Reverend Samuel Habib (1928-1997) was a remarkable man who changed the face of human and religious service in Egypt. The founder of the Coptic Evangelical Organization for Social Services, Rev. Habib was also a leader in the Evangelical (Presbyterian) Church of Egypt and president of the Protestant Churches of Egypt. Rev. Habib used his role to strengthen cross-cultural and inter-faith understanding, peacebuilding, and dialogue in the region. An author and a professor, Rev. Habib was an influential leader in both the local and international scene. Educational Achievements
- Ordained, Presbyterian Synod of the Nile (1952) as a pastor of specialized services (Christian publishing) in the Evangelical Church of Egypt
- Honorary doctorate degrees:
Musk Ingham College, Ohio, USA (1982)
St. Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada (1994)
Westminster College, Pennsylvania, USA (1995)
National and International Service
- President, Protestant Churches of Egypt (1980-1997)
- Founder, Joint Committee for Dialogue with the Coptic Orthodox Church (1988)
- Founding Member, Association of Christian Lay Centers in Africa (1971)
- Founding Member, Central Committee of the World Association for Christian Communication (1977-1989)
- Founding Member, League of Islamic and Arab Nations headed by President Sadat (1980-1982)
- Member of the Executive Committee, Middle East Council of Churches (1994-1997)
- Board Member, Habitat for Humanity International
- President, Fellowship of the Middle East Evangelical Churches (1991-1997)
- Recognized as one of three key international figures working to eradicate illiteracy in the International Year for the Promotion of Literacy (1990)
- Authored and translated over 70 books in the fields of psychology, development, management, and theological studies
- Founder, Risalet El Nour (1956), the first Egyptian development magazine
- Co-Founder, Eagles Wings (1959), one of the first magazines of the Egyptian Christian renewal movement
- Editor-in-Chief, El-Huda, the magazine of the Evangelical Church of Egypt
Samuel Habib Award: CEOSS established this award that includes
- The first is for a social leader or an NGO that played a role in helping the society regardless of sex, race or religion. The value of this award is 50,000 pounds.
- The second is for a Christian leader that believes and works with the same mission. The value of this award is 50,000 pounds.
The selection of winners is done by a distinguished group of intellectuals and social and scientific expertise of the Egyptian society.