Clare De Graaf

Clare De Graaf is a follower of Jesus, an elder, a Bible teacher, and for more than twenty-five years a full-time spiritual mentor of men, from college students to other would-be servant/leaders. A successful businessman and Christian all his life, at age thirty-one he found himself at a spiritual crossroads—a crisis of faith triggered by cancer. Surrendering himself to Christ, he sold his manufacturing company in 1984, at age thirty-five, to devote the balance of his life serving wherever God called. Since then, De Graaf has been deeply involved in US and international church planting, microeconomic development in Haiti, and orphanage and hospital reconstruction in Albania. He is also the founding chairman of DOOR International, a ministry committed to translating the Bible into sign language for the deaf of the world. Clare and his wife, Susan, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and are the parents of six children and proud grandparents of thirteen. Read Clare’s blog, interact with him, and learn more about his ministry at Also find him on Facebook at

Books by this Author


The 10-Second Rule – Following Jesus Made Simple

The 10-Second Rule – Following Jesus Made Simple

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. The purpose of my life is to make God look good.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Integrity, faithfulness and transparency.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Doing exactly what I'm doing in Grand Rapids Michigan. I have no interest in killing time pleasantly in warm places.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Really, just, actually and "Oh, come on!"

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Making God appear irrelevant or foolish.



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