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Who we are, what we believe, what we do
What We Believe
Zola Levitt Ministries, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization guided
by the standard of Romans 1:16 — “To the Jew first and also to the Gentile.”
We hold to a strictly literal and inerrant Bible interpretation,
salvation through Christ alone, a soon pre-tribulation Rapture of all
believers and the establishment of a thousand-year kingdom on Earth.
The evangelism of the unbelievers and the exhortation of the believers
take precedence over all other activities of this ministry.
Read more about end-times prophecy events.
What We Do
Founded in 1979, we are principally a teaching and evangelistic association.
- Our national television program, Zola
Levitt Presents, airs on nearly a hundred independent stations and teaches the Bible with an emphasis on Israel,
prophecy, and the Jewish roots of Christianity.
- Our free monthly Levitt Letter newsletter
users gives a concise Biblical perspective with updates on recent events in Israel.
The Levitt Letter is mailed to more than 40,000 households and 9,400 online per month.
- Our Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies
correspondence course teaches the Jewish
roots of the Christian faith to more than 3,000 currently-enrolled students.
- Our online store carries a large number of teaching materials.
We offer several tours each year to
Israel, Greece and locations in the U.S.
We offer speakers for churches, civic groups, university
conferences and the like to speak on the subject of the Holy Land,
End-times Prophecy, and general bible discussions.
Zola Levitt Ministries has sent hundreds of books to the Holy Land and
planted thousands of trees throughout Israel.
Our policy is to protect our donors’ confidential information. We
will not sell or trade a donor’s personal information to any
other entity in existence without the written permission of the
Zola Levitt Ministries is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).
About Myles & Katharine Weiss
An Inspiring Story
Myles and Katharine entered into partnership with ZLM in 2011 just as production began on the
Ruth: Your People Shall Be My People TV series. In a twist that
only God could provide, Ruth’s story is the Weisses’ story (gentile
leads Jew to redemption). They had even based their marriage seminar on
the Book of Ruth. They know it well.
Myles is a native of NYC, where he attended Hebrew school until his Bar
Mitzvah. He received dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Ministerial Arts
and Biblical Counseling from Christian Life International Bible College
in Novato, California, and his Master of Arts from Azusa Pacific
University near Los Angeles. He is ordained with the Evangelical Church
Katharine, a native California Catholic, was born again during her
college years. A gentile, she pointed Myles to his Messiah in 1984.
Together they lead Beth Shalom a Messianic congregation and carry the
Gospel of the Jesus wherever they are led, including to Israel and into
churches, where they help connect Jews to their Jewish Messiah and
Christians to the Jewishness of their faith. They have been accompanied
on this journey by their two sons who traveled the world with Mom and
Dad and the Gospel, and who are now in college.
Read their stories on page 8 of the
About Jeffrey Seif
Dr. Jeff Seif succeeded Zola at the teaching helm of Zola Levitt
Ministries and as the ministry’s principal spokesperson. He continued
teaching the ZLM message on
television, writing books and articles, and ministering in churches
across America. Jeff and Zola co-created our correspondence course, The Institute of
Jeff received a master’s degree and doctorate from Southern Methodist
University in Dallas; he taught over 400 students each semester in
Bible colleges and pastored at least four churches over a span of
You can read Jeff’s introductions in our Levitt Letter
and Personal Letter.
Zola Levitt was the most beloved and well-known Messianic Jewish Bible
teacher and Middle East commentator of his day. He was a Jewish
Christian thoroughly educated in the synagogues and brought to the
Messiah in 1971. He held music degrees from Duquesne University and
Indiana University (doctoral coursework completed), and an Honorary
Th.D. from Faith Bible College. He played the oboe, English
horn, recorder, and piano.
He is best known for hosting the weekly national television program Zola Levitt Presents. He formerly hosted
two top-rated radio talk shows — The Heart of the Matter in
Dallas, and the nationally syndicated Zola Levitt Live.
Zola was a widely published author with
more than 50 books
in several languages, and the composer of
some 200 spiritual songs,
personally performed on most of his albums.
Zola lectured and hosted on more than 100 tours to Israel,
Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, the areas of the seven churches, Mediterranean
islands, European capitals, etc. He taught a course on “Christ in the
Old Testament” at Dallas Baptist University and gave seminars at
other education institutions.
Zola Levitt, founder and patriarch of Zola Levitt Ministries, died
peacefully on April 19, 2006 at his home in Dallas, Texas, following a
courageous two-month battle with lung
cancer. He was 67 years old.
Those he left behind mourn his passing but celebrate his “promotion the
Head Office.” They include his beloved wife Sandra; a son Mark, who
takes the lead in administrating this ever-expanding worldwide
ministry; a son Aaron, who participates behind the scenes, helping with
writing, editing, and more; and a stepson Will. With Ken Berg—Zola’s
faithful producer of 28 years—and a dedicated staff of professionals,
the Levitt legacy continues, as it will until the Second Coming of our
About Todd Baker
Dr. Todd Baker is president of B'rit Hadashah Ministries
With his extensive background in Jewish Evangelism, Todd has led many
Gospel outreaches to Israel since 2001. A former tour guide, Todd
founded and leads ZLM’s To
The Jew First Gospel Outreach to Israel.
Todd received a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies from Lee
University in 1992, a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological
Seminary in 1997, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy/Apologetics from Trinity
Seminary under the auspices of Liverpool University, Liverpool,
England, in 2006.
Todd has pastored Shalom, Shalom Messianic
Congregation—which he started with Zola Levitt—in Dallas, Texas
since 1999. He devotedly served as a chaplain at Medical City Hospital,
one of the largest hospitals in Dallas, Texas, from 1994 to 2009.
Dr. Baker is an author of several books including Messengers of
Messiah: Witnessing Encounters With the Chosen People, a speaker,
and a teacher who has been interviewed on radio and television. He is
currently a theological consultant for Zola Levitt Ministries.
Carey, Sandra, Debbie, Dahlia, Ken W, Audrey, Greg, Myles, Mark, Katharine, Caleb, Ken B, Clayton, Tracie, Cynthia, Marty, Sarah, Belin, Jane, Brenda
- Mark Levitt — Secretary/Treasurer, Executive Director
- Cynthia Smith — Bookkeeper
- Jane Derrick — Office Manager
- Debbie Crane — Shipping Manager
- Ken Berg (Berg Productions) — Television Producer
- Clayton Herring (Berg Productions) — TV Air Time Syndicator
Board of Trustees
Mr. David Hitt, Chairman, Richardson, TX
David Hitt is an attorney practicing in the Dallas area. He has served
on the Zola Levitt Ministries board as its chairman since 2007, and he
believes that Zola Levitt Ministries' support of Israel is essential in
a time when the whole world seems to have turned against her. David
holds degrees in accounting, physics, and law. He is a voting,
independent, volunteer board member who will remain active through at least January 2014.
Mr. Mark Levitt, Secretary/Treasurer/Director, Dallas, TX
In 1988, Mark became the ministry’s executive director. He has a
Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas
at Austin and a variety of sales and marketing experience. His
compensation has been calculated on cost-of-living-adjustments which he
has declined since 2007. Mark is a voting, volunteer board member who
will remain active through at least January 2014.
Mr. Donald Parker, Audit Committee, San Tan Valley, AZ
Don has led a twenty-four year career in sales, marketing, and
management. As a semi-retired investor, he volunteers his efforts to
coordinates assistance programs for senior citizens on fixed and
limited incomes. He also assists ZLM with liquidating gifts in kind.
Don is a voting, independent, volunteer board member who will remain
active through at least January 2014.
Major Henry R. Salmans, III; Director, Audit Committee; Lenexa, KS
Henry R. Salmans III (“Hank”) is a retired Marine Major who served his
country for 22 years. Hank has executive leadership experience in a
variety of for-profit, nonprofit, and military contexts. He presently
works as a defense contractor for a Fortune 500 company in Kansas City.
Hank is a voting, independent, volunteer board member who will remain
active with the ministry’s board through at least January 2014.
Mr. H. J. (“Jay”) Ledbetter J. D., Director, Centennial, CO
Jay has been active in the ministry since the 1980s. He was an early
financial contributor, and soon joined the ministry, where he served as
General Counsel. He helped Zola develop his writings and directed the
ministry's Israel tours. Jay is a Vietnam-era veteran, and served as an
infantry officer overseas during Desert Storm. He has assisted Mark
Levitt over the years with the ministry's legal and business issues.
Jay has authored a couple of books on Passover, and conducts annual
Christ-in-the-Passover celebrations. He has an active law practice
in Denver, Colorado. Jay is a voting, independent, volunteer board
member who will remain active with the ministry’s board through at least January 2014.
Mr. Mark Nelson, Director, Dallas, Texas
Mark Nelson is the son of Pastor Ted Nelson, a friend and founding
board member of Zola Levitt Ministries, who served from 1979–2008.
Mark shares the same beliefs and passions for Christ as Zola Levitt
Ministries. While an active member of his church, Mark works for the
return of the church to its biblical authority and Jewish heritage. He
has a business background in corporate sales, management, commercial
real estate, and strategic consulting, serving both for-profit and
not-for-profit organizations. Mark is a voting, independent, volunteer
board member who will remain active with the ministry's board through at least January 2014.
Board Meeting Minutes