James Orsen Bakker is an American televangelist, entrepreneur, and convicted fraudster who is famous for his television program The PTL Club. He is also known as a founder of Heritage USA. Apart from development, he hosts The Jim Bakker Show, which focuses on the end times and the Second Coming of Christ while promoting emergency survival products.
His books including I Was Wrong and Time Has Come: How to Prepare Now for Epic Events Ahead had become one of the best seller books in America.
Biography & Wiki of Jim Bakker
Born with the Pisces zodiac sign while he celebrates his birthday every year on the 2nd of January. He had opened his eyes to Muskegon, Michigan, United States of America. The handsome hunk was born as James Orsen Bakker. Later he got famous by his stage name Jim Bakker. Holding an American Nationality, Jim hails from Dutch-German ancestry.
Educational background of Jim Bakker. Similarly, he is a well-educated man. He got enrolled at North Central University (a Bible college affiliated with the Assemblies of God in Minneapolis). Later, the handsome hunk worked at a restaurant in the Young-Quinlan department store in Minneapolis; Tammy Faye worked at the Three Sisters, a nearby boutique. He never completed his education to become a televangelist.
Married or Dating? Find out his relationship
When it comes to the personal life of Jim, Previously Jim had tied his knot with Tamara Faye Messner. Tamara is an American Christian singer, evangelist, author, talk show hostess, and television personality who initially gained notice for her work with The PTL Club, a televangelist program that she co-founded with her husband Jim Bakker in 1974.
The duo met for the first time while they were students at North Central Bible College in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Later, she worked in a boutique for a time while Jim found work in a restaurant inside a department store in Minneapolis. After dating a few years, they exchanged their vows on April 1, 1961. Following their wedding they moved to South Carolina, where they began their ministry together, initially traveling around the United States; Bakker preached, while Messner sang songs and played the accordion.
The couple welcomed their first daughter, Tammy Sue “Sissy” Bakker, in 1970. While their second son, Jamie Charles Bakker was born in 1975.
Unfortunately, the duo ended their relationship on March 13, 1992. After four years of their divorce, Tammy was first diagnosed with colon cancer in March 1996, and the disease went into remission by the end of that year. After 11 years with cancer, the gorgeous died on July 20, 2007.
Following his first divorce, the handsome hunk tied his knot for the second time with Lori Beth Graham at Professionally, she is an American televangelist, author, and motivational speaker. Interestingly, they got married only after 50 days of their first meeting. Big-hearted Bakkers adopted five children in 2002.
They celebrated 21 years anniversary on 2019, September, where Jim Bakker through his official page expressed his happiness of their togetherness. He stated,
“Happy 21st wedding anniversary Jim Bakker! You are the love of my life ♥️!!! Thank you for your unconditional love, believing in me, and being the best husband a girl could ever ask for! Met and married in 7 weeks and they said it wouldn’t last, ha ????! Thank you Lord for entrusting me with this mighty man of God, I am eternally grateful and honored that you choose me to be Jim’s wife! We are more in love today than yesterday ????… I love you, honey, more than earthly words can express !!!”
Jim and Lori are still together enjoying their married life with their adopted children and stepchildren. We do wish them a blissful married life and years of togetherness.
Family Life of Jim Bakker
Jim, the son of Raleigh Bakker and Furnia Lynette “Furn” Irwin, had celebrated his total 80 birthday to date. He has a brother, Norm Bakker. He spent his childhood with his brother and parents with good bonding. There no stories of his other siblings, cousin, or grandparents.
Back in 1987, Jim was accused of the sexual allegations by Jessica Hahn. To protect the youngest brother, Norm Bakker came upfront and speak about the situation of his brother. To UPI, he said,
‘Jim did not want a negative gospel, Jim felt (Ankerberg) was doing that some. I think it was the same with Jimmy Swaggart. It’s been rough for them. I expected Jim to come back and take over. He’s trusting. I am too. So is the rest of the family. We always want to believe the best of everyone.’
Well, this just states that the man is not alone. He has a brother who is available as the big brother standing for him.
The 80-year old man has light brown hair and dusky eyes. Apart from that, he has no specific details of his body measurement. He has a white beard, white teeth and he wears spectacles. In his early days, he was a handsome hunk, who managed to impress females with his huskiness and prim personality. As of now, he has no piercing or tattoos in his body.
In 2020, it was reported that Jim Bakker encountered a stroke. On May 11, 2020, his wife, through her Facebook account related to his fans about his recovery. She has posted a long message and thanked every one of the well-wishers who prayed for Jim’s speedy recovery.
“As a family and staff, we continue to fight the good fight of faith and take a stand against the evil forces and hatred that has come against our ministry. In Jim’s words, this has been the most vicious attack that he has ever experienced. For many years now, Jim has been working non-stop, working hard to bring incredible prophets and guests to our show, discovering and developing new products to share, building at Morningside, and bringing forth the message for the days that we are living in. All of these projects, and the vigorous warfare that we have experienced in the last several weeks, have taken a huge toll on Jim’s health. I wanted to share with you, our loving and caring partners, that Jim recently experienced a stroke. We are thankful that Jim is okay, and that he is now at home with our family. Under the guidance of medical professionals and our Board of Directors, Jim will be taking a sabbatical from the show. Jim will be back! He is still dreaming and hearing from the Lord, and he already has a powerful word to deliver when he returns to the air.”
She further added,
“In the meantime, the show will continue. Jim is a Watchman on the Wall, and we as a family are committed to carrying his mantle by bringing more prophets, news, updates, and more in the coming weeks on The Jim Bakker Show. We ask that you continue to pray for Jim, and pray for our ministry, during these challenging times. As Jim always says, God loves you, He really does! And so do we!”
Yes, Jim is absolutely fine and is back on his show with added energy and positivity.
Career & Net worth
Talking about the professional life of Jim Bakker, he began his journey at Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network, which had an audience in the low thousands at the time. His show called The Jim and Tammy Show aimed to deliver eccentrics to young children, which was broadcasted for several years. The handsome Jim hosted the first version of The 700 Club.
Caption: COVID-19 outbreak and Jim Bakker cure to the outbreak. (Credit: YouTube)
In 1974, the handsome Jim hosted The PTL Club, which functioned like a late-night talk show. In that same year, the handsome hunk even founded the PTL Satellite Network which aired The PTL Club and other religious television programs. In the following year, the handsome Jim built the Heritage USA amusement park in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The park becomes the third-most-successful theme park in the US at the time.
Jim was convicted for the fraud and conspiracy charges by the United States Court. The court ordered imprisonment for eight years. He was released after five years serving in prison on December 1, 1994, from the Federal Bureau of Prison custody. In 2003, Jim began broadcasting The Jim Bakker Show daily at Studio City Café in Branson, Missouri, with his second wife, Lori.
How much is his net worth?
As one of the renowned American televangelist, entrepreneur, and convicted fraudster, he had earned a huge name and fame in his lifetime career. The earnings of Jim Baker is estimated at around 500 thousand USD. While his salary as the television person is estimated at an average of $57k.
Jim Bakker at the age of 80-years is not active in any of the social platforms. He is not present on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. But he has a well maintained Wikipedia and IMDb.