Peter Youngren is a Christian evangelist, pastor, and author. His proclamation of the message of God's grace through Jesus Christ is often attributed to miraculous healings.
Peter Youngren is the founder of World Impact Ministries, an international Christian organization with outreaches in more than 100 nations. His philosophy of ministry emphasizes the grace of God towards all people regardless of religion or culture. Youngren’s international events are called “Friendship Festivals”, with attendances normally ranging from 10,000 up to 600,000 in a single service. In recognition of his success in Gospel ministry in non-Christian nations Ministries Today listed Youngren as one of the most influential international evangelist of the 20th century.
Youngren studied at Zion Bible College, Rhode Island, USA, and launched his Gospel ministry immediately after. He became an ordained Christian Minister in 1982. In 2001 he obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biblical studies from Florida Christian University, followed by an Honorary Degree of Christian Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (2002).
Youngren began broadcasting on television in 1985. From 2009 until 2013, he established ‘Grace Tv’ as Canada’s largest 24/7 Christian television channel. Currently his “You Are Loved” telecast is aired daily Monday - Friday, as well as on the weekends across United States, Canada and the Middle East.
Youngren is the founding pastor of the Toronto International Celebration Church and the Niagara Celebration Church, which during his time as Senior Pastor was listed by Faith Today as one of Canada’s top mega churches. In 1994 he founded Open Bible Faith Fellowship, which reached a membership of 450 clergy and 98 affiliated churches and organizations under his leadership.
World Impact Bible Institute (WIBI) was established in 1988, and has more than 3,300 graduates. Affiliate schools are in Nairobi, Kenya; Medan, Indonesia and Toronto, Canada. A central campus scheduled to open in August 2014 is currently being established in San Diego, California under Youngren’s direct leadership.
He is the author of 7 books and numerous study manuals.
Youngren is married to Taina, and they work together in the ministry.
World Impact Ministries - In 1976, Peter Youngren founded World Impact Ministries, an organization that carries out missions work. For the past 30 years, Peter Youngren has led evangelistic festivals throughout North America and in over 85 countries of the world. Some of the ministry outreaches under Peter Youngren's oversight include: Miracle festivals & Leadership Training. Crowds of up to 600,000 have attended a single service during these gospel festivals conducted around the world. Since the early 1990s, over 9,000,000 people have responded to what Christians refer to as "the call for salvation". Over 235,000 pastors and leaders have attended Peter's leadership seminars. Peter Youngren also performs faith healing during many of his services and festivals, claiming to be able to alleviate afflictions such as blindness and paralysis.
World Impact Bible Institute (Celebration Bible College)- 2012 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Bible school, known for equipping victorious believers into service for God. Peter is president and founder of World Impact Bible Institute, with campuses in Toronto, ON & San Diego, CA.
Toronto International Celebration Church - Founded in September 2000, TICC is rapidly growing and strengthening believers across the Greater Toronto area.
Grace Media (Grace Television Network) - In 2009 World Impact Ministries purchased The Christian Channel and re-branded it. From 2009 until 2013, Peter Youngren established ‘Grace Tv’ as Canada’s largest 24/7 Christian television channel. Currently his “You Are Loved” telecast is aired daily Monday - Friday, as well as on the weekends across United States, Canada and the Middle East.Celebration Ministries
Peter is the editor of Celebrate Magazine, a quarterly magazine distributed across the globe.
Books by Peter Youngren
- The Power of a Second Touch
- My Muslim Friends
- Great faith for Great Miracles
- One Sacred Hour
- Triumph On the Enemy's Turf
- The Final Sign
- You Can Receive Healing from God
- Is Jesus Satisfied?
- Fire from Heaven
- Blood-Bought Victory
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- "OBFF History". Open Bible Faith Fellowship. Open Bible Faith Fellowship.
- "WIBI About". World Impact Bible Institute. World Impact Bible Institute.
- World Impact Ministries, Official Website
- Toronto International Celebration Church, Official Website
- World Impact Bible Institute, Official Website
- Grace TV