Francis MacNutt (1925-2020) was an expert in healing ministry. In 1950, MacNutt joined the Dominican Order, the Order of Preachers, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1956. As a young Roman Catholic priest, he was prominent in the charismatic renewal in the 1960s and 1970s.
He married his wife Judith in 1980 and settled in Clearwater, Florida, where they established Christian Healing Ministries that same year. In 1987, at the invitation of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida, they moved to Jacksonville, Florida, and expanded Christian Healing Ministries into a healing center for prayer ministry and teaching.