Paul Franklin Crouch, co-founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), is dead at age 79, reported his grandson Brandon Crouch on Saturday, November, 30, 2013, according to the Christian Post. He leaves behind, wife, Jan Crouch, and sons, Paul Crouch, Jr., and Matt Crouch, all TBN executives.
“Today, my grandfather, #PaulCrouchSr went home to be with Jesus in heaven. Thank you for your prayers…” Brandon Crouch tweeted.
Dr. Crouch paved the way for hundreds of thousands of preachers, pastors, churches and missionaries all over the world to spread the gospel on live television. He will be deeply missed.
TBN’s Facebook page released this statement. “We are grateful for the life of this amazing servant of God. Please pray for the Crouch family during this time. Dr Paul F Crouch passed into the presence of the Lord on November 30, 2013.”
Crouch was born March 30, 1934 in St. Joseph, Mo., and is the son of Assemblies of God missionaries. His father died when he was seven-years-old, and he was raised by his mother and grandparents. He has a degree in theology from Central Bible Institute and Seminary in Springfield, Mo., and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., among other honorary doctorates.
He met his wife, Janice Bethany Crouch in 1957 and they married in Missouri. They have two sons: Paul Crouch Jr. and Matthew Crouch.
Minutes after TBN announced Crouch Sr.’s death on Facebook, there were hundreds of comments, pledging to pray for the Crouch family and offering condolences.
The Crouch Sr., co-founder along with his wife, Jan, of the world’s largest Christian-owned cable station, had been treated for chronic heart problems for over a decade and had received a pacemaker in 2012, TBN revealed earlier this year.
Two years earlier in September 2011, Crouch was also hospitalized for congestive heart failure. It was during this time that Crouch allegedly wrote a letter identifying that he wanted his son Matthew Crouch to take over the position of president of TBN. Then Paul Crouch Jr., who was presumed the heir of TBN, suddenly announced in October 2011 that he would leave TBN to pursue other ministry opportunities.
Please pray for the Crouch family at this very difficult time of loss of one of God’s elect vessel’s Paul Crouch, Sr.
R.I.P. Dr. Paul Crouch, Sr.