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|Born||Paul Franklin Crouch
March 30, 1934
"St Joseph, Missouri, U.S.
|Died||November 30, 2013
"Orange, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||"Heart disease|
|Resting place||Pacific View Memorial Park in "Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, California|
|Occupation||"Evangelist, television network executive|
|Employer||"Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN)|
|Known for||Founder of TBN|
|Spouse(s)||"Janice Bethany Crouch (1957–2013, his death)|
|Children||"Paul Crouch, Jr.
|Parent(s)||Andrew F. and Sarah Swingle Crouch (both deceased)|
|Relatives||five grandchildren, including "Brandon Crouch and "Brittany Koper|
Crouch was born in "St. Joseph, Missouri, the third son of oft-traveling "Assemblies of God missionaries, Andrew F. Crouch (January 7, 1889 – June 1, 1941) and wife, the former Sara Swingle (September 26, 1892 – September 29, 1976). Crouch had two older brothers, the Rev. Philip Crouch (1916–2005), and John Mark Crouch (1924–1991). Crouch, whose father died when he was seven years old, was mainly raised by his mother with the help of his grandparents. He soon became interested in amateur radio and announced he would use such technology to send the Gospel around the world. He graduated from the "Central Bible College ("Assemblies of God) in "Springfield, Missouri in 1955 with a degree in theology.
Crouch also received three honorary doctorates: a Doctor of Litterarum (D.Litt) on May 29, 1981, from the "California Graduate School of Theology, "Glendale, California; a Doctor of Divinity on May 29, 1983, from the American Christian Theological Seminary, "Anaheim, California; and a Doctor of Laws degree on May 5, 1985, from "Oral Roberts University, "Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Crouch began his career in broadcasting by helping to build an educational AM station (KCBI) on campus while a student at Central Bible Institute and Seminary. In 1957 he became a radio announcer at KRSD in "Rapid City, South Dakota, and progressed rapidly to program director. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to manager of sister station "KRSD-TV, the "NBC affiliate in Rapid City.
In 1961, he was appointed by the general council of the Assemblies of God to organize and operate their newly formed Department of Television and Film Production in "Burbank, California, a position he held for four years. Crouch was responsible for the ongoing production of films focusing largely on foreign missions and foreign missionary works, as well as the Assemblies of God’s large inventory of audiovisual materials and children’s teaching aids.
From 1965 to 1970 Crouch was general manager of KREL radio in "Corona, California. In 1966, he purchased a minority stock interest in KREL. During his time at KREL, he successfully completed the station's application for an increase in power to 5,000 watts.
Crouch left KHOF in 1973 and with his wife, Jan, founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). In 1974, TBN purchased its first TV station, KLXA-TV (now "KTBN-TV). Since then, TBN has grown to become the United States' largest Christian television network, and the third largest group owner of broadcast TV stations in the U.S., with CBS, FOX, and NBC holding fourth, fifth and sixth place, according to TV News Check's annual listing of the Top 30 Station Groups. Forbes.com indicated that Paul F. Crouch had compensation of $402,244 in the Fiscal Year ending on 12/31/08.
TBN is viewed globally on 70 satellites and over 18,000 TV and cable affiliates. TBN is also seen on the web globally. TBN is carried on over 287 television stations in the U.S. and on thousands of other cable television and satellite systems around the world in over 75 countries, where their programming is translated into over eleven languages. He was also executive producer for such Christian films as "China Cry (1990), "The Omega Code (1999), "Carman: The Champion (2001), "Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001), and "Time Changer (2002).
In the U.S., TBN’s coverage grew through agreements with national cable operators. TBN is viewed via major cable and satellite companies such as "Comcast, "Cox, "Time Warner, "Verizon FIOS, "DirecTV, "AT&T, "Dish Network, and "Charter.
In addition to TBN, Crouch and his wife developed and oversaw operations for TBN’s affiliated television networks: Smile of a Child – children’s channel,["better source needed] JCTV – youth network, The Church Channel, TBN Enlace USA – Spanish language network,["not in citation given] TBNE-Italian, The Healing Channel – Arabic language network, TBN-Russia, TBN Nejat TV – "Persian-language channel, and TBN-HD, TBN’s new high definition network.
In 2000, Crouch was sued for $40 million by author Sylvia Fleener, who accused Crouch of "plagiarism in his popular end-times novel (and subsequent movie), "The Omega Code. Fleener's lawsuit alleged that the movie's plot was taken from her own novel, The Omega Syndrome. A former Crouch personal assistant, Kelly Whitmore, revealed that she had encountered a loose-leaf binder in Jan Crouch's luggage that the Crouches referred to as "the End Times project" and that he often called it "The Omega" but said he disliked the working title, "especially the word 'Syndrome'. After the defendant's motion for summary judgment failed the case was settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.
In September 2004, the "Los Angeles Times reported that in 1998 Crouch paid Enoch Lonnie Ford, a former employee, a $425,000 formal settlement to end a wrongful termination lawsuit. The paper also reported that Ford had alleged a sexual relationship between the two men. TBN officials denied the allegations. On March 15, 2005, Ford appeared at the taping of the "ION Television show "Lie Detector. The show's producers decided not to air the show, and the outcome of the lie detector test was never released.
A May 2012 New York Times article reported on the personal spending of Paul and Jan Crouch, including "his-and-her mansions one street apart in a gated community" in "Newport Beach, California. Paul Crouch received $400,000 in executive salary as president and his wife $365,000 as first vice president of TBN. "Brittany Koper, a granddaughter of the Crouches who had authority over finances, claimed that TBN appeared to have violated the IRS ban on "excess compensation" by nonprofit organizations.
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