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Pastor Paula White-Cain Bio

Pastor Paula White-Cain is the Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Orlando, Florida.

White-Cain is a celebrated author and teacher, beloved grandmother, mother and mentor, popular TV personality, and spirit-led preacher of God’s Word. By sharing her story of overcoming tragedy and finding restoration through the power of Christ, she has impacted people from every walk of life in more than 100 countries.

As a child, White-Cain’s world was thrown into a tailspin when her father committed suicide. The tragedy turned her family upside down, and Paula’s childhood was marred by sexual and physical abuse. But at the age of 18, Paula was introduced to the Bible, and her life began to transform: soon after, she gave her life to God, and received a vision that she was to preach the gospel of Christ around the world.

Pastor Paula began ministering in the inner cities of Washington, DC, in the late ’80s; by the early ’90s, she served in post-riot Los Angeles, sharing Jesus with children whose neighborhoods had been hardest hit by violence. She went on to lead multiple mega-churches, including one of the largest churches in America, and she founded Paula White Ministries, a global media ministry that has touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people.

Pastor Paula is a humanitarian leader whose ministries have provided hundreds-of-thousands of pounds of food to the needy in the United States and tens-of-millions of dollars in humanitarian assistance to the needy around the world.  As a woman, she has played a groundbreaking role in Christian ministry has been noted for paving the way for millions of young women to pursue God’s call for their lives.  As a  leader, she is a recipient of countless awards and honors including the Rosa Parks Award, the the Trumpet Award, and the Florida Governor’s award for her service in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shootings in 2016. She has frequently delivered invocations of note, including for the ceremony commemorating 40th anniversary of the tragic assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 2008. That same year, she was a presenter at Maya Angelou’s 80th birthday celebration.

Today, as a much-in-demand speaker and teacher of the gospel, she continues to travel extensively to fulfill her mandated mission: to transform lives, heal hearts, and show others the way to Jesus.

Pastor Paula White-Cain is married to Jonathan Cain of the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame band, Journey.  She is chairwoman of the Evangelical Advisory Board to President Donald J. Trump.


My Story

When I was 18, after years of sexual and physical abuse, I found myself not focused on anger and bitterness, but instead motivated. I was hurt, sure, but I also realized that instead of cursing my crisis, I needed to use my testimony for helping those who also were hurting and broken. And I found that Jesus Christ, the Word, and His Spirit would heal and cleanse my mind, my body, and my soul.

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My Beliefs

The cornerstone of my beliefs are in the death, burial, and resurrection of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ, as recorded in the Bible. I believe the Bible is divinely inspired by God, and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. I believe that in it are the principles by which we are to live, and the measure for our faith and doctrine.

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My Mission

Jesus gave us “The Great Commission” in Matthew 28:16-20 to teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. We are a global ministry in both vision and reach. Utilizing the Internet, Television, Radio, Literature, and Public Speaking as our primary vehicles of communication.

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Pastor Paula's Speaking Engagement Calendar

  • New Destiny Christian Center

    New Destiny Christian Center

    The home of Paula White Ministries
    in Apopka, Florida.

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Special Event/Organization Participation

-Featured in Orlando Magazine as Top 50 Most Influential of Orlando, FL, 2017

- Ranked as one of the top evangelicals of the new century by the Jerusalem Post

-Guest Panelist for Mega Fest Faith & Politics Forum - hosted by Bishop TD Jakes in Dallas, TX, 2017

-Served under several presidential administrations in advocacy positions ranging from domestic violence, inner city outreach programs, natural disaster(s) relief programs.

-Has helped to build schools & orphanages in Haiti & Ghana, Africa.

-Has brought food, clothing & educational aid to the Appalachians throughout the years

-Spearheaded the formation of the evangelical board for 2016 Trump Presidential campaign & subsequent presidential transition

-Serves as Chairman of the Evangelical Advisory Board for President Donald Trump;

2016 - present; works closely with President Trump and other Government officials relating to matters important to the Evangelical community

- Married to Jonathan Cain, founding member of Rock n Roll's Hall of Fame rock band Journey. First ever ballad rock band to win.

- New York Times Bestseller

- Has served on various boards over 30 years that bring economic & social development to those in need

-First woman clergy to pray at the Presidential Inauguration (January 20, 2017)

-First woman to pray at the Republican National Convention (July 18, 2016)

-Participated (by special invitation) on the TNT Panel for the series “Hawthorne”

-Partnered with Harlem’s “Northside Center” –food distribution and sponsored their efforts to educate and provide social services and support to underprivileged children and their families

-Featured Speaker for Mega Fest –hosted by Bishop TD Jakes in Atlanta, GA-2004 & 2005, Johannesberg, South Africa in 2008; Houston 2011, Atlanta 2012

-Featured speaker and presenter at the annual Trumpet Awards 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

-Performed invocation for the 40th anniversary of Dr. MLK Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, TN-April 2008

-Presenter at Maya Angelou’s 80th birthday tribute in Atlanta, GA-May 4, 2008

-Participated on the board for “Safe Horizons”-a non-profit group that advocates for women and children who have fallen victim to domestic violence

-Partnered with Harbor House, a non-profit group that advocates for domestic abuse survivors in numerous capacities including bridging and bringing awareness through the faith based community by starting “Preach In”

TV and Radio Program Features

  • CNN's Erin Burnett Out Front on Oct 20, 2016
  • NBC News
  • NPR (Jan 2017)
  • FOX News
  • Steve Harvey Show
  • CBN
  • Dr. Phil Show
  • ABC’s Good Morning America
  • ABC’s Primetime with Diane Sawyer
  • ABC’s 20/20
  • BBC
  • BET’s “Meet the Faith”
  • Bloomberg
  • CBN’s 700 Club
  • CBS’ Talk of the Town
  • CNN’s Special Report with Roland Martin
  • “What would Jesus Really Do?”
  • CoCo Brother Radio Show-Nationally Syndicated
  • Extra
  • FOX and Friends
  • FOX Network’s Daytime with Linda Vester
  • Inside Edition
  • Larry King Live
  • Life Today with James Robison
  • MSNBC Live
  • Scarborough Country
  • TBN’s “Praise”
  • Tyra Banks Show

Humanitarian Outreaches

- Works with & supports Orlando/Tampa based organization that takes care of children that have lost parents to acts of violence on the streets.

-Has been given credentials with the UN that allowed for speaking at the United Nations with NGO's worldwide

- Has formed several CDC's over the years

- Performed Ceremonial services for Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon (2002-2006), an Israeli diplomat, who served as Deputy Foreign Minister 2009-2013

- Participated as special guest speaker for Bill Zanker's Learning Annex & Get Motivated along with former President George Bush, Colin Powell, Rudy Guillani, Tony Robbins, Donald Trump, Zig Ziglar, to name a few

-Feeds the Orlando, FL community weekly through outreach program at New Destiny Christian Center. Tens of thousands of pounds worth of food are provided to families in need every week.

-Each year provides food for the needy with “Table in the Wilderness”-locations have been Tampa, San Antonio, Appalachian regions, Los Angeles, Orlando and Harlem, New York

-Each year-sponsors “Back To School Bash”-Tampa, San Antonio, New York City, The Appalachians -North Carolina, Orlando and Los Angeles

-Supports Orphanage in Haiti

-1992, in the wake of the infamous Los Angeles riots, co-founded Operation S.T.I.T.C.H.E.S (Saving The Inner Cities Through Christ’s Hope Eternal Salvation) to minister to America’s troubled urban areas. Trained and equipped over 6,000 organizations to effectively reach urban areas  

-Founder of Operation Explosion, a vital outreach which ministers to the needs of those living in America’s inner city areas

-Has preached and ministered to the felt needs of humanity in over 100 counties for more than 30 years

Featured Printed Articles & Stories

Contributing Author for magazines and journals

  • Celeb Staff Magazine
  • Celeb Life Magazine
  • Charisma
  • Ebony
  • Essence
  • Gentlemen’s Quarterly (GQ)
  • Gospel Today
  • SpiritLed Women
  • Streaming Faith On-Line Devotionals

Published Written Works

  • Move On, Move Up
  • You’re All That
  • 10 Commandments of Health and Wellness
  • Simple Suggestions For A Sensational Life!
  • Deal With It
  • He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
  • Birthing Your Dream
  • Morning by Morning
  • Living the Abundant Life
  • Life by Design
  • First Things First
  • Prayer Confessions
  • 10 Words That Will Improve Your Life
  • Wholeness, I Don’t Get It
  • He Said; She Said