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John White was born in Liverpool, England, on March 5, 1924, and grew up in Manchester. After serving as a reconnaissance photographer in the Fleet Air Arms during World War II, he completed medical training at Manchester University. He later participated in a variety of short-term missions efforts (including Bible smuggling!) and captitalized on many opportunities to encourage Christians behind the Iron Curtain during the beginning of the Cold War.
On June 25, 1955, White married Laureate May O'Hara. From 1955 to 1964 he served as a medical missionary with New Tribes Mission. Later he was appointed associate general secretary of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students of Latin America.
White emigrated to Canada with his family in 1965 and later completed his residency in psychiatry in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He next filled the post of associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Manitoba and also served locally as pastor of Church of the Way.
He wrote 25 books as well as numerous articles and study guides. A much sought-after speaker, he lectured around the world at churches, conferences and leadership events. During his later life, White moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, helping to plant a Vineyard church there (Surrey Vineyard) and becoming involved in the larger Vineyard Christian Fellowship.
John White died in 2002, but his written ministry lives on, with over 1.5 million of his books in print.
Dr. Ken Blue (D.Min, Fuller Theological Seminary, MCS, Regent College) is a principal consultant with the CoNavigant Group and a popular conference speaker. For the past 25 years, Dr. Blue has helped organizations to change the way people are led and he has helped countless people dramatically improve their lives. He is known for moving audiences with powerful, provocative, and practical insights that are rooted in timeless principles.Ken is the author of several best-selling books that have been translated into over twenty languages. His published works include Authority to Heal, Church Discipline That Heals, and Healing Spiritual Abuse.. After serving as a missionary in Communist East Europe, where he was imprisoned, Dr. Blue planted several churches in Canada, while establishing a mission to street kids in Vancouver. In 2001, Ken resigned as senior pastor of a church in San Diego that he had planted 12 years earlier. Since then, Ken has spent the majority of his time bringing these valued insights and counsel to a theologically and financially impoverished Church. In addition, he is a five-time All American who set both American and world records in swimming and was selected for the 1968 U.S. Olympic Training Team in Modern Pentathlon. Both his academic and athletic careers taught Dr. Blue that our success in largely determined by our habits of thought. Ken has spent his subsequent years teaching and counseling others to develop and re-develop these habits.