Samuel Doctorian is an Armenian. Like all other Armenian families, his family suffered in the massacres by the Turks in 1915. His father and mother were young children at this time, and they both lost both parents, barbarously slaughtered because they would not deny Christ. Samuel's parents escaped the massacre, and were later brought up in a Mission Orphanage.
Samuel was born in 1930 in the city of Beirut. When he was six years old, his parents moved to Jerusalem, where they lived until the war in 1948, when for the second time they lost everything and became refugees. When he was nine years old, Samuel became a committed Christian as he stood at the place where Jesus died. It was there he resolved that his whole life would be lived for Christ.
Coming from a poor family, at the age of fourteen, he could not continue his schooling, and began to work in a shoe-maker's shop. It was while working in the shop in Old Jerusalem that the Lord called him to the ministry - he was sixteen years old. A year later he began his theological studies at Hurlet Nazarene College near Glasgow, Scotland. After graduation, he was ordained in 1951. Later that year he returned to the Middle East and began his ministry in Jerusalem, later moving to Amman, Jordan. He was married in April 1952 to Naomi Pashgian. Samuel and Naomi have five children, 12 grandchildren, and four great grandchildren.
In the month of October 1952, Samuel Doctorian was called by the Lord to start evangelistic work throughout the Middle East - living by faith as he was not sponsored by any denomination. He was used by the Holy Spirit to bring Revival to Aleppo, Beirut, Cyprus, and Damascus. When he went to Egypt, he had a revival ministry all over the land that brought tens of thousands to Christ. As a result of a vision, he began the Bible Land Mission in 1959. The Lord has used him in many countries all over the Middle East, Europe, North and South America and other parts of the world to bring a breath of revival. He has led people of all walks of life to the Lord, from Eastern refugees to a European princess. he has been to over 125 countries of the world in all seven Continents.
From Beirut and Jerusalem, Samuel Doctorian seeks to spread the Gospel over the Bible Lands by every possible means, and extend his revival ministry around the world. He has preached for every one of the larger Protestant denominations, and in many Catholic and Orthodox churches too. On two occasions he has preached to Members of Parliament in the House of Commons in London. He is undoubtedly a preacher anointed by the Holy Spirit, and as he preaches with such fervor and power there is always a ready response in his hearers to the Word of God. His messages are colored with vivid illustrations from his personal experiences in many parts of the world. In addition to the unction of the Holy Spirit, Samuel Doctorian exercises a ministry of healing that has brought positive help to many thousands.