Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching biblical truth and drawing attention to the needy and how to help them. EPM exists to meet the needs of the unreached, unfed, unborn, uneducated, unreconciled and unsupported people around the world. Randy is the author of 27 books, including Heaven, Deadline, The Grace and Truth Paradox, The Purity Principle, and Lord Foulgrin's Letters. Before starting EPM in 1990, he co-pastored for thirteen years Good Shepherd Community Church outside Gresham, Oregon. Randy has taught on the part-time faculties of Western Seminary and Multnomah Bible College, both in Portland, Oregon. He lives in Gresham, Oregon with his wife, Nanci, and their Dalmatian, Moses. Randy and Nanci have two married daughters, Karina and Angela, and four grandsons.