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Arthur Blessitt

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Full Name
Arthur Owen Blessitt

October 27, 1940 (age 83) (

Minister, author, evangelist

Offices held
Arthur Blessitt Evangelistic Association Denver, Colorado

Joel Blessitt, Joy Blessitt, Gina Blessitt, Joshua Blessitt, Jerusalem Blessitt, Joseph Blessitt

Denise Irja Blessitt (m. 1990), Sherry Simmons Blessitt

The Cross, Soul Sessions At "His Place"

Arthur Blessitt Sr., Mary Virginia Blessitt

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Arthur Owen Blessitt (born October 27, 1940 in Greenville, Mississippi, United States) is a traveling Christian preacher, most known for carrying a cross through every nation of the world.


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Early life and career

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Blessitt was born in Greenville, Mississippi, and grew up in northeast Louisiana, where his father managed a large cotton farm. At the age of 7 he accepted Christ at a revival meeting. In the late 1960s Blessitt began evangelizing to the youth of Hollywood, California. There he became known as the "Minister of Sunset Strip." Blessitt preached to hippies, Hells Angels, runaways, drug addicts, teen prostitutes, flower children, would-be actors, and rock stars. In March 1968, he opened a coffee house called His Place in a rented building next door to a topless go-go club. It was there that he first made a big cross to hang on the wall of the building on the inside. He started carrying the cross on Sunset Strip from time to time.

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His first marriage was to Sherry Anne Simmons, whom he married within three weeks of dating. Together they had six children: Gina, Joel, Joy, Joshua, Joseph and Jerusalem. All his sons are named Arthur, and go by their middle names.

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In 1990 he married Denise. They have adopted one child, Sophia. As of the late 2000s, he lives in Denver, Colorado.

Cross walk

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Arthur made the cross in 1968 to hang on the wall of 'His Place' on Sunset Strip, Hollywood. He made short cross-walks there. Then on Christmas morning in 1969, Blessitt began his journey with the cross, walking from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. In August 1971, Blessitt made his first overseas cross-walk beginning in Northern Ireland.

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He has carried the cross to all parts of the world including war-torn countries such as Lebanon and parts of Africa to pray for peace. During the Cold War, Blessitt carried his cross into the Soviet Union, through Russia, the Baltic States, Ukraine and other countries. He has carried the cross through such places as Iraq, North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, China, South Africa, Lebanon, India, Antarctica, Palestine, Israel, Cuba, Libya, Northern and Southern Yemen, Vietnam and Mongolia.

During his walk around the world, Blessitt has held audience with numerous world and religious leaders including, George W. Bush, Billy Graham, Pope John Paul II, Yasser Arafat and Muammar al-Gaddafi and was arrested 24 times.

On part of the cross-walk through Beirut, Blessitt chose to bring his son Joshua.

He completed every nation and major island group on June 7, 2008 but is still walking on.

As of 2017 he is still carrying the cross in the U.S. and other nations. April 14, 2017 Arthur crossed 42,000 miles walking with the cross through 324 countries (including Island Groups and Territories), of which 54 were in open war. He has crossed every ocean and walked on all seven continents (including Antarctica). He is known internationally as the "Pilgrim with the Cross." He is in the Guinness World Records Book 2015 on page 155 with a photo and story for Longest Around the World Ongoing Pilgrimage/Walk. His latest film documentary in 2014 is "The Cross Museum of Arthur and Denise Blessitt" "Arthur a Pilgrim" 1988 was his first documentary feature.

Blessitt is the subject of a 2009 documentary feature, The Cross: The Arthur Blessitt Story, directed by Matthew Crouch.


He made a failed bid for the 1976 Democratic nomination for President. After, he said, in reference to candidate Jimmy Carter, "we need a born-again, soul-winning witness in the White House".


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