Rick Joyner

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Rick Joyner (born 1949) heads MorningStar Ministries, which he co-founded in 1983 in Jackson, Mississippi with his wife, Julie Joyner.

Early life and education[edit]

Joyner was born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1949[1] and grew up in Richmond, Virginia.[2]


Navy and immediate aftermath[edit]

Joyner served in the Navy until 1970,[when?] and then moved back to Raleigh.[1] He is reported to have worked part-time in a Raleigh jazz club after leaving the Navy, quitting when, as he put it, he "found out there is a God."[this quote needs a citation] He subsequently moved to Jackson, Mississippi and founded a charter air company.[when?][1]

Morningstar Ministries[edit]

Rick Joyner and his wife, Julie, founded MorningStar Ministries in Jackson in 1983.[2]

By the mid 1990s Joyner was president of MorningStar publications, located at that time in Charlotte, North Carolina.[3]

In that period,[when?] Joyner began working with Reggie White, who was planning to purchase Jim Bakker's defunct resort, Heritage USA.[3]

In 1997 Joyner purchased 320 acres of land in Wilkes County, North Carolina near Moravian Falls and moved the headquarters of MorningStar there from Charlotte.[2]

By 1999 Joyner appears in news reports regarding his participation in plans to build a biblical theme park, in particular, with Reggie White, who had been unsuccessful in his attempts to purchase the Heritage USA theme park property.[4]

In 2004 MorningStar purchased part of the Heritage USA complex (originally established by Bakker and PTL in Fort Mill, South Carolina) for $1.6 million.[5] The complex has been renamed Heritage International Ministries Conference Center.[6][verification needed][third-party source needed]

Advisory and other leadership roles[edit]

In the mid 1990s Joyner was one of the all-male members of the "International Advisors-At-Large" to the evangelical Christian women's organization Aglow International.[7]


Joyner has been accused of being an adherent of Dominion Theology, which advocates the involvement in and eventual takeover of civil government by Christians.[8]


By 1999 Joyner had what has been referred to as a "religious empire"[this quote needs a citation] that was grossing $8 million a year and was denied a religious property tax exemption by the North Carolina Department of Revenue.[9] Department director John C. Bailey said that "[w]ith MorningStar there are a lot of tracts with costly improvements that affect tax liability significantly...If we did not limit exemptions, it would increase the burden on people, like you and me, who own homes that are not affiliated with any group."[9] MorningStar appealed the Department of Revenue's denial.[9][needs update]

Controversy has also accompanied Joyner's support for Canadian evangelist Todd Bentley, around the visit of Bentley to Concord, North Carolina in the summer of 2008.[10] Bentley has claimed to heal the sick, including through "mass healings", and also to raise people from the dead—at least 35, including 3 people in Pakistan—uncritical reports of which were carried by Morningstar TV—part of Joyner's Heritage International Ministries[11][12][13]—with investigative reports (such as in ABC's Nightline) concluding that "not a single miracle could be verified."[14][15][verification needed]

As well, Joyner was alongside Bentley after Bentley's marital infidelity and divorce from his wife in August 2008,[16][17][18] including serving on a committee with Jack Deere and Bill Johnson, to oversee the process of "restoring" Bentley.[19] Bentley ultimately failed to submit to the process, and divorced and remarried,[17][20] with Joyner making the announcement of the remarriage on March 9, 2009.[21][22][23]

Published works[edit]

Joyner is the author of many books.[24][better source needed] Some of the works are as follows.

  • —— (2013). Vinci, Kay, ed. The Path. Fire on the Mountain. Jun, Eunjoo (illustr). Fort Mill, SC: MorningStar Publications. ISBN 1607085240. Retrieved December 25, 2016.  [Fiction]

In popular culture[edit]

In April 2013, Joyner and his daughter, Anna, participated in the Showtime documentary Years of Living Dangerously, a 9-part series focused on climate change. In the fourth episode, celebrity Ian Somerhalder follows Joyner's activist daughter as she tries to persuade her father, a climate change skeptic, to change his mind about global warming.[25][26]

Personal life[edit]

Rick and his wife, Julie, have five children: Anna, Aaryn, Amber, Ben, and Sam.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c Stolberg, Mary (September 7, 1999). "Negativity Scene:Bias Affected Ruling, Leader Says". Winston-Salem Journal. p. A1. 
  2. ^ a b c Railey, John (December 20, 1997). "Ministry Based on Prophecy Sees Place in Wilkes County". Winston-Salem Journal. p. B9. 
  3. ^ a b Chapman, Dan (June 2, 1994). "NFL Star Will Bring Message of Hope". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1A. 
  4. ^ Chandler, Charles (February 7, 1999). "Reggie White Envisions Religious Theme Park Near Charlotte". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1H. 
  5. ^ Tribble, Sarah Jane (September 29, 2004). "Former PTL Land Goes to Ministry". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1Y. 
  6. ^ HIMCC Staff (December 25, 2016). "Heritage". HeritageConferenceCenter.org. Fort Mill, SC: Heritage International Ministries Conference Center (HIMCC). Retrieved 25 December 2016. 
  7. ^ Griffith, R. Marie (2000). God's Daughters: Evangelical Women and the Power of Submission. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. p. 151. ISBN 9780520926172. Retrieved December 24, 2016. 
  8. ^ Holvast, René (2009). Spiritual Mapping in the United States and Argentina: 1989-2005: A Geography of Fear. Leiden, NLD: Brill. p. 161. ISBN 9004170464. 
  9. ^ a b c Stolberg, Mary (September 7, 1999). "Tax Haven on Earth? Religious Groups Add Voices to Growing Chorus Seeking Exemptions". Winston-Salem Journal. p. A1. [full citation needed]
  10. ^ Chandler, Charles (June 19, 2008). "Tattooed Preacher Says God Heals Through Him". The Charlotte Observer. Retrieved December 24, 2016. 
  11. ^ Reed, Travis (July 28, 2008). "Florida Revival Drawing Criticism—And Thousands of Followers". The Pantagraph. Bloomington, IL. Associated Press. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  12. ^ MorningStar Ministries Staff (September 28, 2015). "Three People Raised From the Dead in Pakistan" (excerpt of full video). Retrieved 2015-12-14. 
  13. ^ Bentley, Todd; et al. (September 25, 2015). "Three People Raised From the Dead in Pakistan". morningstartv.org. Retrieved December 14, 2015. 
  14. ^ Lake, Thomas (June 30, 2008). "Todd Bentley's Revival in Lakeland Draws 400,000 and Counting". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  15. ^ Kofman, Jeffrey; Yiu, Karson & Brennan, Nicholas (July 9, 2008). "Thousands Flock to Revival in Search of Miracles". ABC News. Retrieved July 7, 2008. 
  16. ^ McMullen, Cary (August 12, 2008). "Evangelist Bentley, Wife File for Separation". TheLedger.com. Lakeland, FL: Gatehouse Media. Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  17. ^ a b TFFM Board of Directors (August 15, 2008). "From the Board of Directors". Abbotsford, BC, CAN: The Fresh Fire Ministries (TFFM). Archived from the original on August 20, 2008. 
  18. ^ Roach, David (August 19, 2008). "Faith Healer Todd Bentley Separates From Wife, Draws Criticism From Charismatics". Baptist Press. Archived from the original on 2009-01-12. Retrieved December 13, 2015. 
  19. ^ Revival Alliance Staff. "Public Statement on Todd Bentley from Revival Alliance". Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. 
  20. ^ Gaines, Adrienne S. (March 10, 2009). "Todd Bentley Remarries, Begins Restoration Process". Archived from the original on March 14, 2009. Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  21. ^ Joyner, Rick (2009). "Todd Bentley Begins Restoration Process" (Special Bulletins). MorningStar Ministries. Morningstarministries.org. Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  22. ^ Anderson, David (December 3, 2008). "Evangelist Todd Bentley Romantically Involved With Nanny; Seeks Divorce From Wife". Religion News Blog. Amsterdam, NLD: Apologetics Index. Retrieved December 23, 2016. 
  23. ^ Grady, Lee (March 11, 2009). "The Tragic Scandal of Greasy Grace". Archived from the original on January 2, 2010. 
  24. ^ Google Staff (December 24, 2016). "Rick Joyner [inauthor search]". Books.Google.com. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  25. ^ Ross, Robyn. "Exclusive: Get a First Look at Showtime's Years of Living Dangerously", TV Guide, February 27, 2014
  26. ^ Reggero, Dayna. "Coal–Climate Connection To Hit TV Screens Nationwide ", Planet Save", April 1, 2014

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