Michael D. Evans, more commonly known simply as Mike Evans, is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author, award-winning journalist, commentator, minister, and the head of several prominent international non-profit organizations in the U.S., Netherlands, and Israel.
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.
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 the Corrie ten Boom Foundation in Haarlem, 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 and 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.
Mike Evans purchased and restored the Corrie ten Boom house located in Haarlem, Netherlands in 1983. 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. He converted the house into a museum dedicated to telling the story of the Ten Boomfamily which harbored, fed and found safe houses for as many as 800 Jews during the Nazi takeover of Holland during World War II.
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 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.
Evans has written extensively on the Middle East, Christian Living, Prophecy and Iraq. His works include 37 fiction and non-fiction books. The 2010 novel, titled “Game Changer”, a fictional work set in the U.S., 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.