Reverend Bjorn Pedersen, M. Div.


Pastor_BjornPastor Bjørn Pedersen was born in London, England during World War II and raised in Norway where he received most of his early education.  He came to the United States in 1963 on a scholarship under the International Christian Youth Exchange Program.  After graduation from high school in Minnesota, he returned to Norway and graduated from Oslo Sprogskole (Norwegian high school) in Oslo.

 In 1965, Bjorn returned to the U.S.A. to attend and graduate from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.  He graduated from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 1971 and then attended the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He later attended the University of Minnesota’s MBA program in preparation for a business career.

In September 1971, Bjorn entered into a sixteen year banking career in Alexandria, Minnesota.  In 1975, he became the President of United Federal Savings and Loan Association, which grew to six offices during Bjorn’s leadership.


Community Church of Joy

While working in the bank, Bjorn served several churches in the area as interim pastor.  Sensing God’s call to full-time Christian church ministry, he accepted the position of Administrative Pastor at Community Church of Joy, Glendale, Arizona, in 1987.  Two years later, in November of 1989, God called Bjorn to full-time prayer ministry at Joy.  At that time, he was the only ordained Lutheran Pastor of Prayer.

The Prayer Ministry at Community Church of Joy grew significantly from humble beginnings in the fall of 1989 to a worldwide prayer ministry.  It included such prayer opportunities as prayer chains, prayer small groups, corporate prayer meetings, intercessory ministries, prayer teams, a prayer care ministry, prayer vigils, prayer retreats, prayer seminars, and conferences.  Perhaps Joy’s Prayer Ministry was best known for the College of Prayer offering Bachelor, Master and Doctorate Certificates of Prayer to hundreds of prayer students from many churches, domestically and internationally.

Augsburg-Fortress Publishers released Bjorn’s first book in March 1995.  It is entitled Face To Face With God In Your Church – Establishing A Prayer Ministry.  It describes how to develop a powerful prayer ministry in the church.  The book has been translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, German, Russian, Swahili and Norwegian. Bjorn has composed numerous audio-cassette, CD and DVD series and workbooks on various prayer topics.

Prayer Watch International

On August 15, 1997, Bjørn resigned his position as Pastor of Prayer at Community Church of Joy, sensing God’s call to full-time involvement with Prayer Watch International (PWI).  He had been developing Prayer Watch for nearly two years before making the change from Joy.  Prayer Watch was founded by Bjørn and he is the daily leader of this inter-denominational and international mission organization, taking ten years of Prayer Ministry experiences from Joy to the body of Christ worldwide.

The mission of PWI is to pray, share God’s plan and vision of prayer, encourage Christians to pray intentionally, develop and distribute prayer resources, and to provide prayer growth and restoration opportunities, inspired and empowered by the Holy Spirit.


The Prayer Schools

PWI is developing strategies to fulfill its God-given prayer vision.  One of these strategies is a powerful training program for pastors, elders, prayer leaders, and intercessors entitled the Prayer Watch International Prayer Schools.

The first PWI Prayer School was launched in October 1996It is a two-week intensive prayer training experience in which a prayer mobilization plan is researched, drafted, and presented to the Prayer School. The written plan becomes a blueprint for personal growth in prayer and the development of a prayer ministry in the local church. Prayer School Type I is entitled Face To Face With God – Developing A Strong Prayer Life For You, and A Powerful Prayer Ministry In Your Church.

During February 1999, Prayer School Type II was started. It is entitled The Burning Bush Encounter – Personal, Family, Church and Community Renewal and Revival Through Prayer. The primary focus of this Prayer School is renewal and revival to individual believers, families, congregations, and the global community through prayer.

In February of 2001, Prayer School Type III was launched. The new Prayer School was entitled Heart To Heart With God – Waiting on the Lord, Recognizing His Voice and Obediently Doing What He Says. Both Prayer Schools II and III are eight days.

On July 7, 2003, Prayer School Type IV, Families in Prayer: Praying Together ~ Staying Together, was launched at Grace Lutheran Church in Huntington Beach, California. This Prayer School is five days in length.

Prayer School Type V, Wholeness in Christ, was offered the first time at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Sandy, Utah during the week of October 18, 2004. This important PWI Prayer School is six days long. It provides Biblical teaching on healing and deliverance ministry.

On March 19, 2007 the World Premier of Prayer School Type VI, Strategic Level Intercession and Warfare Prayer, was launched at the Rittergut Schloss near Schilbach, Germany to an international audience. As the title indicates, this Prayer School is targeting persons of significant experience in intercession and warfare prayer.

Like Prayer School Type VII, the World Premier of Prayer School Type VII, Jesus Is Coming Back, took place at the Rittergut Schloss near Schilbach in Southern Germany starting on October 27, 2008. Both Prayer Schools Type VI and VII are five days in length.

On September 26, 2006, PWI launched the Weekly Prayer School (WPS) Program at Community Church of Joy, Glendale, Arizona (Phoenix suburb). Instead of offering the Standard Prayer School (SPS) Program, which was offered in a continuous setting over 5 to 15 days depending on the Prayer School, it was now offered over a longer period of time such as 3 to 4 months (Fall, Winter or Spring Seminars), but taught only once a week for three hours.

Thus far, through the year 2012, PWI has conducted forty-six (46) domestic Standard Prayer Schools, thirty-two (32) international Standard Prayer Schools, twenty-two (22) domestic Weekly Prayer Schools and one (1) international Weekly Prayer School for a grand total of 101 Prayer Schools in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Prayer Missions and Journeys

Bjorn has shared God’s PLAN and VISION of PRAYER in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America, Canada, and many places in the United States.

In the Fall 1993, and during 1995, 1997, 1999, and 2001 Bjørn took teams of intercessors on prayer journeys into several Southeast Asian countries, especially Vietnam, as part of the AD-2000 Prayer Track Program.

Three times, 1995, 1998 and 2001, he traveled to India and led prayer conferences for pastors, elders, church leaders, and intercessors.

He has conducted seven prayer missions to Africa from 2001 to 2007 with over 8000 in attendance during 2002 alone.

In March 2006, Pastor Bjørn led a PWI Team on a prayer mission to Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua in Central America with Pastor Steve Brown.

He has conducted six prayer cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, and Europe.

Over the years, Pastor Bjørn has led dozens of prayer events in Europe.  In recent years, Pastor Bjørn has been traveling to the Eastern European countries of Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Russia, and Ukraine conducting prayer engagements.

PWI has developed a global ministry and prayer network of thirty Teams, Chapters and Branches around the world and Mighty Men of Prayer camps in the USA and Europe.


Bjørn is married to Phyllis, and they have three adult, married children. They enjoy the company of seven grandchildren.