Televangelist Paul Crouch Dead at 79

Founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network was known for advocating "prosperity gospel"

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Paul Crouch Sr.
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Paul Crouch Sr.

Paul Crouch, who co-founded the Christian-based Trinity Broadcasting Network with his wife Janice, died on Saturday. He was 79.

Crouch suffered from degenerative heart disease for the past decade, according to the network.

The couple founded Trinity Broadcasting Network in 1973, buying their first station in Santa Ana, Calif., before expanding the company across the world, The New York Times reports. TBN currently runs on 84 satellite channels and more than 18,000 television affiliates.

Crouch was criticized for advocating “prosperity gospel,” which argued that donating would lead to eventual personal profit as well. The company reaped $93 million in donations in 2010.

The couple had matching his-and-her mansions in Newport Beach, Calif., and used multimillion dollar corporate jets. Crouch’s own granddaughter accused the company of financial improprieties last year, alleging her job was to conceal personal expenses under company spending. But a TBN lawyer said she and her husband were fired, and accused them of stealing $1.3 million.

Crouch is survived by his wife; two sons, Paul Jr. and Matthew, and their children.

[The New York Times]

26 comments
JenniMorris
JenniMorris

First of all, GOD does any healing not Paul Crouch.  God will chose to do it thru people or without.  God does use TBN for good because He will be glorified regardless BUT THAT BEING SAID....Wow. I think all of you should do a little more research about Paul Crouch and his empire before you start casting accolades at the feet of a man who lived a walk of arrogance and deceit. Scripture tells us plainly that we will know each other by the fruit of our lives. There is a public image and there is a private reality. I am not talking about media propaganda, but hard facts and figures. I am a very proud follower of Jesus Christ and do not write my words lightly. I sin and I am covered by the atoning blood of my Savior. I am not casting judgment blindly. The Crouch’s spent an awful lot of money (donated money to spread the Gospel) covering up their lives of perversion and wealth. The Crouch’s are show people that are expert at what to say and how to present it to maximize the effect of what they expect in return. Don’t argue a fact about God wanting his followers to live healthy and wealthy. There are missionaries world wide that struggle and die every day. The health and wealth mentality is strictly an attitude born out of the United States. There was no excuse for the way the Crouch empire lived and behaved. They have duped millions for decades and I think Paul has an awful lot to answer for. I’m not so sure that it’s Jesus Christ that Mr. Crouch is seeing right now.

kasulefarid
kasulefarid

what are you talking about? what have you done for this world apart from wasting time talking about people who have done something in that not only benefits one country but some thing that benefits the whole world.

better stop posting negative comments about this man and do something that help you and-leave a legacy as Paul has done.

he has left a legacy what are you going to leave for us? if you die we will not even know that you have passed on.

kasulefarid
kasulefarid

he was really a man with God. and am sure he is now held tight in the arms of Abraham and i know he has lived a purposeful life .he has at-least  done his purpose  in God and has lived  a fulfilled life.

i just want to encourage the family members to lift your eyes to the lord cos he is everything that you need now. the peace he gives you is not what the world gives you. 

i kindly request you to keep his dream alive let the fire in TBN keep burning forever and ever.

norderf
norderf

It is amazing how folks can just post nasty comments without knowing what this couple accomplished in their lives.  They not only preached the Gospel around the whole world, they fed and brought love to the world.  Millions and millions of people can testify to the light that was brought to their lives through this ministry.  Personally, 34 years ago, my son was in a hospital at 4 months old he was 5 pounds below his birth weight and the doctors let me know he was not going to live.  I turned on the TV and saw someone on TBN praying for someone sick... so I did the same for my son and he was COMPLETELY healed.  The doctors freaked out.

Each person will be held accountable for the words of their mouths...now whom among you have accomplished what these folks have done around the world?  Which of you have no sin... then you can cast the first stone.  You have no idea the attack that people that have ministries on this level come under.  Just start doing something for God and we will see how you do under the trials.

MA.MORENO
MA.MORENO

Thank you Dr Crouch for all your hard work I am sure you are standing with God. The gospel has been preach around thw world as JESUS said it would in the last days.

DebbieVlahovic
DebbieVlahovic

What a wonderful, awesome man of God Dr Crouch was. He will be sorely missed. A true saint now in heaven!

whatmeworry
whatmeworry

s. Crouch’s own granddaughter accused the company of financial improprieties last year, alleging her job was to conceal personal expenses under company spending.

 crouch was huckster filth.
He KNEW jesus as a scam.

whatmeworry
whatmeworry

There is a god! this huckster who took millions from old blue haired ladies is dead. praise de lawd!

OsagieOsaghale
OsagieOsaghale

I am personally blessed by TBN being that I first heard my mentor and spiritual father T.D Jakes preach through this television network back then in Africa. What an amazing impact on lives and landmark you Paul and Jane Crouch have achieved by your sacrifice and service to God and humanity. Rest in peace in the bossom of our Maker. Shalom brother and my sincere condolence to your family.

victoria.n.him@gmail.com
victoria.n.him@gmail.com

Thanks to Paul Crouch, my mother, father, and myself, are saved and have a close relationship with the Lord.  This may never have happened without TBN!  I never believe gossip, especially when it comes to Christian Ministries.  They are by far, deserving of the money because it costs millions to save millions!

simondelao
simondelao

The article forgot to mention Paul Crouch's payout of $400,000 of "church" money to silence his gay lover Enoch Ford. 

wenabv
wenabv

I really thank the Lord for the Crouch family.  It's a family that I love and respect dearly.  My deepest condolences to you dear Jan and family. I remember the early day when I got saved. I was a babe in my walk with God and through this Ministry I grew from strength to strength in the Lord.  What a blessing this Ministry has been to my life and the life of so many others. My prayer is that the Lord will bring restoration to this precious family and bring the devil to shame. Rest with your Saviour Paul and I know that you have gotten a special crown.  May the Lord comfort this family and surround them with His love.  I love you all very much.


JennineFaithSmall
JennineFaithSmall

Thank God for Paul Crouch and his family. The media would love to highlight the negative, but the gospel of Christ is spreading even more quickly due to this man and his wife. May they be comforted during such a time as this and may the network become even more effective in informing and exposing the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

WorldorCHRIST
WorldorCHRIST

God Bless Paul Crouch in Jesus Mighty Name! God Bless Jan Crouch and all of TBN! I am greatful for the ministry that God has birthed in this wonderful Man of God, what a blessing you will always be. To all of these negative comments against this Godly man, SATAN I rebuke YOU in Jesus Name! The blood of Jesus covers us and by His stripes we are brand new.  Matthew 7:5 "Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye."

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

This obit is properly noted in the entertainment section.  That's what he was, show biz, and he lived in luxury similar to the top of the entertainment world.

formerlyjames
formerlyjames

TBN is offering a Black Friday special, doubling your prosperity return for a donation in the memory of Rev. Crotch this weekend.  Send in all you can, tax free.

MariettaAlexander
MariettaAlexander

Met Paul Crouch in person in 1999 while on a trip to Israel in 1999, I found him to be a kind, genuine person who cared deeply about getting the gospel message to the whole world through the airwaves and multimedia resources. I want to express deepest sympathy to Jan and the whole Crouch family as well as the Network family world wide. That funeral will have a whose who among Preachers and Evangelists from every country in the world. Paul's favorite song was "Beulah Land" which means Heaven.  He has arrived there and is rejoicing with the angels and saints around the Throne of God!

hondadreamca77
hondadreamca77

This man was a legend in his own time.   Impacting the world globally with the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.   Like every other human who has walked on this planet; I'm sure he was not perfect.  Great visionary!

OsagieOsaghale
OsagieOsaghale

N.B: For the writer of this news and media critics, you can say whatever you like. Your criticism has not done enough to convince me and indeed millions around the world about Paul Crouch's integrity and labour of love.

whatmeworry
whatmeworry

@MariettaAlexander No he's with Odin and he  said "jesus who?" His chin dropped as loki squeezed him into a toothpaste  tube.

dbarrett
dbarrett

obviously you missed the part about donations which doesn't involve you if you never gave a donation to help reach the lost.