After Bill Hamon’s salvation at the age of 16 in Boswell, Oklahoma, he had a great desire to become a minister for God. He attended Bible College in Portland, Oregon and became the pastor of a small church in Washington state in 1954 at age 19. In 1964, Bill and his wife, Evelyn, and their three young children moved to San Antonio, Texas where Bill was asked to be a teacher at a Bible college.
In 1967, Dr. Bill Hamon founded Christian International School of Theology and in 1970 the first Cl Extension Colleges were established. During the last twenty-six years, hundreds of Cl Extensions have been established in local churches around the world. Over 8,000 students have enrolled in Cl Off-Campus Bible College Courses with over 820 graduates. For 30 years, CI has developed quality college courses in 10 different majors.
Pioneering the Prophetic Movement
In 1979, God challenged Dr. Hamon to add the “School of the Holy Spirit” to the Cl ministry. This “school” served as a”classroom ministry” to teach, train, and activate individuals in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. In addition, special Holy Spirit emphasis conferences and seminars were held throughout the year at nearby hotel/resort facilities to meet the registration demands.
In 1980, Christian International formed its first ministerial association, Christian International Ministerial Association (CIMA). Three years later, in 1983, Dr. Bill Hamon received the revelation that God was going to raise up a great end-time company of prophets to restore the ministries of the prophet and the apostle.
He wrote the first in a series of three books on prophets and the prophetic ministry. God began giving Dr. Hamon both a vision and a burden for calling forth, activating, and maturing that great company of prophets. CIMA was changed to Christian International Network of Prophetic Ministries (CI NPM) with the purpose of fulfilling that vision. CI NPM grew nationwide with scores of ministers and churches. Hundreds of prophets and prophetic ministers were called forth and activated into prophetic ministry.
In 1988, at the International Gathering of Apostles and Prophets conference, the Lord came upon Dr Bill Hamon and he began to travail. Dr Hamon knew he was experiencing ‘birthing pains’ and that night the Prophetic Movement was birthed and restored to the Body of Christ.
Apostles & Prophets
In 1991, apostles began to be recognized, along with the prophets, as foundational ministries of the Church. The Apostolic Movement was in its embryonic stages. A cry was coming forth from the hearts of ministers and churches for God’s government, order, and apostolic miracles to be established in local churches and ministries. CI NPM had trained and activated thousands of ministers and saints across the world as the Prophetic Movement sounded forth the call of God to gather a company of end-time prophets. With the birthing of the Apostolic, an understanding of oversight and accountability began to be a strong desire. The networking together of ministers and churches for relationship, oversight, and accountability would add a new dimension of covering for those relating to CI NPM. In May of 1992, Christian International Apostolic Network (CIAN) was formed to meet that need.
CI Ministries Network serves its members with a unique apostle/prophet team ministry concept, while pursuing excellence in all fivefold ministries. No other organization or network offers what is available in linking together the apostolic and the prophetic such as was demonstrated in the book of Acts. For the last fifty-five years, Dr. Hamon and CI have sought to present and promote the cutting edge of what God is doing and saying in the Church.
Dr. Bill Hamon Today
Dr. Bill Hamon
Dr. Bill Hamon is the founder of Christian International Ministries, a premier prophetic ministry for over 45 years. A prophet for 60 years, he has prophesied to more than 50,000 people and provided training for over 250,000 in prophetic ministry. He has authored seven major books, specializing in the restoration of the Church and what to expect next on God’s agenda.
Dr. Bill Hamon is respected by church leaders around the world as a senior leader of the prophetic/apostolic company God is raising up in these last days.
He serves as bishop to over 3,000 ministers and churches and CI’s headquarters on five continents. Bill resides in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, along with his three children, eleven grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren. “Mom” Hamon’s legacy lives on through their family and the work that continues at Christian International Ministries.