Dr. Morris Cerullo is a world-renowned evangelist and the president of Morris Cerullo World Evangelism, which was founded in 1961.
The 85-year-old Christian statesman has been traveling to the developing nations of the world for over seven decades. He has ministered in 93 nations, in over 400 cities, on 7 continents, where he has personally trained 5 million Christian leaders and ministered to millions more. He has dedicated his life to helping hurting people and currently travels more than 250,000 miles every year to minister healing and salvation to the world.
Morris and his wife, Theresa, have been married for 65 years, and are affectionately referred to as “Papa” and “Mama” by the multitudes that have been affected by their love and generosity.
Dr. Morris Cerullo was raised in a Jewish Orthodox orphanage in New Jersey until the age of 14 1/2 when he gave his life to Christ. Because of his faith, he was persecuted and eventually had to leave the orphanage.
Morris attended Hebrew school while in the orphanage and attended public school until age 15. At that time, Morris began preaching three to four times per week in local churches, with invitations growing steadily.
At age 17, with no money to pay for tuition, he received a scholarship to the New York Metropolitan Bible School in Suffern, New York, from where he graduated. Morris later received two honorary doctorates from Florida Beacon College and Oral Roberts University.
By the time he was 20, he was pastoring his own 15-member church, and due to limited funds, he had to be the pastor, janitor, maintenance man, and landscaper all rolled into one. His hard work paid off, though. Within eight months, his once tiny church became one of the largest in New England.
After eight years of ministry, at age 23, he went on his first overseas missions trip to Greece. Many more overseas trips followed, and an international ministry quickly developed.
MCWE has assisted many organizations and facilities around the world to teach and train new Christians. MCWE is also known for its humanitarian support and has provided aid to Ethiopia, medical assistance in East Africa, and helped build multiple orphanages in Mexico.
The ministry also provides many scholarships every year to up-and-coming Christian students around the world to attend ministry training classes.
Most recently, Morris and his wife, Theresa Cerullo, partnered with Tommy and Matthew Barnett to build several floors of the Los Angeles Dream Center that houses 200 women who have come off the streets of Los Angeles, out of drugs, human trafficking, and prostitution. The floor is called Mama Theresa’s Place in honor of Theresa Cerullo.