Pastor John C. Hagee
Founder and Senior Pastor, Cornerstone Church
President and CEO, John Hagee Ministries
Founder and National Chairman, Christians United for Israel
Pastor John C. Hagee, founder and senior pastor of Cornerstone Church
in San Antonio, Texas, has built a ministry on straightforward Bible teaching
and preaching, and unwavering support for the nation of Israel and the
Pastor John Hagee is a fifth generation pastor and the 47th descendent
of his family to preach the gospel since they immigrated to America from
Germany. Pastor Hagee received his bachelor's degree from Trinity
University, earned a master's degree from North Texas University
and trained in theology at Southwestern Bible Institute.
Pastor Hagee is married to Diana Castro and together they raised five
children while pastoring their beloved 18,000 member Cornerstone Church
founded in 1975.
While pastoring the evangelical, non-denominational Cornerstone Church,
Pastor Hagee acquired licenses for two low-power television stations in
San Antonio over 28 years ago. The Cornerstone family sacrificially gave
to buy the necessary broadcasting equipment with the Hagees personally
mortgaging their home to help build the radio and television ministry.
Today, John Hagee Ministries occupies a 50,000 square-foot production
center which houses both radio and television studios, 100 telephone prayer
partners, and a vast distribution center. Currently, Hagee telecasts on
eight major networks, 162 independent television stations, and 51 radio
stations throughout the globe broadcasting in over 190 nations.
In addition to founding the global media ministry Pastor Hagee is the
author of 21 major books the latest being Jerusalem Countdown which made
the USA Today's best seller list. Many of his books have been best
sellers with one, The Beginning of the End, reaching the New York Times
best sellers list.
Pastor Hagee is the founder of “A Night to Honor Israel” which
is celebrated annually at Cornerstone Church over national and international
television. “A Night to Honor Israel” is a non-conversionary
tribute to the nation of Israel and the Jewish people of the world. Its
purpose is to promote esteem and understanding between Christians and
Jews and to emphasize that the beliefs we hold in common are far greater
than the differences we have allowed to separate us. Pastor Hagee has
been presented the ZOA Israel Award, the ZOA Service Award and the Humanitarian
of the Year Award by B'Nai B'Rith Council in recognition of
his unwavering support of Israel.
Pastor Hagee's ministry has given millions of dollars to bring the
Jewish exiles of the world home to Israel. The ministry has provided comfort
and consolation to the Jewish people through the building of orphanage
facilities, absorption centers and hospitals.
In February, 2006, Pastor John Hagee, Founder and National Chairman of
Christians United for Israel, decided the time had come to create a national
grassroots movement focused on the support of Israel. He called upon Christian
leaders from across America to join him in launching this new initiative.
Over 400 Christian leaders each representing a denomination, mega-church,
media ministry, publishing company, or Christian university answered the
call and Christians United for Israel was born.