Terry Waite is an English humanitarian and author who came to prominence when he was kidnapped and held hostage by a Lebanese terrorist group for more than four years.
The son of a village policeman in Styal, Cheshire, Terry was born in 1939 and educated at Stockton Heath County Secondary school where he became head boy. Although his parents were only nominally religious, he showed a commitment to Christianity from an early age and later became a Quaker and an Anglican.
He began his career as the adult education advisor for the Bishop of Bristol before moving to Africa to become advisor to the first African Archbishop of Uganda. In this role he helped secure the release of colleagues imprisoned during Idi Amin’s coup.
A number of ecclesiastical and humanitarian positions followed which culminated in him being awarded the role of Assistant for Anglican Communion Affairs for the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1980.
Whilst negotiating the release of Western in Lebanon, Terry was seized and taken hostage himself. Held in captivity in Beirut for 1760 days, four years of which were in solitary confinement, his spirit and faith was tested to the limit. The experience also gave him lessons in survival that would change his life forever.
A man of considerable physical and psychological stature, Terry has demonstrated tough-mindedness, compassion and grace under fire that makes him as one of the world’s most respected humanitarians.
As a motivational speaker, Terry shares insights he has gained from thirty years of international service. As well as throwing light on the various power struggles, particularly in the Middle East, he shows how hardship and stress can be the source of inner strength.
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