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Randy Alcorn
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Randy Alcorn
BornRandy Craig Alcorn
(1954-06-23) June 23, 1954 (age 70)
Portland, Oregon, United States
🏡 ResidenceGresham, Oregon
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🎓 Alma mater
💼 Occupation
  • Writer
  • author
  • founder & director of Eternal Perspective Ministries
🏢 OrganizationEternal Perspective Ministries
👩 Spouse(s)Nanci Alcorn[1] (m.1975)
👶 Children2[1]
👴 👵 Parent(s)Arthur Loren Alcorn
Lucille Vivian Tovrea
🏅 AwardsGold Medallion Book Award (2002)[2]

Randy Alcorn (born June 23, 1954) is an American Evangelical Christian author[3][4][5] and the founder & director of Eternal Perspective Ministries,[6][7] a non-profit Christian organization, founded in 1990.[8] He is a New York Times bestselling author,[8][9][10] who has written more than 60 books including the novels Deadline (1994), Dominion (1996), Deception (2007) and Courageous (2011). He was awarded the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2002 for his novel Safely Home (2001).[2] Alcorn has also authored many non-fiction books, including Giving Is the Good Life (2019), Face to Face with Jesus (2018), Seeing The Unseen (2017), Happiness (2016), Hand in Hand (2014), Eternity (2013), Managing God's Money (2011), If God Is Good (2009), Heaven for Kids (2006), Heaven (2004), The Purity Principle (2003), and The Treasure Principle (2001). His works have been translated into 70 languages and have sold 10 million copies.[8]

Early life[edit]

He completed his B.A. in Theology from Multnomah Bible College and an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He also holds an honorary doctorate of Divinity from Western Seminary.[1]

He served as one of the founding pastors of Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring, Oregon from 1977-90.[2]


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Alcorn speaking at the Oregon Right to Life conference, April 2017, Portland, Oregon.

Alcorn published his first book Christians in the Wake of the Sexual Revolution in 1985. His first book with Tyndale House Publishers, Money, Possessions, and Eternity, was published in 1989, revised in 2002. His first fiction book, Deadline, was published in 1994, and is the initial book in a three-part series. In 2001, he partnered with his daughters Karina and Angela to write The Ishbane Conspiracy.

His novel Safely Home published in 2001, was a story about the friendship between American Ben Fielding and a former fellow student, Li Quan, who is persecuted as a Christian in his home country of China.[11]

He has contributed to several newspapers and magazines including Christian Today, Discipleship Journal, Moody, Leadership, New Man, The Christian Reader, Patheos. He has also served as adjunct faculty at Multnomah Bible College and Western Seminary.[2]

In 1990, he founded Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a non-profit organization that focuses on Biblical education. The royalties from his books all go to EPM,[8][4][12] which gives away 90% of them to people-helping projects around the world.[13][14]


In 1989, Alcorn was involved in nonviolent civil disobedience in Portland, Oregon, advocating for anti-abortion causes.

A court judgement brought against him made his wages subject to garnishment by an abortion clinic. Because he did not want to make a financial contribution to the activities of the abortion clinic, he decided to resign as a pastor and found Eternal Perspective Ministries. Until the judgement expired in 2012, at his request, Eternal Perspective Ministries paid him minimum wage, which was not subject to legal garnishment.[15][16][17][18][19]




Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Book's Name Award & Category Result ref.
2002 Safely Home Gold Medallion Book Award - Fiction Won [2]
2003 Safely Home Jordon Book of the Year Award - Christian Finalist [23]
2007 Heaven for Kids Christian Book Award - Children & Youth Finalist [23]
2007 Heaven for Kids Christian Retailing's Best - Children's Nonfiction Finalist [23]
2008 Wait until Then Christian Book Award - Children & Youth Finalist [23]
2012 Courageous Audie Award - Inspirational/Fiction Won [22]
2012 Courageous Christian Retailing's Best - General Fiction Won [23]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Nanci and has two daughters, named Angela and Karina. He currently lives in Gresham, Oregon.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Cosner, Lita (April 2012). "An eternal perspective on creation". Creation. Creation Ministries International. 34 (2): 40–43.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Nancy M. Tischler (2009). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Fiction: From C.S. Lewis to Left Behind. ABC-CLIO. pp. 1–4. ISBN 9780313345685. Search this book on
  3. Zaimov, Stoyan (June 22, 2018). "Best-Seller 'Jesus Calling' Is Built on Falsehood, Says Christian Author Randy Alcorn". The Christian Post.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Tim Challies (May 11, 2014). "The Bestsellers: The Treasure Principle".
  5. Zaimov, Stoyan (August 6, 2018). "Randy Alcorn Reveals He Met Privately With 'The Shack' Author Over Christian Doctrinal Concerns". The Christian Post.
  6. Zaimov, Stoyan (August 29, 2018). "Randy Alcorn on Evangelical Sex Scandals: Bad Pastors Just Reappear at New Churches, Repeat Sins". The Christian Post.
  7. Knight, Robert (February 20, 2019). "God's Financial Advice: The Bible Makes It Clear that All Things Belong to God". Christian Broadcasting Network.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 Romano, Jason (May 21, 2018). "NEW PODCAST: Randy Alcorn, New York Times Bestselling Author".
  9. "Why author Randy Alcorn joined one of today's fiercest Christian debates". Religion News Service. November 11, 2014.
  10. Noske, Lauren Leigh (Mar 17, 2015). "Randy Alcorn on Biblical View of Heaven: Will We Play Sports? What Age Will We Be?". The Gospel Herald.
  11. Chismar, Janet (September 5, 2001). "Olympics Could Spotlight Persecution of Christians in China". Christian Headlines.
  12. "Book Royalties Allow Some Preachers To Live Like Kings". Baptist Messenger. November 30, 2009.
  13. "Eternal Perspective Ministries/ Randy Alcorn". Ministry Watch.
  14. Leonard, Rusty (November 20, 2009). "Base royalties" (December 5, 2009). World.
  15. Stafford, Tim (April 1, 2003). "The Pastor without a Paycheck". Christianity Today.
  16. "Randy Alcorn: 'The Treasure Principle'". Christian Broadcasting Network.
  17. Renee Christine Romano; Leigh Raiford (2006). The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory. University of Georgia Press. pp. 357–358. ISBN 9780820325385. Search this book on
  18. Craig von Buseck, D.Min. "I Thought Abortion Was Still Legal". Christian Broadcasting Network.
  19. "An $8.2 Million Judgment, Over $8.2 Million in Royalties Given Away, and God’s Sovereign Grace in Your Life and Mine", Randy Alcorn, July 1, 2019
  20. 20.0 20.1 Gustofson, Wendy (May 22, 2013). "Kingstone Comics in Graphic Novels For 'Eternity'- By Best-Seller Randy Alcorn". Religion News Service.
  21. 21.0 21.1 "Gold / Platinum / Diamond Book Awards Winners".
  22. 22.0 22.1 Burkey, Mary (June 6, 2012). "#JIAM2012 Audies Awards announced". BookList Publications, a division of the ALA.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 "Award Winning Books by Randy C. Alcorn". FictionDB. Retrieved June 6, 2019.

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