R. Kent Hugheswas in pastoral ministry for 41 years, the last 27 as senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He serves as the series editor for Crossway’s popular Preaching the Word commentaries and has made numerous contributions to the series. He and his wife,Barbara, have four children and 21 grandchildren. Barbara is a popular teacher of women’s groups and together with Kent has also authoredDisciplines of a Godly FamilyandCommon-Sense Parenting.
Zig Ziglar was born Hilary Hinton Ziglar in Gary, Indiana on November 6, 1926. During World War II, he enrolled in a Navy college training program but did not graduate. After a long career as a salesman, he decided that the product he sold best was his own energy and optimism. He began speaking to sales groups in the 1950s, but did not become a full-time motivational speaker until the early 1970s. He worked as a motivational speaker for more than 40 years. He also wrote more than 25 books including See You at the Top, Top Performance: How to Develop Excellence in Yourself and Others, Selling 101: What Every Successful Sales Professional Needs to Know, and Born to Win: Find Your Success Code. He died of pneumonia on November 28, 2012 at the age of 86.
Evangelist Billy Graham was born November 7, 1918. He was raised on a dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina during the Depression. When he was sixteen, during the fall of 1934, he made a commitment to Christ. Graham graduated from the Florida Bible Institute in 1940 and received and B.A. from Wheaton College in 1943. After graduation from Wheaton College, he married fellow student Ruth McCue Bell, the daughter of a missionary surgeon. Graham was ordained to the ministry by a church in the Southern Baptist Convention in 1939. He was the Pastor of the First Baptist Church in Western Springs, IL from 1943-45. He was also Charter Vice President for Youth for Christ International in Chicago, IL from 1945-50. He was President of Northwestern Schools from 1947-52. In 1950, he founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Minneapolis and began the weekly "Hour of Decision" radio program. Graham has written numerous books and some of the titles include "World Aflame" (1965), which was on the New York Times and Times Magazines best sellers list, "Angels: God's Secret Agents" (1975), which received the ECPA Platinum Book Award, "The Holy Spirit" (1978), which received the ECPA Gold Book Award, "Approaching Hoofbeats: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (1983), which received the ECPA Gold Book Award and "Just As I Am" (1997) is an autobiography that tells his story as the son of a dairy farmer whose faith in Christ shaped his career and Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well. In 2013, his title The Reason for My Hope: Salvation made The New York Times Best Seller List. Billy Graham has received an enormous amount of awards throughout his career, which includes being one of the Ten Most Admired Men in the World from the Gallup Poll forty two times, more than any other person in the world. He has also received the Distinguished Service Medal from the Salvation Army, been in Who's Who in America annually since 1954, received the Gold Medal Award from the National Institute of Social Science in 1957, named Big Brother of the Year in 1966, and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983, which is the highest civilian award, and the Congressional Gold Medal, which is the highest honor Congress can bestow on a private citizen in 1996. He has received many honorary degrees and Presidents have sought out his counsel. He has been honored for his work on behalf of the welfare of children, his efforts to foster better understanding among all faiths, his contributions to race relations and his contributions to the cause of freedom. Billy Graham and his ministry are known throughout the world and have conducted preaching missions in virtually every country of the former Eastern block, including the former Soviet Union.