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Bethel Church’s Senior Leader Beni Johnson, Wife of Bill Johnson, Dies at 67

Screengrab via Facebook @Bill Johnson

Beni Johnson, senior leader of the 11,000 member Bethel Church in Redding, California, and wife of Bill Johnson, died on Wednesday (July 13) at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer.

Beni was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2018, and although the cancer was found early and successfully removed, doctors discovered she had a mutation of her BRCA2 gene that made her more vulnerable to developing other types of cancer.

Bill Johnson posted an image of his wife on Facebook after her passing with the words, “Healthy and Free,” followed by a smiling faced heart-eyed emoji, a loudly crying face emoji, and another smiling faced heart-eyed emoji. The post has received over 42,000 reactions and over 10,000 comments.

One of their three children, Brian Johnson, who leads Bethel Music, posted the news about his mother on Instagram, writing, “My mom went home tonight. Love you mom.” Bethel Music posted the song “Goodness of God” and captioned the lyric, “Your goodness is running after me,” followed by an emoji of a dove.

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The couple’s only daughter, Leah Valenzuela, said, “Momma I love you beyond words! You have been the best mom anyone could ever hope for but not only that, you have been my best friend. It is such an honor being your daughter. You are my hero (well and daddy). This last year you have fought so hard, thanks for giving us more time with you! I’m so glad I got to be with you so much. I cherish every single moment, and every show we got to watch together. I love that anytime I watch those shows now I will remember you and this special time we got to spend together. I love you! See you in heaven!”

Eric Johnson, Bill and Beni’s son who once served at Bethel Church as senior leader alongside his wife Candace, posted, “I love you mom. See you on the other side.”

Earlier this year, Bethel Church posted a call to prayer for Beni’s full physical healing, asking people to sign up for 15-minute prayer slots to cover Beni in prayer 24 hours a day.

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On Wednesday, the church announced to the “hundreds of thousands” who had been praying for Beni that she had entered hospice care and asked everyone to urgently pray on her behalf.

“We continue to stand with the Johnsons for Beni’s complete healing. Medicine is a blessing and a great help, but in this moment we need a miracle from the Lord. Please continue to pray for a total deliverance from all cancer, and for Beni’s strength to be renewed,” the message read.

Bethel Church announced a five-day prayer event, which started last night in their sanctuary.