Peter Horrobin is the Founder and International Director of Ellel Ministries. Ellel Ministries International was originally established in 1986 as a ministry of healing for the north-west of England. But the work so grew that within a short time there were centres all over the world. By 2017 the work was established in over thirty different countries and students who have trained with Ellel Ministries are working on every continent and in well over fifty different countries.
The complete story of Peter’s life and ministry is now told in his book Strands of Destiny published in December 2017 by Sovereign World. To review and order this book please go to sovereignworld.com/strands-of-destiny. The following biographical details are a brief summary of the ground covered in the book.
Peter was born in 1943 in Bolton, Lancashire, and was later brought up in Blackburn, also in the north of England. He has remained a life-long supporter of Blackburn Rovers Football Club.
His parents gave him a firm Christian foundation for life with a strong evangelical emphasis. His early grounding in the scriptures was to equip him for future ministry. After living in the south for a while he eventually returned to his native county after periods of time spent in Surrey, Oxford and Manchester.
After graduating from Oxford University with a degree in chemistry, he spent a number of years in College and University lecturing, before leaving the academic environment for the world of business.
He founded his own publishing and bookselling companies and then, after fifteen years of writing, publishing and bookselling, the doors opened for the ministry to be established at Ellel Grange, a country house just outside the City of Lancaster. Throughout his university and business career Peter had known that he was only ‘marking time’ until his true calling, into some form of Christian ministry, would come to fruition.
The Call to Ministry
Peter first knew this calling as a young teenager, but he had to wait nearly thirty years before his life’s work was to begin! In his twenties he started to restore a vintage sports car (an Alvis Speed 20), but discovered that its chassis was bent. As he looked at the broken vehicle, wondering if it could ever be repaired, he sensed God asking him a question, “You could restore this broken car, but I can restore broken lives. Which is more important?”
It was obvious that broken lives were more important than broken cars. So, in 1970, the beginnings of a vision for seeing people healed and restored was birthed in his heart.
He prayed daily into this vision for over ten years before God brought it into being. Many Christian leaders affirmed the vision and gave it their support. Since then a hallmark of Peter’s ministry has been his willingness to step out in faith and see God move to fulfil His promises, often in remarkable ways.
The Work of Ellel Ministries
After the establishment of a Prayer Support Group, the purchase of Ellel Grange was completed in November 1986. Since then Ellel Ministries has grown very steadily – there is now a full-time team of over 300 people, running a continuous series of healing retreats and training courses and schools in all the Ellel Centres around the world. (See the Ellel Ministries page for further information.)
Under Peter’s leadership the world-wide teaching and ministry team has seen God move dramatically in many people’s lives to bring salvation, hope, healing and deliverance. Through them, and in a relatively short period of time, God has built a work of international significance. The work is a faith ministry, depending totally on donations and income from training courses for maintaining and extending the work.
Ellel 365 is a major online training programme that was developed and pioneered by Peter for Ellel Ministries. The new edition of Ellel 365 will be relaunched as Journey to Freedom in 2018.
Marriage and Family
Peter was first married in 1968. It was a great sadness and disappointment to him that this marriage irretrievably broke down. This was eventually followed by divorce after five years of living apart. The work, however, continued to be blessed by God and survived those very testing days with the help of a very dedicated team of committed workers.
Peter is, and always has been, a staunch believer in the sanctity of marriage and some of the erroneous reports about the circumstances of his divorce and later re-marriage, were based on hearsay, ignorance of the facts and distortion of the truth. Sadly, they have been used by some to try and undermine the integrity of his life and ministry.
Peter married Fiona, who had also gone through the trauma of a painful divorce, in December 1994. Through their marriage God has brought great healing to them both and they have been privileged to serve the Lord together ever since in the leadership of Ellel Ministries.
Their four children are all involved in Christian work, two of them working full-time in different sectors of Ellel Ministries.
Peter and Fiona now travel and write extensively to support and encourage the different Ellel teams and the ongoing development of the work. Together they teach and minister on many different aspects of healing and discipleship.
Outside of Ellel Ministries, Peter was the originator and one of the compilers of the amazingly successful and popular Mission Praise, the first volume of which was originally compiled for Billy Graham’s Mission England in 1984. The 25th Anniversary Edition of Mission Praise was published in July 2009.
Peter is also an enthusiast for fishing and Alvis cars. He still hopes, one day, to see the Alvis Speed 20, through which God gave him the vision for his life work, restored and back on the road! His Complete Catalogue of British Cars, which was first published in 1975, has long been the standard reference work on the history and technical specification of every model of every make of British car, manufactured between 1895 and 1975! During his years in academic life he also wrote and edited books of specialist technical interest about different aspects of building science and technology.
Through her pioneering work in seeing how God can bring great healing through the rediscovery of people’s creative gifting, Fiona herself discovered a talent for water-colour painting. Some of her paintings have now been turned into art cards and can be seen and purchased at www.fionahorrobinart.com
For details of the books published and written by Peter and Fiona Horrobin, please see Books and Publications.
For details of the current worldwide activities of Ellel Ministries International please go to ellel.org.