Televangelist Paul Crouch Dies At 79

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Televangelist Paul Crouch founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network with his wife, Jan, in 1973 and grew it into an international Christian empire. He died at his home in Orange, Calif., on Saturday after a decade-long fight with degenerative heart disease.
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COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Paul Crouch, the televangelist who built what's been called the world's largest Christian broadcasting network, has died. He was 79.

Crouch died at his home in Orange, Calif., on Saturday after a decade-long fight with degenerative heart disease, his grandson Brandon Crouch told The Associated Press.

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"He was an incredible businessman, entrepreneur, visionary; he built something that impacted the world," he said.

Trinity Broadcasting Network had reported that Crouch fell ill and was taken to a Dallas-area hospital in October while visiting the network's facility in Colleyville, Texas. He later returned to California for continued treatment of "heart and related health issues."

"We mourn Paul's passing and he will be greatly missed. But we know, as the old hymn reminds us, soon enough we will see him again in that great 'meeting in the air,'" the network said in a statement Saturday.

Crouch began his broadcasting career while studying theology at Central Bible Institute and Seminary in his native Missouri by helping build the campus' radio station. He moved to California in the early 1960s to manage the movie and television unit of the Assemblies of God before founding Trinity Broadcast Network in 1973 with his wife, Jan.

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They grew the network into an international Christian empire that beams prosperity gospel programming to every continent but Antarctica around the clock. The programming promises that if the faithful sacrifice for their belief, God will reward them with material wealth.

Based in Costa Mesa, the network says it has 84 satellite channels and more than 18,000 television and cable affiliates as well as a Christian amusement park in Orlando.

The Crouches faced criticism for what critics say was their extravagant lifestyle. Ministry watchdogs have long questioned how TBN spends the hundreds of millions of tax-exempt donations they receive from viewers.

Last year, their granddaughter and her husband's uncle filed lawsuits alleging $50 million in financial improprieties at the network and detailed opulent spending on private jets and 13 mansions and homes around the U.S. for the Crouch family's use.

The Crouches dismissed the allegations, and their attorney said the network's spending was in line with its mission to spread the gospel throughout the world.

He was survived by his wife and their two sons, Matthew and Paul Jr.

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PlasmaMan Nickname posted over 3 years ago
Frauds....
jdshaw Nickname posted over 3 years ago
There's no business like the religion business.
Dennis Brown posted over 3 years ago
Want to learn more about frauds? Send only $10 to. . . .
Roger Thornhill Nickname posted over 3 years ago
The Crouch family and TBN managed to alienate both the non-believers and most believers with their excesses so that these two groups actually formed a bond of sorts, at least in this one area...a mutual dislike for the Crouches and TBN. Even now, news of Paul's death has been met with scorn from the unbelievers and fleeced and a charitable silence from the mainstream Christian community (you know, if you can't say something nice about someone, etc.). Also left behind is a family bickering over control of TBN and the Crouch fortune. Such is the memory and legacy of Paul Crouch.
PlasmaMan Nickname posted over 3 years ago
I actually remember stumbling on TBN as I was channel one day, to see the Crouch's on their knees praying over a book...you would think oh, it's the bible...no, it was an FCC application as they were trying to buy a TV station somewhere. What a bunch of idiots.
TVMN Nickname posted over 3 years ago
Evangelical Christianity is the #1 source of religious fraud. Any numbnut can recite the Bible and put their own spin on it. Of course the trick is to find the sheeple willing to graze on the drivel. That comes by attempting to show traditional churches are past their prime. I've seen it and, as an experiment, witnessed it. I was disgusted at how they wrangle in the clueless.
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