Roy Schoeman’s Jewish parents fled from Nazi Germany to New York, where he was born and grew up. He received his Jewish education from prominent Orthodox rabbis such as Arthur Hertzberg and Arthur Green, who ran the largest rabbinical college in the United States. The charismatic-Hasidic rabbi Shlomo Carlebach also influenced him.
He studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard Business School, where he received an MBA magna cum laude and lectured on marketing. In retrospect, he describes his childhood and youth as very religious, but he left this belief behind in the course of his career. He also talks about an increasing feeling of senselessness despite the success. He attributes his devotion to Christianity to apparitions of the Virgin Mary. He counts the Carthusian priest Marcellin Theeuwes among his Christian teachers.
Today he gives lectures and appears as a conference speaker and on television shows in the Christian field.