Famous Aussie evangelist ‘healer’ whose prayers made blind people believe they could see and cancer-riddled patients think they were cured suddenly dies as his heartbroken wife pays tribute
- John Mellor died after a short illness on March 17
- His preaching supposedly cured serious ailments
The wife of a healing evangelist who preached in front of thousands has been left heartbroken after his sudden death from a short illness.
John Mellor, the internationally famous evangelist from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, died on March 17 having devoted 47 years to Christianity after converting at 20-years-old.
His theatrical sermons had his followers believe they had been cured from serious ailments such as cancer, blindness and Parkinson’s disease.
The apparent healing qualities of Mr Mellor’s preaching gained him international fame, performing across the globe and on television.
His wife, Julie Mellor, wrote that Mr Mellor was ‘called to heaven way too soon’ and that he would be ‘having the time of his life with Jesus’.
The wife of ‘healing’ evangelist John Mellor, Julie (both pictured), has been left heartbroken after his sudden death following a short illness
‘I am devastated and still in shock and disbelief, as I know many of you will be too,’ Ms Mellor wrote on Facebook.
‘It was an honour and joy to be his wife and serve God with him. He was my best friend and the greatest companion. I am heartbroken.
‘John was the loveliest, kindest, most pure-hearted & fun-loving man & husband that ever lived.
‘I want to thank all of the pastors around the world, family & close friends who supported us in faith & prayer.
‘Though John was a public figure, he and I are very private people. For the sake of John’s dignity and privacy, I choose not to share any details of John’s passing, so please don’t ask.’
A public memorial for Mr Mellor is planned to held on the Sunshine Coast in early April.
Mr Mellor could supposedly cure numerous serious ailments through his preaching such as cancer, blindness and Parkinson’s disease and quickly grew to international fame
After becoming a missionary in an Indigenous community in the Northern Territory, Mr Mellor became infatuated with the community’s ‘witch doctor’ practices.
According to his ministry’s website, ‘John prayed and fasted for 10 days a month for 5 months, and cried out to God to reveal himself in power to these people’.
Through his apparent healing of the community, Mr Mellor gained the nickname ‘the missionary man who heals’.
Mr Mellor started to attract attention after a ‘a flood of miracles’ while he was in Wishaw, a small town outside of Glasgow, Scotland.
Since then, Mr Mellor preached internationally and famously made a journalist for A Current Affair, Nick Poe, feel ‘a warm tingling sensation’ along his spine after he prayed to heal a neck injury the reporter had suffered from for 16 years.