David Hathaway is a British evangelist who has ministered worldwide for over 60 years.After 11 years as a full-time pastor and evangelist in Britain, David’s ministry to Russia and Europe began in 1961 when he organised the first ever expedition to Jerusalem by road, through the Iron Curtain countries. Out of this experience, David began smuggling Bibles into Russia and Eastern Europe until, in 1972, he was arrested, tortured and imprisoned in Czechoslovakia. After serving just one year in prison, David was released by Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
David’s heart continued to burn for Eastern Europe, the last words of one of his fellow prisoners continually ringing in his ears: ‘David, don’t forget us. No one knows, no one in the West cares.’ Throughout the late 1970s David continued to go into the underground churches to preach until eventually, in the 1980s, he began to openly hold services and conferences in the communist countries; this grew and developed throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
Today David’s ministry is focused on providing assistance both spiritually and materially to the former Soviet satellite countries and the Russian Holocaust survivors living in Israel.