Theresa Cerullo was affectionately known as “Mama” to millions around the world. As the wife of internationally acclaimed evangelist, Dr. Morris Cerullo, she stood together with him in 68 years of marriage and ministry to the nations of the world.
From the humble beginnings of World Evangelism in the Cerullo’s family garage, to the global ministry that World Evangelism is today, Theresa served in many roles as corporate secretary, office manager, receptionist, personnel manager, crusade coordinator, School of Ministry director, teacher, prayer warrior, and most important of all, as a true ministry partner with her husband, Morris, in training over five million Nationals, bringing a witness to over a billion souls, and sharing faith and hope with tens of millions. Her son, David Cerullo, President of The Inspirational Network, and Morris Cerullo World Evangelism (MCWE), notes that her great legacy will continue jointly with that of Dr. Cerullo. National ministers continue to be trained, and souls come to Christ, through the mission of MCWE and the Legacy International Center. Lives are being impacted all over the world because of her love.
Theresa’s heart toward people was summed up in her favorite scripture, Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Her loving care led to countless testimonies from those who received her encouragement. She championed orphans, helping establish orphanages in Mexico. She cared for women recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, sex trafficking, prostitution, and domestic violence, with her acclaimed “Mama Theresa’s Place” where Morris and Theresa sponsored an entire floor of the Los Angeles Dream Center. Those who were discouraged and defeated looked to her with appreciation for her genuine take on life and family. Her message and teaching continue to offer strength and encouragement to many around the world.
Theresa was a woman of prayer, student of the Bible, and generous with her hospitality. As a culinary artist, her recipes play a vital role at Theresa’s Italian Steakhouse in San Diego, California. Her background was Sicilian with her father, Charles, being born in Sicily and marrying Vivian, the American daughter of Sicilian immigrants. Her parents embraced her husband, Morris, as their own son. The young couple rose from a small pastorate to conducting historic, evangelistic crusades that were credited with changing the spiritual atmosphere of entire nations. After the children were grown, she was able to travel with Morris and see the fruit of the ministry to which she contributed so much.