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Michael Youssef's Bio:

Since before he was born, it is evident that God had a vision for Michael Amerhom Youssef. Even the name his parents gave him, Michael, means "messenger of God," and pointed to his destiny of ministry.

His mother was in poor health at the time she became pregnant with Michael, and because her life would be jeopardized by the birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion procedure was scheduled. But God intervened, and sent the family pastor to reassure them the night before the procedure was to take place that God was involved in this pregnancy, not to be afraid, and that this child would be "born to serve the Lord."

Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him surrender his life to the Lord in 1964 at age sixteen.

Believing that God was calling him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa at a time when no university student was permitted to hold a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously provided approval of his application. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a minister, and met and married his wife, Elizabeth.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977 where Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. He later earned a doctorate in social anthropology from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served for nearly ten years with the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and church leadership to church leaders. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31.

The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a United States citizen, fulfilling a dream he'd held for many years. He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission to "Equip the Saints and Seek the Lost.”, which has grown to a congregation of nearly 2000.

Dr. Youssef is now president of an international broadcast ministry, “Leading the Way with Dr. Michael Youssef.”  His daily radio program and his weekly television program are carried on hundreds of stations throughout North America and around the world.  

Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a worldwide audience. The path he has walked has given him a thorough cross-cultural understanding and a firm grasp of Scripture. He preaches, teaches and exhorts with a straightforward and uncompromising delivery, based on the authority of the inspired, infallible Word of God. His unique, firsthand understanding of the Holy Land, its history and culture, brings the Bible to life for listeners and viewers.

Dr. Youssef has authored more than 20 books to date, the most recent being "The Spirituality That Heals". He has also produced numerous teaching cassette series and booklets on a variety of important subjects to further assist believers in their spiritual growth and maturity on their journey of faith.

Leading The Way claims Dr. Youssef as the ministry's number one volunteer. He receives no compensation for his time, nor does he receive royalties from the sale of any of the resource materials he produces and authors.

God has positioned Dr. Youssef since before birth, and is using Leading The Way today to reach millions of lost souls, to equip the saints, and build up the Church of Jesus Christ worldwide.

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