Who is W. V. Grant?

Rev. W. V. Grant is an internationally-renown pastor, evangelist, missionary, author, vocalist, and humanitarian.

His life is a series of one miracle after another.

Born to Christian parents, Dr. and Mrs. W. V. Grant, Sr. of Dallas, Texas, he attended 84 different schools in 49 different states by the time he completed high school. Traveling with his mother and father, traveling itinerant evangelists, he was rarely in one school any longer than a maximum of one month (while his parents were conducting revivals in local churches in cities such as Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Houston, etc.) He says this did not hinder his education, but actually enhanced it since he "experienced" the different places about which the schools were studying and teaching.

His father, Rev. W. V. Grant, Sr. was renown in his own right, having been with The Voice of Healing (now "Christ for the Nations") from the near-beginning with the Rev. Gordon Lindsay in 1952, out of which came noted Healing/Deliverance evangelists such as A. A. Allen, Jack Coe, Morris Cerullo, David Nunn, Alton Hayes, A. C. Valdez, Velmer Gardner, and many others. Rev. Grant Sr., a small man in stature, 5' 6", 150 pounds, was one of The Voice of Healing's and The Assembly of God's most revered evangelists for many years, founding several churches, conducting state-wide healing crusades across the nation, and being featured in their monthly publications such as The Pentecostal Evangel before starting his own magazine "The Voice of Deliverance" which grew to a circulation of 2.6 million monthly just before his untimely death, at the age of 69, in 1983.

Rev. W. V. Grant, Sr. was probably best known as the most prolific Gospel writer ever. He wrote more books than any man who ever lived-607 titles, with over 250 million books in print, in 37 different languages. He passed away in 1983, after 50 years in the ministry while pastoring his church in Dallas of 20 years, the 1500-seat Soul's Harbor in Dallas, Texas.

Rev. Grant's mother, Lorene Grant, age 85, went on to be with her Lord in heaven on March 25th 2003. Rev. W.V. Grant and Rev. Jerry B. Walker preached her homegoing at Laurelland Funeral Home in Dallas, Texas.

W.V.'s Childhood

At the tender age of six years, Rev. W. V. Grant had his foot cut over halfway off in a freak accident. God miraculously healed him, which raised his faith to believe God for powerful miracles about 20 years later in his ministry. At the age of seven, he was hit by a semi-truck and knocked hundreds of feet. It was at this point that God spoke to him for the very first time. Considering the fact that he nearly died of eight major diseases before he was two years old ­ and through the "grace of God" overcame all of that, it is no wonder, even to the most naïve observer, that his reputation as a "man of faith and power" is second to none, and the testimonies of individuals who have been healed, delivered from habits, and set free from "incurable" diseases continue to flood in.

W.V.'s Adolescence

As W. V. Grant entered junior high, his parents settled down in Dallas, where his father became Vice-President of The Voice of Healing, which now included such men as T. L. Osborn, Kenneth Hagin, William Branham, and many other noted ministers and evangelists. So, as you can see, W. V. Grant was literally raised in the "fire of revival."

A standout star in both football and baseball during his high school years, he rejected several scholarship offers in order to attend Bible Seminary, feeling a call of God on his life. After attending Southwestern Assemblies of God Bible University, he started in the full-time ministry. He received his undergraduate degrees in English Literature and Religion, as well as his Master's Degree in History from Dallas Baptist University. He has two honorary degrees from Kingsway Bible University (Des Moines, Iowa) and the Colonial Academy (Chicago). He has pastored three churches, and ministered in most every nation of the world.

W.V.'s Early Ministry

Rev. Grant pastored Soul's Harbor in Toledo, Ohio from 1972-73, located at 515 Main Street. This, his first church, grew powerfully during the 2 full years he was there. Misty was born there, but soon the Lord began to lead him towards the evangelistic and mission field. He resigned and began traveling.

However, soon, he felt the Lord definitely speaking to him to found and establish a church, Cathedral of Compassion, in Cincinnati. It was here, for nearly 10 years, the ministry grew like wildfire. After first establishing the church at 15th and Race Streets in downtown Cincinnati, television doors began to open, and after three years the church was moved to 4800 Vine Street in the St. Bernard section of Cincinnati-a virtual television production studio. For 7 more years he pastored there, ministering in a capacity-full "Miracle Rally" every Saturday evening and maintaining a full evangelistic revival schedule, ministering nearly 300 nights per year during that time.

The ministry grew in stature and in reputation, and soon he was on television in over 100 cities each week. The "Gifts of Healing" that God has entrusted him with opened doors that no mortal man could open. Scores of newspapers from "The Atlanta Constitution", to "The Providence Journal" featured his ministry and crusades on their front page headlines (see our "World of Knowledge" hyperlink for his "Life Story" book).

He never thought, after the rapid and tremendous growth of his ministry in Cincinnati, a predominantly-Catholic city, that God would ever lead him to leave. However, God had other plans, when he called his famous father, Rev. W. V. Grant, Sr. on to heaven‹and not wanting what his father had worked for all of his life to die, he left and re-established his ministry in his former hometown of Dallas.

W.V.'s Ministry

As of this writing, his television program has gone into hundreds of cities nationwide such as New York, Chicago, Detroit, Dallas, Los Angeles, and has been on satellite daily, as well as on dozens of daily radio programs. His magazine, "Compassion" goes into thousands of homes, free-of-charge, bi-monthly.

He has pastored in Dallas for 17 years, and built much for the kingdom of God. However, he has never shied away going where he is called, even when it has not been popular to do so. In l987 he bought 28 acres of property and built a huge complex, "Eagle's Nest Family Church," where he pastored until Easter of 1996. The church seated 5000 people, plus had an on-going day-care, K-12 Christian School, and large youth program.

It was hard for the carnal mind to comprehend, when, in 1996 even though the complex was completely paid for, Rev. Grant announced that the Lord was leading him (because of God's powerful mandate on him to minister to helpless and homeless in downtown Dallas) that he was leaving it all, and moving as close to downtown as possible. That complex is now "The Potter's House" and is a thriving nation-wide ministry under Bishop T. D. Jakes. The Word says, "One man planteth, another man watereth, and God giveth the increase". But, to the amazement of hundreds who thought he would retire there, he left lock, stock and barrel. Rev. Grant's favorite saying is, "Never Get Caught Where God Used to Be." If God says, "leave," remember Lot's wife. Don't look back. Paul said, "Looking forward to the author and the finisher of our faith." For the Believer, God never closes one door without opening a bigger one.

Unlike his father before him, W. V. Grant sings, having recorded 25 long-play albums, backed up by some of the nation's most noted symphony orchestras and musicians. Thousands are blessed, even healed, as they listen to his "anointed" singing.

His vocal cassette's and C. D.'s are available (Visit our Online Bookstore), as are his 52 books, and his father's books.

Fifteen years ago, God led Reverend Grant into a new ministry which has become one his best-received, leading him to produce hundreds of teaching tape cassettes, on various subjects such as "How to Receive Your Miracle," "Fasting-God's Biblical Dynamite," "Activating Angels," and "How to Be Led By the Spirit," which have literally blessed hundreds of thousands around the world.

His "Compassion Bible Institute" Home Study Bible Course has been taken by over a million students (see "Home Study Bible Correspondence Course"), and features 4 different Bible Studies (each lasting one year) with increasing levels of study

Having ministered in every state in the nation for 28 years, in gigantic area-wide revival crusades, Rev. Grant currently ministers in 4 miracle services most every week (Sunday mornings, and Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings) at the church he pastors, "Eagle's Nest Cathedral" on the edge of downtown Dallas.

He and his wife host their "Annual Holy Land Pilgrimage" each November, (this coming November will mark their 20th Tour, baptizing people in the Jordan River, taking communion at Jesus' tomb, etc.), and go to Haiti and Mexico (see "Mexico" or "Haiti") annually to oversee their on-going missionary endeavors there.

Another highlight of their ministry is the annual "Compassion Explosion" Convention held in Dallas for 10 days, beginning on the first Friday of each June, with noted guest speakers from around the world (see "Compassion Explosion Convention").

W.V.'s Family

Rev. Grant is married to the former Brenda Gayle Hayes (daughter of Alton and Maxine Hayes, also former renowned ministers of The Voice of Healing). Brenda is the General Manager of W. V. Grant Ministries and Compassion International Association, and a powerful teacher and vocalist. Her singing cassettes and C. D.'s are available through the free catalogue (Visit our Online Bookstore). She is also the much loved and respected Associate Pastor of their thriving Dallas church, Compassion Cathedral.

Three children enrich their lives. Daughter Misty, a recent graduate of Northern Arizona University, currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband Craig and their one-year-old son Indigo (Rev. & Mrs. Grant's only grandson). Their two sons, Barry and Mark (an airline pilot), both in their early 30's, reside in Dallas and Houston respectfully.

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