(February 14, 1927, -- present)
Catherine Ponder is an American minister of the Unity Church and author of several books on the subjects of prosperity. She was born in Hartsville, South Caroline. Catherine Ponder is considered by many as of of American's foremost inspirational authors. She has written dozens of books, which include bestsellers such as the Millionaries of the Bible series. She is a minister of the non-denominational Unity faith and has been described by some as "the Norman Vincent Peale" among lady ministers. She has been in service in Unity Churches since 1956, and heads a global ministry in Palm Desert, California.
After studying business, she enrolled in the Unity Ministerial School, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1956. She was ordained as a Unity Church minister in 1958, with an initial ministry in Birmingham, Alabama. She further founded ministries in Austin, Texas, San Antonio, Texas, as well as in Palm Desert, California in 1973, where she currently remains minister.
Ponder wrote her first prosperity book The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity in the early 1960s whilst living in Birmingham, Alabama. Her life expanded dramatically whilst she was in the midst of finishing that book. She married and moved to the southwest, where her husband taught at the University of Texas. Much later, after her husband's death, her life changed again. In the early 1970s, another move took her to San Antonio, Texas. There she remarried and wrote a sequel to that earlier book, entitled Open Your Mind to Prosperity.
Ponder has given many lectures on the concept of universal principles and prosperity in many cities across America. She has also given many interviews on telvision, radio and in print.
Ponder's The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity was included among 50 'success classics' in an eponymous book by personal development scholar Tom Butler-Bowdon. Her Open Your Mind To Prosperity was separately featured in his book 50 Prosperity Classics