Earlier this month, Pastor Benny and his wife, Suzanne, officially announced that they were reconciling after being divorced for almost two years. In February 2010, Don Price, the longtime senior advisor to Benny Hinn Ministries confirmed reports in the news that Suzanne had filed a petition of divorce in Orange County Superior Court on February 1, 2010. She cited irreconcilable differences. The couple had been separated since January 26, but the papers were filed about a week later. Don issued a statement saying, “Pastor Benny Hinn and his immediate family were shocked and saddened to learn of this news without any previous notice. The couple has been married for more than 30 years.
Pastor Benny says their marriage died for two reasons. First, when he was called into ministry he promised Jesus he would give his all to Him. What he did not realize was that in the process of ministering around the world, it was taking a far greater toll on his marriage than he realized. Once he believed that his ministry came before his family. Now he realizes that he was wrong. God comes first, then his family, and then his ministry.
For Pastor Benny, it was the most agonizing two and a half years of his life. He says the end of their marriage woke him up, and he believes the Lord used it to show him—as a man of God and as a man—that he cannot function properly without his wife and family. He says it is the best thing that could have happened. He came to a place where he humbled himself and realized his priorities were wrong. He asks for forgiveness from his family and the Body of Christ. For the rest of the Hinn family, it was painful and Suzanne said they interceded for the restoration of the marriage fervently.