol: I’m so saddened by the news of Lynn’s passing. He was a unique, brilliant and gentle man. I learned a lot from him in my younger years while attending Bering. He will be missed by so many Christians and students, friends and his family.  Love and hugs to you. Pam and Murray

  15. Dear Carol and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Lynn was loved and respected by so many of us. We will miss his wit and wisdom so much. Carol, I would love to chat with you when you feel up to it. Please call me at 713-464-1123.

    Love you,

  16. Only God knows the innumerable lives he touched with his wit (and giggle), wisdom, academic brilliance, humility and compassion. He was introduced to me by the late Martha Murfree who said he helped her see God in her last years beyond her and be released from traditional bonds. I echo her words. 

  17. Carol and family, my condolences to you. Lynn’s life and influence were a huge blessing to me and to so many. 

  18. We are saddened by the loss of our mentor and friend. We look forward to sharing our stories with friends and family. He will be honored in our memories.

  19. Lynn was a great man, so knowledgeable and great teacher. I learn so much on his Bible studies teaching. Your legacy will forever be with us!

  20. Losing a great scholar is painful enough, but saying goodbye to a great person is far more difficult.

  21. Dr. Lynn was my favorite liberal Facebook friend. He was so in touch and kind to me. We didn't debate, but came together when we could on doctrine and issues of current events. I wished to visit him when he relocated to LA, but, alas, it wasn't to be. Prayers for his family and the soul of this dear one.

  22. My deep sympathy and love to Lynn's family. So very grateful for Lynn and his wisdom, caring, humor and insights.

    I have known Lynn Mitchell for 32 years and am forever thankful for his kindness, advice, and his advocacy for love, for human rights, and for justice. So thankful for his friendship and for the many interactions we have had on FB on online over the last several years.

    Lynn was a wonderful, caring, and amazing person! I will miss him!

  23. Dear Lynn:  You were wonderful to work with at the University of Houston.  We go back to 1996, when I became the Dean of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Communication.  Your program, Religious Studies, was well underway by that time, but I was privileged to help you build it, and eventually your program was (and is) a major for our students at UH.  You were always kind, gentle, and generous, and your work at UH will carry on.  Your legacy is enormous.  I know that you are resting in peace.  Lois

  24. Dear Carolyn, Anne, Jon, Family, and Friends, our sympathy to you as you grieve Lynn's passing. Lynn was and will forever be our cherished friend and mentor. We loved being in his classes at Bering and his Facebook posts. We will miss him dearly, and look forward to reuniting with him in heaven. Our love to all, Brenda and Lloyd Balch

  25. It is with deep sadness that we heard about the passing of Dr. Lynn Mitchell. The Religious Studies Program within the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies at the University of Houston acknowledges him as its visionary founder and dedicated academic director for 29 years (1985–2014). His legacy will live on as we continue to teach religion in this department. We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences – R.I.P.

  26. I will forever remember the New Year's Eve Willie Nelson Concert at the Summit when Lynn and I sat together in the rafters and discussed the Willie's theology. I am grateful for being with him on one of the Interfaith Dialogue trips to Turkey, though it physically challenged us both. His knowledge and recall was vast. We have lost a giant scholar and a true friend.

  27. Lynn–You were a great friend and a kind, patient mentor. Thank You for the lessons learned. My sincere sympathy to Carol and the family. May the Peace of God and the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ keep and comfort you until that Day.

  28. You, the man who tells the story of how you gave birth to yourself- assisted in your own birth.
    Like for many others, you made indelible impressions on my life.
    I'm a better person because I got to know a part of you.
    Thank you for being vulnerable and teaching me how to be as well.
    Thank you for teaching faith by being a living example.
    I miss you. I'm happy for you.

  29. What I know about God I learned from three men. Lynn Mitchell was one of them. He quietly transformed the lives of many who still live on, changing the lives of others. I cannot today read certain scriptures without hearing his voice explaining to me the layers beneath, the context, the character of God. We will always cherish memories of his Wednesday night class at Bering Drive Church back in the 80s and 90s. My thoughts are with the family and wish them comfort.

  30. Lynn was chair of Lifeline Chaplaincy when I was offered the position to move to Houston & be a chaplain representing Churches of Christ at M D Anderson Cancer Center. That trek began a long-standing mutual admiration society for both of us, and I’ll always regard Lynn as a faithful, brilliant, caring Christian servant and leader. 

  31. My sincere condolences to the family at this difficult time. May you all seek God for comfort, peace, strength and support (2 Cor 1:3).

  32. I am very sad to learn of the passing of Dr. Mitchell. He was my religious studies teacher and my favorite. I loved his humor, the stories he shared with us and teaching style. I will never forget the impact he had on my academic career and how he made me a more rounded and open minded individual. He will never be forgotten. My heart felt condolences go out to his loved ones and family. God bless you all.

  33. Dr. Mitchell had a great understanding of religion, and I feel privileged to have had him as my teacher. Some of the best lectures I had at The University of Houston were in his classes, and I will continue to share the wealth of knowledge I attained from this great teacher.

    Thank you Dr. Mitchell, you will always be remembered!

  34. Carol, We only recently learned that Lynn had died. Besides helping me survive at Rice and introducing me to Bill (husband for 46 years now), he made a unique mark on my life. I have never known anyone with the incredible combination of brilliance, humor, and ability to make all things clear in matters of faith and God and universe. Please know all of you are in our prayers as you adjust to life without this dear man's physical presence.
    Love to you, Bill and Barbara Griffin

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