• John Hagee is an American pastor, televangelist, and founder of the Christian-Zionist organization Christians United for Israel
• He received a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Education in 1964, a master's degree in educational administration from the University of North Texas in Denton in 1966, and an honorary doctorate from Oran Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma
• Hagee founded The Church at Castle Hills in 1975 and its name was changed to Cornerstone Church in 1987
• He launched the John Hagee Ministries and founded the non-profitable corporation Global Evangelism Television (GETV)
• He is the author of 43 books, seven of which became New York Times Best Sellers, and has been criticized for making controversial comments on Islam, Jewish people, and the Catholic Church.
Who is John Hagee?
John is an American pastor and televangelist, founder of the Christian-Zionist organization Christians United for Israel. Throughout his career, he’s created controversy due to his comments on Islam, Jewish people, and the Catholic Church.
John Hagee Wiki: Age, Childhood, and Education
John Charles Hagee was born on 12 April 1940 in Baytown, Texas, USA, the son of Reverend William Bythel Hagee and Vada Mildred Swick.
After high school, John enrolled at Trinity University on a football scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Education in 1964. Moreover, he received a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of North Texas in Denton in 1966. However, this wasn’t the end of his studies, as he finished theology studies at Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie.
He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Oran Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and in 2005 he received an honorary doctorate from Netanya Academic College in Israel.
Hagee started his first church in 1966, Trinity Church in San Antonio, Texas. After a while, the number of his followers increased, and he created a series of churches throughout San Antonio.
After every church outgrew its previous building, he dismantled the charismatic Trinity Church in San Antonio, and resigned as senior pastor in 1975.
This all led to him founding The Church at Castle Hills on 11 May 1975. He only had 25 members, but in less than two years, he had to find another sanctuary for the church members. With the help of his congregation, he built a new sanctuary seating 1,600 people.
Rise to Prominence
His church continued to grow along with his popularity, and in 1987 he opened a new sanctuary, this time with 5,000 seats, and he changed the name to Cornerstone Church, which is now a non-denominational evangelical church.
Since then, his church has continued its growth, and according to reports, it now has more than 20,000 active members.
To speak further of his accomplishments, he launched the John Hagee Ministries, and serves as its president and C.E.O. The organization spreads his ministry through national radio and television throughout the US, and according to reports, his ministry is carried to more than 150 million households through ten television networks in both the US and Canada. Some of the networks on which he can be seen and his gospel heard include Trinity Broadcasting Network, The Inspiration Network, Miracle Channel, and CTS.
At the same time, it can be watched in Africa, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. Moreover, he’s the founder of the non-profitable corporation Global Evangelism Television (GETV).
Christians United for Israel
Back in 2006, he joined forces with around 400 leaders of Christian and Jewish communities from around the world to start Christians United for Israel. Through this group, they influence members of the United States Congress through a biblical stance and use it to promote Christian Zionism.
Since starting his first church, John has used power to influence and support some prominent political names. Back in 1968, he endorsed George Wallace, a member of the Democratic Party known for his staunch segregationist and populist views, in his presidential bid. Hagee launched the organization Wallace Youth.
In the ’90s, he was behind Republican presidential primary candidate Alan Keyes, while in 2002, he supported conservative State Representative John Shields.
Six years later, he endorsed Senator McCain during his presidential contest against Barack Obama, however, after making comments that were rendered anti-Catholic and anti-semitic, McCain distanced himself from Hagee.
He supported Donald Trump in his 2016 presidential election.
Pastor John Hagee and CUFI Action Fund Chairwoman Sandra Parker are attending the historic peace agreement ceremony at the White House between Israel, the UAE and Bahrain! 🇺🇸🇮🇱🇦🇪🇧🇭#Israel #UAE #Bahrain
Posted by Christians United for Israel (CUFI) on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
John is recognized for his inspiring words and for talking highly of God. He has penned some of his thoughts in books, and so far has published 43, seven of which became New York Times Best Sellers. His debut book, “The Invasion of Demons” came out in 1973, since when he’s released numerous others, including “Four Blood Moons”, “The Three Heavens”, “The Battle for Jerusalem”, “From Daniel to Doomsday”, “Life Lessons to Live By”, and “The Financial Armageddon”, among many others.
His most recent publication is the book “Absolute Power”, in 2021.
Although famous for his inspiring sermons, this evangelical pastor is also been regarded as one of the most controversial personalities out there.
He became a laughing stock alongside Mark Blitz when their ‘blood moon prophecy’ turned out to be false. They claimed that a tetrad that started with the April 2014 lunar eclipse is the sign of the end of time, which was chronicled in the Bible. However, the tetrad ended with the lunar eclipse on 27-28 September 2015.
To speak further of his controversial statements, Hagee claimed that Adolf Hitler comes from a lineage of ‘accursed, genocidally murderous half-breed Jews’, and that the anti-Christ is a homosexual” and “partially Jewish, as was Adolph Hitler”.
He’s also made controversial comments on Islam, claiming that it condones and commands violence.
Furthermore, John claimed that Hitler was a spiritual leader in the Catholic Church, and that the Catholic Church was responsible for the Dark Ages. He later issued a letter of apology to the Catholics.
He also said that the Bible commands Christians to support the State of Israel.
John is anti-abortion, and doesn’t believe in global warming. He’s claimed that the Kyoto Protocol is a conspiracy with an aim to manipulate the economy of the USA.
According to sources, John Hagee’s net worth has been estimated at $5 million, as of late 2022.
Personal Life, Marriage, Wife, Children
John Hagee was married to Marthe Downing from 1960 until 1975. The couple had two children, Christopher and Tish Hagee, before they divorced. According to reports, John cheated on her with another woman, which ended their marriage.
In 1976 he married his second wife Diana Castro, who was a member of his congregation at the time. The couple has since welcomed three children, Matthew, Sandy and Christina Hagee.
His son Matthew is also a pastor with the Cornerstone Church.
Appearance and Vital Statistics
John Hagee has black and gray hair and brown eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 6ins (1.68m), while he weighs approximately 175lbs (80kgs). His vital statistics are unknown.