About Hormoz

A headshot of Hormoz Shariat in the TV studio
Dr. Hormoz Shariat in the broadcast television studio

I was born into a Muslim family in Iran and came to the United States after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, where I came to Christ while earning my Ph.D. in Computer Engineering as a graduate student at USC in 1980.

In 1987, I planted a church in San Jose, California. With hundreds of Muslim converts, which remains one of the largest churches of its kind in the United States.

In 2001 I followed the Lord’s leading and founded Iran Alive Ministries, which utilizes Satellite TV to reach the millions of lost and broken people of Iran and the rest of the Middle East.  Today, we broadcast the Gospel 24/7 from our studio in Dallas to Iran and the Middle East, trusting the Lord to use us to transform a nation, which is responding to the Gospel unlike any other time in history.  You can find out more about the ministry by visiting www.IranAliveMinistries.org.

My passion for Muslims stems, in part, because of the murder of my brother, Hamraz, who was arrested in Iran at the age of 16 on a minor political charge. After two years in jail, he was executed by firing squad. God showed me the best way to respond to this tragedy was to dedicate my life to loving Muslims and sharing the Gospel with as many of them as possible.

I pray that you find this blog to be a blessing, as I seek to serve you by providing inside information about Iran and how it impacts the US that you will not hear on CNN, Fox News or any other outlet.  I will do my best to help you make sense of current events in the Middle East from a Christian and former Muslim perspective.  I will endeavor to help you understand Islam and the reasons behind Muslims actions.

I will do these things through sharing my own experience and current, very real stories and testimonies from Persians who are living inside Iran right now.  You will be encouraged, inspired and surprised by the Iran that you didn’t know existed.

8 thoughts on “About Hormoz

  1. Jesus is the son of man..Christ is the son of God. …for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto the, but my Father which is in heaven…..and upon this rock l will build my church.

  2. Brother, I’m so glad that you’ve started blogging and can give people a realistic look inside Iran. It is so awesome to know that God is changing that nation from the inside out and creating a culture of believers in the midst of all of the oppression and darkness.

  3. I am so inspired by this blog. I have read DREAMS AND VISIONS: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World? by Tom Doyle. This is how I learned about you and your conversion to the gospel of Jesus, The Messiah. I am so thrilled that you are witnessing in such a powerful way to Muslims, inspiring so many to “follow Christ”. I currently am unemployed or else I would give to IRAN ALIVE MINISTRIES to “promote,” even further, the gospel to Iranians. But, I will say that I have forwarded several of your e-mails to church members and relatives whom I have also given the book, DREAMS AND VISIONS… [I’ve bought and given away at least a dozen of Tom Doyle’s book] hoping they, too, will be inspired to know what God is doing through you, for the Iranian people. Just today I put “my opinion” in our local newspaper, telling the public about your inspiring website, and particularly about “how [Christian] Iranians celebrate Christmas,” encouraging them, also, to look this up on your website, IRAN ALIVE MINISTRIES! It is my prayer that more Americans will realize the miracles that are happening in Iran and throughout the Middle East, even amidst oppression in their countries. God Bless you and your evangelizing of Muslims and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  4. درود فراوان بر شما عزیزان وکشیش هرمز عزیز.روزانه از طریق شبکه شماخادمان کلیسا ها کسانی که خداوندمان عیسی مسیح را خدمت میکنند هزاران نفر در روی جهان بخصوص ایرانیان عزیز ایمان به خداوند میاران.چه کار بزرگتر از این که دست این عزیزان رادردست پدر بزاریم افرادی مثل من که از طریق خادمان شما به زندگی که خداوند برای من میخواد برگشتم وبه خداوند ایمان اوردم وبرادرم ودوستانم و…هم ایمان اوردن..من از خداوندمان عیسی مسیح اول میخوام خداوند هرروز به شما خادمان عزیز کسانی که خداوند راخدمت میکنند قدرت بیشتر بشارت محبت بخشش و…بده.مرسی بخاطر کسانی که خداوند را خدمت میکنند خداوند برکتتان بده

    Hello to you all and Dear Pastor Hormoz,
    Through your Network and the servants of God who serve our Lord Jesus Christ thousands throughout the world, specially Iranians are coming to know the God. What better thing than to reconcile people with God. Through your servants I have come to faith along with my brothers and friends…. I ask our Lord Jesus Christ to give you all who are his servants much strength to be his witnesses.
    Thanks to those who serve him. God bless you.

  5. As the middle east again becomes a melting pot, with crises in so many places, we look up to see Jesus return, as we know this can only end with the end of the age. Praise God that He has sent you into the harvest so that many can be plucked from the fire before the end comes. We are grateful too for the insights you share, helping us to understand the middle east from the inside, so that we can better pray. God bless you mightily, we will pray and support you anyway we can, from the UK.

  6. I was simply trying to learn more about you, how you got saved (Rom 10: 9 & 10 etc will be doing some more research on you, like this idea of muslims coming to Christ and work in Iran
    Dr. Jimmy Hale

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