Watchman Nee (1903-1972) was a church leader and Christian teacher who worked in China during the first half of the 20th century. In 1922, he initiated church meetings in Fuzhou that may be considered the beginning of the local churches. During his 30 years of ministry, Nee published many books expounding the Bible, including The Normal Christian Life and The Normal Christian Church Life, traveled throughout China establishing churches, and held many conferences and trainings for Bible students and his fellow workers. Following the Communist Revolution, Nee was severely persecuted for his faith and spent the last 20 years of his life in prison. Nee was honored by Christianity Today magazine as one the 100 most influential Christians of the twentieth century and was recognized for his influence and contributions to Protestant Christianity in the first session of the 111th Congress.