By Apostle Edward Ssewanyana
Dr. Morris Cerullo, world-renowned evangelist and founder of Morris Cerullo World Evangelism in San Diego, went home to be with his Lord on Friday evening, July 10, 2020 at the age of 88.
I have personally attended Dr. Cerullo’s conference in Kampala and also listened to a good number of his teachings in the last few months. His teachings are sound and faith-filled and indeed equip God’s army to be effective in these last days.
Dr. Cerullo first visited Uganda for ministry in 1993 and left Nabagereka (Queen) of Buganda, Sylvia Nagginda, a born again Christian convert.
Affectionately known as “Papa” to millions across the globe who were touched by his decades of personal ministry, Cerullo is known for his outreaches to people in more than 400 cities, 150 nations, and on 6 continents, in over 72 years of ministry.
Dr. Cerullo ministered face to face to more people around the world than perhaps any other person or evangelist in history.
Dr. Cerullo was born in Passaic, New Jersey, and was orphaned at the age of two. He and his four siblings were placed at the Daughters of Miriam Jewish orphanage in Clifton, New Jersey, where he lived until the age of 15 and where he embraced Jesus as his Messiah.
At the age of 17, he received a scholarship to a Bible college in New York. By age 23, he was holding his first overseas crusade outreach in Greece.
By the 1960s, Morris was conducting mass overseas meetings with hundreds of thousands in attendance in a single service. Miracles would break out as the power of God would sweep over the crowd, and thousands would give their lives to Jesus.
He was the host of Victory Today, a daily and weekly television program with a worldwide audience. He authored more than 200 Christian books, unique study Bibles and devotionals.
Besides his mass evangelistic crusades around the world Dr. Cerullo is probably best known for Building God an Army through Schools of Ministry he conducted where he imparted an anointing to Christian ministers and lay leaders to work the works of God and reach their own nations with the Good News of Jesus Christ. He would often tell those in attendance, “God doesn’t need a white man from America to come here to reach your nation. God wants to use you!” By the time of his passing, Dr. Cerullo had personally trained more than 5 million Christian ministers face to face.
Millions of people all over the world have been helped by what started as Morris’s simple obedience to God and a passion to help those in need. He has ministered in hard-to-reach areas for Christian evangelists such as Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya in 2004. Dr. Cerullo’s visit to Tripoli, Libya led to the opening up of 2 Christian churches that were closed by the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya government 35 years prior.
Known as a Christian statesman, Dr. Cerullo has been presented with the key to San Diego and other cities in America, as well as having received letters of recognition for the work he has done in foreign countries, from mayors, presidents, and other governmental leaders. Considered by many of today’s renowned spiritual leaders as a father of the faith.
Dr. Cerullo is also known for his humanitarian support. He has provided aid to Ethiopia, medical assistance in East Africa, and helped build multiple orphanages in Mexico. Morris and his wife, Theresa Cerullo, partnered with Tommy and Matthew Barnett to build a floor 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.
Dr. Cerullo was awarded the Lifetime Global Impact Award at the Empower21 World Conference, a gathering of over 4,000 world ministry leaders and pastors in Jerusalem, Israel.
In 2011, Morris purchased 18 acres in the heart of San Diego, California where his ministry built a $200 million Morris Cerullo Legacy International Center.
Completed in December of 2019, Legacy is open to visitors. The presidential library contains Dr. Cerullo’s teaching materials, which are available to visitors. Thousands of people have been drawn deeper into a relationship with God through this legacy of Dr. Cerullo’s life and ministry.
Located within the Legacy Center are many inspiring attractions such as the award-winning, interactive world globe and the 4-D motion seat dome theater playing the films, Walk Through The Bible, and Wings Over Israel. Children discover a world of adventure in The Legends of Lightfall area.
Visitors gain an understanding of faith, culture, and the world through the Legacy of Nations, movie Galleries, a replica of the Catacombs and numerous ancient Bibles and artifacts. All of these movies, exhibits, and displays were dear to Morris’s heart in his desire to draw others closer to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Few people have put as much effort, over such a long period of time, into helping those in need, as Dr. Cerullo. The fruit of his efforts has circulated the globe and will forever be cherished by the millions of lives he has touched.
Morris was a compassionate, loving, caring man of God.
Dr. Cerullo’s life can be summed up in the words of the apostle Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
He is survived by his precious wife Theresa, they would have been married 69 years this month, his son and daughter in law David and Barbara Cerullo, daughter Susan Peterson, 7 grandchildren, Benjamin and Jessica Cerullo, Rebekah and Chip Henderson, Michael Cerullo, Marissa and Jay Deiboldt, Teresa and Mike Mellusi, Joe Cerullo and Roseanne and Mike Hoerter as well as 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Mark Cerullo.
Only Heaven will be able to measure the impact of the life of Morris Cerullo in the lives of untold millions around the world.
(13) And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
The author is the Chairman Edifire Ministries, Founder and General Overseer of Worldwide Apostolic Church. www.edifireministries.org