Brief Biography of Myles Munroe
Dr. Myles Munroe was an international motivational speaker, best-selling author, lecturer, educator, and consultant for government and business.
Traveling extensively throughout the world, Dr. Munroe addressed critical issues affecting the
full range of human, social, and spiritual development. The central theme of his message was the transformation of followers into leaders and the maximization of individual potential.
Dr. Munroe was the founder and president of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI), an all-encompassing network of ministries headquartered in Nassau, Bahamas. He was
president and chief executive officer of the International Third World Leaders Association and the International Third World Leadership Training Institute.
Dr. Munroe was also the founder, executive producer, and principal host of a number of radio, television, and global network programs aired worldwide. He was a contributing writer for numerous Bible editions, magazines, and newsletters, including The Believer’s Topical Bible, The African Cultural Heritage Topical Bible, Charisma Life Christian Magazine, and Ministries Today.
He was chosen as one of the Top 20 voices of influence in 2008-2009 by the Gospel Today Magazine survey.
Dr. Munroe earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oral Roberts University and the University of Tulsa, and he has been awarded several honorary doctoral degrees. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Theology at Oral Roberts University
Dr. Munroe and his wife Ruth travel as a team and are involved in teaching seminars together. Both are leaders who minister with sensitive hearts and international vision. They are the proud parents of two college graduates, Charisa and Chairo (Myles Jr.)
Dr. Myles Munroe Unpromising Early Life
Myles Egbert Munroe was born on the island of Nassau new providence one of the 700 islands in the Bahamas on April 20th, 1954. He was born to a family of 11 children in one of the poorest parts of the island called Bain Town, a low-income area with deep cultural and spiritual history.
He was raised by Christian parents. His dad was a pastor and they lived in a wooden house built on four rocks with two bedrooms. His parents took one of the bedrooms and female children took the other while the males had to find somewhere to sleep. He was the sixth child of his parents.
Because of the strong spiritual heritage they had, their lives were still wonderful despite the disadvantages they had in the eyes of many. His parents were tremendously committed to ensuring that their children understood the value of the Bible and the importance of a relationship with Christ.
At age 13 Myles Munroe began his encounter with God and began to ask questions as a teenager like, “is there really a God?”, and “if God is good, why are we poor?” At that time, the Bahamas was still under British colonialism and that also had a severe psychological impact on him because there were racial prejudices.
He gave an account of a time when his school teacher called him a black monkey.
The only thing that set him free from his family situation and the psychological impact of the colonial masters was the Bible.
At age 14, he read the entire Bible although he didn’t understand 90% of it. He read it at that time just because it was said that the Bible should be read. But that was the pivot point of his life because every year after that, he read the Bible from start to finish.
The Beginning of Myles Munroe’s Ministry and How He Led The Prime Minister to Christ
At the age of 15, Myles Munroe made a commitment to God and started a music group with three other male friends and they wrote their own songs.
Because they sang contemporary styles of music that were not found in churches in those days, they became a concern to the church and were not accepted in the church.
So they began to do youth concerts all over the country in school halls and eventually brought together about three to four thousand teenagers in one gathering. By the time Munroe was 17, they had the largest ministry of teenagers in the country.
At 18, the prime minister of his country, Lynden Pindling, called his parents and requested that he wanted to see their son. Then Myles was brought to meet the prime minister.
When he came into the prime minister’s office, the prime minister asked him, “So you are my Myles Munroe? Do you recognize that you have more influence in this country than I do? Who else can bring together 4000 citizens in one place? Even I can’t. I want to know your secret.”
Myles told him that he had no other secrets except for the fact that he knows Jesus who gave his life meaning. The prime minister requested to attend one of their meetings but Myles refused because he didn’t want any politician in their meeting else it looked like they were promoting any political party.
The prime minister promised to come to the meeting like an attendee and won’t say anything. So Myles agreed. This was in 1970. The prime minister came to their next meeting which was held at a big school hall together with all his convoy and sat on the stage behind the podium while miles and his friends ministered.
After the ministry, Myles made an altar call and about 500 students came out to commit to Christ, and the prime minister joined.
After the meeting, the prime minister invited him and his team to his (prime minister’s) house to have lunch with his family and he became a personal friend with the prime Minister from then.
In 1974, the prime minister helped Myles Munroe get into college at Oral Roberts University where he had his three bachelor’s degrees and graduated in 1978 at age 24. He did his Masters at the University of Tulsa in Leadership Administration and Business and started his doctorate in philosophy immediately after his Ph.D.
He went back to the Bahamas and was employed in the ministry of Education as an assistant secretary of the ministry and then he worked at the department of public personnel with the deputy prime minister.
Myles Munroe’s Wife
Ruth Munroe, Myles Munroe’s wife, was a major part of Dr. Myles Munroe’s ministry. He was said to never travel for any ministry if arrangements weren’t made for his wife to come with him. They got married at the age of 25 and were age mates.
Myles and Ruth Munroe first met at high but they didn’t both like each other. Ruth said she didn’t like him because she was quiet and he was all outgoing and had all the girls around him. But two years after high school, they became friends and later married.
There’s so much to say about Ruth Munroe that I’ve written a separate article about her. Read more about Ruth Munroe here
Myles Munroe’s Children
Dr. Munroe and his late wife Ruth Ann Munroe had two children, Charisa Munroe and Chairo Myles Jr., and he stressed that his family was his most important responsibility and that his marriage was his most precious trust.
Contrary to widespread news, Dr. Myles Munroe’s daughter, Charisa did not die in the plane crash with their parents. Both Charisa and Myles Munroe Jr. are alive and continuing with the legacy of their parents. Myles Munroe Jr and Charisa Munroe are both married.
To keep in touch with their activities, these are the links to their social media handles
Myles Munroe’s Net worth
Myles Munroe was very wealthy. It was believed that he had a net worth of over 6 million dollars before his death. He owned a private jet which he used in travelling around the world as well as a luxury apartment all of which he got debt free.
Most of Dr. Myles Munroe’s wealth came from his speaking engagements as he was invited to numerous countries by big corporations and governments for leadership training. He was also an adviser to many presidents, political leaders, and business magnates. The other source of his wealth was his books.