After speaking at the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists led by Billy Graham in 1983, I clearly sensed the need for evangelism undergirded by apologetics. People have legitimate questions about God and faith. It is our responsibility and privilege to answer them. In 1984, RZIM was born. It was always my desire to build a team that could make an impact on our times. God has answered that longing, and today, this ministry has over 90 full-time speakers in 15 countries.
RZIM’s mission, vision and intention to serve God will not change, and we have made a change in leadership that will equip us to remain strong and secure in the coming years. We are privileged to transition the leadership of RZIM to Sarah Davis as CEO and Michael Ramsden as President.
Over 25 years ago, my path crossed with Michael Ramsden’s, then studying international monetary law at the University of Sheffield. He was headed for a brilliant career in that field. God changed his path, and he joined our team. He was one of the earliest members of the team and has been with me as an evangelist-apologist with RZIM these 25 years. For years, it has been on my heart for him to take this leadership role. That day has come. It is fitting, as nobody has done more to build this team than Michael.
Sarah came to us from working in development at Pepperdine University and has been with us for more than 16 years, most recently as our Global Director and CEO of Zacharias Trust. Sarah and Michael have actively worked together to further the global mission of RZIM and look forward to continuing their work in this new season for the ministry.
I will continue my role as Chairman of the Board, removing myself from the day-to-day operations. At 73, it is time for me to focus on the three things I love most: speaking, writing, and spending time with my family. I am in good health, and with a joyful heart, I will continue to honour my calling and serve my Lord as a speaker and writer. I am not going anywhere to do anything else. RZIM was birthed in my soul, and these are soulmates who are accepting the responsibility of providing the leadership of carrying on this vision. I will continue my itinerant call. It’s in my blood.
Please pray for Sarah and Michael. These two wonderful people, supported by the nearly 300 RZIM staff worldwide, need your prayers. I pray our best years are ahead. We need you as always. We will blaze new trails, ever grateful for the way our Lord has shaped us. This is a new dawn for us with 35 years of memorable sunsets—and many more to come. I read on a church marquee recently, “When you run alone, you run a race. When you run with God, you run by grace.” We will continue to run with Him and for Him. Thank you for running with us.