A Little Bit of History

Pastor and Tami

Patrick Hoban is the founder and pastor of Church in the Word. In April 1987 Pastor Hoban, a native of Ireland, was dramatically delivered from a five-year drug addiction and self-destructive lifestyle when he received Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior.  This occurred during a Full Gospel Business Men's meeting in his hometown of Waterford, Ireland.

His first experiences with the workings of the Holy Spirit were with the Full Gospel Business Men. Shortly after his salvation he traveled giving his testimony. Soon, his gift for preaching and teaching became evident. The gifts of the Spirit began to manifest, especially the word of knowledge and the discerning of spirits. Salvation and the baptism in the Holy Spirit became the main focus of his altar ministry.

He first came to the U.S. in 1994 for a sPatrick and Tamieason of ministry. Back at home in Ireland in 1997, after a period of prayer, God gave Patrick a dream in which he saw two giant-sized golden bells. The golden bells represented his ministry in Ireland and the U.S. The larger bell referred to ministry in the U.S. God showed him that if he returned, he would reach more people. Upon returning, Patrick ministered throughout the United States for two years, during which time he met and married his wife Tami. Together they founded Church in the Word in September of 2000.

God often uses him in the word of knowledge, prophecy, and discerning of spirits. Countless have testified of the astounding accuracy of the prophetic word and word of knowledge in which he operates.

Liam and SeanPatrick and Tami reside in Cary, Illinois, with their three young children, Liam, Sean and Niamh (Neev).

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