What You Need To Know About Benny Hinn
Toufik Benedictus “Benny” Hinn was born on 3 December 1952. He is an Israeli televangelist, best known for his regular “Miracle Crusades” revival meeting or faith healing summits that are usually held in stadiums in major cities, which are later broadcast worldwide on his television program, This Is Your Day.
Pastor Benny was born into the Palestinian and Armenian heritage and was raised within the Eastern Orthodox tradition. Soon after the 1967 Arab–Israeli War (“The Six-Day War”), Hinn’s family emigrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he attended the Georges Vanier Secondary School. He did not graduate.
As a teenager in Toronto, Pastor Benny converted from Greek Orthodoxy to Pentecostalism, eventually joining a singing troupe made up of young evangelicals. According to a 2004 CBC report on Hinn, his newfound religious devotion during this period became so intense that his family became concerned that he was turning into a religious fanatic. Pastor Benny was taught the Bible and was mentored by Dr. Winston I. Nunes of Broadview Faith Temple in Toronto.
Pastor Benny attended a “miracle service” conducted by evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman in Pittsburgh. Although he never met her personally, he often attended her “healing services” and has often cited her as an influence in his life.
After moving to the United States, Pastor Benny traveled to Orlando, Florida, where he founded the Orlando Christian Center in 1983 where God was using him as a conduit for healings, and began holding healing services in his church. These new “Miracle Crusades” were soon held at large stadiums and auditoriums across the United States and the world, the first nationally televised service being held in Flint, Michigan, in 1980s.
During the early 1990s, he launched a new daily talk show called This Is Your Day, which to this day airs clips of miracles from Hinn’s Miracle Crusades. The program premiered on the Trinity Broadcasting Network of Paul Crouch. Hinn’s ministry began to rapidly grow from there, winning praise as well as criticism from fellow Christian leaders. In 1999, he stepped down as pastor of the Orlando Christian Center, moving his ministry’s administrative headquarters to Grapevine, Texas, a suburb of Fort Worth, while hosting This Is Your Day from a television studio in Orange County, California, where he now lives with his family. His former church was renamed Faith World Church under the leadership of Clint Brown, who merged his Orlando church with Pastor Benny’s.
Pastor Benny Hinn Ministries claims to support 60 mission organizations across the world and several orphanages around the world, and claims to house and feed over 100,000 children a year and support 45,000 children daily because of his donors.Benny Hinn Ministries donated $100,000 for relief supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005, and $250,000 to the tsunami relief effort in 2007.
Pastor Benny Hinn is the author of a number of Christian books including;
Good Morning, Holy Spirit
Welcome, Holy Spirit: How You Can Experience The Dynamic Work Of The Holy Spirit In Your Life.
Kathryn Kuhlman: Her Spiritual Legacy and Its Impact on My Life
Pastor Benny is married to Suzanne Harthern and the couple have four children together