Peter Horrobin

Peter Horrobin is the Founder and International Director of Ellel Ministries. Ellel Ministries International was originally founded in 1986 as a ministry of healing in the northwest of England. The work is now established in over thirty different countries, and students who have trained with Ellel Ministries are working in every continent and in well over forty different countries.

Peter was born in 1943 in Bolton, Lancashire, England. 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 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.

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, and so the beginnings of a vision for restoring people was birthed in his heart at that time. A few years later, he was asked to try and help a person who had been sexually abused. Through this experience God opened up to him the vision for the healing ministry. 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 fulfill His promises, often in remarkable ways.

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 three hundred people, running a continuous series of healing retreats and training courses and schools at about twenty different centers around the world (See for further information).

Peter is also an enthusiast of fishing and Alvis cars. 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!

Peter and his wife, Fiona, live near Ellel Grange and now travel extensively to support and encourage the different Ellel teams. They have a particular responsibility within the ministry for pioneering new developments. Together they teach and minister on many different aspects of healing and discipleship.

For more information about Peter Horrobin, his career, ministry and publications please see or go to his personal website at

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