By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
SANTA ANA, Calif. – 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 years old and was raised by his widowed mother with the support of his grandparents.
In 1957, Crouch married Janice Bethany, the daughter of Assemblies of God Pastor Edgar W. Bethany, after the two met while attending Evangel College in Missouri. The Crouch’s had two sons, Paul Jr. and Matthew, both of whom became involved in their parents’ ministry.
In 1973, Crouch partnered with Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker to found the Trinity Broadcasting Network and soon obtained their first television station. Crouch and his wife Jan hosted their flagship broadcast, Praise the Lord, a two-hour talk and Bible teaching program that also featured musical entertainment. Click here to continue reading.