Ben Kinchlow

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Ben Kinchlow
Harvey Ben Kinchlow

(1936-12-27)December 27, 1936
DiedJuly 18, 2019(2019-07-18) (aged 82)
OccupationChristian evangelist, television/radio talk show host, author
Years active1971–2019
Notable work
The 700 Club

Harvey Ben Kinchlow (December 27, 1936 – July 18, 2019) was an American evangelist best known for being co-host of The 700 Club from 1975 to 1988 and again from 1992 to 1996. He also hosted other shows on the Christian Broadcasting Network such as Straight Talk and a radio talk show, Taking It to the Streets.


Kinchlow, the son of a Methodist minister, came back to Christianity in the 1970s after a period as a Black Nationalist influenced by Malcolm X and the Black Muslims.[1]

Born and raised in Uvalde, Texas, Kinchlow received his elementary and secondary education in what was the Nicolas School, a tiny building which was located in the center of East Ulvade city park, which was the last segregated campus for the city’s black students, operating exclusively for African-Americans from 1938 until 1955.[2] He then served in the United States Air Force for thirteen years and earned his MBA, later becoming a born-again Christian and then, soon thereafter, being ordained an African Methodist Episcopal Church minister in 1971.[3]

Kinchlow died on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at the age of 82. Followers of Kinchlow's official Facebook page received a "prayer alert asking for emergency prayers" the day before, though the reason for the request, as well as the official cause of death publicly disclosed.


Kinchlow became the executive director of a Christian drug and rehabilitation center and appeared as a guest on The 700 Club in order to speak about the people he saw coming to Christ through the center. He was asked back to host the show while Pat Robertson was in Israel[4] and later became The 700 Club's Director of Counseling in 1975. In addition, he became 700 Club co-host and Christian Broadcasting Network vice-president for domestic ministries in 1982, then was promoted to executive vice-president in 1985. He left CBN and The 700 Club in 1996 to pursue an independent ministry.

Kinchlow was founder of Americans for Israel and the co-host of the Front Page Jerusalem radio show.[3]

Kinchlow was President and Co-Founder of Brio TV which launched in 2015 as a subscription-based streaming service with television affiliates focused on providing positive, faith-driven content for individuals and families. He hosted the platform's flagship program Ben Kinchlow's Real America.


  1. ^ Connection Magazine Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Uvalde residents work to preserve old segregated school, July 25, 2010, Associated Press article, for Lubbock Avalache-Journal,, accessed 2013-9-25.
  3. ^ a b "Biography". Archived from the original on 23 November 2016.
  4. ^ Connection Magazine Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine

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