Victoria Hearst was born in San Francisco on December 25, 1956, and raised in Hillsboro (south of San Francisco).
Victoria is the daughter of Catherine Campbell Hearst and Randolph Apperson Hearst. Randolph and his twin brother David (not identical) were the youngest of 5 boys born to Millicent and William Randolph Hearst. W.R. Hearst, the only child of George and Phoebe Hearst, is best known as the head of a media empire and creator of the famous estate that was referred to as “The Ranch” by W.R. and “Hearst Castle” by the millions of visitors who have enjoyed visiting the site since it was donated to the State of California by the Hearst Corporation and Millicent Hearst in 1953 after W.R.’s death (1951). The ranch, on which the “Castle” is located, still belongs to the Hearst Corporation and encompasses approximately 80,000 acres.
Victoria Hearst is the youngest of 5 girls. From childhood her aspiration was to become an actress/singer/dancer (known in show business as a “triple threat”). She spent years training in all 3 disciplines. She danced with a group in the San Francisco Bay Area, took voice lessons, performed in high school theatrical productions, and was part of a mime troupe. At the age of 18, she moved to Los Angeles where she took acting classes, continued to dance, and joined an improvisational comedy group. She also took karate classes and received her black belt 5 years later.
Victoria guest-starred in 2 episodes of a popular television series in Japan, speaking both English and Japanese. She also had a featured role as a psychiatrist in the American T.V. soap opera “General Hospital” for a few months. But, for all the training and yearning to someday be on “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous,” GOD had other plans for Victoria’s life.
The kidnapping of Victoria’s sister, Patty, by terrorists in 1974 thrust the Hearst family into the public eye. From the pain of the kidnapping to the sham trial in San Francisco’s federal court where Patty was wrongly convicted of bank robbery, the Hearsts always knew that Patty was an innocent victim, and they fought for her freedom. The battle was won when the President Jimmy Carter commuted Patty’s sentence of 7 years and she was finally able to come home!
It was a bad relationship with a man that caused Victoria to say the sinner’s prayer and give her life to Jesus Christ in December, 1995. Victoria broke off her relationship with the man, let go of her own plans for her life, and, in her own words, prayed, “GOD, I don’t know what I’m doing anymore. You take the wheel. You drive. I’ll go wherever You lead.”
The LORD led Victoria on her first trip to Israel in 1996. She met Dr. Billye Brim who became her mentor and “Christian Mom.” The LORD then sent Victoria to Washington, D.C.’s National Cathedral School (her great-grandmother Phoebe Hearst was instrumental in its founding) where she taught karate, choreographed dances for the cathedral, and learned about spiritual warfare. In the Spring of 1997, GOD told Victoria to go to Colorado where she owned a vacation house, live there, and teach an after-school jazz dance program at Ridgway School to middle school girls. During that time, Victoria opened a Christian bookstore called Praise Productions Christian Store.
Randolph Hearst passed away in December, 2000, at the age of 85. He had accepted Jesus during his marriage to his third wife who was a born-again Christian! The LORD instructed Victoria to use her inheritance to buy a 10,000-square-foot building in Ridgway called the “Big Barn” (built by the late actor Dennis Weaver as a dance hall/saloon). The community had been in need of a youth center for a long time, so Victoria thought, “LORD, You want to make this a youth center.” GOD said, “No. It’s going to be a ministry, and I’m going to put you at the head of it.” Victoria’s reaction was, “I’m sorry. WHAT?!” She telephoned Billye Brim, told her what the LORD had said, got Billye’s advice, and obeyed GOD.
Victoria formed Praise Him Ministries in 2001, which includes Praise Productions Christian Store and Ridgway Christian Center.
Victoria has a Sunday morning radio show called “Praise Him.” Being a strong conservative, Victoria preaches the Gospel, as well as covering today’s issues, both moral and political.
Victoria is a volunteer for Good News Jail and Prison Ministry. She is a member of the ministry’s Western Slope President’s Council. Every weekend, she works with Chaplain Bill Potter at Delta Correctional Center for men as choreographer and director of the facility’s Chapel of Hope Choir.
Victoria sits on the board of Billye Brim Ministry/Prayer Mountain of the Ozarks in Missouri, and the advisory board of Voice of Refugees ministry in California. Victoria loves Israel and the Jews. She has been to Israel many times and helps Mayor Ron Nachman of the city of Ariel in Judea and Samaria with certain projects. She also assists the Jews of Gush Katif who lost their homes and livelihoods when they were forced out of Gaza in 2005. Victoria believes that all Christians need to support Israel and the Jews’ right to the land as GOD promised in the Bible.