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How the Church Will End Extreme Poverty

Scott C. Todd, Ph.D. is the senior ministry advisor in the President’s Office of Compassion International. Previously, he served as director of Compassion International’s AIDS Initiative, Child Survival Program, and strategic interventions that encompass $40 million in field operations ranging from disaster relief to Bible distribution. He oversees Compassion’s advocacy efforts and represents the organization in networks focused on mission, development, and children.

After receiving his Ph.D. in immunology from the University of California in 1996, Todd was a fellow in oncology at Stanford University Medical Center. His work has been published in more than a dozen biomedical journals, and he holds a patent for the treatment of hepatitis C.

As a passionate follower of Jesus Christ, Todd walked away from his career as a scientist, joined Compassion International in 2003 and began learning from children, parents, and pastors across the developing world. He applied this knowledge in the design of innovative programs in holistic child development and in shaping the development philosophy of Compassion.

Today he champions the importance of children, the criticality of the church and the centrality of Christ. He believes that his generation of Christ-followers will eradicate extreme global poverty.

Scott Todd is Chairman of the board of directors of Accord, North America’s largest network of Christian relief and development organizations, and serves on the board of Micah Challenge USA. He is also one of the architects and leading voices of 58:, an unprecedented, action-based, global alliance of Christians, churches and world-class poverty-fighting organizations working together to end extreme poverty in our lifetime. Dr. Todd is featured in a provocative short film from 58: entitled “The Poor Will Not Always Be With Us.”

A renowned expert on global poverty, Dr. Todd is a sought-after and gifted communicator with a passion for making the case that ending extreme poverty is not only possible, but probable in our lifetime. He has spoken in churches, conferences, workshops and leadership events in the United States, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He has been featured in nationwide television and radio news interviews.

Scott Todd’s latest book is entitled Fast Living: How the Church Will End Extreme Poverty (Compassion International, September 2011). He has previously co-¬authored Shared Strength, Relentless Hope and is the author of Poverty, a book from Compassion’s Ministry Philosophy Series.

Scott Todd and his wife Bethany are parents to four boys and make their home in Monument, Colorado.
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