About Us


Michael Youssef, Ph.D., is the Founder and President of Leading The Way with Dr. Michael Youssef, a worldwide ministry that leads the way for people living in spiritual darkness to discover the light of Christ through the creative use of media and on-the-ground ministry teams. His weekly television programs and daily radio programs are broadcast more than 4,300 times per week in 25 languages to more than 190 countries. He is also the founding pastor of The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Youssef was born in Egypt and lived in Lebanon and Australia before coming to the United States. In 1984, he fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and Fuller Theological Seminary in California. In 1984, he earned a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University. He has authored more than 30 books, including popular titles like Jesus, Jihad and Peace and When The Crosses Are Gone. He and his wife reside in Atlanta and have four grown children and eight grandchildren.

Learn more about Leading The Way's founder and president — and our mission — through this biographical video.


Dr. Youssef has a personal blog where he shares his perspective on cultural, political, and religious trends that are developing around the world. In addition to pastoring a church and international media ministry for 27 years, Dr. Youssef grew up in a socialist country and has seen the damage it can do to freedom and prosperity. Please keep in mind that this personal blog is not connected to Leading The Way nor The Church of The Apostles. You can access it at: MichaelYoussef.com.