Randy Weiss, Ph.D. (Founder, Partner, President) has over 35 years of experience in ministry, missions, and media outreach. He began his ministry in music in 1973 as a singer/ song-writer. This aspect of his ministry led to numerous occasions when he sang and testified at Nashville's Grand Ole Gospel Time on the famous Friday night Grand Ole Opry. From 1974 until the Iron Curtain came down, he worked with the Underground Church in Communist lands. In addition to serving as a smuggler of Christian materials to help the believers in those regions, he also produced weekly radio programs and many widely distributed teaching aids for those believers suffering under Communism. As a Jewish believer in Jesus, he has been teaching about the Jewish origins of the faith and history of the Early Church throughout his Christian life. His passion for the Lord led Randy to writing multiple non-fiction books covering various topics about Jewish issue relevant to Christian audiences. His numerous academic achievements have also allowed Dr. Weiss to serve as Dean of Jewish studies, and remain a seminary adjunct faculty member. In 1994, he launched CrossTalk, the long-running weekly television program that is still in production and seen internationally. He serves as president, host, and executive producer of the program. In 2004, Dr. Weiss founded CIMA--the CrossTalk International Ministry Alliance. CIMA shines a TV spotlight on other "Christian soldiers in the trenches." Wycliffe Bible Translators, Gospel For Asia, World Missionary Evangelism, and others have joined this alliance. He also serves as host and executive producer of the highly acclaimed TV series, Today With God. The National Religious Broadcasters association recently presented Dr. Weiss with the 2008 award for "The Best Television Teaching Program of the Year" to honor his efforts on Today With God. In addition, he serves as founder, managing partner, and president of Excellence In Christian Broadcasting and EICB-TV. He has served on the board of the Television Committee of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) and maintains an active membership of the NRB. Before he became the 'respectable' Dr. Weiss: Randy was raised in an observant Jewish home in Gary, Indiana. In 1965, he joined a rock band. This led to heavy drug use; cocaine, LSD, crystal-meth, barbiturates, amphetamines, and everything in between from PCP to heroin experimentation. In 1972, he had dreams of fame after he cut his 1st record. January of 1973, he eloped with a lovely young Italian girl leaving on a combination honeymoon & record promotion tour. Within a couple of weeks, his new wife climbed out of their hand-painted 1964 VW. Bug and left him. On his honeymoon, Randy read 'The Late Great Planet Earth.' His life was forever altered. God delivered him from drugs, restored his new marriage, and called Randy to salvation. Since 1973, Randy has boldly proclaimed the truth of his Jewish Messiah. Friends, relatives, and the people he cared for the most were most devastated by his transforming choice to serve the Lord. Nearly two years went by before his family would communicate with him. At that time, the conversation related to court costs and his parent's intent to legally change Randy's name. As you can imagine, it was a troublesome and painful situation. Randy agreed to 'go study with the Rabbis' to satisfy his parent's wishes. As a result, he later earned a Master of Science in Jewish Studies degree from a well-respected Jewish institution. In that process of specialized study, Randy also learned about the Jewishness of the early Church. It drew him deeper into faith and education. His fascination with the Jewish connection to Christianity led to three undergraduate degrees, two masters degrees, and finally, two doctorates. This intense academic process has served him well in Christian television. It has given him the research skills to disarm the most intellectual skeptics while sharing the simple truth of the gospel. Randy's Jewish wit, his warm humor, and his provocative barbs are mixed with a deep sense of Jewish heritage, a commitment to excellence, and an unshakable faith in the God of Israel who gave us His son, Jesus.
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