Mike Evans (journalist)
Mike Evans in Jerusalem.
Michael David Evans
June 30, 1947
|Occupation||Journalist, author, Middle East commentator|
|Employer||Jerusalem Prayer Team|
|Spouse(s)||Carolyn Evans, married November 25, 1969|
|Children||Michelle, Shira, Rachel, and Michael II|
Michael David Evans (born June 30, 1947) is an author, journalist, commentator, and the head of several international non-profit organizations in the U.S. and Netherlands. Evans is also a Christian Zionist.
Evans has written 71 books and has provided analysis and commentary on Middle East affairs for a variety of media. He has appeared on network television and radio shows. His op-eds have been published in The Washington Times, The Jerusalem Post, and others. He founded and serves as head of a number of politically conservative Christian organizations.
Personal life and faith
Michael David Evans was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on June 30, 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.
As a child, he suffered at the hands of his virulently anti-Semitic father, who regularly got drunk and violent, and beat his wife, claiming that Mike was not his son; he did not think he would survive until he was twenty. At age 11, he objected to his father beating his mother, and was assaulted; when he recovered, he had what he describes as a dramatic encounter with Jesus Christ, who promised him a future.
Mike Evans' wife, Carolyn, is the founder of Christian Woman of the Year Association. Mike and Carolyn have four children, Michelle, Shira, Rachel, and Michael II, and seven grandchildren.
The Ten Boom Fellowship
Mike Evans purchased and restored the Corrie ten Boom house in 1983. It is a museum dedicated to telling the story of ten Boom's family, which harbored, fed, and found safe houses for as many as 800 Jews during the Nazi takeover of the Netherlands during World War II. Upon purchasing and restoring the house, Mike Evans created the Corrie ten Boom Fellowship, a Christian Zionist organization.
The Friends of Zion Heritage Center
In 2015, Evans founded the Friends of Zion Heritage Center in Jerusalem, with the main purpose of highlighting religious tolerance and investing dialogue between Christian Zionism and the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Israel's 9th President, the late President Shimon Peres, was the international chairman of Friends of Zion, and he was the founder of the Friends of Zion Award that is given to world leaders such as President G. W. Bush, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and President R. Plevneliev of Bulgaria to honor outstanding support for Israel.
Jerusalem Prayer Team
Mike Evans began the Jerusalem Prayer Team in 2002, which raised money for Ehud Olmert's New Jerusalem Foundation. Recently, the Jerusalem Prayer Team funded the construction of the Mike Evans Museum  in Jerusalem, now officially known as The Friends of Zion Heritage Center. Evans has been accused of being a Christian missionary due to his past history. In 1977, he headed B'nai Yeshua, a "Hebrew Christian" group, which was active on college campuses. A campaign accusing him of subterfuge in Long Island resulted in media coverage. Recent articles continue to simultaneously praise him for his pro-Israel activism, but warn of a possible hidden agenda to convert Jews in Israel to Christianity or "Hebrew Christian" beliefs.
- In 2006, Mike Evans was granted an Honorary Doctor of Political Science by Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.
- In May 2017, Evans received a "Shield of Social Justice Award" for his contributions to Holocaust survivors organizations. The ceremony was held at the Friends of Zion Heritage center, and was attended by many Israeli MKs and ministers.
Evans has written extensively on the Middle East, Christian Living, Prophecy, and Iraq. His works include 42 fiction and non-fiction books, many self-published. Those that have made The New York Times Best Seller list are The Final Move Beyond Iraq: The Final Solution While the World Sleeps, The American Prophecies, and Showdown with Nuclear Iran. His most recent copies are See You in New York[permanent dead link], Finding Favor with Man, The Volunteers, History of Christian Zionism (2 vol. set), Christopher Columbus, Betsie Ten Boom "Promise of God", and Countdown. One of Mike Evan's best-seller books on Iran was published in February 2009, and is called, "Jimmy Carter, The Liberal Left, & World Chaos".
Mike Evans has produced 18 documentaries based on his books about Israel.
- "Who is Mike Evans?". Middleeastmediagroup.com. 2011-04-28. Archived from the original on 2012-07-10. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
- "Books by Mike Evans". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
- "Jimmy Carter's Myopia". The Washington Times. 2009-01-28. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
- Evans, Mike (2010-09-10). "Jerusalem, Too Divided for Peace?". Washingtontimes.com. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
- Mike Evans (2006-11-29). "I Smell Madrid All Over Again". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
- "The bridge builder". Jerusalem Post. 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2012-06-21.
- "The bridge builder". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
Upon attempting to protect his mother during one of his father's violent drunken rages, Evans says his father lifted him above his head and strangled him, nearly choking him to death.
- "Knesset Speech". Middleeastmediagroup.com. 2009-12-07. Archived from the original on 2011-08-21. Retrieved 2011-05-05.
- Mike Evans with Glenn Beck in Caesarea, Israel at Restoring Courage Event
- "Ten Boom Museum and The Hiding Place". Tenboom.com. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
- Mike Evans, Chairman of Corrie ten Boom Fellowship "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-04-14. Retrieved 2011-04-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Entous, Adam & Rabinovitch, Ari. "How Israeli PM wooed, and lost, Christian dollars". Reuters. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
- "Mike Evans Museum".
- "Moment Moment - The Soul Snatchers of Long Island". search.opinionarchives.com. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
- Present Tense: The Magazine of World Jewish Affairs, Summer 1977, Onward (Hebrew) Christian Soldiers: They're out to grab your kids, by A. James and Marcia R Rudin, pages 17 - 26, "Mike Evans, in his late twenties, head of the pentecostal B'nai Yeshua (Christian of Jesus), who moved from Texas to Stony Brook, Long Island, last year, claims 800, and says there are "thousands and thousands of Hebrew Christians in the United States". http://www.ajcarchives.org/AJC_DATA/Files/7A45.PDF
- "Religion: Yeshua Is the Messiah'". Time. 1977-07-04. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
- "Church Group Sues Jews for Jesus for Engaging in 'subterfuge': Jesus Group Denies the Allegation | Jewish Telegraphic Agency". archive.jta.org. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
Tanenbaum said that the Long Island Council "stands on absolutely firm ground in charging Jews for Jesus, the B'nai Yeshua, and other so-called Hebrew-Christian movements with subterfuge".
- Goldman, Ari L. (1977-07-02). "Jews for Jesus Sue to Bar Letter Disseminated by L.I. Church Council". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
- Dugan, George (1977). "Rabbis Told How to Fight 'Missionary'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
- "Friend or foe? A former Texas missionary's visit to Mike Evan's FOZ Museum".
- "Christian love: Buying their way into Jerusalem". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 2018-05-11.
- The New York Times, June 10, 2007 Paperback Best Sellers, Nonfiction, #5
- The New York Times, August 29, 2004 Paperback Best Sellers, How-to and Miscellaneous: Hardcover, #4
- The New York Times, October 29, 2006 Hardcover Nonfiction, #17