Our History


Iran Alive Ministries, was founded in 2001 by Dr. Hormoz Shariat.  The ministry grew out of successful church planting among Iranian Muslims in Northern California. Through the use of satellite broadcast, in an effort to expand the ministry’s reach to Iranian Muslims worldwide, the ministry began to have a significant role in the underground church planting movement in Iran.

  • 1987 – First church planted in San Jose, CA among Iranian Muslims.  This church continues to be one of the largest Muslim Background Believer (MBB) churches in the US.
  • 1990 – 2000 – Five more churches planted among Iranian Muslims in Northern California.
  • 2001 – Right after 9/11, the first satellite broadcast program was aired in Iran.  Since this initial broadcast, there have been more than 22,000 documented decisions for Christ as a result of the Lord’s work through the satellite broadcast.
  • 2003 – present – The ministry became involved in the underground church planting in Iran.  By His grace, Iran Alive has a significant role in this movement.
  • 2009 – Known to this point as International Antioch Ministries, the organization officially changed it’s name to Iran Alive Ministries to better reflect the life giving ministry of Jesus according to John 10:10b.
  • 2012 – Network 7, Iran Alive’s 24/7 satellite broadcast network into Iran, the Middle East, Northern Africa and Europe, was launched on January 1.

The Lord has positioned Iran Alive to make history in Iran and have a significant part in the fulfillment of the prophecy of Jeremiah 49:38, “‘I will set my throne in Elam’ declares the Lord.”  We are praying for partners to join us in this pivotal moment in Iran and the Middle East.