TBN Founder Paul Crouch Dead at 79
Paul Crouch, co-founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, passed away Nov. 30, 2013, at the age of 79.
Announcement of his passing was made through the TBN Facebook page as well as by his grandson, Brandon Crouch.
Born in St. Joseph, Mo., on March 30, 1934, to Assemblies of God missionaries, Paul Crouch would later co-found TBN, which today has become America’s most watched faith network and the seventh largest group owner of broadcast TV stations in the U.S.
Crouch began his career in broadcasting by helping to build an educational AM station on campus while a student at Central Bible Institute and Seminary in Springfield, Mo.
In 1957 he became a radio announcer in Rapid City, S.D. and eventually became program director. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to manager of KRSD-TV, the NBC affiliate in Rapid City.
His career also included work with KREL-AM in Corona, Calif., KHOF-FM and KHOF-TV, San Bernardino, Calif., and an appointment by the General Council of the Assemblies of God to organize and operate their Department of Television and Film Production in Burbank, Calif.
He will best be known, however, for his efforts in 1973 – along with his wife, Jan, and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker – to found TBN, then known as Trinity Broadcasting Systems.
In 1974, TBN purchased its first TV station, KLXA-TV (now KTBN-TV 40) in Southern California.
Since then, TBN has grown to reach every major continent via 84 satellite channels and over 18,000 television and cable affiliates around the world.
Along with his wife, Jan, Crouch anchored TBN’s flagship program, “Praise the Lord,” a nightly two-hour talk show featuring guests, Scripture and entertainment.
Crouch and TBN have been the recipients of numerous awards and citations of appreciation, including the Golden Angel award from the Excellence in Media organization and the Parents Television Council Entertainment Seal of Approval.