Bhakti Tirtha Swami was born John E. Favors in a pious, God fearing family. As a child evangelist he appeared regularly on television. As a young man he was a leader in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s civil rights movement. At Princeton University he became president of the student council and also served as the chairman of the Third World Coalition. Although his main degree is in psychology, he received accolades in many other fields, including politics, African studies, and international law. Bhakti Tirtha Swami directly oversees projects in the United States as a senior member of ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission particularly Washington D.C., Potomac, Maryland, Detroit, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, West Africa, South Africa, Croatia and Bosnia. He also served as the director of the American Federation of Vaishnava Colleges and Schools.
A specialist in international relations and conflict resolution, Bhakti Tirtha Swami constantly traveled around the world and became Spiritual consultant to may high ranking members of the United Nations, to various celebrities and to Several chiefs, kings and high court justices. HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami left this world on June 27th, 2005. He was suffering from advanced melanoma cancer.