As a Middle East analyst and award-winning journalist, Mike Evans provides commentary on Middle East affairs for a variety of media. He has appeared on many network television and radio shows including Good Morning America, Cross Fire, Nightline, The Good Morning Show (Great Britain), and appears frequently on the Fox Network, CNN World News, NBC, ABC and CBS. His articles have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Washington Times, The Jerusalem Post and others.
Mike Evans was an advisor to Prime Minister Menachem Begin and recommended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his first political position.
Evans arranged an exclusive interview on Fox News Network with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the 65th U.N. General Assembly in New York City in September 2010.
On July 13, 2007, Evans appeared on MSNBC debating with Arianna Huffington and Pat Buchannan while discussing his book, The Final Move Beyond Iraq. Evans wrote The Final Move Beyond Iraq because he believed that an Islamic revolution would sweep the Middle East using “democracy” as a tool to game the system, as this quote from the back cover reads: “An Islamic revolution is spreading and is on the brink of becoming America’s greatest threat since the Civil War.” That discussion can be viewed HERE.
|Mike Evans with former Prime Minister Netanyahu|
He also appeared on MSNBC with Tucker Carlson debating the belief that democracy was going to solve the Middle East problems. Evans predicted it would be used to birth an Islamic revolution. That video can be viewed HERE.
Evans is a member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. For more than three decades he has covered strategic events worldwide, such as the Middle East Peace Conference in Madrid and the 43rd General Assembly of the United Nations’ specially convened session in Geneva. He most recently covered the International UN Conference on Afghanistan in The Hague, Netherlands, and the UN Durban Review Conference in Geneva, Switzerland.
He serves as the Executive Director of The Corrie ten Boom Fellowship, as well as Chairman of the Board of the Corrie ten Boom Foundation in Ha’arlem, Holland, which operates the ten Boom Holocaust Museum. He also founded The Jerusalem Prayer Team with a reunified Jerusalem’s second mayor, Ehud Olmert. It is a direct outreach of the Corrie ten Boom Fellowship. He founded Churches United with Israel, Inc., the Middle East Media Group, the Evans Institute of Middle East Studies, The Jerusalem World News and TimeWorthy Books.
Evans is a Christian Zionist who, with Prime Minister Menachem Begin, founded the present Christian Zionist movement. He was present at the National Prayer Breakfast in 1982 when a committed group of evangelicals formally pledged their allegiance to support of the nation of Israel.
Members of the group included Dr. Ben Armstrong, Executive Director of National Religious Broadcasters; Congressman Robin Beard; Rabbi David Ben-Ami; Dr. Bill Bright, John Conlan, former Congressman; former Alabama Governor Fob James and Mrs. James; ministry leader Derek Prince; Rev. James Robinson; and Congressmen Mark Siljander and Albert Lee Smith.
From this point forward, Christian Zionism flourished with the support and visibility it was given by Evans and other prominent evangelicals.
Mike Evans has produced 18 documentaries based on his books about Israel—many of which have won him Excellence in Media (EIM) Angel Awards. EIM is a California-based 501(c) 3 non-profit organization describing itself as “dedicated to quality family-oriented programming in all facets of communication.” Others who have received EIM Angel Awards include Tom Hanks, Tom Poston, Jane Seymour, Red Buttons and many other notable celebrities.
His best-known production, Let My People Go, written in 1988, which spotlighted Natan Sharansky, who was convicted of spying for the U.S. and imprisoned for nine years in a Soviet Concentration Camp known as the Gulag, where physical and mental torture, as well as sexual abuse, occurred on a regular basis.
Evans joined with other activists, including Sharansky’s wife, Avital, with assistance from East German lawyer Wolfgang Vogel, New York Congressman Benjamin Gilman and rabbi Ronald Greenwald, asking President Ronald Reagan for Mr. Sharansky’s release as well as the release of nearly 400 Jewish prisoners from President Mikhail Gorbachev. Sharansky was the first political prisoner ever released by Mikhail Gorbachev due to intense political pressure from Ronald Reagan and his administration.
Mike Evans also worked with a Dutch government official to encourage the opening of the doors of the Dutch Embassy in Moscow to the Jews of Russia.
Michael David Evans was born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1947 to a non-practicing Jewish mother whose parents were immigrants from the Soviet Union. Following his discharge from the United States Army, Evans moved to Texas where he earned an Associate of Arts degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God College. He speaks of early life as abusive and painful at the hands of a troubled alcoholic father.
At age 11, he had what he describes as a dramatic encounter with Jesus Christ, during which he received assurance of God’s love for him and a promise that he would be used by God. Evans says his Jewish roots have given him a special appreciation for the people of Israel and have caused him to spearhead many ministries in support of Jews and Israel.
Mike Evans’ wife Carolyn is the founder of Christian Woman of the Year Association. Mother Teresa, Elizabeth Dole, Ruth Graham, Shirley Dobson, Dede Robertson, Dodie Osteen, and other distinguished women are among those honored during the past twenty years.
Mike and Carolyn Evans have four children, Michelle, Shira, Rachel and Michael II, and nine grandchildren.
Mike Evans purchased and restored the Corrie ten Boom house in 1983. The Corrie ten Boom Fellowship is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation governed by a board of directors. It gains no direct or indirect funding from the State of Israel, nor do any of Evans’ organizations. He has served as the chairman without salary for decades.
The museum is housed in the former home of Casper ten Boom and is dedicated to telling the story of his family which harbored, fed and found safe houses for as many as 800 Jews during the Nazi takeover of Holland during World War II.
Ten Boom family members were eventually betrayed by informants and were sent to concentration camps where most died, except Corrie ten Boom, who went on to tell the story of the family’s work with the Resistance movement. Her autobiographical book, The Hiding Place, was published in 1971 and made into a full-length feature film of the same name in 1975 and starred Jeannette Clift and Julie Harris.
Upon purchasing and restoring the house, Mike Evans created the Corrie ten Boom Fellowship, an organization that follows in the tradition of the ten Boom family by continuing to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. The Fellowship encourages Christians to exercise their faith by helping the Jewish people, praying for them and for the peace of Jerusalem in accord with the scriptural mandate in Psalm 122:6.
Mike Evans began the Jerusalem Prayer Team in 2002 to unite people in intercessory prayer for Israel and to develop a platform from which to speak out to world leaders at UN conferences, peace summits, etc., on behalf of Israel.
From that platform Evans has met with dozens of heads of state, including being invited to a State visit by President Barzani from Kurdistan. He has met with dozens of world leaders, including President Cristiani of El Salvador, the president of the Philippines, President Musevani of Uganda, as well as many foreign ministers, ambassadors, prime ministers and kings. He has worked closely with Israel’s prime ministers for three decades. As an advisor to Prime Minister Menachem Begin, he recommended Benjamin Netanyahu for his first government post. His recommendation followed a meeting with the future prime minister after his brother, Jonathan, had been shot in the back while leading the raid on Entebbe in Uganda. Benjamin Netanyahu is now serving his second term as prime minister of Israel.
The Prayer Team also raises funds to meet humanitarian needs of the Jewish people in Israel providing coats, blankets and home repairs for those in need. The ministry has a website that includes articles about the people of Israel, the problems being faced by her leaders and other pertinent topics.
Members are also invited to post their prayers for Israel and the Jewish people on “prayer walls” that are actually web pages with hundreds of prayers uploaded by people all over the world. The prayer walls are open to all—not just members of the prayer team.
More than 300 national Christian leaders, including Pat Robertson, Tim LaHaye, Joel Osteen and John Maxwell are supporters of the Jerusalem Prayer Team. It receives no funding from the State of Israel and its official statement says it “believes that God loves Arabs in the Bible as much as the Jews.” [press release, January 2009]
Evans has written extensively on the Middle East, Christian Living, Prophecy and Iraq. His works include 42 fiction and non-fiction books. The 2010 novel, titled GameChanger is a fictional work set in the U.S. that suggests how the next extremist terrorist attack could bring America to a standstill, potentially changing the way we live forever.
Evans has also documented how concessions made during earlier administrations have led to the great peril of the Jewish people in his book, Jimmy Carter: The Liberal Left and World Chaos. His book, Atomic Iran, pinpoints the ways Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has planned to “wipe Israel off the map.” Evans shows how recent activity by the President and his allies in the Middle East poses a significant threat to Israel and Jews everywhere.
Dr. Evans predicted a battle between America and radical Islam in his book, Israel: America's Key to Survival in 1980. In his book, The Jerusalem Scroll, written in 1999, he also predicted that the first attack would target the World Trade Center in New York City and its tallest building. (*See references below and Jerusalem Post article, “America the Target”).
In addition, Mike Evans predicted that radical Islamists would use democracy to spread revolution in the Middle East, destabilizing the countries in his 2007 #1 New York Times bestseller, The Final Move Beyond Iraq. Back cover, “An Islamic revolution is spreading and is on the brink of becoming America’s greatest threat since the Civil War.”
In addition to his work as a commentator, author and documentarian, Mike Evans is a widely sought-after speaker, having spoken over 4,000 times from the Kremlin Palace in Moscow to the World Summit on Terror in Jerusalem. He has spoken at countless Middle East Summits, prophecy summits and church conferences, where his broad perspectives on the Scriptures, prophecy, the Middle East and Christian faith are widely valued and deeply cherished. He has spoken at more than 3,000 churches worldwide. Dr. Evans supports the Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ), a London-based interfaith charity, which opposes boycotts of goods produced from settlement areas in Israel.
Mike Evans has been invited to the White House several times and was also invited to the State funeral of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
As one who frequents the Middle East, Mike Evans has met with hundreds of Israeli government officials over the years and he works to connect with local leaders, prime ministers and ambassadors alike. He has received Israel’s highest gift, the Ambassador Award.
One of Dr. Evans more recent addresses was to 3,000 attendees and a worldwide television audience at the Restoring Courage events hosted by Glenn Beck in both Caeserea and Jerusalem, Israel during August 2011.
In 2006, Mike Evans was granted an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Political Science by Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ.
In February 2003, Mike Evans received the Ambassador Award from the State of Israel. He was a keynote speaker at the inaugural Jerusalem World Summit in Jerusalem, October 2003, and joined such notables as former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Vice Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He has also spoken at the Kennedy School of Law, Harvard University. He has also addressed the Knesset in Jerusalem and Ariel University in Ariel, Israel where he participated with Prof. Robert Aumann, Nobel Prize laureate and Supreme Court Judge (Ret.) Dalia Dorner, President of the Press Council in Israel.
The Honorable Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel: "Mike Evans is a fighter for freedom in a world of darkening and narrowing horizons. In his devotion to Israel, Mike has consistently demonstrated the moral clarity that is necessary to defend Israel against the lies and distortions of its enemies, and championed the Jewish people's claim to the Land of Israel…I look forward to strengthening our friendship on his many future visits to Israel."
The Honorable Danny Ayalon, Ambassador of Israel: “The Prime Minister (Ariel Sharon) would like to express his personal appreciation to you, Mike Evans, for being such a great friend of Jerusalem and the State of Israel, speaking out with courage and compassion for over two decades. He salutes your achievements and wishes you continued success.”
The Honorable Ehud Olmert, Former Prime Minister of Israel: “I have known Mike Evans for more than two decades, and I consider him to be a great friend of Jerusalem and the State of Israel. He has always been there for us in our time of need speaking out with courage and compassion. Mike Evans is a true ambassador of Jerusalem, representing millions of Christians in America.”
Fob James, Former Governor of Alabama: “I know of no evangelical leader who has worked harder and stood more courageously beside the Jewish people. If there is any evangelical leader in America who understands the dilemma facing the city of Jerusalem and is knowledgeable on how to mobilize praying, God-fearing Americans to do something about it, it is Mike Evans. I consider him my friend, and more importantly, a friend of the nation of Israel.”
President and Mrs. George Bush, 41st President of the United States of America: “The path to the future can only be accomplished through the help and commitment by people like you.”
Bishop T. D. Jakes, T. D. Jakes Ministries: “It is with great joy that we send our love, prayers, and congratulations to you for the many years of unselfish sacrifice that you have given in ministry. What an awesome result of the work you are rendering in the Kingdom. You are a great asset among the body of believers that work in the vineyard.”
Dr. Jack Graham, Pastor, Prestonwood Baptist Church and President, Southern Baptist Convention: “What a milestone and tribute to your devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a joy to serve together.”
Dr. Jack Hayford, Pastor/President, The King’s Seminary: “ Please know how thankful we are for you as well as for the privilege of your friendship and fellowship. Blessings, dear brother. You are loved and esteemed in His life and the partnership in ministry for the Kingdom we so richly enjoy.”
Dr. Robert Schuler, Pastor, The Crystal Cathedral: “I am so grateful for your ceaseless, life-long committed devotion to spreading the Word! You both are a blessing from the Lord to all of us!”
The late Lloyd J. Ogilvie, Chaplin, United States Senate: “Only when we get to heaven will we know the full impact of the influence of your lives on the lives of so many others. Thank you for your Biblically-oriented, Christ-centered, Holy Spirit-empowered ministry that has had such a lasting influence on so many.”
The late Bill Bright, Founder and President, Campus Crusade for Christ: “You have influenced thousands if not millions of people for our dear Savior. God raised you up for this the most momentous and exciting time in all world history to be alive, as the Great Commission is near fulfillment.”
New York Times Bestsellers include The Final Move Beyond Iraq: The Final Solution While the World Sleeps (#1), The American Prophecies, Showdown with Nuclear Iran, and Let My People Go.