John Loren Sandford (aka John L. Sandford, John Sandford) is a Christian author. He and his wife, Paula Sandford, are generally considered part of the Christian Inner Healing Movement.
In 1973, the Sandfords founded Elijah House, Inc., a prophetic and prayer counseling training ministry originally located in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. Elijah House, Inc., was officially incoporated in 1975 in response to what the Sandfords describe as the Lord's calling (Malachi 4:5-6 and Matthew 17:11). They also published what is considered the first modern book on dreams, visions, and prophetic ministry: The Elijah Task (1977), and since have published numerous other books. The ministry has grown from a small base in Idaho to an international ministry with affiliates in twelve nations on five continents, and others are in the process of forming.
In the early 1990's, their ministry moved to Post Falls, Idaho. In the mid-2000s it moved to Spokane Valley, Washington. And in 2012, it moved back to Coeur d' Alene, Idaho.
John graduated from theological seminary with an M.Div. in Religion and Personality. He pastored churches in Illinois, Kansas, and Idaho for 21 years before founding Elijah House. Paula was active in the churches with music and Christian education, and also taught English and Spanish at Mullan (Idaho) public high school for several years. She joined her husband in the team ministry of Elijah House from its beginning and was ordained in 1995.
The Sandfords have traveled extensively, teaching biblical principles of repentance and forgiveness, and highlighting what they describe as the transforming power of Jesus' death and resurrection. They are considered pioneers in both the prophetic and inner healing movements. They explain that their vision has been to reveal that which keeps believers bound in repetitive sin; by, as John says, "evangelizing the unbelieving areas of the believer's heart."
John and Paula have worked to share a deeper understanding of the Scriptures with Christian believers, especially regarding the Four Spiritual Laws (not to be confused with the four laws promoted by Bill Bright), in accordance with the biblical understanding that these laws are just as certain as the law of gravity in how they affect human lives.
John and Paula describe having experienced "the infilling of the Holy Spirit" in 1958, which they have said has enriched their lives and ministry. They were married in 1951, have 6 children, and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Paula went to be with the Lord in May, 2012. John is retired, but continues to be an active voice in Elijah House, which continues as an active and growing ministry.