Popular Evangelist, Inspirational speaker, Missionary, and author Dr. Morris Cerullo has passed on to glory at the ripe age of 88. The minister of the gospel who died on Saturday July 11, 2020 was the founder of Morris Cerullo World Evangelism and the Morris Cerullo Schools of Ministry.
Born at Passaic, New Jersey, US on the 2nd of October 1931, Dr. Cerullo became an orphan at a very young age after his parents died in an automobile accident. He was raised in various orphanages, the last being an Orthodox Jewish orphanage in nearby Clifton, New Jersey. He converted to Christianity at age 14 with the guidance of a nurse in the Clifton, New Jersey, orphanage.
Not too long after, Cerullo ran away from the orphanage when he was restricted him from practicing his new faith. He began preaching the gospel at the age of 16.
In the early 1950s, he was ordained in the Assemblies of God. He attended and graduated from divinity school in New York State in 1953, and began ministering with the help of his then soon-to-be wife Theresa.
For many years Dr. Morris Cerullo conducted repeated “Schools of Ministry” (SOM) in several countries like Mexico, Brazil, The Philippines, Korea, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, among many others, including Nigeria. During these “SOMs” one of the days of the conferences he would preach in an open air crusade, or a large theatre/arena, and lead people in a commitment to Jesus Christ and then would pray for healings to happen in the crowd. He would have the school of ministry students test the genuineness of the reports from the people’s testimonies. He often stated that not he, but Jesus Christ was the healer. He encouraged faith in, “the written and the living word of God.”
Up till the later part of his life, Dr. Cerullo still travelled as a missionary, and in the 2014 World Conference, he stated that God told him that ‘Prophets never retire!’ In 2015, at the age of 83, he toured Africa for nine days, during which time he held meetings in six African countries, preaching, holding training sessions and meeting with political leaders.
On one of his return trip from his West African tour, refreshed with the Spirit of the Lord, Dr. Morris Cerullo was quoted as saying:
“We were victorious in waging a counter-attack against the darkness in spite of Ebola, Islamic terrorism and pockets of resistance… At 83-years-young and with 68 years of ministry, I still have an undying passion to deliver this world to the feet of Jesus.” Dr. Cerullo said he had no plans of stopping soon, and would continue to serve until Christ returns.
Dr. Morris Cerullo is survived by his wife, Theresa, two children, grandchildren and great grand-children. His son C. David Cerullo, is also a Pentecostal minister and televangelist, as well as Chairman and CEO of Inspiration Ministries.