This passion of mine began when I was just a child. When I was eight years old I decided that I would be a minister of the Gospel when I grew up. But it was when only I was ten years old that I asked Jesus to be my Lord and Savior, and live in my heart. I preached my first sermon when I was twelve.
When I was thirteen I fasted for a whole day, drinking only water. As I was praying at the end of the day, I heard the Voice of the Lord in my mind for the first time in my life. He said, My son, I want you to become an evangelist”.
That year I read the Bible from cover to cover. I studied the Word and prayed a lot. When I prayed, I would sometimes see images flash in my mind, and the Voice of the Lord would tell me what it meant.
I was especially intrigued with the supernatural power of God. It fascinated me to think that God could still do miracles today. I spent many nights in prayer, crying out to God for His miracle-working power.
Then one day, when I was about 15 or 16 years old, I understood from the Scriptures that everything I said or did had to be done “…in the Name of the Lord Jesus…” (Colossians 3:17). After prayer and thought, and questioning my local pastor about it, I came to the understanding that I should live my life as if I was Jesus. Even today I am still pursuing this.
This passion, to know God and make Him known, has led me to preach the Gospel all around the world. I have preached in huge Gospel Campaigns, with multitudes upon multitudes attending. But I have also preached to the few, and witnessed to people one-on-one.
Come walk this journey with me, as we know God and make Him known together…
Joel Hitchcock Timeline:
1968 – Born of South African parents in England.
1970 – Return to South Africa.
1974 – Decision to become a minister of the Gospel.
1975 – Begin school years, graduating in 1986.
1978 – Received Christ after reading a tract.
1980 – First sermon preached.
1981 – Begin to hear the voice of God, instructed to become a pastor and evangelist, read the Bible through.
1987 – Begin three year Bible seminary at Berea Theological College.
1990 – Enter the full time ministry as a chaplain in the SADF.
1990 – Continue studies with UNISA.
1991 – Begin traveling internationally as an evangelist (USA, Europe, Central Africa).
1995 – Married to Heidi Souder from Delaware, USA in Salisbury MD.
1999 – First child, Anthony is born.
2001 – Second child, Rebekah is born.
2001 – Breakthrough in India as multitudes come to the Gospel Campaign. Many more Gospel Campaigns follow in Africa, India, Pakistan, Venezuela, etc. Such campaigns continue till this day.
2005 – Third child Timothy is born.
2007 – Fourth child Trey is born.
2009 – Doctor of Divinity degree received, working on ThD.
2013 – Joel and Heidi plant and pastor a church (www.RiverCity.co).
2015 – 25th Ministry Anniversary, 20th Wedding anniversary.
2017 – Still continue to hold healing miracle Gospel Campaigns around the world in addition to pastoring the church.
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|JHM's Largest Miracle Campaign ever. An estimate of almost 100,000 attended the five meetings, peaking at 45,000 on the final night.|
|Joel speaking to a half million people in Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke's Gospel Campaign|
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