Dr. John M. Perkins was born into Mississippi poverty in 1930. After overcoming the seemingly impassible barriers of being black in the segregated South, Dr. Perkins had moved to California to escape the oppression of Mississippi’s closed society. In 1957, Dr. Perkins was converted to Christianity and after three years of discipleship, he was called back to the struggle of his home state of Mississippi. Since then, Dr. Perkins has lived the last 54 years engaged in the work of developing our world’s most troubling cities. His faithfulness to loving God and loving his worldwide neighbors has been recognized by eleven honorary doctorate degrees. Dr. Perkins has personally advised three U.S. presidents, has participated in writing 14 books, and founded the internationally known organization and movement, the Christian Community Development Association. With all these accolades, Dr. Perkins’ pride comes from his 62-year marriage to his wife, Vera Mae.