Victoria Hearst was born in San Francisco, 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 five 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).
Victoria Hearst is the youngest of five 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 three 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 five years later.
Victoria guest-starred in two 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.” However, for all the training and yearning to someday be on “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous,” GOD had other plans for Victoria’s life.
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 sits on the Board of Directors of Billye Brim Ministries/Prayer Mountain in the Ozarks and Operation Blessing Japan.