Frequently Asked Questions about Derek Prince

Distinguished scholar and celebrated Bible teacher to the nations, Derek Prince was a man of God who was highly revered for his biblical insights and wisdom.


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Where was Derek Prince born?

Bangalore, India.

When was Derek Prince born?

14 August 1915

Did Derek Prince die?

Derek Prince died on the 24 September 2003.

What age did Derek Prince die?

88 years (1915-2003)

Where did Derek Prince die?

Derek Prince died at his home in Jerusalem.

Where is Derek Prince buried?

Alliance Church International Cemetery, Jerusalem.

How did Derek Prince die?

Derek Prince died in his sleep of heart failure following a prolonged period of declining health.

What did Derek Prince believe?

Derek Prince was a non-denominational, non-sectarian Pentecostal Christian. His beliefs align with our statement of faith.

“When people ask me sometimes, ‘What denomination are you, what church do you attend?’ I like to answer, like the Psalmist: ‘I’m a friend to all who fear God, to all who follow His precepts.’ It isn’t so much a matter of label; it’s a question of the attitude of the heart and the course of the life.” - Derek Prince

What was Derek’s favourite Bible translation?

Derek preferred the King James Version and even studied the original Hebrew and Greek text.

To communicate clearly with audiences, he often used modern translations such as the New American Standard Bible, the New International Version and the New King James Version. At times he referenced the J.B. Phillips Bible, The Living Bible or the Amplified Bible, if it better expressed the passage and its meaning.

Was Derek Prince married?

Derek was married and widowed twice.

Lydia Prince
m. 1946-1975

Ruth Prince
m. 1978-1998

“I was married to Lydia for 30 years and to Ruth for 20. And each of them was a happy and successful marriage.” - Derek Prince

When did Lydia Prince die?

5 October 1975 (aged 85)

When did Ruth Prince die?

29 December 1998 (aged 68)

Did Derek Prince have any children?

Derek Prince is the late father of 11 children.

Are any of Derek’s children or grandchildren in full-time ministry?

Yes. As of August 1995 when Derek celebrated his 80th birthday in England, many family members were present. He stated that he had 35 grandchildren, 58 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. Eight grandsons were in full-time Christian ministry at the time, as were two great-grandsons. That number has probably increased since then.

Has anyone taken on Derek Prince’s “mantle”?

Although this is a frequently asked question, there is no indication that this was ever the case.

What was his stand on salvation—once saved, always saved?

Derek says on salvation: “We have been looking in Hebrews 6 and we have spoken about people who have had five experiences. Every one of the experiences in some measure is supernatural. They have been supernaturally enlightened. Christ has been revealed to them, the Bible has been made a living book. They’ve tasted the heavenly gift which I believe is really Jesus Himself.  They became partakers of... Read more...

What did Derek teach on the term Trinity?

Derek says on the term Trinity: “In Genesis 1:26, we are again confronted with the combination of singular and plural in reference to God: ‘Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” The verb said is singular in form, the pronouns Us and Our are plural. “This combination of singular and plural in reference to God recurs in other passages of Scripture. The prophet Isaiah had a vision of the Lord on His throne and then heard Him say, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ (Isaiah 6:8). The pronoun ‘I’ implies that one Person is speaking, but the pronoun ‘Us’ indicates that He is no longer speaking on behalf of more than one Person. “In the ongoing revelation of Scripture, three distinct Persons emerge, each of whom is God: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The first of the three divine Persons referred to individually in Scripture is the Spirit: ‘The Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters’ (Genesis 1:2, NASB). Read more...

Did Derek observe the Jewish Sabbath or worship on Sunday?

Derek did both, in a certain sense. Because Derek lived in Jerusalem for much of his life, he enjoyed observing the Sabbath—not as a religious observance, and not because it was a Jewish tradition, but because he felt that the Lord was showing him that he could be more productive if he took twenty-four hours in a week and did no work. It was because of the Lord’s leading rather than under duress or as an obligation he had to fulfill. In addition, he was an active member of an Anglican church in the Old City. When he went on mission trips, he was sent out by that church and when he... Read more...

Was Derek pre-, mid-, or post-Trib — and did he believe the term rapture to be correct?

Derek never took a stand regarding pre-, mid-, or post-Trib. Derek said: “If you want to know what I think about the rapture and the tribulation, I think there are a whole lot of things we don’t know. I was greatly blessed by what Bryn Jones said when he was discussing the first coming of Jesus. And he pointed out three streams of prophecy. [Jesus] was to come out of Bethlehem. He was to come out of Nazareth. And He was to come out of Egypt. And he said, “How could anybody ever have got it right in advance?” And yet all three were fulfilled. And if there had been schools of prophecy in those days we would have three schools: the Nazareth school, the Bethlehem school and the Egypt school. And each one would have tried to prove the others wrong!” — quoted from 4068 “Spiritual Blindness: Cause and Cure”. Read more...

Did Derek ever write a commentary or a translation of the Bible?

No, he did not. Occasionally in his teaching, however, Derek would half-jokingly refer to “the Prince version” of the Bible. By this he was not referring to an actual Bible that is in print. He just meant that because he knew the Greek language so well (having studied it at Eton and Cambridge since he was ten years old) and was also thoroughly trained in Hebrew (having studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem), that he was offering his best educated guess as to what the real meaning of a certain passage would be. (As a matter of fact, Derek was qualified to teach Greek at the university level.)

Though Derek did not write a commentary, he did teach two verse-by-verse series—one on the book of Romans called “The Roman Pilgrimage” and the other on the book of Hebrews entitled “God’s Last Word.”

Since Derek Prince has passed away, are his works still covered by copyright?

Yes. Any book in print by a publishing house is bound by copyright restrictions due to contractual agreement. Written permission must be obtained from the publisher for photocopying or use in other publications (except within “Fair Use” guidelines). See the copyright page for contact information. For CD, DVD, MP3 materials or Derek’s teaching letters, it has consistently been the policy of Derek Prince Ministries to allow individuals to make copies for giving away.

How is Derek Prince Ministries still able to publish new books?

In the 1980s the Lord instructed us to record Derek every time he ministered when preaching and teaching God's Word. In addition to these recordings, individuals have contacted us to let us know that they have old reel-to-reel messages of Derek when he was in their area. It is out of this vast archive of material that we continue to produce new books and other works for publication.

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