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Dr. Tony Evans is the senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, and President of The Urban Alternative, a ministry devoted bringing about change in urban communities through the church. He is the author of many books, including Free at Last, The Battle is the Lord's, Our God Is Awesome, Returning to Your First Love, The Promise, Who is this King of Glory?, What Matters Most, and The Best Is Yet To Come.
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND B.A. (1972), Carver Bible College Th.M. (1976), Dallas Theological Seminary Th.D. (1982), Dallas Theological Seminary.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Dr. Evans has served as an associate evangelist with the Grand Old Gospel Fellowship in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He helped organize and served as Vice President of Urban Evangelical Mission, a national evangelistic and church planting organization, and served as an associate professor in the Pastoral Ministries Department of Dallas Theological Seminary in the areas of evangelism, homiletics, and black church studies. He also served as chaplain for the NFL's Dallas Cowboys and presently serves as chaplain for the NBA's Dallas Mavericks.
PRESENT MINISTRY Dr. Evans serves as Senior Pastor to the over 6,000 member Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX which was founded over 25 years ago. He is also founder and president of The Urban Alternative, a national organization that seeks to bring about spiritual renewal in urban America through the church. The Urban Alternative radio broadcast, The Alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, can be heard over 500 stations daily throughout the U.S. and in over 40 countries worldwide. The broadcast can also be seen on several television stations. He is a speaker on the Promise Keepers' platform, as well as speaking regularly in crusades and Bible conferences in the United States and abroad. HONORS AND
MEMBERSHIPS Dr. Evans received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Eastern College in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He also received Honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas. Named Student of the Year, Carver Bible College (1972) received the Outstanding Achievement award from Dallas Theological Seminary (1976) graduated from Carver Bible College and Dallas Theological Seminary with academic honors. Listed in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, and Outstanding Young Men of America. He was the first African-American to graduate with a doctoral degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Evans was named Father of the Year in 1989 by Dallas Father of the Year Award Committee Group. He was also honored by Family Research Center with the Marian Pfister Anshutz Award in recognition of his dedication to protecting, encouraging and strengthening the American family. In addition, he serves on the Board of Incorporate Members for Dallas Theological Seminary, as well as the board of the National Religious Broadcasters and the Urban Evangelical Mission.
PUBLICATIONS Books: Totally Saved (Moody, 2002); Free At Last (Moody, 2001); The Best Is Yet To Come (Moody, 2000); The Kingdom Agenda (Word Publishing, 1999); Who Is This King Of Glory? (Moody, 1999); The Perfect Christian (Moody, 1998); The Battle Is The Lord's (Moody, 1998); Seasons Of Love (Word Publishing, 1998); What Matters Most (Moody, 1997); Are Christians Destroying America? (Moody, 1996); No More Excuses (Crossway, 1996); The Promise (Moody, 1996); Time To Get Serious (Crossway, 1995); Returning To Your First Love (Moody, 1995); Our God Is Awesome (Moody, 1994); A Guide To Spiritual Success: The Victorious Christian Life (Thomas Nelson, 1994); Let's Get To Know Each Other (Thomas Nelson, 1995); America's Only Hope (Moody, 1990); Guiding Your Family In A Misguided World (Focus on the Family, 1991); Beyond Roots II (Renaissance, 1994), and many other booklets, videos and articles, as well as the bi-monthly devotional Today's Alternative and the monthly newsletter The Alternative View.
FAMILY Married to Lois, and father of four: Chrystal, Priscilla, Anthony, Jr., and Jonathan, and grandfather of four: Kariss,Jessica,Jackson and Jesse III.