Meet Diane Knippers, One of the World's Most Influential Women


TIME magazine named Diane one of the 25 most influential evangelicals in the United States in 2005. That list also included preacher Billy Graham; Charles Colson, founder of Prison Fellowship International; and Rick Warren, pastor and author of “A Purpose Driven Life.” 

Before her death in April 2005, Diane was president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD). Before joining IRD, she worked at Good News, a renewal group within the United Methodist Church. She was a leader of evangelical renewal voices in mainline Protestantism, especially within The Episcopal Church. Diane was widely recognized as one of the most influential female leaders in the evangelical church.

Diane Knippers was a founding board member of Five Talents and coined the organization's name. She was drawn to Jesus' Parable of the Talents and the importance of recognizing and putting to good use God-given resources to advance God's purposes in the world. Diane was passionate about equipping entrepreneurs in developing countries with the knowledge, tools and sense of self worth necessary to transform their communities into places that thrive.

We carry on Diane’s desire to empower the poor.  Make a donation to Five Talents today and support Diane Knippers vision to fight poverty and transform lives by empowering the poor in developing countries.