The prophetic movement began in 1948 with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in North Battleford, Saskatchewan. A group of Pentecostal Bible students from the Sharon Orphanage and Schools began fasting after some of their leaders had driven to Vancouver to see William Branham in person. Branham’s gift was so amazing that they began to seek God to see similar results. Several weeks into the fast, there was an powerful outpouring of personal prophecy, and several other things. These events became the foundation of the modern prophetic movement.
The second major launch of the prophetic was in the late 80’s and early 90’s when the Kansas City Prophets burst onto the world stage through the alignment of Mike Bickle’s church with the global Vineyard movement. There were a number of extremely gifted prophets there, especially Paul Cain, who brought the prophetic into the mainstream of the Charismatic movement.
There are many many prophets in the Body of Christ, although there is only a small number of people with significant public ministry at any given time. In non-Western cultures, away from our view, there are also many prophets who are very good but also unknown. Therefore it’s impossible to list them all, nor would we want to. However, a few years ago I created this list based on who I knew at the time, partly because most of what is on the web about prophets is full of lies and disinformation.
This list does not include many people who are obviously quite prophetic but primarily known for other gifts, such as Todd Bentley, Todd White, Charlie Shamp, Randy Clark, Heidi Baker, Jack Deere, etc.
KANSAS CITY STREAM
- Shawn Bolz — Is far and away the premier prophet of our generation. Trained under many of the men listed below, has recently come into a completely new level of prophetic that is on a similar level to Paul Cain or William Branham. He gives his words in a very “Gee Whiz” style, but make no mistake, this guy is the real deal with serious revelation. Watch him on YouTube if you doubt it. Unfortunately very few of those below can you see in action.
- Michelle Seidler — One of the next generation of prophets to emerge from Kansas City. A friend mentioned her as having a great ministry here.
- Paul Cain — Paul Cain was the unstated leader of the “Kansas City Prophets” who emerged from Mike Bickle’s church, and probably the leading prophet of our time. Fell into serious sin a couple of years ago, started a restoration process, but did not complete it to the satisfaction of those who took him out of ministry. Getting close to 90. It’s amazing to me that someone so influential in our time, who has held thousands of incredible meetings in his lifetime could be in some ways such an unknown. In fact, with many of the names on this list, the same is true. I was in just one meeting in 1998, and that changed my life forever.
- Bob Jones — Kansas City Prophet. Bob has now gone on to be with the Lord, but he was known for giving unusual event prophecies including rhymes or song, but which often remarkably come to pass. Bob Jones was disciplined by Bickle about 15 years ago over misuse of his gift, but did get back on track and finished very well. At the end of his life he was a mentor to an entire generation of young supernatural people.
- John Paul Jackson — Kansas City Prophet. Now gone on to be with the Lord, after dying early of cancer. Extremely gifted. Had a unique insight into dreams and theology. He moved to North Sutton, NH around 2000 and started his own school, and really movement. His presence was definitely unique for the otherwise dry region. He then moved back to TX and had a very interesting TV show, I think on Daystar, which was taken over by Shawn Bolz after his death.
- Jim Goll — Jim is one of the Kansas City Prophets. Insight into Charismatic history. Almost died of cancer a few yaers ago, but was raised up after another famous minister prayed for him.
- Noel Alexander — Prophetic type who came up in Kansas City along with the other key guys. I saw him share a word at a meeting in Kansas City that he had gotten something like 20 years prior. His is now based in Olathe, Kansas. Don’t know much about him except that he has an acoustic worship album out.
- Steve Thompson — Was Rick Joyner’s right hand, although he was kind of invisible there. He got famous for his book ‘You May All Prophesy,’ which is a great book on prophecy. They split and he was aligned with Bill Johnson and Bethel for a while. Has a good spirit about him. I saw Steve at a couple of their meetings in Charlotte, and really liked him very down to Earth, but clearly in touch with God.
- Bobby Conner — Bobby was a former Baptist minister. Intense. He has some dreams/visions worth sharing.
- Bill Hamon –Fift years in the prophetic. Bill Hamon wrote several great books on prophecy. Leader of a company of prophets. Prophecy is a throwback to the “old school” prophets who were Pentecostal in background. I heard him give a word in a meeting about a man who was having some inappropriate relations. It was heavy. I appreciate that he seems to flow in both the positive and corrective aspects of prophecy. We need both. I actually got to pick him up from the airport for that conference and had never heard of him. The other guy in the car said something like “How’s it feel to be on the cover of Charisma?” That got my attention. What I love most about Bill Hamon though is that he has a passion and process for releasing people into the prophetic. Too often it is seen as something only for special people.
- Scott Webster — Scott Webster was trained under Bill Hamon. Mentioned by MD pastor Charles Schmitt as having giving a significant prophecy about the future of their ministry which came to pass.
- Lew Mar – Also trained under Bill Hamon
- Sharon Stone – She recently gave a very accurate prophecy about the economic crisis.
- Bill Lackey – Bill is one of Hamon’s key guys. He does great prophetic training.
- Rob Rufus — Rob Rufus is a British prophet associated with the Newfrontiers ministry. God has catapulted him to be a key figure in Newfrontiers in this season, and to breathe a fresh dose of the Spirit into what they are doing. Kudos to Terry Virgo for giving a platform to a guy like this. Rob has had some very anointed things happen recently at their conferences. Reminds me of Graham Cooke when he first came out.
- Jon Cressey — I saw Jon Cressey mentioned as a prophetic guy within Newfrontiers on one of the English bloggers websites. He seems to be very seasoned and the Lord is showing up when he ministers. He actually contacted me and shared his “Prophetic Reformation” site. Clearly, Jon has his finger on the pulse of some of the same things that have been on my heart at this site and seems like a really wonderful brother. Reviewing his site, I wonder if we are in a kind of prophetic wilderness, as God retunes his company of prophets for another move.
- Marc Dupont — Marc Dupont gets mentioned and has written some books, but I really don’t know anything. Graham Cooke said he loves him. Apparently, Marc moved to Toronto before the revival based on a word from God. That’s points for accuracy.
- Graham Cooke — He is a British prophet who appeared on the world stage during the Toronto Revival. A real teacher with a love focus. I saw him up in Vermont in 2006. It was a crazy meeting because it was in a tent in about 6 inches of mud. He basically shared some of the exact same things I heard him share on the Toronto tapes from ten years earlier. He was separated and then divorced from his wife Heather a few years ago over his desire to move to the US. He later married an American woman named Theresa. I have posted the statement he released at that time.
Although I respect the prophets in this movement, I do not consider this a healthy church group.
- Jim Laffoon — The lead prophet for Every Nation. Jim Laffoon came from Michael Fletcher’s Grace Church movement, and before that from the Latter Rain ministry of the Ewings. Jim is especially gifted in insight into the Scripture and a fabulous preacher.
- Jim Critcher — Prophet in Every Nation and was trained by Jim Lafoon. Accurate and pastoral words, and he can preach. Had dinner with he and his wife once. God really used this meeting to shake up my life. Like these other guys, I’d love to see him get out of the Every Nation system, and use his gift for the broader body.
- John Rohrer — Prophet in Every Nation. I never saw him minister. He was supposedly at the disposal of the main leader for apostolic related tasks.
- John Steele — From New Zealand. came out of the NZ “New Life Churches”, which came from Ray Jackson senior and the Latter Rain movement teaching from Bethel Temple. He was sometimes used and referred to in the Every Nation movement.
- Chuck Flynn — Chuck is another old time prophet. He was mentioned by Paul Cain on one of his tapes. Has ministered with the FGBMFI among many other places.
- Kim Clement — Kim Clement was known for political prophecies which have come to pass, but he also released many which did not. He appeared on TBN frequently for many years. He passed away recently at an early age.
- Hank Kunneman — Hank Kunneman is known for political prophecies which have come to pass. A friend of mine saw him at Harry Jackson’s church and was definitely impressed that this guy has the heat not just in political prophecy, but in personal prophecy too. Unique on this list because he comes from more of a Word Faith background.
- Dennis Cramer — Smaller name, but Dennis Cramer has recently emerged as a prophetic figure in the Northeast region.
- Jimmy Evans, Clark Whitten, Wayne Drain — These three men are billed as coming to do prophetic ministry at Gateway Church in Dallas, TX.
- Ron Campbell — Ron Campbell has a prophetic ministry called Sound the Trumphet which is based in Dallas, just saw it on the internet. Seems to be fairly seasoned, but also not very widely known.
- John Mulinde — John Mulinde is a prophet from Uganda. Had a vision of the collapse of the World Trade Center several years before it happened, along with a stunning warning of its meaning and our need to act. A close friend of mine was profoundly touched at a meeting where this guy gave his testimony.
- Ron Cassoni — Prophet who came out of the original Fort Lauderdale 5 shepherding church. Still part of the staff there. An elder at a church in Boston mentioned him a couple of times, and he clearly has a gift.
- Phil Cappuccio — Prophesied over a friend of mine. It was intense and accurate. Great gift. Now leads a church or church network.
- Kent Simpson — This is the guy who offers prophecies online for a fee. I did have someone contact me once who had received a prophecy from him, and it wasn’t really a good report. In general, I beleive that “freely you have received, freely give.” The preaching and ministry of the Gospel we should give freely, and people can donate if they are moved to do so. Would you go to a church where they charged you for the sermon? If you came to this page because you are thinking about buying a prophecy, fill out the contact form, review my prophetic guidelines and I’ll be glad to give you a prophecy as time allows.
- Brian Weeks — Pastor of Jericho Christian Fellowship in Middleboro, MA. Weeks has a prophetic flow. Saw him do some nice ministry including a couple of friends.
- Jim Driscoll — A prophet who emerged from Jackson’s school . I received a word from Jim and found it to be quite accurate. He wrote a book on the prophetic and dreams
- Johnny Foote — Based in Pensacola, Florida. Johnny was trained under Ken Sumrall of Shepherding movement connection. I’ve heard good things about Foote.
- Bob Hazlett – When Todd White first broke onto the scene, he was doing the Power and Love conference with Pastor Dan Mohler, Todd as the evangelist, and Bob as the prophet. It led to awesome conferences.
- Kris Vallotton — Kris is considered to be the prophet at Bethel Redding, CA. I have never seen him actually prophesy though. I look at his ministry as more about bringing the prophetic edge to Redding.
African American Prophets
- Brian Carn — I received a question from someone about why Brian Carn was not on my list. That’s because I didn’t know about him! Apparently he appears on TBN (which I never watch).
- David Ireland — Since we’re doing African-Americans, I was just reminded that when I asked the folks at Jubilee Christian Center in Boston what prophets they rely on they brought up David Ireland. That means something, because it’s quite an impressive church.
- Damian Dunamis Pearce — This guy moves in a great prophetic flow with a lot of power. Based in New York City.
- Aaron Evans — Emerged from Rick Joyner’s ministry, but then moved to NH with his kids to be John Paul Jackson’s right hand. Now leads a ministry called the Daniel Company.