About Bill and Annette Wiese
In 1970, I received Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. At this time, I also began my career in residential real estate. As a Real Estate Broker, God taught me priceless lessons from His Word which brought me much success and developed my character. I continued in this career for over 35 years.
In 1997, I married my beautiful wife, Annette, and we have been married for 12 years. Annette was enjoying a successful real estate career when I met her selling new homes for a local builder. As some of you have heard me say, “It has been the best 12 years of my life!” Together, by God’s grace, we will fulfill His plan and destiny for our lives.
In November 23, 1998, I had an out-of-body experience which falls under the classification of a vision as described in 2 Corinthians 12:1-2. This was not a dream. The Lord, in His sovereignty, chose to take me to hell in my spirit body. I had been a Christian for 28 years with a love for God’s Word but I had never studied the topic of hell. I don’t view horror movies or ever entertain the dark side and I have never taken drugs so there was nothing to induce this experience.
From 1999 through 2005, my wife and I traveled during these 7 years around the country before the book was published. We paid our own expenses and went wherever we were asked. We paid our own way and took time off work just so people couldn’t use that as an excuse not to believe. My wife and I had demanding, high-paying jobs, and we arranged our trips on her two days off each week and also used up her three weeks of vacation every year in order to go. We didn’t know that years later I would be asked to write a book.During this time, I began studying hell in depth. What was most important to me was to research the Scriptures to see if what I experienced was in God’s Word. That is what is most important – what God’s Word says about hell and avoiding it! Also, in 2000, we founded Soul Choice Ministries for the purpose of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have never derived a salary from SCM but there is nothing wrong with people, including ministers, getting paid for work they do. God wants those who work for Him to be blessed so we can be a blessing, help others and spread His Word.
In August 2004, I was approached by the publisher to write a book about my experience. In 2006, 23 Minutes In Hell was published by Charisma House, Lake Mary, Florida. To date, the book has been published in Afrikaans, French, Finnish, Hungarian, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish languages. God has blessed the book and it is selling, but we now travel full-time and have left our careers. We never self-promoted this in any way. To God be all the glory.
In November 2006, due to the demand to share this message and God's leading, my wife and I left our careers and began traveling full-time. We both really enjoy a routine - exercising, eating healthy, organic food and being home; so traveling through airports and on commercial airlines is not what we would choose to do. But we love God and love people so seeing even one person turn from death to life is beyond exciting! The Lord continues to open the doors and to impact the lives of believers and nonbelievers alike with this message. Thousands of salvations and rededicated Christians have been the result. Each year we provide books to inmates, sow ministry trips as God directs us, and we are honored to give a significant amount of our proceeds to missions and other ministries. Our desire is to see at least one billion souls come to Christ and a healthy, reverential fear of the Lord restored to the Church.