Hope blooms as the pastor ‘miraculously’ remarries his ex-wife, despite all the obstacles they have faced.
Televangelist and ‘Miracle Crusader’ Pastor Benny Hinn, called it “…a miracle of God’s grace,” with ‘it’ being his widely attended remarriage to his ex-wife Suzanne in 2013, in a two hour long traditional marriage ceremony.
Benny Hinn had married Suzanne Harthern first, in 1979. They couple went on to have four children; daughters, Jessica, Natasha and Jessica and son, Joshua.
Suzanne filed for divorce in 2010, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’; the couple had been living separately for nearly four years till the filing. Later that same very year news reports and an alleged photograph of Benny Hinn and another fellow evangelist Paula White holding hands, came out. Though, Benny admitted to a friendship between the two, both denied the alleged affair. In 2011, contrary to Benny’s claims of ‘no infidelity’, he was sued by the Christian publishing house Strang Communications that asserted that Benny Hinn and Paula White did have an affair and that he had violated the morality clause in his contract with the company.
Two reasons that Benny Hinn set out for his estrangement and divorce from his wife, Suzanne was that he had become too involved in his ministry work and had not paid enough attention to his wife and family, and the second reason he gave was of Suzanne’s dependency on prescription drugs and anti-depressants for nearly fifteen years and her erratic behavior that ensued, as a result. He blamed himself for not heeding her problems. According to Benny, her filing for divorce was a call for help and it also made him realize the importance of his wife and family.
After the divorce came through, Suzanne checked into the Betty Ford Clinic, in 2010 for chemical dependency problems. She came out free of her dependency issues, after nearly three and a half months of therapy.
In 2012, Benny Hinn announced that the two had started reconciliation process and in 2013, the two got married in the presence of a thousand people including their four children, four grandchildren and many important Christian ministers.