Heidi Baker

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Heidi Baker
Heidi Baker Babyhouse.jpg
Heidi Baker in one of the Iris Global children's centers
Born (1959-08-29) August 29, 1959 (age 62)
Laguna Beach, California
EducationKings College (PhD)
OccupationPresident and CEO of Iris Global
Spouse(s)Rolland Baker

Heidi Gayle Baker[1] (born August 29, 1959) is a Christian missionary, itinerant speaker, and the CEO of Iris Global, a Christian humanitarian organization. She is the author of several books on Christian spirituality.

Early life[edit]

Heidi Gayle Farrell was born to James Moies Farrell and Glenetta Betty Farrell, née Schacht (1930-2015), an English teacher.[1] She grew up in Southern California, becoming a Christian after hearing a Navajo preacher's message while volunteering on a Choctaw reservation.[citation needed] She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Vanguard University,[2] and a PhD in systematic theology from King's College London (1995).[2]


She met Rolland Baker, the grandson of missionary H. A. Baker,[3] in 1979. They married six months later in 1980; they left for the mission field two weeks after that.[4] They were ordained as ministers in 1985.[2]

In 1980 the Bakers founded Iris Global,[5] a non-profit Christian ministry dedicated to charitable service and evangelism, particularly in developing nations.[6]

In 1995 the Bakers moved to Mozambique in order to begin a new ministry focused on the care of orphaned and abandoned children.[3]

Iris Global negotiated with the Mozambican government to assume financial and administrative responsibility for a former government orphanage in Chihango, near the capital city of Maputo. There were roughly 80 children present.[3] Their ministry is known for its reports of miracles,[3] and in September 2010 Indiana University self-published (with copyright of the Southern Medical Journal) an article presenting evidence of "significant improvements" in auditory and visual function among subjects exhibiting impairment before receiving prayer from the ministry.[7]

Candy Gunther Brown, professor of religious studies at Indiana University, has called the Bakers "among the most influential leaders in world Pentecostalism."[6]


  • There Is Always Enough, with Rolland Baker. Chosen Books (2003) ISBN 1-85240-287-3
  • The Hungry Always Get Fed: A Year of Miracles with Rolland Baker. New Wine Press (2007) ISBN 978-1-903725-85-6
  • Expecting Miracles: True Stories of God's Supernatural Power and How You Can Experience It, with Rolland Baker. Chosen Books (2007) ISBN 978-0-8007-9434-7
  • Compelled by Love, with Shara Pradhan. Charisma House (2008) ISBN 978-1-59979-351-1
  • Learning to Love: Passion, Compassion and the Essence of the Gospel with Rolland Baker. Chosen Books (2013) ISBN 978-0-8007-9552-8
  • Birthing the Miraculous: The Power of Personal Encounters with God to Change Your Life and the World. Charisma House (2014) ISBN 978-1-62136-219-7
  • Reckless Devotion: 365 Days into the Heart of Radical Love with Rolland Baker. Baker Publishing Group (2014) ISBN 978-0-80-079584-9
  • Daily Insights to Birthing the Miraculous: 100 Devotions for Reflection and Prayer. Charisma House (2016) ISBN 978-1-62-998914-3
  • Training for Harvest: Stopping for the One, Believing for the Multitudes with Rolland Baker. Destiny Image Incorporated (2017) ISBN 978-0-76-841078-5
  • Living from the Presence Interactive Manual: Principles for Walking in the Overflow of God’s Supernatural Power with Rolland Baker. Destiny Image Incorporated (2017) ISBN 978-0-76-841237-6


  1. ^ a b Long-time resident had a love of teaching, https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-cpt-1022-farrell-obit-20101021-story.html
  2. ^ a b c Miracles in Mozambique by Hope Flinchbaugh, Ministry Today, Mar/Apr 2002
  3. ^ a b c d Christy Biswell. "Heidi Baker: Intimacy for Miracles". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved May 14, 2009.
  4. ^ Compelled by Love: How to change the world through the simple power of love in action by Heidi Baker and Shara Pradhan
  5. ^ "Iris Global webpage". Retrieved January 4, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Stafford, Tim. "Miracles in Mozambique: How Mama Heidi Reaches the Abandoned". christianitytoday.com/. Christianity Today. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
  7. ^ Brown, Candy Gunther; Mory, Stephen C.; Williams, Rebecca; McClymond, Michael J. (2010). "Study of the Therapeutic Effects of Proximal Intercessory Prayer (STEPP) on Auditory and Visual Impairments in Rural Mozambique". Southern Medical Journal. 103 (9): 864–869. doi:10.1097/SMJ.0b013e3181e73fea. hdl:2022/14131. ISSN 0038-4348. PMID 20686441.

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