TBN’s legal spokesman didn’t have much to say this week other than “Paul Jr. has resigned from the organization to pursue other ministry work.”
TBN is the largest Christian network in the world and was founded by Paul Crouch Sr. and his wife Jan in 1973. Paul Jr. and his brother Matthew have worked with thier parents since thier teens. In 1980 Paul Jr. went out on his own and started a successful production company.
He returned to his parents tv network in 2000 and with his brother oversaw the networks operations. Crouch Jr. divorced after an affair in 2007, and was a VP and Chief of Staff for TBN. TBN settled an employee sexual harassment suit in 2010 which named Crouch Jr. He recently oversaw the upgrading to HD and expanded TBN’s presence on digital platforms including the recent launch of iTBN. There was no hint on twitter and Facebook this week that Crouch Jr. would abruptly leave the family business. The networks newswire was touting his achievements and goals with and for TBN just a few months ago, and he was quoted in an iTBN pr October 8th.
Update: Crouch has accepted the position of Project Manager at The Word Network, started in 2000 and based in Michigan.
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46 Responses to Paul Crouch Jr. abruptly leaves Trinity Broadcasting Network
Rick Hiebert says:
October 15, 2011 at 4:56 am
Woah…anything yet on why?
Rick Hiebert says:
October 15, 2011 at 5:14 am
I see that Paul Jr. is involved with ChristianCinema.com.
I was recently reading Tim Chey’s novel Final, which I enjoyed. At the end of the novel there is a Q and A with Chey. Chey directs Christian movies and he mentions a tax advantage that helps Americans support Christian films. Apparently, all that they donate to a Christian movie project that is made in a way that is tax-deductable can be 100% deductable on your taxes in the US. It’s no longer spread out over time, but you can write off all of your donation in the year that you donate. (This was brought in as part of a 2004 US jobs creation bill.)
How this would work I am not sure, but Chey sees it as a definite advantage for those who want to help. [Chey gives producer credits to his donors, eve, I think, small ones.]
Maybe this is a much more attractive model for Paul Crouch Jr. Christian movie projects could be seen as a lot more fun and interesting than the usual evangelism model. It may be much easier to raise money for films than evangelism.
(Remember that Patricia King is starting to make little movies and trying to take over social media…maybe she has twigged onto the same reasons as Paul Jr has…)
Bene Diction says:
October 15, 2011 at 11:34 am
When your son not only leaves his job, but is no longer a member of the board, and is not given a send off, I can’t see how this was amiable.
There is gossip online from TBN fans, but nothing that can be substantiated.
Bene D says:
October 15, 2011 at 11:59 am
Courch Jr. certainly has the skills to work in movies, it appears he did fine with his production houses before heading back to TBN to help dad and mom.
The Sherwood brothers have gotten attention now that movie #4 is going to surpass #3 in box office sales (let alone product sales), and they are starting to show good production value and less preachy scripts.
The US ‘Christian’ market is huge, Fox, Sony etc are in it, I could see Jr. wanting to make his mark. His brother Matt has his own company Gener8Xion Entertainment and Code Productions.
Even if Crouch Jr. left TBN under tense circumstances, he’s connected enough in the media industry to write his own ticket.
October 15, 2011 at 4:32 pm
If you run a christian ministry like a family business, then I’m thinking there was a lot of tension. That is, if there was not any indication, and this was an abrupt resignation. If Paul Crouch, Jr. came on board to help his elderly parents in 2000, then they would need him more now than ever. Sometimes I think, even with the best of appearances, obstacles get tangled into the mix. For any family, nothing is worth a broken relationship. If that is the case, I hope they resolve it soon.
October 16, 2011 at 8:00 pm
Maybe he had his fill of the gift crap with tbn’s logo on it and decided to part ways.
Jack Van Impe spoke recently on his broadcast about the two Crouch brothers something to the effect that they aren’t as godly as their parents. Also said that the younger of the two or his dad “lied.” However, it was probably the younger of the brothers responsible for TBN dumping JVIM in favor of the forked tongue Rick Warren and the Crystal Cathedral etc. Most people dislike him more than this brother that just left.
Perhaps this is God cleaning house, or a power struggle inside a “family” business that oversees vast power and money raised from people that either want to help preach the Gospel around the world OR are in great need believing they will be helped by making a huge faith promise they are always pushing on their fund raising campaigns.
A lot of good Christians regard most of the programming as trash and on very shaky Biblical ground. In these days of apostacy, we sure have a lot of heretics, wolves in sheep’s clothing, compromising preachers and liars all over the air at TBN and in the churches. I’m all for God cleaning house but my guess is things will get worse not better on TBN’s network. Regardless, I wish Paul Jr. well, and perhaps this is the best for him and others.
October 17, 2011 at 6:03 am
Bene Diction says:
October 17, 2011 at 10:51 am
TBN is not broadcast in Canada (though not for lack of trying). The Miracle Channel is nicknamed TBN north, and is run by like minded Canadians.
From what I understand from our US friends, Paul Crouch Jr. does not adhere to to most of the aberrant teaching his parents do.
At any rate, he’s moved on.
October 19, 2011 at 7:19 am
i love tbn
Christian Sister says:
October 19, 2011 at 3:09 pm
How do you know that Paul, Jr. had an affair?
I remember writing once to an editor at Charisma magazine, asking why (to my knowledge) Charisma never published anything about Paul, Jr.’s divorce.
The response I received was that they had tried to investigate the situation but that TBN was not cooperating.