BIOGRAPHY OF BENNY HINN
Toufik Benedict Hinn is an israeli televangelist, best known for his regular “miracle crusades”, revival meetings 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.
Hinn was born in Jaffa (3 December 1952) in the then newly established state of Isreal to parents both in Palestine with Greek, Palestine and amenian heritrage.
Soon after the 1967 Arab-Isreali War, Hinns family relocated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he attended the GEORGES VANIER SECONDARY SCHOOL. He did not graduate. As a teenager in Toronto HINN converted as a Greek orthodoxy to Pentecostalism, eventually joining a singing troupe made up of young evangelicals. His new found religious devotion during this period became sop intense that his family became concern that he’s turning into a religious fanatic.
Benny Hinn was taught the bible and mentored by DR. WILSON I. NUNES of Broadview Faith Temple in Toronto. Hinn said that on December 21 1973 he travelled by chartered bus from Toronto to Pittsburgh to attend a “miracle service ” conducted by evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman.
Although he never met her personally, but he was always attending her services.
On moving to the united states, hinn travelled to Orlando, florida, where he founded the Orlando Christian center in 1983. Afterwards, hinn began claiming that God was using him as a conduit for healing, and began holding healing services in his church.
These new “miracle services” were soon held in large stadiums and auditoriums across the united state and the world. The first nationally televised service being held in Flint, Michigan, in 1989.
During the early 1990s, Hinn launched a new daily talk show called THIS IS YOUR DAY, which to this day airs clips of supposed miracles from HINN’S miracle crusades.
Hinn’s ministry started growing from there, winning praise and criticism from fellow Christian leaders. In 1999, he stepped down as the pastor of the Orlando Christian Center, moving his ministry administrative headquarters to Grapevine, Texas while hosting THIS IS YOUR DAY from a television studio in Orange County, California, where he now lives with his family.
A controversial aspect of hinn’s ministry is his teaching on, and demonstration of a phenomenon he tagged “THE ANOINTING”- the power purportedly given by God and transmitted through Hinn to carry out supernatural acts. At hinn’s miracle service he has allegedly healed attendees of blindness, deafness, cancer , AIDS and several physical injuries. However investigative reports have called this claims into question.
Hinn has also caused controversy for theological remarks and claims he has made during Tv appearances.
In 1999, Hinn appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, claiming GOD had given him a vision predicting the resurrection of thousands of dead people after watching the network- laying out a scenario of people placing their dead loved ones hands on TV screens turned into the station- and suggesting that TBN would be “an extension of HEAVEN ON EARTH”.
In April 2001, aired a documentary entitled A Question of miracles that focused on Benny hinn and Reinhard Bonnke. Hinn and Bonnke offered full access to their events to the documentary crew and the documentary team followed seven cases of miracle healings from Hinn’s crusade over the next year.
Evander Holyfield, who was diagnosed with a non-complaint left ventricle, has credited his healing to Benny Hinn, stating that through God working through Hinn, he was healed as he had a warm feeling go through his chest as HINN touched him.
In march 2005, MINISTRY WATCH issued a Donor Alert against the ministry.
Benny hinn ministries is not a member of the evangelical council for financial accountability.
In 2007 united states senator Chuck announced an investigation of hinn’s ministry by the United States senate committee on finance.
In a letter to the ministry, Chuck asked for the ministry to divulge financial information to the association to determine if Hinn made any personal profit from financial donations and requested that hinn’s ministry make the information available. In December 2007, hinn said he will not respond to the inquiry until 2008.
The ministry later responded to the inquiry and Chuck said that “… benny had engaged in open and honest dialogue with committee staff. They have not only provided response to every question but in the spirit of true cooperation, also has provided information over and above what was requested”.
The investigation was concluded in 2011 with no penalties or findings of wrongdoings.
Hinn’s group reported to the committee that it complied with tax regulations and had made changes in compensation and government procedures.
Benny Hinn’s ministry claims to support 60misssion organisations 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’s ministry donated $100,000 for relief supplies to hurricane Katrina victims in 2005, and $250,000 to tsunami relief effort in 2007.
Hinn married Suzanne on 4 august 1979.
The couple have four children.
Suzanne filed divorced papers in california’s orange county superior court on 1 february 2010, citing “irreconcilable differences”. In july 2010, both Hinn and Paula white denied accusations that the two were engaged in an affair.
Hinn was sued in February 2011 by the Christian publishing house strang communications, which claimed that a relationship with white did occur and that Hinn had violated the morality clause of the contract with the company.
In 2012, Hinn announced that he and his wife begun reconciliation during the Christmas season of 2011, stating that the split has been caused by Suzanne’s addiction to prescription drugs and antidepressants and citing his busy schedule and lack of time for his wife and children.
Benny and Suzanne Hinn remarried on 3rd march 2013, at the Holy land Experience theme park, in a traditional ceremony lasting over 2 hours and attended by approximately 1,000 well wishers.