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Dr. Ankerberg is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago, and holds three advanced degrees, including a Master of Arts in Church History and Philosophy of Christian Thought and Master of Divinity (with honors) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Luther Rice Seminary. He has spoken at more than 78 American universities, numerous nationwide conferences, and worldwide at major events across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He and his wife Darlene live in Chattanooga, Tennessee and have one grown daughter, Michelle.
Dr. Ankerberg never set out to launch the world's most-watched Christian apologetics television program. As a speaker and evangelist, Dr. Ankerberg spoke on university campuses, at churches, conferences, and other events. While speaking at a Youth for Christ summer camp, he was first asked to host a Kansas City Christian television program. Structuring the program with a debate-format, the show quickly caught the attention of other networks. After moving to Chattanooga, Tennessee to serve another media ministry, The John Ankerberg Show was picked up on CBN, a new network that soon expanded nationwide. Within a short time, Dr. Ankerberg's side project quickly became a full-time ministry in 1980, renting office space and studio time to produce additional programs.
By 2007, the ministry's outreach launched globally, extending to more than 2 billion potential viewers. In 2013, a visit with media leaders in India led to translating programs into Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil. The weekly TV program is now available in 10 languages with 4.5 billion potential viewers in virtually every nation. As technology has expanded, the ministry has also added a thriving website with more than 10,000 pages of content in nine languages, 2,500 free apologetics videos, tens of thousands of social media followers, and a multi-lingual mobile app offering resources to anyone with an online connection.