Mani Erfan was born and raised in Iran as a Shiite Muslim. He experienced the fall of the Shah and the coming of the Islamic revolution to the country firsthand in 1979. After the start of the Iran-Iraq war in 1980, Mani immigrated to the United States alone at the young age of 16 in 1983 to pursue his studies. Mani finished his degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Florida with high honors in 1988 and moved to Houston, Texas, to pursue his professional career. After a miraculous encounter with Jesus Christ while attending college, he converted to Christianity in 1987. Since 1989, Mani has been working in the professional field of catalysis, and in 1999, was one of the founders of UNICAT Catalyst Technologies, a multimillion-dollar global catalyst sales and service company. Today, UNICAT has offices worldwide with sales exceeding five hundred million dollars since its inception. Since 1993, Mani has also been involved in Christian ministry and missions, first as a local pastor and then as the founder and CEO of CCM Evangelical Ministries, which uses media and satellite TV to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to millions of Muslims worldwide. CCM's ministry is extremely active in the Middle East and Central Asia and includes local missions and outreaches in many diverse Muslim nations.