A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nancy grew up in a family that was deeply committed to Christ and to the mission of world evangelization. At an early age, she surrendered her life to Christ and to His call to serve His Kingdom.
Nancy graduated from the University of Southern California, with a degree in piano performance. After completing college, she served as the Primary Children's Ministries Director at Thomas Road Baptist Church, in Lynchburg, Virginia. Since 1980, Nancy has served on the staff of Life Action Ministries, a revival ministry based in Niles, Michigan. Until 2001, she served as the Director of Women's Ministries and as the editor of Spirit of Revival magazine.
For more than 25 years, Nancy has communicated her burden for both personal and corporate revival in conferences and retreats throughout North America and abroad.
Nancy is author of Choosing Forgiveness, A Place of Quiet Rest, Lies Women Believe, Walking in the Truth, A Thirty Day Walk with God in the Psalms, Brokenness: The Heart God Revives, Surrender: The Heart God Controls, Holiness: The Heart God Purifies, and she co-authored Seeking Him, an interactive Bible study on revival. She is also the general editor of Biblical Womanhood in the Home. Her books have sold over 1,000,000 copies.
Nancy is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him, two nationally syndicated radio programs, heard each weekday on nearly 1,000 radio station outlets.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss is an author, speaker for both personal and corporate revival in conferences, and teacher on two nationally syndicated radio programs. Nancy has served in various roles: Primary Children's Ministries Director at Thomas Road Baptist Church; staff member of Life Action Ministries; Director of Women's Ministries and editor for "Spirit of Revival" magazine.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss ministers to Christian women along with other prominent Christian women who are self appointed and unbiblical "church leaders" and ministry heads, some being Pentecostals, Dominionists, feminists and/or contemplatives.
Priscilla Shirer is covered at Apprising here:
http://apprising.org/2010/07/26/priscilla-shirer-and-contemplativecentering-prayer/, and here:
http://apprising.org/2012/02/27/women-pastors-priscilla-shirer-and-the-southern-baptist-convention/, and here: http://apprising.org/2010/08/28/priscilla-shirer-promoting-contemplativecentering-prayer/, and here: http://apprising.org/2010/09/23/priscilla-shirer-points-us-to-richard-rohr/ (Catholic monk), and here: http://apprising.org/2012/08/23/true-woman-conference-speaker-priscilla-shirer-hears-gods-still-small-voice/.
Janet Parshall is reported by Apprising as supporting the Catholic leaning Alpha Course of Nicky Gumbel, and has connections with other dominionists. See Mark Batterson endorsement of the Alpha Course and his use of it at all six of his churches here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKJ1WAhMvH and below.
Her "Revive Our Hearts" website https://www.reviveourhearts.com/, an outreach of "Life Action Ministries" https://www.lifeaction.org/, offers "freedom, fullness, and fruitfulness in Christ" and schedules "tours" focused on the female perspective.
In addition to her questionable associations, there are some troubling concerns about DeMoss's recommendations not generally known or reported on:
Ken Silva of Apprising has disclosed at:
that DeMoss has quoted Richard Foster, contemplative proponent, and Brother Lawrence, Catholic Carmelite monk, in her radio address.
Brother Lawrence: http://www.carmelites.net/news/brother-lawrence-of-the-resurrection/.
Additionally, but no less important is DeMoss's incorporation of occultic chalk magic prayer circles to help women meditate and receive inspiration:
See: Wikipedia article "Magic Circle", an analysis
of the occultic witchcraft uses of chalk circles here:
See: The Velvet Covered Brick blog's story "Prayer Circles" http://velvetbrick.blogspot.com/, describes how Jamie McMullan attended a True Women conference and saw and heard the following:
"I recently attended the True Women Conference with Nancy Leigh DeMoss via simulcast. During the simulcast Nancy shared an illustration of a British gypsy evangelist from the 1860s,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gipsy_Smith, and http://www.biblebelievers.com/gypsy_smith/, and http://bennieblount.com/Books/Smith,%20Gipsy/Gipsy%20Smith%20His%20Life%20and%20Work/Gipsy%20Smith%20His%20Life%20and%20Work.pdf, who encouraged people to
“Go home, lock yourself in your room, draw a circle around yourself, and pray fervently that God would start a revival within that chalk circle.”
Then Nancy, pointed out they have chalk circles around the auditorium for people to go pray in and she had a circle around herself at the podium; they were used throughout the conference.
At the end of the conference, two men named Byron Paulus and Bill Elliff gave a presentation of their ministry movement called OneCry http://www.onecry.com/, inspired by the teachings of Gipsy Smith. See 20 page manual from One Cry on how to use chalk circles here: http://www.onecry.com/media/filer/2012/03/07/draw-a-circle-digital.pdf.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss on Gipsy Smith." See: http://www.truewoman.com/?id=2250.
Jamie McMullan also points out:
"Seeing all this at the True Women conference gave me pause. The first time I saw circles like this in the church is from a book I saw being promoted on YouTube called The Circle Maker, by MarkBatterson, the Pastor of National Community Church(es) in Washington D.C., http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Community_Church, and which meets in movie theaters http://theaterchurch.com/.
Mark Batterson is the pastor of National Community Church, a multisite church in Washington D.C. Mark has been a church planting pastor since 1994. He and his wife Lora have three children—Parker, Summer, and Josiah. Batterson is the author of five books, including his most recent one, the Circle Maker. Batterson went to the University of Chicago on a basketball scholarship, majoring in pre-law. His life was drastically turned around when God called him to full-time ministry. His ministry in D.C. began as an inter-city ministry, and God has prospered it to grow into a six-location church with a thriving network of local and international ministries. They even manage the biggest coffee shop on Capitol Hill. Batterson's ministry is all but conventional. Besides the fact that he doesn't wear suits when he preaches, several of the church sites actually meet in movie theaters.
See: http://apprising.org/2010/01/02/the-comments-that-mark-batterson-doesnt-want-you-to-see/, in which Rosebrough says "Please note how Batterson NEVER addresses the content of my critiques. In fact, minutes after deleting my comments Batterson posted a blog post response where he calls me a Pharisee."
Instead of calling people to revival, Mr. Batterson promotes a prosperity message that is centered on praying for God to make your hopes and dreams to come true by praying in a chalk circle or circling the promises in scripture. In his book and website, http://www.markbatterson.com/uncategorized/the-one-thing-you-cannot-delegate/, Mark Batterson, sites as his examples, Gipsy Smith and Honi the circle maker, a Jewish legend in the Talmud who drew a circle on the ground and sat in it until God answered his prayer for rain." See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honi_ha-M%27agel.
HONI THE CIRCLE MAKER & CAROB TREE PLANTER ON YOUTUBE VIDEO: