We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: http://www.amazon.com/Book-Common-Prayer-Biography-Religious/dp/0691154813/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417814005&sr=8-1&keywords=jacobs+book+of+common+prayer. January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Cranmer-English-Reformation-1489-1556/dp/1592448658/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420055574&sr=8-1&keywords=A.F.+Pollard+Cranmer. February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at: http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Cranmer-Jasper-Ridley/dp/0198212879/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422892154&sr=8-1&keywords=jasper+ridley+cranmer&pebp=1422892151110&peasin=198212879
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Los Angeles Times - 2 hours ago
Paul Crouch, a pioneering televangelist who founded Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world's largest Christian TV network, died today, according to the network's website. He was 79. The church reported in October that Crouch had fallen ill and was taken to ...
NPR (blog) - 1 hour ago
Paul Crouch, who along with his wife Jan, founded a TV network that went on to become the largest Christian television network in the world, died on Saturday, the network announced. Trinity Broadcasting Network said it is believed that he died from on-going ...
Christian Post - 3 hours ago
TBN's official Facebook page later released the announcement about Crouch's death: "Dr Paul F Crouch passed into the presence of the Lord on November 30, 2013. We are grateful for the life of this amazing servant of God. Please pray for the Crouch family ...
Newsmax.com - 31 minutes ago
Paul Crouch, who co-founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network in 1973, died early Saturday at age 79. "We are grateful for the life of this amazing servant of God," said an announcement on TBN's website. "Please pray for the Crouch family during this time."
Variety - 6 minutes ago
Paul Crouch, a pioneering televangelist and founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died Saturday. He was 79 and had been in failing health. TBN has endured since its founding in 1973 and remains one of the world's most widely distributed Christian ...
Examiner.com - 1 hour ago
Paul Franklin Crouch, co-founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), is dead at age 79, reported his grandson Brandon Crouch on Saturday, November, 30, 2013, according to the Christian Post. He leaves behind, wife, Jan Crouch, and sons, Paul Crouch, ...
kfor.com - 1 hour ago
Paul F. Crouch, co-founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, died Saturday at age 79, according to his website and the network's Facebook page. “We are grateful for the life of this amazing servant of God. Please pray for the Crouch family during this time,” ...
Examiner.com - 1 hour ago
The co-founder of leading Christian television network TBN has died. Paul Crouch passed away today, November 30 at age 79. Crouch had been hospitalized for some time with heart problems. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is known as the world's ...
Gospel Herald - 2 hours ago
Paul Crouch, Televangelist and founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), passed away today at age 79. A statement posted on PaulCrouch.com states: "Dr. Paul F. Crouch passed into the presence of the Lord on November 30, 2013. We are grateful for ...
Christian News Network - 28 minutes ago
Dr. Paul F. Crouch, the controversial founder of the global Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) has died. He was 79. Crouch was born in 1934 in St. Joseph, Missouri and was the son of Assemblies of God missionaries. His father died when he was just seven ...
WND.com - 37 minutes ago
Born in St. Joseph, Mo., on March 30, 1934, to Assemblies of God missionaries, Paul Crouch would later co-found TBN, which today has become America's most watched faith network and the seventh largest group owner of broadcast TV stations in the U.S..
abc7.com - 1 hour ago
Trinity Broadcasting Network released the following statement Saturday: "Dr. Paul F. Crouch passed into the presence of the Lord on November 30, 2013. We are grateful for the live of this amazing servant of God. Please pray for the Crouch family during this ...
Crossmap - 1 hour ago
Dr. Crouch began his career in broadcasting by helping to build an educational AM station (KCBI-AM) on campus while a student at Central Bible Institute and Seminary. In 1957 he became a radio announcer at KRSD (AM), Rapid City, South Dakota and ...
Christian Post (blog) - 4 hours ago
Brandon Crouch reported the death of his grandfather, Trinity Broadcasting Network founder Paul Crouch, on Twitter and Instagram. TBN has posted an announcement to its Facebook page and a bio on its website. This blog post will be updated as more ...
CBS Local - 49 minutes ago
COSTA MESA (CBSLA.com) — Paul Crouch, a renowned televangelist who founded Trinity Broadcasting Network, died Saturday at 79, according to the network's website. The son of a Missouri preacher moved to Orange County, where he parlayed an ...
OC Weekly (blog) - 4 hours ago
Word is spreading around Christendom that Paul Crouch, the Missouri native who moved to Southern California with his wife Jan to create Trinity Broadcasting Network, the largest Christian television network in the world, has passed away at age 79. He had ...
Crossmap - 1 hour ago
T.D. Jakes: Paul Crouch was a Giant Amongst Men whose Trail Blazed Television Ministry for the 21st Century. By T.D. Jakes On November 30, 2013. Paul F Crouch. Text size: Small · Medium · Large. Email; Share · Print; Comment. Tweet. If you felt the ...
OCRegister (subscription) - 2 minutes ago
The religious empire based inside the iconic white palace known for illuminating Costa Mesa nights has lost its king: founder of Trinity Broadcast Network Paul Crouch whose death was announced Saturday. Crouch had been hospitalized in Texas a month ...
Christian News Wire (press release) - 50 minutes ago
30, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ -- The entire GEB America Television Network family is thankful for the life and ministry of Trinity Broadcasting Network Co-Founder Paul Crouch, Sr. who passed away today. "The ministry of Paul Crouch, Sr. is truly remarkable," ...
Paul Crouch, founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, dies at 79
The son of a Missouri missionary, Crouch moved to California in the early 1960s to manage the movie and television unit of the Assemblies of God. A decade later, after receiving what he believed was a message from God, he began to buy television stations, cable channels and satellites and developed enough Christian programming to sustain a 24-hour network.
By the mid-1980s, Orange County-based TBN was “the country’s most-watched religious network,” according to J. Gordon Melton and Jon R. Stone in their book “Prime-Time Religion: An Encyclopedia of Religious Broadcasting.”
With his bubbly wife Jan, Crouch anchored TBN’s flagship program, “Praise the Lord,” a nightly two-hour talk show featuring guests, Scripture and entertainment. He was known for preaching a gospel of prosperity, imploring viewers to open their pocketbooks to further God’s works and reap spiritual and material blessings in return.
During four decades on air he often generated controversy, in particular because of the extravagant lifestyle he and his wife led. Critics complained that his jets, mansions and lavish expense-account meals were paid by tax-exempt donations from TBN’s legion of “prayer partners,” whose pledges enabled the network to surpass its rivals in size and global reach.
"Today, my grandfather, #PaulCrouchSr went home to be with Jesus in heaven. Thank you for your prayers…" Brandon Crouch tweeted.
TBN's official Facebook page later released the announcement about Crouch's death: "Dr Paul F Crouch passed into the presence of the Lord on November 30, 2013. We are grateful for the life of this amazing servant of God. Please pray for the Crouch family during this time. #paulcrouch #tbn"
Crouch was born March 30, 1934 in St. Joseph, Mo., and is the son of Assemblies of God missionaries. His father died when he was seven-years-old, and he was raised by his mother and grandparents. He has a degree in theology from Central Bible Institute and Seminary in Springfield, Mo., and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., among other honorary doctorates.
He met his wife, Janice Bethany Crouch, in 1957 and they married in Missouri. They have two sons: Paul Crouch Jr. and Matthew Crouch.
Crouch Sr., co-founder along with his wife, Jan, of the world's largest Christian-owned cable station, had been treated for chronic heart problems for over a decade and had received a pacemaker in 2012, TBN revealed earlier this year.
Crouch was hospitalized on Oct. 22 in Dallas, Texas, and returned home to California in early November. On Nov. 5, TBN released a statement by TBN attorney and spokesman Colby May that said doctors had taken Crouch off the ventilator and he was breathing on his own.
Two years earlier in September 2011, Crouch was also hospitalized for congestive heart failure. It was during this time that Crouch allegedly wrote a letter identifying that he wanted his son Matthew Crouch to take over the position of president of TBN. Then Paul Crouch Jr., who was presumed the heir of TBN, suddenly announced in October 2011 that he would leave TBN to pursue other ministry opportunities.
In recent years, the Crouch and TBN have been embroiled in family lawsuits, with their granddaughter Brittany Koper, former director of finance and human resources, filing a lawsuit saying that the family was distributing more than $50 million for luxury goods, such as jets, estates, and vehicles, to company directors. When Koper refused to keep quiet about the illegal money use, she was fired and allegedly threatened with physical and lethal violence. Her uncle, Joseph McVeigh, who never worked for TBN, filed another lawsuit against TBN at the Orange County Superior Court in early 2012, saying that TBN was maliciously targeting him as part of a "campaign of retaliation" against Koper.
With TBN officially announcing Crouch Sr.'s death on its Facebook page, within less than 20 minutes of the posting there were more than 450 comments, pledging to pray for the Crouch family and offering condolences.
"My prayers are with Jan and everyone in the family. So sad b/c I thought he was doing better. Now he is doing MUCH better. He opened his eyes to see Jesus! WOW!" posted someone identified as Kathy Boulter.
While someone identified as Apostle Doreen Thornton wrote, "Dr. Paul Crouch is loved and will be missed, he was an amazing obedient servant that gave God all that he had, and I am sure great is his reward. God bless the Crouch family you are in my prayers."
And a Jefferson Elicerio Viloria posted, "I really admired this guy..he had his critics, though, although not perfect, and who is, i regard him as a true man of God. I will miss him because i always enjoyed his enthusiasm on TV....God bless the Crouch family."
|Crouch, in the Holy Land, with his Gospel|
Today, my grandfather, #PaulCrouchSr went home to be with Jesus in heaven. Thank you for your prayers... http://t.co/g7NZCYvGX4
— Brandon Crouch (@brandoncrouch) November 30, 2013
Of course, like his fellow recently deceased OC Christianity titan Chuck Smith, Crouch was also an ass of a man.
Crouch spent the last years of his life fighting off a lawsuit from his granddaughters alleging that TBN had become an incestuous, corrupt den of thieves. It's going to be one hell of a funeral, no?
Televangelist and TBN Founder Paul Crouch Dead at 79
Brandon Crouch reported the death of his grandfather, Trinity Broadcasting Network founder Paul Crouch, on Twitter and Instagram.
TBN has posted an announcement to its Facebook page.
This blog post will be updated as more information becomes available.
Paul Crouch and Jim Bakker founded TBN in 1973. Earlier this year the network celebrated its 40th anniversary. TBN would become the world's largest religious network.
Paul left behind wife Janice Bethany Crouch and sons Paul Crouch Jr and Matthew Crouch. Paul's granddaughters Brittany Crouch Koper and Carra Crouch are involved in litigation with the network.