Jim Bakker

 Jim Bakker, also known as James Orsen Bakker, is an entrepreneur and televangelist from the United States. He’s also a convicted con artist. Between 1974 and 1987, he presented the evangelical television program The PTL Club. He was later found guilty of accounting fraud and sentenced to jail. Later, with the show The Jim Bakker Show, he returned to televangelism. He is a published author who has written many novels.

Bakker was sued by the state of Missouri in 2020 for marketing fraudulent coronavirus remedies.

What is Jim Bakker’s claim to fame?

  • The Jim Bakker Show’s famous televangelist.

Where was Jim Bakker born?

On January 2, 1940, Jim Bakker was born. James Orsen Bakker is his given name. In the United States, he was born in Muskegon, Michigan. He is a citizen of the United States of America. Raleigh Bakker was his father, and Furnia Lynette “Furn” Irwin was his mother.

North Central University was his alma mater. In Minneapolis, he worked at the Young-Quinlan department store. In April 1961, he married Tammy Faye LaValley, a fellow student. He and his wife dropped out of college to pursue a career as evangelists.

Timeline of Jim Bakker’s Career

  • In 1966, the Bakkers began working for Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network.
  • The Bakkers aided in the expansion of the network.
  • For many years, their Portsmouth, Virginia studio broadcast the children’s show The Jim and Tammy Show.
  • The Bakkers were the original hosts of The 700 Club.
  • In 1972, the Bakkers left Robertson’s ministry.
  • In 1073, the Bakkers teamed up with Paul and Jan Crouch to co-found the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
  • The Bakkers made the decision to relocate to Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • The Bakkers first broadcast The PTL Club in 1976.
  • In 1974, Bakker created the PTL Satellite Network. Their network broadcast The PTL Club.
  • From 1974 to 1987, The PTL Club was hosted by The Bakkers.
  • Bakker established their ministry’s headquarters in the Carolinas. Heritage Village was the name given to it.
  • In Fort Mill, South Carolina, the Bakkers extended their ministry by creating a theme park. Heritage USA was the name given to it.
  • Heritage USA and The PTL Club were both successful for The Bakker.
  • Two events marred Bakker’s otherwise fruitful life. Jessica Hahn, the church secretary, accused Bakker of sexual assault.
  • Bakker and former PTL Club co-host John Wesley Fletcher are accused of drugging and rapping Hahn. The Bakker had paid $279,000 to have the matter put to rest.
  • In March 1987, Bakker’s payment to Hahn was made public. PTL’s Bakker has resigned. He acknowledged having a sexual relationship with Hahn but denied rapping her.
  • The PTL Club, a TV show, was canceled after the controversy.
  • The inquiry into the rape claims led to an investigation into Bakker’s alleged use of ministry funds. From 1980 to 1983, $1.3 million in ministry funds were used for Bakkers’ personal benefit, according to a classified 1985 Internal Revenue Service survey. The FCC had already opened an investigation into Bakker and his PTL ministry in 1979.
  • On May 6, 1987, he was fired as an Assemblies of God minister.
  • In 1989, he was found guilty of accounting fraud. Eight charges of mail fraud, fifteen counts of wire fraud, and one count of conspiracy were found against him. He was given a 45-year prison term as well as a $500,000 fine.
  • In Rochester, Minnesota, he was held at the Federal Medical Center.
  • Bakker’s conviction on fraud and conspiracy charges was upheld by the United States Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit. In February 1991, a new sentencing hearing was scheduled.
  • In November 1992, his sentence was shortened to eight years.
  • In August 1993, he was moved to a federal minimum-security prison in Jesup, Georgia.
  • In December 1994, Bakker was granted parole. He had almost completed his sentence of almost 5 years. He owed the Internal Revenue Service $6 million.
  • Tammy, his first wife, had already divorced him in 1992.
  • In 2003, he and his second wife, Lori (whom he married in 1998), launched a new television show, The Jim Bakker Show.
  • The show promotes emergency preparedness products.
  • CTN, Daystar, Folk TV, Grace Network (Canada), GEB America, Hope TV (Canada), Impact Network, WGN, WHT, TCT Network, The World Network, UpliftTV, and ZLiving are among the networks that broadcast his program.
  • Jerry Crawford put $25 million into Bakker’s new Morningside ministry in Blue Eye, Missouri.
  • In 2008, the Jim Bakker Show relocated to Morningside.
  • He has published a number of novels. In 1996, he released I Was Wrong.
  • In 2013, he published Time Has Come: How to Prepare Now for Epic Events to Come.
  • Bakker and Morningside Church Productions were sued by the state of Missouri in March 2020 for selling fraudulent coronavirus cures.

Who is Jim Bakker’s Wife?

Jim Bakker is a husband and father. Lori Beth Graham, a former televangelist, is his wife. On September 4, 1998, the couple married. They had only met 50 days before. Five children were adopted by the couple.

Tamara “Tammy” Faye LaValley was Bakker’s first wife. They met in 1960 at North Central University, where they were both students. On April 1, 1961, they wed. Tammy Sue “Sissy” Bakker Chapman and Jamie Charles “Jay” Bakker are the couple’s two children. In March 1992, the pair split. 

Jim Bakker’s height

Jim Bakke is a tall man, standing at 1.7 meters. He is 68 kilograms in weight. He is of average height and build.

What is the net worth of Jim Bakker?

Jim Bakker makes a living as a televangelist. He sells and supports emergency survival gear. He was sentenced to jail for accounting fraud. His net worth is projected to be less than $1 million dollars.

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