Is Jim Bakker married? Yes, he is. He has been married twice and is, therefore, grabbing attention from the public for his personal issues. Previously, he tied his knot with American Christian singer/ entrepreneur/ evangelist/ talk show host Tamara Faye LaValley in 1961. Despite having three decades of happy conjugal life, they encountered relationship problems which made the couple get divorced in 1992.
After the separation from his first wife, Jim married Lori Beth Graham in 1998 and now they are having a happy married life together. Jim Bakker is the father to seven children including son Jay Bakker (born on December 18, 1975) who is a pastor, author and speaker by profession. Scroll down to explore more interesting personal facts and biography of Jim:
Who is Jim Bakker?
Born as James Orsen Bakker, he landed the planet on January 2, 1940, which makes his age be 80 years old as of 2020. By profession, he is an American televangelist, former Assemblies of God minister who is noted for being the former host of an evangelical Christian television program titled The PTL Club alongside his ex-wife Tammy Faye Bakker. He is also recognized for building Christian-themed water park called Heritage USA which is located in Fort Mill, South Carolina which was into the operation for 11 years from 1978 to 1989. As an author, he has authored multiple books including I Was Wrong.
Early Life and Education
Jim Bakker was born in 1940 and his place of birth is in Muskegon, Michigan. Talking more about his family background, he was born to the parents named Raleigh Bakker (father) and Furnia Lynette Irwin (mother). Regarding his education and academic achievements, Jim went to North Central University as he comes from the family who strongly believes in Christianity. Being the student of the Bible college, he developed his religious beliefs and also met his future wife Tammy Faye LaValley in 1960. With a dream of being an evangelist, he left his college with Tammy with whom he married on April 1, 1961.
Career and Professional Life
Jim initially worked in the Young-Quinlan department store at a restaurant based in Minneapolis. He also worked at a nearby boutique called the Three Sisters. With his wife, he worked at Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network in 1966. The show used to have low viewers at that time but the Bakkers’ contribution made the show to network’s growth. The Jim and Tammy Show was broadcasted from their Portsmouth, Virginia studio which aired for multiple years aiming the young children. The duo then became the host of The 700 Club.
They left Robertson’s ministry in 1972 and after a year joined with Paul and Jan Crouch which made them become the part of the Trinity Broadcasting Network. In 1976, Jim with his first wife put The PTL Club on the air after moving to Charlotte, North Carolina. The Bakkers became more popular for contributing The PTL Club as its host. Many religious figures were invited in the show which also functioned like a late-night talk show from 1974 to 1987.
The Bakkers worked in expanding their ministry in the Carolinas where viewers’ contribution crossed over 1 million USD in a week. He has promoted the importance of mass media and has also stated that Jesus would be on the television if he was still alive now.
Jim was convicted of the fraud and conspiracy charges by the United States Court which made him have jail sentence for eight years. After serving five years in prison, he was paroled in July 1994 and was released on December 1, 1994, from Federal Bureau of Prisons custody. Making his return to televangelism, he started broadcasting the daily The Jim Bakker Show in 2003, with his second wife Lori. The show is carried on various television networks like Hope TV (Canada), GEB America, Impact Network, AngelOne, CTN, Daystar, The Word Network, WHT, TCT Network, WGN and so on. This show was very popular and among the audiences, a man named Jerry Crawford invested 25 million USD in a new ministry for Bakker in Blue Eye after having his marriage saved.
Jim Bakker is a married man and is currently in the conjugal relationship with Lori Beth Graham since September 4, 1998. It’s hard to believe that the duo met just 50 days earlier to exchanging their vows. Before her, he was married to Tamara Faye LaValley in 1961. From their relationship, the couple had welcomed two children including a son named Jay (born December 18, 1975) and a daughter named Tammy Sue Bakker Chapman (born March 2, 1970). Jim with his second wife has expanded his family by adopting five children making him the father to a total of seven children.
Bakker alongside John Wesley Fletcher was alleged by Jessica Hahn for drugging and raping her. For the silence, it is said that they made a 279,000 USD payoff which was disclosed on March 19, 1987, and this made Bakker to resign from PTL. Bakker admitted that he has a sexual encounter with Hahn in Clearwater, Florida at a hotel room but denied having raped her.
Jim Bakker has an average height with a maintained physique. Blessed with an appealing personality, he has a healthy lifestyle. His religious belief and self-confidence might be the reason behind his health and active nature. However, the exact details of Jim’s body measurement like height, weight, dress size, feet size, etc. are not known.
Salary and Net worth
According to The Celebrity Net worth, Jim Bakker has an estimated net worth of 500 thousand USD. Despite being capable to have a lavish lifestyle, he has been contributing to his journey as a televangelist. He has made a successful career for being the host of The PTL Club and the former Assemblies of God minister. His authorship of some popular books has also contributed to his boosting net worth.
Wiki and Facts
Any of the popular wiki sites including Wikipedia and IMDb have provided the bio of Jim Bakker. His Twitter account is reachable @jim_bakker where he is being followed by over 4.3k followers now. The Instagram profile of The Jim Bakker Show is available @jimbakkershow. His Facebook page is available @pastorjimbakker.