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The Falls Church Anglican: The Long March to Healing Ministry Excellence

My husband and I attended a Tuesday night session of soaking prayer in October 2009. We had struggled with two years of infertility, including two miscarriages. That night we felt so covered in prayer by the various healing ministers at the Falls Church. It provided great emotional relief. Also, God used it to work a miracle in my body. That month, after eighteen years of irregularity, my reproductive cycle was healed and became regular. I had never experienced this before. This was not accompanied by any medication or medical intervention, it happened because of God’s healing. We were so encouraged and walked onward in hope of having a child someday. The following May, on Mother’s Day, a visiting minister from Swaziland was staying with my parents in Southern California. He heard our story and called us to pray for healing over the phone. He had us lay hands on my body and prayed powerfully, in Jesus’ name, casting out the spirit of miscarriage and asking for a child. He said, “Next Mother’s Day, we’ll be celebrating.” A few weeks later, I got pregnant, and now I am six and a half months along with a baby boy, due on Valentine’s Day 2011. I found out about the pregnancy exactly one year, to the day, of learning that our second baby [miscarriage] had passed away. We are thankful beyond words, not that God has given us what we hoped for, but because God has showed himself powerfully in our lives and worked through healing ministers to do His will in us. It is impossible for me to think about this baby, or feel him kick, without remembering what God has done through healing prayer. [Follow-up: she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.]

The Rev. Christopher added: “We have lots of cases of prayer over infertility resulting in healthy pregnancies/births; also a few cases where a pregnant woman has come to us because doctors have determined with ‘absolute’ certainty that the unborn child has a severe deformity and will not live much past birth, and is trying to convince her to have an abortion. After healing prayer, they give birth to completely healthy children!”


To see this dynamic ministry in action, go visit for yourself The Falls Church Anglican.





[1] The history of Falls Church, Episcopal, then Anglican Church is recorded in the work by J.B. Simmons, The Awakening n Washington’s Church (n.p.: self-printed, 2019). Unfortunately, Simmons ignores the church’s salient feature, its healing ministry.

[2] See web site and pictures of the original Episcopal church:

[3] John’s wife, Susan, has been an active partner in Christian ministry, involved both in parish projects and her own very fruitful writing and speaking career. See her author page at Amazon for her multiple books on the topics of family life and prayer.

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About the Author: William L. De Arteaga, Ph.D., is known internationally as a Christian historian and expert on revivals and the rebirth and renewal of the Christian healing movement. His major works include Quenching the Spirit: Discover the Real Spirit Behind the Charismatic Controversy (Creation House, 1992, 1996), Forgotten Power: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper in Revival (Zondervan, 2002), Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal (Wipf & Stock, 2015), and The Public Prayer Station: Taking Healing Prayer to the Streets and Evangelizing the Nones (Emeth Press, 2018). Bill pastored two Hispanic Anglican congregations in the Marietta, Georgia area, and is semi-retired. He continues in his healing, teaching and writing ministry and is the state chaplain of the Order of St. Luke, encouraging the ministry of healing in all Christian denominations. Facebook

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