John Edmund Haggai has been called a visionary, a Christian world statesman, an evangelist, and a master of the pulpit, all of which is true of this dynamic man of God. Never content to follow the crowd, Dr. Haggai initiated a unique and forward-thinking mission plan in obedience to the Great Commission.

A visit to Asia in the early 1960s convinced Haggai that changes in global geopolitics, brought about by the end of colonialism, required a new strategy for world evangelism. In 1969, after years of research, prayer, and development, he presided over the first advanced leadership seminar, designed to empower and mobilize nationals to reach their own people for Christ.

Haggai International has trained tens of thousands of Christian clergy and lay leaders working in almost all the non-Western countries of the world. They multiply their effectiveness significantly by passing on their training to an average of 100 other leaders. After more than 60 years in public service, this man shows no signs of slowing down in his work for the Kingdom.

He continues to lead the ministry, write his memoirs, and speak in churches, universities, seminaries, and business groups around the world. Dr. Haggai, alumnus of Moody Bible Institute (where he was named Alumnus of the Year) and Furman University, has garnered many awards and earned honorary doctorates from both sides of the Pacific. He has authored more than a dozen books, including How to Win Over Worry, My Son Johnny, The Leading Edge, and The Influential Leader.

John Edmund Haggai was born in Louisville, Kentucky, son of a Syrian immigrant and a New Englander whose English ancestors settled in America during the 1600s. He and wife Christine live in Atlanta, Georgia; however their influence touches millions around the globe.