Ravi Zacharias

A course change.

As Ravi Zacharias pursued a career in business management, he began to feel his heart being pulled in a different direction. Subsequently, he changed his course of study to Theology and graduated in 1972 from Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale University College & Seminary). Little did he know this simple decision would alter the rest of his life as his goal became to present the Gospel of Christ to a needy society. 

In 1976, he received his Master of Divinity from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Through his studies and personal research, he became well versed in the disciplines of comparative religions, cults and philosophy. As a result, he has become one of the most widely known Christian apologists around the world. 

“I like to give [apologetics] two prongs really,” Zacharias said in a 2013 interview. “It’s not only to defend the faith when hard questions are asked, but it is to clarify truth claims when there is wooly headed thinking or muddy waters.”

A global voice for truth.

Zacharias, an Indian born American citizen, founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) in 1984. The organization, known for its evangelistic and apologetic foundation, is a global ministry that seeks to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to cultural influencers throughout the world. RZIM also produces two radio programs—“Just Thinking” and “Let My People Think”— featuring Dr. Zacharias speaking on biblical truth. The program airs on nearly 2,200 outlets worldwide. RZIM is based in Atlanta, Georgia and has additional offices in Canada, India, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Romania, Turkey, Austria, Spain and South Africa.

Known for his clear thinking and articulate tongue, Zacharias has spoken at scores of international venues over the past 43 years, including many prestigious universities such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Johns Hopkins and Cambridge. He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow. At the invitation of the President of Nigeria, he addressed delegates at the First Annual Prayer Breakfast for African Leaders held in Mozambique. He has also appeared on CNN, Fox and other international broadcasts.           

An evangelical leader.

Closer to home, Zacharias has direct contact with key leaders, senators, congressmen and governors who consult him on an ongoing basis. He has addressed the Florida Legislature and the Governor’s Prayer Breakfast in Texas and Louisiana, and has twice spoken at the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations in New York, which marks the beginning of the UN General Assembly each year. As the 2008 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, he gave addresses at the White House, the Pentagon and The Cannon House. 

While his reach and influence have expanded over the years, his Christ-centered mission has always remained clear.