It was the church Benny Hinn built and singer and pastor Clint Brown later occupied. Faith World Center, known in Hinn’s days as World Outreach Center, was sold in an online auction for $1.85 million.
Evangelical Christian Credit Union laid claim to the church building on Forest City Road. Faith World Center defaulted on its mortgage in late 2013, according to the Orlando Sentinel, owing $9.7 million.
Hinn has long since left Orlando. Meanwhile, Brown is holding services in Wekiva High School’s auditorium under a new banner: Judah Church.
“Can I tell you this morning? We’ve been through some pain,” Brown thundered in his first sermon at the high school June 8, the Sentinel reported. “We’ve been abused. … We have been lied to. We have been taken advantage of.”
Curent pastor Brown has relocated his church, under a new name, to Wekiva High School’s auditorium last month. Hinn sold the property to Faith World in 2000, after relocating World Outreach Center to Texas the year prior.
Interesting that this church was the start for the pastor who the world has come to know. Many have said they were never sure why Hinn had moved on and not kept the church as part of the family.
A little back history for those who do not know the famous evangelist, Benny Hinn has long been surrounded by controversy. Hinn, who was born into a Greek Orthodox Christian family and later became a zealous charismatic, admitted to ABC that he doesn’t have medical verification of the healings and said some people who claimed they were healed on stage at the events were actually not.
He said, “These are things that I cannot explain because I am not the healer. I’m human like you.”
When confronted with the question on whether he’s taking advantage of devoutly religious and vulnerable people for his own enrichment, Hinn said, “You cannot fool all the people all the time. I think if I was fooling the people, over 35 years of it now I would’ve been caught already fooling them.”
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