Kenneth E. Hagin

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Kenneth E. Hagin
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Hagin at a conference in Toronto, Ontario
Born(1917-08-20)August 20, 1917
McKinney, Texas, U.S.
DiedSeptember 19, 2003(2003-09-19) (aged 86)
Known forApostle of the "Word of Faith" movement
SpouseOretha Rooker

Kenneth Erwin Hagin (August 20, 1917 – September 19, 2003) was an American preacher.[2] He is known for pioneering the Word of Faith movement.[3]


Personal life[edit]

Kenneth E. Hagin was born August 20, 1917, in McKinney, Texas, the son of Lillie Viola Drake Hagin and Jess Hagin.[citation needed] According to Hagin's testimony, he was born with a deformed heart and what was believed to be an incurable blood disease. He was not expected to live and at age 15 he became paralyzed and bedridden.[4] In April 1933 he converted to Christianity. During a dramatic conversion experience, he reported dying, due to the deformed heart, three times in 10 minutes, each time seeing the horrors of hell and then returning to life.[5] He remained paralyzed after his conversion.[2]

On August 8, 1934, he says he was raised from his deathbed by a revelation of "faith in God's Word" after reading Mark 11:23–24.[5] He was also healed of his paralysis and never struggled with walking. His dramatic healing is detailed in Roberts Liardon's book God's Generals.

Mark 11:23–24 defined his ministry and was his most frequently quoted verse:[2]

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed and be thou cast into the sea, and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass, he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Start of ministry[edit]

In 1936, he founded his first non-denominational church.[2] He preached his first sermon as the pastor of a small, community Baptist church in Roland, Texas.[6] In 1937, he became an Assemblies of God minister.[6] During the next twelve years he pastored five Assemblies of God churches in Texas: in the cities of Tom Bean, Farmersville (twice), Talco, Greggton, and Van.[7] Van, Texas was the last church he pastored before starting to travel.

On November 25, 1938, he married Oretha Rooker.[5] They had two children. Their first child Kenneth Wayne Hagin, known as Kenneth Hagin Jr., was born on September 3, 1939.[7] A daughter, Patricia (Hagin) Harrison, was born 19 months later on March 27, 1941.[7] His son Kenneth Wayne Hagin is currently the pastor of Rhema Bible Church and President of Kenneth Hagin Ministries.[8]

Hagin began an itinerant ministry as a Bible teacher and evangelist in 1949 after an appearance by Jesus.[6] He joined the Voice of Healing Revival in the U.S. with Oral Roberts, Gordon Lindsay and T. L. Osborn between 1947 and 1958.[2][7]

Hagin was given full admission to the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International (also known as the FGBMFI) which had been established in 1951.[citation needed]

Evangelistic Association[edit]

On January 23, 1963, he formed the Kenneth E. Hagin Evangelistic Association (now Kenneth Hagin Ministries) in Garland, Texas.[7] In September 1966, the ministry offices were moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma into a space previously used by T.L. Osborn.[7] He started selling his sermons on reel-to-reel tape in 1966. In November of that year, he taught for the first time on radio on KSKY in Dallas.[7]

The North Texas District Council of the Assemblies of God ordained him a minister in 1967.[7]

In 1967, he began a regular radio broadcast that still continues as "Faith Seminar of the Air." Teaching by his son, Rev. Kenneth Hagin Jr, is heard on the program.[citation needed]

Since Hagin's incorporation 1963, his organization grew to include numerous media outreaches and ministries. These are:

  • Faith Library Publications – with 65 million book copies in circulation[6]
  • "q Praise" – a weekly television program on the Trinity Broadcasting Network
  • "Faith Seminar of the Air" – a radio program heard on many stations nationwide and on the Internet
  • "The Word of Faith" – a free monthly magazine with roughly 600,000 subscribers
  • Crusades conducted throughout the nation
  • Rhema Correspondence Bible School
  • Rhema Prayer and Healing Center, located on the Rhema campus in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

At a camp meeting in 1973, Hagin announced the creation of a "bible training center." In 1974, Hagin opened RHEMA Bible Training College, in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, which now has training centers in fourteen different countries, planted over 1,500 congregations worldwide, and has 25,000 alumni.[9][10]

In 1979, he founded the Prayer and Healing Center to provide a place for the sick to come and "have the opportunity to build their faith." Its Healing School continues to be held free of charge twice a day on the Rhema campus.[7]

On May 20, 1994, Hagin received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Faith Theological Seminary in Tampa, Florida.[7]


Hagin went to bed on Saturday September 13 feeling well, according to a news release from his ministry. He sat at the breakfast table on Sunday morning and smiled at his wife, Oretha, then sighed and his head fell to his chest. He died on Friday, September 19, 2003, at the age of 86.[9]

Rhema Bible Training College[edit]

Hagin founded Rhema Bible Training College, previously Rhema Bible Training Center, in 1974. The college is accredited by Transworld Accrediting Commission International, This Bible institute is located on 110 acres (0.45 km2) in Broken Arrow, a suburb of Tulsa, Oklahoma.[11] The curriculum is derived from a Charismatic/Pentecostal heritage. There are seven ministry concentrations specializing in Children's Ministry, Youth Ministry, Evangelism, Pastoral Care, Missions, Biblical Studies, and Supportive Ministry. Rhema has established training centers in Austria, Brazil, Colombia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Romania, Greece, Singapore, South Africa, the South Pacific, Thailand, Nigeria, Zambia, Egypt, and the Philippines.

After Hagin's death in 2003, his son, Kenneth W. Hagin, continued to run the institution. Rhema has trained over 80,000 graduates who reside and minister in 52 countries.[12]

Locally, Rhema is known for its annual Christmas display, which in recent years has included more than 2 million lights synchronized to Christmas music.[13]

Rhema was granted an exception to Title IX in 2016, Its 2020-2021 student handbook states that among students, "RBTC will not allow any type of physical or sexual activity/behavior other than what the Bible states is permitted for a husband and wife who are legally married. This includes, but is not limited to, homosexual activities, fornication, adultery, pornography, and so forth ...."[14]


  • Bible Faith Study Course (1966)
  • Right and Wrong Thinking for Christians (1966)
  • What Faith Is (1966)
  • The Real Faith (1970)
  • I Believe in Visions (1972)
  • The Human Spirit (1974)
  • Why Tongues (1975)
  • Demons and How to Deal with Them (1976)
  • The Key to Spiritual Healing (1977)
  • Ministering to the Oppressed (1977)
  • The Interceding Christian (1978)
  • Faith Food for Spring (1978)
  • How You Can Be Led by the Spirit of God (1978)
  • How to Write Your Own Ticket with God (1979)
  • What to Do When Faith Seems Weak & Victory Lost (1979)
  • Seven Things You Should Know About Divine Healing (1979)
  • El Shaddai (1980)
  • Having Faith in Your Faith (1980)
  • Why Do People Fall Under the Power? (1981)
  • Casting Your Cares Upon the Lord (1981)
  • The Name of Jesus (1981)
  • Seven Steps for Judging Prophecy (1982)
  • I Went to Hell (1982)
  • Must Christians Suffer? (1982)
  • Three Big Words (1983)
  • Obedience in Finances (1983)
  • The Believer's Authority (1985)
  • How God Taught Me About Prosperity (1985)
  • The Glory of God (1987)
  • Understanding How to Fight the Good Fight of Faith (1987)
  • Prayer Secrets (1988)
  • Knowing What Belongs to Us (1989)
  • Exceedingly Growing Faith (1990)
  • The Holy Spirit And His Gifts (1991)[15]
  • Classic Sermons: The Word of Faith 25th Anniversary 1968–1992 Commemorative Edition (1992)
  • Following God's Plan for Your Life (1993)
  • The Triumphant Church (1993)
  • Love: The Way to Victory (1994)
  • God's Medicine (1997)[16]
  • The Midas Touch (1999)
  • Tongues: Beyond the Upper Room (2007) [17]


  1. ^ "Hagin", Tulsa World, September 23, 2003.
  2. ^ a b c d e Sherman, Bill. "The Hagins' ministry". Tulsa World. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  3. ^ Brown, Candy Gunther (2011). Charismatic Healing. Oxford University Press. p. 152. ISBN 978-0-19-539341-5.
  4. ^ "Kenneth Hagin Ministries". Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "Founder's Memorial". Kenneth Hagin Ministries. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d "Weblog: Kenneth Hagin, 'Word of Faith' Preacher, Dies at 86". Christianity Today. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "History of the Ministry". Kenneth Hagin Ministries. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  8. ^ "The Founder and Leaders of Rhema Christian Faith Ministry". Kenneth Hagin Ministries. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Kurt, Kelly. "Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin, founder of international ministries dies". Tulsa World. Associated Press. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  10. ^ R.G. Robins (2010), Pentecostalism in America, Praeger. ISBN 978-0-313-35295-9 p. 25
  11. ^ "Kenneth Hagin Ministries". Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  12. ^ dwillborn. "About Us - Bible College - Bible School |". Retrieved August 4, 2017.
  13. ^ "Best Bets, Sunday, Dec. 30". Tulsa World. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  14. ^ "RBTC Student Handbook 2020-2021" (PDF). RBTC. Retrieved August 28, 2021.
  15. ^ Hagin, Kenneth E. (1991). The Holy Spirit and His Gifts. ISBN 9780892760855.
  16. ^ Hanegraaff, Hank (June 18, 2012). Christianity in Crisis: The 21st Century: The 21st Century. Thomas Nelson Inc. p. 362. ISBN 9781418576073.
  17. ^ Hagin, Kenneth. E. (2007). Tongues: Beyond the Upper Room. United States: Faith Library Publications.

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