Thinking Out Loud

November 30, 2013

Remembering TBN Founder Paul Crouch

Paul Crouch 2

The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is reporting the passing of founder Paul Crouch today, Saturday, November 30th.  Crouch was in poor health and had been hospitalized a month ago.

Christian Post reports:

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.

…continue reading here…

TBN’s website describes the organization:

TBN is the world’s largest religious network and America’s most watched faith channel.  TBN offers 24 hours of commercial-free inspirational programming that appeal to people in a wide variety of Protestant, Catholic and Messianic Jewish denominations.

1.  TBN features more original and exclusive programs than other faith channels.
2.  TBN is America’s most watched faith channel according to Nielsen Ratings.
3.  More Americans request TBN per Barna Research.

According to Wikipedia:

The Trinity Broadcasting Network was co-founded by Paul Crouch, Jan Crouch, Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker in 1973 as Trinity Broadcasting Systems

TBN owns 35 full-power television stations serving larger metropolitan areas, and, at its peak, 252 low-power television stations in the United States, which are mixed among stations serving medium-sized cities and rural translator stations in order to maximize the network’s reach as much as is permissible. TBN also has several hundred affiliate stations throughout the United States, although just 61 of these stations are full-power UHF or VHF stations. The rest are low-powered stations, requiring a viewer to be within several miles of the transmitter to receive the signal. According to TVNewsCheck, TBN was the third largest over-the-air television station group in the country as of 2010, besting the station groups of CBS, Fox, and NBC, but behind Ion and Univision.

Worldwide, TBN’s channels are broadcast on 70 satellites and over 18,000 television and cable affiliates. TBN is also seen on the internet globally, where viewers can watch TBN programming live…

Related: On this blog, a June, 2012 story about conflict within the Crouch family, conflict which continued up until Paul’s death, according to this post by Brandon Crouch.



  1. I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers go to his family and that they be united during this time.

    Comment by Dona Cantrell — November 30, 2013 @ 4:28 pm


    It’s too bad he is burning in Hell for stealing from Christians for his own wealth. He also lived a secret homosexual life and ran prostitution rings. Instead of feeding the poor, he decided to feed the whores when he was committing nonhomosexual acts.

    Comment by creation science study — December 23, 2013 @ 2:15 am

    • I defend your right to free speech, but disagree violently with your choice of words.

      First of all, there is a tradition that one is kinder and gentler when speaking of the dead. There are other TBN articles here where you could have left that comment, but this one was fundamentally an obituary. (i.e. the article linked in the final paragraph) Do you show up at funerals and tell the family their loved one is “burning in Hell”?

      Secondly, we know that not all in Paul Crouch’s life “ended well,” but we do know that in its early days, TBN was a positive force in the life of people who tuned in. It is God who is the judge. It is not our place to say who’s in and who’s out. And it is certainly not our place to declare someone is now “burning in Hell.” If someone lived their entire serving self and sin, maybe. In this case? You honestly cannot be 100% sure of his eternal destiny. The grace of God is beyond our understanding.

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — December 23, 2013 @ 8:53 am

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