Before he became the "respectable" Dr. Weiss: Randy was raised in an observant Jewish home in Gary, Indiana. In 1965, he joined a rock band. This led to heavy drug use; cocaine, LSD, crystal-meth, barbiturates, amphetamines, and everything in between from PCP to heroin experimentation. In 1972, he had dreams of fame after he cut his 1st record.
January of 1973, he eloped with a lovely young Italian girl leaving on a combination honeymoon & record promotion tour. Within a couple of weeks, his new wife climbed out of their hand-painted 1964 VW. Bug and left him. On his honeymoon, Randy read "The Late Great Planet Earth." His life was forever altered. God delivered him from drugs, restored his new marriage, and called Randy to salvation.
Since 1973, Randy has boldly proclaimed the truth of his Jewish Messiah. Friends, relatives,and the people he cared for the most were devastated by his transforming choice to serve the Lord. Nearly two years went by before his family would communicate with him. At that time, the conversation related to court costs and his parent's intent to legally change Randy's name. As you can imagine, it was a troublesome and painful situation.
Randy agreed to "go study with the Rabbis" to satisfy his parent's wishes. As a result, he later earned a Master of Science in Jewish Studies degree from a well-respected Jewish institution. In that process of specialized study, Randy also learned about the Jewishness of the early Church.
It drew him deeper into faith and education. His fascination with the Jewish connection to Christianity led to three undergraduate degrees, two masters degrees, and finally, two doctorates.
This intense academic process has served him well in Christian television. It has given him the research skills to disarm the most intellectual skeptics while sharing the simple truth of the gospel. Randy's Jewish wit, his warm humor, and his provocative barbs are mixed with a deep sense of Jewish heritage, a commitment to excellence, and an unshakable faith in the God of Israel who gave us His son, Jesus.