Terry Gorton was raised in Utica NY, (Home to what Terry considers the –home of the world’s greatest pizza) He was raised Catholic and was taught by nuns in Our Lady of Lourdes Grammar School
He went on to Notre Dame all boys HS- where he was an altar Boy;
In 1973 Terry joined the Army as Medic just as the Vietnam War was winding down. He served in Germany where his older brother also served and became of member of the LDS Church. It was Terry’s older brother who went on to baptize him in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1975.
After the Army, Terry served a mission to Belgium, Antwerp (Flemish-speaking) from 1977-79
After his mission, Terry attended BYU, Received Ph.D from Stony Brook University in NY (in Rhetoric and Literature) and has been teaching at BYU in Provo and BYUI in Rexburg for last fifteen years. Terry is the author of Messiah Made Manifest: Exploring the Book of Mormon as a Temple.