Dr. Hormoz Shariat is the President of Iran Alive Ministries.
Hormoz firmly believes that Iran as a nation is ready for a major transformation—spiritually, socially, financially, and politically as prophesied in Jeremiah 49:38.
He has been heavily involved in church planting among Iranians in the US, Europe, and Iran since 1987. Since December 2001, he has been using Satellite TV broadcast to reach into the homes of millions of Iranians to help them transform their personal and family lives with the Biblical principles. As a result, hundreds of underground house churches have been planted in over 100 cities in Iran. Hormoz is a gifted evangelist and a well-received host on TV. As a result of his broadcasts since 2001, there have been over 34,000 registered decisions for Christ with over 850 house churches planted.
Hormoz is from a Muslim background and became a follower of Jesus in 1980 after a comparative study of the Bible and Quran. He has been married for 40 years and has three grown children.
Hormoz’s ministry has been featured in Christianity Today, Charisma, World Magazine and other publications. He has been a guest on various radio and TV stations such as CBN’s 700 Club, Daystar, and TBN. He has been called “The Billy Graham of Iran” and “the most influential Iranian American” by best-selling author Joel Rosenberg. Hormoz is a frequent speaker at the Voice of the Martyrs conferences.
Hormoz is a native of Tehran, Iran, where he lived until completing his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering at Sharif University in 1978. He immigrated to the USA in 1979 to continue his studies at the University of Southern California where he completed a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence. He has also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Theology from Jessup University.
Hormoz has been a pastor and a church planter since 1987 He planted six churches in Northern California before launching a 24/7 Satellite TV broadcast in January 2012 in order to focus on transforming Iran with the Gospel. In addition to producing TV programs, he oversees the church plants in USA, Europe, and Iran.