Perry Stone is a fourth generation minister. He actually began preaching at the young age of sixteen. He then went into full-time, nationwide ministry at age eighteen. By his twenties, Stone was conducting revivals and speaking at camp meetings, some with as many as 3,000 to 4,000 in attendance. He continued his education through Lee University in Cleveland, TN and later earned a B.A. in Theology from Covenant Life Christian College. In 2001, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws and Letters (LL.D) from the Wesley Synod. Perry, his wife, Pam, and their two children, Jonathan and Amanda reside in Cleveland, Tennessee.
He is currently the director of the ministry The Voice of Evangelism, which presents the Gospel of Christ through revivals, television, audio/video media, printed material and missionary sponsorship. Perry also writes and publishes The Voice of Evangelism magazine. In September of 2000, Perry launched his weekly telecast Manna Fest, which can be viewed nationwide on satellite and Christian TV stations.
Although Stone’s primary focus is on evangelism, he has been identified as one of America’s foremost experts on Bible Prophecy. Perry is a frequent keynote speaker at Prophecy Conferences, and has been interviewed by nationally recognized Christian television programs. Through personal contacts in Israel, Perry was privileged to be one of the first American ministers to confirm and publicize the silent search for the ashes of the Red Heifer–an extremely important event on the prophetic timetable.
While all of that remains true, Perry does hold some questionable, but not necessarily heretical, views on certain issues like the “Bible Codes”, for example. He has also personally endorsed Benny Hinn, which is a disappointment.
One quite interesting, and certainly possible belief of Stone’s is that the wedding of the bride of Christ (the church) won’t take place until the midway point of the tribulation. His logic behind this is that the two witnesses are symbolic of the wedding witnesses and are not available for the ceremony until after they are killed and resurrected. Interesting enough to be pursued further, but not enough documentation has surfaced, yet, to make this a plausible doctrinal fact.
Perry Stone is a vibrant and excited speaker”although sometimes to the extreme”and has a humble approach of sharing his personal views. His desire is to spread the gospel and see people come to know the Lord, personally.