About Peter Youngren
Peter Youngren is the founder of World Impact Ministries, an international Christian organization with outreaches in more than 100 nations. His philosophy of ministry emphasizes the grace of God towards all people regardless of religion or culture. Youngren’s international events are called “Friendship Festivals”, with attendances normally ranging from 10,000 up to 600,000 in a single service. In recognition of his success in Gospel ministry in non-Christian nations Ministries Today listed Youngren as one of the most influential international evangelist of the 20th century.
Youngren studied at Zion Bible College, Rhode Island, USA, and launched his Gospel ministry immediately after. He became an ordained Christian Minister in 1982. In 2001 he obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Biblical studies from Florida Christian University, followed by an Honorary Degree of Christian Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (2002).
Youngren began broadcasting on television in 1985. From 2009 until 2013, he established ‘Grace Tv’ as Canada’s largest 24/7 Christian television channel. Currently his “You Are Loved” telecast is aired daily Monday - Friday, as well as on the weekends across United States, Canada and the Middle East.
Youngren is the founding pastor of the Toronto International Celebration Church and the Niagara Celebration Church, which during his time as Senior Pastor was listed by Faith Today as one of Canada’s top mega churches. In 1994 he founded Open Bible Faith Fellowship, which reached a membership of 450 clergy and 98 affiliated churches and organizations under his leadership.
World Impact Bible Institute (WIBI) was established in 1988, and has more than 3,300 graduates. Affiliate schools are in Nairobi, Kenya; Medan, Indonesia and Toronto, Canada. A central campus scheduled to open in August 2014 is currently being established in San Diego, California under Youngren’s direct leadership.
He is the author of 7 books and numerous study manuals.
Youngren is married to Taina, and they work together in the ministry.