Rabbi Kinzer received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Michigan (1995), and his rabbinical ordination from the Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations (2001). He is the author of many books about Jewish Messianic tradition and history. Today, Rabbi Kinzer is Senior Scholar and President Emeritus of Messianic Jewish Theological Institute, a graduate school preparing leaders for service in the Messianic Jewish movement.
Dr. Kinzer was one of the founding rabbis of the Messianic Jewish Rabbinical Council (MJRC). As the first Chair of the MJRC Faith and Halakhic Standards Committee, he edited the original version of the MJRC Standards of Observance. Rabbi Kinzer lives with his wife, Roslyn, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he also serves as spiritual leader of Zera Avraham, a Messianic Jewish synagogue.