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Noteworthy Alumni in the Fields of Theology and Counseling – Dr. Emerson Eggerichs ’69

As an MMA cadet, Dr. Eggerichs was new to his faith. At the beginning of his senior year, Eggerichs made a pact with his friend, former Alpha Company Battalion Commander Linn Cornick ‘69, to offer their year to God.  

“I said to Linn, ‘Let’s commit this year to God in prayer. Let’s get on our knees and give this year to God.’ And we knelt at his bed side in the BC’s room, held hands, and offered the year up to God,” Dr. Eggrichs said in a 2006 letter to Col. Stribling.  

His prayer with Cornick came full circle during the last Vespers service of the year, when Col. Stribling said, “This has been a marvelous year. It seems as though someone prayed for this year.”  

Dr. Eggerichs said he felt chills that his prayers had been answered.  

“This was an extraordinary experience for me [as a new believer],” Dr. Eggerichs said in his letter. “This brought home to me for the first time that, when you give God something, He may very well respond, so wait on Him.”  

At MMA, Eggerichs was involved highly involved, participating in football, swimming, baseball, Fusileers, M-Club and chorus. He was junior class vice president and received the Superior Cadet LET (Leadership Education Training) Award and the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Award. 

After graduating from MMA, Eggerichs earned a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Wheaton College, a master’s degree in divinity from Dubuque Seminary and a Ph.D. in child and family ecology from Michigan State University. He then served as the senior pastor of Trinity Church in Lansing, Michigan for nearly 20 years.  

With his unique knowledge about family dynamics and deep connection with the church, Dr. Eggerichs developed the “love and respect” concept, inspired by Ephesians 5:33, which states, “Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.” In other words, a husband must love his wife, and the wife must respect her husband.  

With this epiphany and over three decades of counseling, scientific and biblical research, Dr. Eggerichs authored several popular books, among them the national bestseller Love and Respect – a New York Times bestseller and Platinum and Book of the Year award winner with over 1.6 million copies sold – and popular creations such as Love and Respect in the Family, Mother & Son: The Respect Effect and Before You Hit Send.

In an effort to continue to heal and restore relationships with their findings, Dr. Eggerichs founded Love and Respect Ministries, which provides relationship restoration advice and guides, marriage counseling and marriage mentorship programs.  

As an extension of his work, the Dr. Eggerichs and his wife, Sarah, developed their nationally famous Love and Respect Conference, where they present to live audiences offering relationship advice. This dynamic, life-changing symposium has restored hundreds of relationships since its inception.   

Love and Respect Ministries is endorsed by celebrities such as Dave Ramsey, New York Times best-selling author and radio host; Eric Metaxas, New York Times best-selling author of Bonhoeffer and founder of “Socrates in the City: Conversations on the Unexamined Life;” and James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, president of Family Talk (a nonprofit organization that produces his radio program, “Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk”) and the author of more than 30 books dedicated to the preservation of the family. 

MMA is proud to count Dr. Eggerichs among our noteworthy alumni.