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Josh McDowell's Bio:

As a young man, Josh McDowell considered himself an agnostic and believed that Christianity was worthless. After being challenged to intellectually examine the claims of Christianity, Josh discovered compelling and overwhelming evidence for the reliability of the Christian faith. After believing in Jesus Christ, Josh’s life changed dramatically as he experienced the power of God’s love.

After his conversion, his plans for law school turned instead to plans for seminary and for telling a doubting world about the truth of Jesus Christ. He completed his college degree at Wheaton College and later attended Talbot Theological Seminary where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Master of Divinity degree.

In 1964, Josh joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ International. Not long after, The Josh McDowell Ministry formed to realize the vision of reaching young people worldwide with the truth and love of Jesus Christ. Well known as an articulate speaker, Josh has spoken to more than 10 million young people through over 23,000 talks in at least 113 countries. As he traveled to other countries, Josh quickly realized that where young people were sick, homeless, and hungry words alone were not enough. In 1991, he founded Operation Carelift to meet physical and spiritual needs in orphanages, hospitals, and prisons in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Since its inception, over $46 million dollars of humanitarian aid (food, clothing, and medical supplies) has been delivered overseas, which equals 278 40-ton containers. Nearly 1 million children have also received school supplies, hygiene items and toys from the volunteers that come twice a year to share God’s love with them.

Josh has received two significant honors from the Russian people because of these efforts. He is the only non-Russian to receive an honorary degree from the Russian Academy of Medicine and he is the only foreigner to be a member of the prestigious Russian Club of Scientists. Operation Carelift has grown and expanded into one of the largest humanitarian aid organizations out of the United States, now called Global Aid Network (GAIN).

Back in the United States, Josh has worked to create many cutting edge live events such as, “Why Wait?,” “Counter the Culture,” and “Right From Wrong,” in order to help young people learn to stay strong and stand firm in their faith in the face of a rapidly changing culture. Recently, Josh has traveled the United States with the message of the True Foundations campaign. True Foundations was designed to help young people take their faith and scriptural beliefs to form solid convictions that will stand firm in the face of constant cultural pressures.

During his 47 years of ministry, Josh has authored or co-authored 108 books, including: More Than a Carpenter which has been translated into over 85 languages, and New Evidence That Demands a Verdict, which has been recognized by World Magazine as one of the century’s most influential books.

He has been nominated 36 times for the Gold Medallion Award and been chosen for that prestigious award on four occasions.

Other awards and honors include:

  • 1989 Golden Eagle Award from the Council on International Nontheatrical Events for “Who Do You Listen To?” motion picture for excellence in
    representing the USA international motion pictures events abroad.
  • 1990 Silver Apple Award for “Date Rape: It Happened to Me” film
  • 1995 Chairman’s Award from the National Religious Broadcasters
  • 1996 Man of the Year from the Children’s Hunger Fund
  • 2000 Special Recognition Award from the Executive Office of the President of the National Drug Control Policy and Barry R. McCaffrey, Director
  • 2007 First foreigner to receive an Honorary Doctorate of Pediatrics from the Russian Academy of Medicine.

Josh will tell anyone that of all the honors and awards he has received, his greatest joys and pleasures come from his family. He and his wife, Dottie, have been married 37 years and have four children and two very precious grandchildren.

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