According to the Christian Post on Nov. 30, Dr. Paul Franklin Crouch, co-founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), is dead at age 79.
The news first came from his grandson Brandon Crouch who tweeted:
“Today, my grandfather, #PaulCrouchSr went home to be with Jesus in heaven. Thank you for your prayers…”
TBN’s official Facebook page later announced Crouch’ death. Dr. Crouch was so loved and will be missed. Within less than 20 minutes of the announcement of his death, there were more than 450 comments on Facebook offering condolences and saying they would pray for the Crouch family.
Crouch was co-founder along with his wife, Jan, of the world’s largest Christian-owned cable station delivering the Christian message of hope around the globe via television, internet and mobile devices.
He had been treated for chronic heart problems for over a decade and received a pacemaker in 2012. Crouch was hospitalized on Oct. 22 in Dallas, Texas, and returned home to California in early November.
Crouch is survived by his wife, Janice Bethany Crouch and two sons: Paul Crouch, Jr. and Matthew Crouch.
When Crouch was hospitalized in Sept. 2011 with congestive heart failure, he allegedly wrote a letter stating that he wanted his son Matthew Crouch to take over the position of president of TBN. Just a month later, Paul Crouch Jr., who was thought to be the heir of TBN, suddenly announced that he would leave TBN to pursue other ministry opportunities.
Let’s pray for the Crouch family during this time of mourning.