Andrews University Announces Passing of Professor Emeritus Miroslav Kiš

Andrews University has announced the passing of longtime professor of ethics at the Theological Seminary, Dr. Miroslav Kiš. The following announcement was sent from the Andrews University public relations office:

We are saddened to inform the campus community that Miroslav M. Kiš died Tuesday afternoon, February 23, 2016, from a heart attack.

Dr. Kiš served as professor of Christian ethics and chair of the Department of Theology & Christian Philosophy at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. He joined the faculty in 1983 as an assistant professor of Christian ethics and retired June 1, 2015, after 31 years of service at Andrews University.

His son, Andrej, works in the Office of Academic Records as articulation coordinator. Brenda Kiš, his wife, worked in the seminary for a number of years before she became an employee at Adventist Frontier Missions. She also retired on June 1, 2015. Their younger son, Adam, is currently an assistant professor of anthropology in the Department of International Studies at Burman University in Alberta, Canada.

Further details about funeral arrangements will be shared in the Life Stories section of Andrews Agenda as they become available.

Please remember the entire Kiš family in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with this difficult, unexpected loss.

Kiš was born and raised in then-Communist Yugoslavia. As a young child—only 2 years old—he lost his father. He was tenth of 11 children, and his family faced poverty and hardship because of his Christian beliefs, particularly his Sabbath observance, which included refusing to attend school on Saturday. Kiš has been a watchmaker, a youth leader, a pastor, a professor and chair of the Theology Department at Andrews University. He authored books and papers on theology and ethics, tackling topics like marriage and homosexuality, the ordination of women, biblical interpretation, and Christian morality and ethics. Kiš received his MDiv from Andrews University and a PhD from McGill University in Montreal. His doctoral thesis, "Revelation and Ethics: Dependence, Interdependence, Independence," compared the neo-orthodox ethics of Reinhold Niebuhr and the evangelical paradigm of Carl F. H. Henry vis-à-vis divine revelation. He conceived of the goal of theology as briding gaps between knowledge, truth and praxis specifically in three areas: the distance between ignorance and knowledge, knowledge and action, and action and character.

Miroslav Kiš's lifelong quest to understanding truth, which for him was rooted in biblical texts, is evident in the many writings he leaves behind.

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I’m sorry to hear this. He was too young. I did not know him well, but I was at Collonges when he and Brenda were there. I believe that’s where they met. That was more than 40 years ago.

Miroslav was one of my favorite teachers and his class on church and society was personally transformative. His personal story, shared so simply and slipped into the lectures, was inspiring. He was the first East European Adventist I ever met, and I was initially surprised by the his academic strength and insight. I have retold his devotional, “The Parable of the Raindrop,” wherever I’ve lived. I will miss him for now, but look forward to being his neighbor in heaven.


This is tragic. I was very fond of him and inspired in his SS classes. He was the only one I could trust to understand why I chose to be rebaptized and he did so for me. He will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathies to all of his family and children who grew up with our children. I look forward to meeting him soon in heaven.


“Know ye not that there is a prince and a great man fallen this day in Israel?” (II Sam. 3:38).


I’m not a scholar. Just an ordinary Miroslav’s listener and countryman. The news about his passing has literally made a quake in all countries of former Yugoslavia. His numerous visits in his former homeland have always been special days of fellowship. Everybody has come and wanted to listen to his great messages brought to us in a simple and comprehensive way. I don’t know if it is known outside of former Yugoslavia, but Dr Kiš was not only a scholar and a professor, he was also an extraordinary musician. He composed many hymns and songs so cherished in his former homeland. Some of them are such as they have been written just for the occasion like this - to bring hope in a better life where there will be no death, no tears and no parting any more.