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In Memoriam: Jan Crouch (1938 – 2016)

by on May.31, 2016, under 2016 Year, Leadership

TBN Co-Founder Jan Crouch (1938-2016)

TBN Co-Founder Jan Crouch (1938-2016)

Jan Crouch, a co-founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network and popular televangelist, has died following a stroke, her son announced Tuesday via a posting on his and his wife’s website. She was 78.

“Laurie and I have just watched the transition of our precious mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence of Jesus and into her heavenly reward,” Matt and Laurie Crouch said in a statement.

“Jan Crouch, known around the world as Momma Jan, has gone home.”

Crouch and her late husband, Paul, founded Trinity Broadcasting Network, now known as TBN, in 1973 and watched it grow to become the world’s largest and most successful religious broadcasting network.

Born Janice Bethany in Columbus, Georgia, she was the daughter of Edgar and Laurie Bethany. Her father was a preacher and official in the Assemblies of God denomination.

She would meet her future husband through a church event.

In a 2007 TBN newsletter, Paul Crouch recalled seeing her at a camp meeting in Rapid City, South Dakota, where her father was preaching.

“Heads turned (especially the boys) as a slight, beautiful angel seemed more to glide than walk toward the front of the auditorium,” Crouch wrote. “Head down — timid it seemed to me — yet the bright red dress contrasted with the retiring, even shy, demeanor of this stunning young lady!”

Crouch was thrilled to learn the young woman with which he was smitten was scheduled to start classes in the fall at Evangel College, an Assemblies of God liberal arts school, in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri. After she invited him to hear her sing at a youth event, the pair began dating and married in August 1957.

What followed was the birth of their sons, Paul Jr. and Matthew, and the blossoming of their ministry from a single station to a multimillion-dollar business empire.

The couple were a popular fixture on their show “Praise the Lord.”

“Janice Crouch, called ‘Mama’ on the air, is known for her pink-tinged wigs, which look like huge swirls of cotton candy, and for talking emotionally about the Lord’s blessings,” Erik Eckholm wrote in a 2012 piece for The New York Times. “Mr. Crouch, or ‘Papa,’ is relentlessly upbeat as he quotes flurries of Bible verses on signature programs like ‘Praise the Lord.’ ”

Paul Crouch Sr. died in 2013. In Tuesday’s statement, her family wrote, “She has taken a piece of our hearts with her, but it’s so wonderful to know that Paul and Jan Crouch are together again, in the arms of Jesus.”

But TBN was not without controversy.

The New York Times article documented a family fight that highlighted the lavish lifestyle of the Crouches, including matching multimillion-dollar homes in a gated community in Newport, California.

In 2015, Courthouse News Service noted that various members of the Crouch family have sued each other over the years.

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Open Letter to the Class of 2016

by on May.31, 2016, under 2016 Year

Class of 2016 - Congrautlations

Class of 2016 – Congrautlations

To the class of 2016:

First of all, let me say to you congratulations to each and every one of you. I know that you have finally reached that finish line at the destination of your educational career path that you have earnestly worked hard for so many years to achieve to. Not only are you very proud and celebrating this great milestone in your lives, but your parents and close family members and friends are celebrating this moment with you.

I guess the question that most of you would ask me is “why are you penning an open letter to the class of 2016?” The reason that I chose you, the class of 2016, is because about 20 years ago in high school, I was in your shoes. From reliving the moment of purchasing a class ring my junior year of high school to getting fit for the graduation cap and gown of the colors that the senior class had chosen at the time. That last time that I spent together as a class group was priceless and a wonderful experience.

For some of you in the class of 2016, you have faced challenges and adversities even up to the final day that you leave the educational intuition centers behind heading into college or the real world. Some of you either by the upper leadership of the school board officials or the school staff was denied access to even march with your classmates on that day of the graduation ceremonies. You were denied by reasons that I personally believe in my own heart “Made no sense whatsoever”. Some have fought the evils of the hindrance and have won victorious. Some are still fighting on the battlefield not to be judged simply because they choose to wear a beard, wear their military uniform, or a kente cloth.

To, Brother. Nyree Holmes, Brother. Andrew Jones, Marine Pvt. Megan Howerton, and Sister Liseanne Yazzie, I want you all to know that I have read the stories and I stand in support of what you have done. I know the adversities and challenges that each one of you face because it was also 20 years ago that I faced similar challenges and adversities from my own high school Assistant Principal, Principal and staff officials. Yet by the grace of God, I was able to endure and hold on to the very end. While you are fighting on the battlefield to protect your self-worth and dignity always remember to forgive those brought on the accusations and the naysayers.

Lastly, to the graduating class of 2016, I leave you with words of wisdom from the book of Proverbs 3:5-6 New Living Translation (NLT)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.

For 18 years, God gave our parents wisdom, and understanding to help mold and shape you into the future leaders you are destined to become. To Marine Pvt. Megan Howerton, my best wishes for you in your military career. I know that you will do your very best to serve protect and defend our country, to you and to your family I send my best of blessings. To Sister Liseanne Yazzie, I pray that you have great success in all of your future endeavors and I pray blessings over you and your family. To Brothers Andrew Jones, and Nyree Holmes, continue to stay strong in the Lord brothers. In the face of what is happening in America with the police brutality, black lives matter, etc, I pray that you will be blessed abundantly in your careers and studies so that in the words of Joseph, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.” Genesis 50:20

So Class of 2016, go forth into the world, succeeding in the Lords plans and in his purpose.

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Testimony Time from Evangelist Denise Matthews

by on May.17, 2016, under 2016 Year

We all have gone through that terrible lonely stage. Mine was i believe 14 years ago. Since then, I have never felt lonely nor do I belong to the Lonely Hearts Club. My heart is stayed on Jesus and miraculously because of one singular special, profoundly, wise word have i overcome. Here is how it went…It was told unto me many years ago by Sister Harper our Co- Pastor she said after I stated “I don’t think Jesus has anyone in this world for me?” Well she replied, “Denise, if God meant for you to be married (right now),then you would be married (right now) and she also said, “Why don’t you try falling in love with Jesus for real, then you won’t be lonely at all!” then she walked on…of course that was not what i wished to hear at the time, I was still young in the Lord and silly in the head. I guess i would have wished to hear her tell me something that would tickle my ears, make me go bananas over the next new man in my life… that she foresaw coming my way. He would then throw me off my feet, kick me to the curb, kerplunck, there I go again… landing in a ditch somewhere brokenhearted. Silly woman laden with sin ever running from God doing the same sin to die for…But instead i settled her saying in my heart and went forward with my life concentrating on falling in love with Jesus. I began to focus on making Him my First, most perfect truest love I ever had. Revelation Ch:2 verse 2-5.. If a man puts his hand to the plow and looks back, he is not fit for the kingdom. Be equally yoked and not with unbelievers. These are the last days and we being single should concentrate on winning souls, God will take care of the rest. Be careful because the devil knows how to hook you up with the wrong people. Q-I hear people say that you praise the Lord with great enthusiasm. A-I have a supernatural energy now. Some say I praise Jesus with an explosion of fiery passion, no holes barred like a jumping bean. Sometimes I’m passionate and melt with great tears. King David praised God disrobing himself of his Kingly garment. God said He was a man after His own heart. I wish to be an excellent worshipper in Christ. You might say that when I was unsaved I collected addictions; which blew down the door of boldly going no where, where most have gone before.I hid behind a face that launched a thousand nothings. Now I am busy collecting people for Jesus. I had a lot of energy back when was lost in the world but it was a chemical energy and now it’s a supernatural energy. Jesus is everything to me. I have made a commitment to Him and I want to be faithful to His plan for me.

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