Benny Hinn Biography
Toufik Benedictus “Benny” Hinn is an Israeli Christian televangelist, best known for his regular “Miracle Crusades”. Revival meetings or faith healing summits are usually held in stadiums in major cities, which are later broadcast worldwide on his television program, This Is Your Day.
Benny Hinn Age
Hinn is 70 years old as of 2022. He was born (Toufik Benedictus Hinn) on December 3, 1952, in Jaffa, Israel. Hinn celebrates his birthday on the 3rd of December every year.
Benny Hinn Height
Hinn stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 9 inches.
Benny Hinn Family
Hinn was born and raised in Jaffa, Israel by his father Costandi Hinn, and his mother Clemence Hinn. He then newly established the state of Israel to parents born in Palestine with Greek-Egyptian, Palestinian and Armenian-Lebanese heritage. He was raised within the Eastern Orthodox tradition and baptized by the patriarch of Jerusalem. Hinn’s family emigrated to Toronto, Ontario, Canada soon after 1967 Arab–Israeli War (“The Six-Day War”). In his books, Hinn states that his father was the mayor of Jaffa at the time of his birth and that he was socially isolated as a child and had a stutter, but that he was nonetheless a first-class student.
Benny Hinn Wife
Hinn is married to Suzanne Harthern. The two tied the knot on 4 August 1979 but divorced in 2010. They later remarried on 3 March 2013. The two are proud parents of four children Jessica Hinn, Josh Hinn, Hannah Hinn, and Natasha Hinn. Suzanne filed divorce papers in California’s Orange County Superior Court on 1 February 2010, citing “irreconcilable differences.”
Benny Hinn and Paula White
Hinn and fellow televangelist Paula White was photographed leaving a hotel in Rome holding hands in July 2010. They both denied allegations in the National Enquirer that the two were engaged in an affair. the Christian publishing house Strang Communications sued Hinn in February 2011. It claimed that a relationship with White did occur and that Hinn had violated the morality clause of his contract with the company.
Hinn announced in May 2012 that he and Suzanne had begun reconciliation during the Christmas season of 2011, stating that the split had been caused by her addiction to prescription drugs and antidepressants and citing his busy schedule and lack of time for his wife and children. Benny and Suzanne remarried on 3 March 2013, at the Holy Land Experience theme park, in a traditional ceremony lasting over two hours. The wedding was attended by approximately 1,000 well-wishers, including many visiting Christian leaders. Jack Hayford referred to remarriage as “a miracle of God’s grace”.
Benny Hinn Net Worth
Hinn has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which he has earned from his successful career as a Christian televangelist.
Benny Hinn Career
Hinn became a born-again Christian in 1972. He has written that on 21 December 1973, he traveled by charter bus from Toronto to Pittsburgh to attend a “miracle service” conducted by evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman. Although he never met her personally, he often attended her “healing services” and has often cited her as an influence in his life. He was invited in 1974 to speak about his spiritual experience at Trinity Pentecostal Church in Oshawa and claimed to have been cured of his stuttering. In addition, he attended Georges Vanier Secondary School in 1968 but he did not graduate.
Benny Hinn Ministry
In 1983, traveled to Orlando, Florida, where he founded the Orlando Christian Center on moving to the United States. He started holding healing services in his church after claiming that God was using him as a conduit for healing. These new “Miracle Crusades” were soon held at large stadiums and auditoriums across the United States and the world. In 1989, the first nationally televised service was held in Flint, Michigan
His thirty-minute TV program This Is Your Day is among the world’s most-watched Christian programs, seen on various Christian television networks, including The God Channel, INSP Networks, Vision TV, Grace TV, Revelation TV, Daystar Television Network, and Trinity Broadcasting Network. He conducts regular “Miracle Crusades” held in sports stadiums in major cities throughout the world.
Hinn claims to have spoken to one billion people through his crusades, including memorable crusades with an attendance of 7.3 million people in India, the largest healing service in recorded history. Evander Holyfield, diagnosed with a non-compliant 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.
Benny Hinn Beliefs
Hinn’s teachings are charismatic, accepting the validity of spiritual gifts, and Word of Faith in origin, with a focus on financial prosperity. Some doctrines and practices that Hinn teaches are rejected in mainstream Christianity.
Benny Hinn Missions
Hinn Ministries claims to support 60 mission organizations across the world and several orphanages around the world. It also claims to house and feed over 100,000 children a year and support 45,000 children daily because of its donors. Hinn Ministries donated $100,000 for relief supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005, and $250,000 to the tsunami relief effort in 2007.
Benny Hinn Criticism, Controversy, and Healing
Some media have questioned the fact that Hinn has a stutter. In March 1993 Inside Edition reported on Hinn’s $685,000 Orlando home and Mercedes-Benz, despite Hinn having previously claimed a “modest lifestyle”. An employee of Inside Edition also faked healing from cerebral palsy which was shown on Hinn’s regular broadcast. A controversial aspect of Hinn’s ministry is his teaching on, and demonstration of, a phenomenon he dubs “The Anointing”—the power purportedly given by God and transmitted through Hinn to carry out supernatural acts.
At his Miracle Crusades, he has allegedly healed attendees of severe physical injuries, AIDS, cancer, deafness, and blindness. However, investigative reports by the Nine Network’s 60 Minutes, the CBC’s The Fifth Estate, NBC’s Dateline, and the Los Angeles Times have called these claims into question. Hinn has made claims during TV appearances that have caused controversy for theological remarks.
In 1999, Hinn appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, claiming that 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 tuned into the station—and suggesting that TBN would be “an extension of Heaven to Earth.”
Benny Hinn, This Is Your Day
In 1990, he also 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. The program premiered on the Trinity Broadcasting Network of Paul Crouch, who would become one of Hinn’s most outspoken defenders and allies.
Hinn’s ministry began to rapidly grow from there, winning praise and 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 Hinn’s.
Benny Hinn Nephew/ Benny Hinn Prosperity Theology
Hinn’s nephew, pastor Costi Hinn, came forward in 2017 with a testimony of his time spent in Benny Hinn’s ministry, and what made him leave. He described the expensive cars and lavish houses that he and his family members owned, and the luxury that surrounded their travel. Costi Hinn criticized the prosperity gospel and teachings of his uncle, writing among other things that healings only seemed to work on the “crusades”, where music created an atmosphere, and that many of their prophecies contradicted the Bible.
He has since written a book titled God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel on the topic. Costi calls the prosperity gospel “damning and abusive”, exploitative of the poor and vulnerable, and “arguably the most hateful and abusive kind of false teaching plaguing the church today” in the book. He said that Benny Hinn no longer believed in prosperity theology, and decided to stop teaching it.
Benny Hinn Books
Hinn is also an author. He has written several books including Good Morning, Holy Spirit, The Blood: Its Power from Genesis to Jesus to You, He Touched Me, and Prayer That Gets Results.
Kathryn Kuhlman and Benny Hinn
Kathryn Kuhlman is an evangelist, she conducts miracle services. On December 21, 1973, Hinn wrote that he traveled by charter bus from Toronto to Pittsburgh to attend a “miracle service” conducted by evangelist Kathryn Kuhlman. Hinn had never met her personally but he often attended her “healing services” and cited her as an influence in his life.