Benny Hinn was born on December 3, 1952, in the port city of Jaffa (part of modern Tel Aviv), Israel, where his family had set up residence as immigrants to Palestine from Greece. In 1968, not long after the Six-Day War, he moved with his family to Canada.
In February 1972 Benny Hinn’s life took on an entirely new meaning when he surrendered his heart and life to Jesus Christ as high school friends prayed with him. Soon afterward, he was called to minister the Gospel.
In April 1974, young Benny received a vision of people falling into a roaring inferno and heard the words:
“If you do not preach, every soul who falls will be your responsibility!”
On December 7, 1974, four days after his 22nd birthday, Benny Hinn first stood behind a pulpit to preach the Gospel—his stuttering problem suddenly healed. From that moment, he would fearlessly seek to fulfill our Lord’s Great Commission.
Over 40 Years as Statesman, Author, Telecaster, Bridge Builder and Evangelist
Now in his 40th year of worldwide ministry, Pastor Benny Hinn has preached the Gospel face to face and through television to more than a billion people. Through miracle services, conferences, TV broadcasts, the Internet, printed page, and audio-video recordings, this evangelist’s straightforward, uncompromising message of God’s love has inspired hundreds of millions to a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor Benny’s ministry is also engaged in work with My Father’s House children’s homes in Mexico and Asia, as well as with feeding programs, crisis relief, and hospital care. For years, his ministry has provided food, clothing, shelter, education, and religious training for thousands around the globe (including partnerships with numerous missionary and relief agencies).
Benny and Suzanne Hinn are the proud parents of three daughters and a son, and grandparents to two grandsons and two granddaughters.
The ministry-owned television studio is located in Aliso Viejo, California. The corporate headquarters for Benny Hinn Ministries/World Healing Center Church is located in Grapevine, Texas.