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 4,000 times per week in 24 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, lived in Lebanon and Australia before coming to the United States. In 1984, he fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and from 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 his best selling book, Jesus, Jihad and Peace. He and his wife reside in Atlanta and have four grown children and seven grandchildren.

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


Dr. Youssef has a personal blog. This online blog communicates 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 25 years, he 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 at all. This is a personal blog. You can access it at: MichaelYoussef.com.