Bruce Wilkinson

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Dr. Bruce Wilkinson is a well known Christian teacher and author. He was born (ca. 1940) in New Jersey and graduated from Northeastern Bible College (B.A. and Th.B.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.) and Western Conservative Baptist Seminary (D.D.). He served as a college professor at Multnomah School of the Bible in Portland, Oregon, until resigning to launch Walk Thru the Bible in June 1976.

The Walk Thru the Bible is a global, non-denominational Christian organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. It has become one of North America's most successful Christian ministries, producing 11,000 seminars for 2 million people since 1976.

Wilkinson has spoken to more than 400,000 men across America as a Promise Keepers stadium speaker. At the request of Promise Keepers, he developed the widely used video curriculum, Personal Holiness in Times of Temptation, as a part of the "Biblical Manhood" series.

After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, Wilkinson traveled to Russia to teach in conjunction with the presentation of the Jesus film. Wilkinson served as CoMission chairman for five years, (CoMission is an innovative education ministry in Russia).

In 1998, he founded WorldTeach which is a global initiative to develop a Bible teacher for every 50,000 people in every nation of the world. In the first three years, over 6,000 WorldTeachers have joined the WorldTeach vision from 40 nations including India, Ukraine, Singapore, South Africa, Nepal, Mozambique, Philippines, Vietnam, Kenya, El Salvador, Mexico, Hungary, Romania, Sri Lanka,Russia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Angola, Namibia, Zambia, Myanmar, Jordan, South Korea, and Belarus. This constitutes 5% of the goal.

Wilkinson is one of the evangelical leaders, including Rick Warren (Saddleback Church) and Richard Stearns (World Vision), who realize that Africa has become a crucible for 21st century Christianity. Wilkinson has campaigned towards making the AIDS and poverty in Africa an international concern among people of other continents. The focus on southern Africa is as much a strategic choice as it is driven by the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

His organization, Dream for Africa, with offices in Atlanta, Georgia, and Johannesburg, South Africa has lauched a new project called Never Ending Gardens.

In 1976 he was named Alumnus of the Year by Northeastern Bible College, and in 1986 he was awarded the Faith and Freedom Award by the Religious Heritage of America Committee.

He and his wife Darlene moved to Bryanston, Johannesburg in September 2002. They have two married children (David and Jennifer), one still at home (Jessica), and four grandchildren (Andrew, Eric, Johnny, and Jonathan).

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Wilkinson served on the overview committee for the New King James Version of the Bible, authored the Books of the Bible outlines and co-edited the Bible book introductions for The Open Bible. He is the executive editor of four best-selling Bibles including The Daily Walk Bible (NIV, NL, NKV, RSV), The Closer Walk New Testament (NIV), The Youth Walk Bible (NIV), and The Family Walk Bible (NIV).

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