Pastor Jim Bakker is a pioneer of Christian Television. After being prophesied over at age 19 that he would go where no one had gone before, Pastor Jim not just travelled the world on behalf of the Gospel, but also walked with Presidents and World Leaders. He was instrumental in building the foundation of multiple television networks that are still broadcasting today.
In 1966, his dream came true. While hosting Come on Over, a children’s show, on Pat Robertson’s fledgling Christian station in Virginia, Pastor Jim became the founder and host for the first Christian talk show – The 700 Club.
For eight incredible years, Pastor Jim hosted the ground-breaking variety show with the top ministers and singers of the day. Pastor Jim and his family later joined Paul and Jan Crouch in California to pioneer a new television ministry. Pastor Jim was the first President and a founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, which today, still beams around the world with 24-hour a day Christian programming.
In 1974, Pastor Jim relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina to birth one of the most dynamic ministries the world has ever known-The PTL Club, The Inspirational Network, and a state of the art Christian retreat center called Heritage USA.
At the height of the ministry, there were 86 religious services held a week at Heritage USA. By 1986, Heritage USA was the third most visited destination spot, following Disney World and Disneyland.
Pastor Jim also pioneered Christian television in 52 nations as well as founding Heritage School of Evangelism, Heritage Academy and related schools. In addition to his many responsibilities at PTL, Pastor Jim authored more than ten books, and developed several special editions of the Bible.
In 2002, Pastor Jim and Lori were blessed with the happiness of expanding their family with five beautiful children from the inner-city of Phoenix where Lori had ministered for years. In that same year, Pastor Jim and Lori were offered the opportunity to move to Branson, Missouri to begin the Jim Bakker Show.
Sixteen years to the date that Pastor Jim had made his last broadcast from PTL, he and Lori launched their new television ministry from Branson, Missouri. With the help of PTL Partner, Jerry Crawford, the ministry staff converted a bar/restaurant to a café/television studio called Studio City Café.
In 2008 The Jim Bakker Show began broadcasting from a new Christian Retreat Center called Morningside located just outside Branson, Missouri. This 700-acre property is a thriving Christian community that also serves as the backlot for The Jim Bakker Show and other outreach ministries as well as the Morningside School of Media and Lori’s House, a safe, supportive home for pregnant women in difficult situations.
Pastor Jim is considered to be one of today’s experts on the Book of Revelation. Since prison, he authored, I Was Wrong, The Refuge, Prosperity and The Coming Apocalypse, and more recently Time Has Come: How to Prepare Now for Epic Events Ahead. The messages of his books are filled with revelation and restoration. Teaching and preaching the Word of God and the promise of the return of Jesus Christ are his driving force today. God has prepared him for such a time as this.