Richmond science teacher claims to heal people through prayer

Richmond science teacher claims to heal people through prayer

Before explaining how she performs miracles, Tammy Hatch (pictured on left) states emphatically, “I am no one special.”

The Richmond resident and middle school science teacher doesn’t want anyone getting the idea that she’s the next Jesus Christ or pretending to be. Hatch says she is a mere mortal who happens to have the right amount of faith and training to heal people through prayer.

“I want [Jesus] to get all the credit,” Hatch says. “Jesus said anyone who believes could do the miracles He did — they just have to be trained.”

Hatch has practiced prayer healing for years. She has posted several YouTube videos claiming to show the miracles in action in West County cities and in Berkeley. One video shows Hatch performing the healing prayer on people’s athletic injuries on the streets of Pinole to positive effect. Another shows a man apparently able to move his paralyzed thumb following a prayer session with Hatch.

She heals and trains anyone willing to put their faith in the spiritual procedure.

That, of course, begs the question: Has Hatch’s spiritual beliefs interfered or influenced her ability to learn science and teach the subject to public school students? Hatch’s answer is both complex and simple. In short, she says she has long explored the relationship between scientific principles and miracles, but says she stops short of introducing her findings or religious beliefs in a classroom. She abides by laws separating religion from state.

“If you’re talking about evolution, I will teach whatever the state pays me to teach,” Hatch says. “Currently I don’t teach it because I teach physical science….I’m careful to abide by the rules. If a student asks me if I believe in God I will tell them yes and keep it at that.”

Hatch says she is one of a number of people who practice prayer healing. However, Hatch says she doesn’t belong to a local church “because I haven’t been able to find one that supports my passion and vision for the supernatural side of Christianity.”

Hatch admits prayer healing doesn’t always work 100-percent of the time. Achieving positive results, however, never fails, she says.

“I’m not saying everyone is healed in these events every time, but in every event where this procedure is carried out, I’ve seen that something will happen to someone,” Hatch said. “At one time I even graphed data showing these results in a scientific writing format.”

Hatch was led into prayer healing in 2002, when she suffered from depression. She said she made a deal with God that she wouldn’t take her own life until she’d read every word of the New Testament. Her dedication to religious studies gave her a new purpose in life and led her on a path to studying under healing preacher William Lau. She said she was skeptical of prayer healing at first.

“When I first got his flier that read ‘The Blind See, the Deaf hear, and the Lame walk’ quoting Jesus’ words in Luke, I nearly tore it up and threw it out with the rest of my junk mail,” she said.

Lau wasn’t like the TV preachers, Hatch says.

“He was very humble, down to Earth and spoke like a college professor,” she said. “His purpose was to teach any believer how to walk in miracles so we could impact people’s faith and prove to others, God is real, and heaven is real.”

So she attended one of Lau’s meetings with a friend. By the end of the meeting, her friend was “completely healed of all his back pain.”

Hatch hopes others will follow in her path.

“The truth is, anyone can walk in these miracles- even you, I’m no one special,” she says.


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