Paul Crouch

  • Born: March 30, 1934
  • Died: November 30, 2013
  • Location: Costa Mesa, California


This undated file image provided by Brittany Koper shows Paul Crouch Sr., at a family event in California. Crouch, the son of Missouri missionaries who parlayed an obscure Orange County television station into the world's largest Christian TV network, has died, his grandson announced Saturday Nov. 30, 2013.

Televangelist dies at 79

The Associated Press

COSTA MESA, California (AP) — Paul Crouch, the televangelist who built what's been called the world's largest Christian broadcasting network, has died. He was 79.

Crouch died at his home in California, on Saturday after a decade-long fight with degenerative heart disease, his grandson Brandon Crouch told The Associated Press.

"He was an incredible businessman, entrepreneur, visionary; he built something that impacted the world," he said.

Trinity Broadcast Network had reported that Crouch fell ill and was taken to a hospital in October while visiting the network's facility in Colleyville, Texas. He later returned to California for continued treatment of "heart and related health issues."

"We mourn Paul's passing and he will be greatly missed. But we know, as the old hymn reminds us, soon enough we will see him again in that great 'meeting in the air,'" the network said in a statement Saturday.

Crouch began his broadcasting career while studying theology at Central Bible Institute and Seminary in his native Missouri by helping build the campus' radio station. He moved to California in the early 1960s to manage the movie and television unit of the Assemblies of God before founding Trinity Broadcast Network in 1973 with his wife, Jan.

They grew the network into an international Christian empire that beams prosperity gospel programming to every continent but Antarctica around the clock. The programming promises that if the faithful sacrifice for their belief, God will reward them with material wealth.

Based in California, the network says it has 84 satellite channels and more than 18,000 television and cable affiliates as well as a Christian amusement park in Orlando, Florida.

The Crouches faced criticism for what critics say was their extravagant lifestyle. Ministry watchdogs have long questioned how TBN spends the hundreds of millions of tax-exempt donations they receive from viewers.

Last year, their granddaughter and her husband's uncle filed lawsuits alleging $50 million in financial improprieties at the network and detailed opulent spending on private jets and 13 mansions and homes around the U.S. for the Crouch family's use.

The Crouches dismissed the allegations, and their attorney said the network's spending was in line with its mission to spread the gospel throughout the world.

He was survived by his wife and their two sons, Matthew and Paul Jr.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Pastor Paul in my books had a heart of gold as well as his wife Jan and their children. I know God is pleased at how they spreaded the gospel to all over the world. One of our dear family friends Ms Nellie Chester who live in Okla tuned in every day and just about all day the tv station TBN and she would always tell me when I traveled from Calif to Okla to visit family and of course her she was like family she would say" I donated money like other people to help send that satellite all over the world to spread the word about Jesus Christ and she was so happy that she could continue to do that until her death in June 1012. Paul and Jan have done so much in so many ways to help people of all colors. Paul maybe Ms Nellie Chester will run into you in heaven and say Paul thanks for what you and your wife Jan helped and encouraged so many people in the world to get their souls saved by the satellite broadcasting.There is so mny people in heaven that I am thinking that it may take alittle time to get around to seeing everyone. Thank You Paster Paul Crouch and Jan and sons and family. I thank God for You.

Posted by Thelma Nadine Thomas - Ceres, CA   November 30, 2015

We truly do love and appreciate the ministry of Paul and Jan. Our hearts are sad because a great solider is gone to be with the Lord. We are sending our love and prayers to the family.

Posted by Drs. Frank T. and Hurdis Bozeman - Montgomery, AL - Ministers of the Gospel   December 09, 2013


Thank God for the life and ministry of Paul Couch. The TBN network has greatly impacted my life. I appreciate the dedication to send the word around the world. I am blessed by God cause of true examples the Lord has given. Prayers for the family. God bless you and keep you.

Posted by Cortina S - FL   December 09, 2013

A true man of God that built TV stations around the world that has brought many lives to the saving knowledge of God's dear Son, Jesus. He will be greatly missed here on earth, but I'm sure he is already very busy in Heaven. My sincere condolences to Jan and the family.

Posted by Sandi Caires - Mesa, AZ - TV watcher   December 06, 2013


Truly a man of God and all he and his wife Jan for people of all colors and countries, hospitals, schools, gifts, bibles , feeding the hungry, and and the wonderful gift of The Holy Land Experience. He and wife spent their life savings of 20,000 to start TBN years ago to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ and raise two wonderful sons who is following in thir footsteps. Will miss you Paul thanks for all you and Jan have done. You left a great legacy and I know God is pleased and I truly believe you are in the presence of the Lord now. I send sympathy and love to the family. Thelma Thomas, Ceres Ca

Posted by Thelma Thomas - Ceres, CA - not related   December 01, 2013

I met Dr. Crotch on a swingers site. He was a true con man and whistle salesman.

Posted by Tip Top Tins - Kampala - Peenus IdI Amin Dada Dr. CBE DO    December 01, 2013

To the family; be assured that this is one brother in Christ who took God's assignment and did it with excellence as unto the Lord. Brother Paul will be sorely missed but will remain in our hearts as a man that had a heart for God and the souls of His people and did all he could do for Jesus until Jesus took him home.

Posted by Linda Johnson - Jacksonville, FL - sister in Christ   December 01, 2013

I met Dr. Crouch briefly at a church service un FL-he patted me on the back when I was responding to an altar call. The tripp family was there that day. People can say what they want, but Christ was being preached; and as the Apostle Paul Stated, "Therein I rejoice." Sorry for your loss. My dad went home to be with the Lord May 6th 2005. God speed.

Posted by David John Maneti - South Daytona, FL - Brother in the Lord.   December 01, 2013

Family Album

This undated file image provided by Brittany Koper shows Paul Crouch Sr., at a family event in California. Crouch, the son of Missouri missionaries who parlayed an obscure Orange County television station into the world's largest Christian TV network, has died, his grandson announced Saturday Nov. 30, 2013.