Originally posted by Suzianne
I never watched Trinity Broadcasting much, even though I had a teacher for 7th grade social studies who was involved with our local station.
Our music minister and his family sang as guests on the local affiliate (channel 21 in its black & white days in Phoenix) back when I was a lad in the early 1970s.
It may have been the 1990s when they used to have Arthur Blessitt on air now and then. He pulled a wooden cross behind him on shoulders of roads around the world. The cross had caster wheels at the bottom so that it rolled.
I have not seen Jesse Duplantis in more than a year, but he injected a lot of humor into his sermons, even to the point of doing impersonations of other preachers on TBN. I remember him praying that God would give him his own personal business jet so that he could fly around the world to preach the gospel, bless his heart.
TBN ran a special on some facility they have in either California or Texas. It was dripping in gold statues, staircases, and furniture. It also had a bookstore for the public to buy literature and mementoes. I recall they were proud of a big poster they sold depicting Pastor Benny Hinn in one of his Spirit-filled moments. He is one of those who "slay people in the Spirit" by raising his arms dramatically and talking in unknown tongues, such that the people fall over backward, with an usher standing behind to catch them.
Nearly all the regulars on TBN over the years have been blessed with looks, I have noticed. Looks probably help the charisma factor.
Paul and Jan's sons have been active--though I only see one of the sons these days--and even some of the grandkids are starting to show up. I presume some of the grandkids will inherit official paid positions in TBN someday.