Family Battle Offers Look Inside Lavish TV Ministry
For 39 years, the Trinity Broadcasting Network has urged viewers to give generously and reap the Lord‚Äôs bounty in return.
The prosperity gospel preached by Paul and Janice Crouch, who built a single station into the world‚Äôs largest Christian television network, has worked out well for them.
Mr. and Mrs. Crouch have his-and-her mansions one street apart in a gated community here, provided by the network using viewer donations and tax-free earnings. But Mrs. Crouch, 74, rarely sleeps in the $5.6 million house with tennis court and pool. She mostly lives in a large company house near Orlando, Fla., where she runs a side business, the Holy Land Experience theme park. Mr. Crouch, 78, has an adjacent home there too, but rarely visits. Its occupant is often a security guard who doubles as Mrs. Crouch‚Äôs chauffeur....
Jim Lincoln wrote: Ah, the The Teflon Evangelists, it does show that the "Prosperity Gospel," works---for those who preach it!
This extravagance is one thing -- expected in their world. But what's the point of his-and-hers homes only a block apart or even next door? Perhaps these folks don't get along quite as well as they seem to on TV.