Yan Venter was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1948. At the tender age of only 12, like Samuel, God supernaturally called him into the ministry. After graduating from Irene Bible College in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1972, Yan Venter obeyed the call to ministry.
His early ministry experiences along with his participation in the Special forces of the Rhodesian (now Zimbabwe) Army as an Anti-Terrorist fighter, provided him unique and rich preparation for the faith-ministry the Lord was forging in his life.
In 1985 Brother Venter and his wife, Bessie, along with their three children, immigrated to the USA and moved to Houston, Texas, where they launched their International evangelistic ministry, where he was prompted by the Holy Spirit to encourage through his preaching, a true spirit of revival within the local churches.
Since his arrival in the USA, Brother Venter applied himself to further himself academically and has since graduated from Global University with a Doctorate.
As the River of the Holy Ghost began to flow in these early church revivals, many were called to repentance, the working of real miracles was evident, and a robust prophetic anointing accompanied the proclamation of the Gospel.
Almost all of the church crusades carried on for a minimum of three weeks, with many continuing for ten weeks. Often pastors reported hundreds of first-time conversions and verified miracles.
In addition, pastors remarked that the working of the Holy Spirit in these meetings impacted their entire communities.
In 1999 the Holy Ghost sent Yan and Bessie to Miamisburg Assembly of God in Ohio. That meeting lasted 16 weeks and saw over 300 people baptized in water. Brother Venter was asked to return for a second series of meetings and this time it continued for thirteen weeks.
With the same year, the pastor had to plan and eventually build a brand new sanctuary seating a 1,000 people, to house the growing flock. That church would also finally become their base for the next six years.
The Yan Venter Ministry, Inc. also began to reach into foreign soil and started orphanages in Kenya and the southern region of India.
Brother Venter started conduction mass evangelism crusades with crowds of up to 100,000. It was during one of these crusades that a girl who had been paralyzed her entire life, was healed and now walking normally.
Since then, many more have experienced answers to their prayers in many different situations.
Thousands of Hindus surrendered their lives to Christ for the first time.
For two years, Yan joined Brother R.W. Schambach as his associate Evangelist and together would see 1.4 million souls surrender their lives in one single crusade in Nigeria, Africa!
Yan Venter remains on the Gospel mission to impact American towns and cities by stimulating a revival in local churches. Part of his vision is to bring about lasting change in the lives of the people of God and to help the local church member develop a new hunger to be used of the Holy Spirit and to discover their own destiny and purpose in life.
He believes God wants him to reach the world with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus, demonstrating his message with signs, wonders, and miracles following the dynamic preaching of the Word of God.