John Hobbs



John’s passion for the Father’s heart is rooted in a desire for sons and daughters to know their heavenly Daddy, who simply loves and adores them just because they are His. John grew up without his father, who was killed in WWII before ever knowing him. Being raised in Carolina Beach, NC by an incredible single mom, God began to mark John’s life with a longing and calling long before he realized it. John preached his first sermon in a small United Methodist Church in Carolina Beach at age 16. This was only a foretaste of the plan God had, that John was long from seeing. The drawing of the Father’s heart continued into his college years as the Holy Spirt began to map a path into ministry.

John graduated with an AB Degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He was called to ministry and ordained a United Methodist minister, serving as a pastor for 16 years and then as the first conference appointed Evangelist with the NC United Methodist Church in 1978. John’s call into evangelism with the Methodist Church was a launching point for Maranatha Ministries Unlimited which since its establishment has ministered the Gospel of the Kingdom to the body of Christ, not only in Methodist churches, but across all denominations.

In addition to John’s evangelistic ministry, he has pastored three nondenominational churches and been instrumental in planting two others; one which he and his two sons planted in Wilmington, NC. John’s love for the local church also led him to serve as the founding director of the Christian Believers United Ministerial Fellowship, which grew to 110 affiliates throughout the world.

While maintaining a very busy schedule with Maranatha, John spent a season helping to stabilize a church in Kill Devil Hills, NC. There he served Liberty Christian Fellowship as Senior Pastor and was instrumental in helping build a Camp ministry call Camp Emmanuel.

Today, John continues to travel, preach in Churches and host Conferences, Retreats and Camps through Maranatha Ministries with his two sons, John and Scott.




Bishop Ruth Urban is an Anglican Bishop retired, but still doing ministry in various forms She has also served as an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, serving as rector and associate rector to many Episcopal churches. Deeply involved in the Christian healing ministry for over 35 years, Ruth has been a regional director for both Regions II and III for the Order of St. Luke and is a spiritual director/mentor to many. Besides ministering in healing, she also ministers in the apostolic and the prophetic. Ruth and her husband, John, serve on the board of The Healing Center.




We are so pleased to have Kenny Davis leading us in song and into more of the Spirit through praise and worship. The freedom of the Spirit that comes from Kenny’s leadership has been overwhelmingly powerful to witness, and we are   excited to have him back at The Healing Center in 2015! Founder of Kenny Davis Ministries (KDM), Kenny lives with his wife Kim at Yeshua’s Vineyard in Nashville, NC, a retreat center where troubled souls can find rest and healing.

Visit to learn more about Kenny on his website.


2019 Brochure





3:30 - 5:00 PM — Registration

5:30 PM — Dinner

6:45 PM - Close — Worship, Keynote Talk, Healing Service


7:30 AM — Prayer Box Burning Ceremony at the flagpole 

8 AM — Breakfast & Packing

10 AM — Sharing & Communion

12:30 PM – Lunch 


6:30 - 8 AM — Silent Communion

8 AM — Breakfast

9 - 10:30 AM — Prayer Groups

10:45 AM - 12:30 PM — Worship and Keynote Talks

12:30 PM — Lunch & Free Time

NOTE – Free time from 12:45 – 4:00 PM is set aside for meditating on God’s creation in this beautiful mountainous setting.  There are tennis courts, ponds, hiking trails, and peace.  There will also be opportunity for individual prayer ministry during the free times.

4 - 5:30 PM — Experiential Workshops

5:30 PM — Dinner

6:45 PM - close — Worship, Keynote Talks, and Healing Service