Hormoz Shariat: Bringing the Gospel to IranBy The 700 Club
Founding Pastor, Iranian Christian Church, San Jose, CA – founded five churches of Muslim converts
Former research scientist in artificial intelligence w/ Rockwell Int’l – 1980-86
PhD, computer engineering, USC; Married to Donnell, 3 children
CBN.com – The Real Revolution
Dr. Hormoz Shariat
Broadcasting the Gospel into Iran was never something Hormoz thought he would do. He was one of the students who marched in the streets against the Shah of Iran.
Donnell, an American, met Hormoz through Hormoz's brother, who had studied in the United States earlier. Donnell later went to Iran where she met Hormoz. Though she grew up in church, Donnell converted to Islam and they married. In 1979 Hormoz and Donnell came to the United States to attend USC, and while here, Ayottollah Khomeni came to power.
Hormoz was a good student but felt something was lacking in his life. "I was looking for the answer in politics," he says, not having found what he needed in Islam. He tried to be a "good person" but still felt empty.
His unrest was also exacerbated by his loveless marriage. The marriage had deteriorated to such a point that they had set a date to divorce – Oct 1,1980. "I searched my heart and thought I needed more," Hormoz says. "Maybe there was a spiritual side to life that I was missing." Divorce wouldn’t answer the emptiness in his heart, he says.