Spiros Zodhiates was born on the island of Cyprus on March 13, 1922, to Greek parents. He went on to the American University in Cairo, Egypt, the National Bible Institute, and New York University after finishing his Greek education. Luther Rice Seminary awarded him a Doctor of Theology degree. Dr. Zodhiates has also received a number of honorary doctorates. Zodhiates received The Voice of the Gospel, a magazine published by The American Commission for the Evangelization of the Greeks, while serving in the British Army in Cairo, Egypt.
He decided to write an article for the magazine to pass the time. He wrote it in English and then wrote the accompanying letter in Greek without thinking about it. They invited him to come to America in 1946 after realizing they had found someone who loved the Lord and spoke both languages. They chose Zodhiates to be the president of what is now known as AMG International (Advancing the Ministry of the Gospel) in 1966.
AMG evolved from a small ministry focused on Greece to a global evangelistic and relief organization under his direction. AMG International offers a variety of humanitarian services, including orphan and leprosy care, as well as an expanding evangelistic effort that includes paid newspaper and magazine gospel advertisements in a variety of countries and languages. His objective was to regenerate souls, yet he did not overlook the bodily necessities of those he encountered. Zodhiates founded AMG Publishers, which has since evolved into a notable manufacturer of Bibles and Christian publications, having written over 200 books and booklets in English and 82 in Greek.
Dr. Spiros Zodhiates was called home by his Heavenly Father on October 10, 2009. Dr. Zodhiates exhibited a deep commitment to the Word of God and a solitary concentration on faithfully carrying out his calling throughout his six decades of leadership. Frugal stewardship, enormous energy, entrepreneurial boldness, and unexpected generosity were all hallmarks of his style.