Remembering Paul Franklin Crouch

March 30, 1934 - November 30, 2013

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We would like to take this opportunity to offer our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of Paul Crouch Sr. who went home to be with the Lord on November 30, 2013. You have been in our hearts and prayers during this time of loss, but also in the celebration of his home going.

Paul joined the staff of Faith Center Global Ministries in 1971. He came to us from a radio background but quickly became part of both KHOF-FM and KHOF-TV. Channel 30 had only been on the air a little over a year when he joined the staff as General Manager and it was a time of almost daily miracles as God blessed this new ministry. ‘Praise the Lord’ was a favorite phrase of Pastor Schoch and it became the name of a daily radio program hosted by Paul, devoted to sharing testimonies from the listeners and telling of the mighty things God was doing. This idea became a favorite of his and he used the same format on TBN.

During the next couple of years while Paul was with us the Faith Center network expanded and more radio and television stations were added to the network. The plans were made for studio expansion and the expansion of the Faith Center sanctuary. Many of these were possible through the support of the viewers expressed in the Praise-A-Thons. This idea started in 1961 on KHOF-FM and quickly became part of KHOF-TV live programming also. This was the beginning of Christian telethons and Paul often assisted in hosting the Praise-A-Thons starting off the program with his “Praise the Lord”. He continued this support opportunity for viewers when he began TBN.

Pictured at the left is Paul Crouch participating in a ground breaking ceremony for a new Faith Center sanctuary and television production studio. To the right of Paul is Faith Center founding Pastor, Ray Schoch, looking on.

Paul Crouch, KHOF-FM-TV General Manager (seated in center), with the FM and TV station staff around him This photo was taken circa 1971.

In early 1973 Paul and Jan felt God leading them to begin their own television ministry and TBN was born. Over the years we have been blessed to see how God has used people and ideas, once a part of FBN, to expand the ministry of Christian television across America and around the world, continuing the vision “Give the Winds a Mighty Voice”.

Our Sincere Prayers for God’s Comfort and Guidance are extended to the family. We also pray for the continued outreach of TBN.

From former FBN staff and the family of Pastor Ray Schoch

Paul and family from a brochure about his new work

From the FBN archives taken circa 1972

A more recent photo courtesy of TBN

Remembering Janice Wendell Crouch

March 14, 1938 - May 31, 2016

Janice Wendell Bethany Crouch (Jan), co-founder of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), went home to be with the Lord May 31st at the age of 78 following a short illness.

The daughter of Reverend and Mrs. Edgar Bethany, Jan was born on March 14, 1938, in New Brockton, Alabama, and grew up in Columbus, Georgia, where she experienced the benefits of a rich spiritual heritage through her father’s ministry as a pastor in the Assemblies of God denomination.

After graduating from high school, Jan went on to attend Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, where she met Paul Crouch, a student at nearby Central Bible Institute. The couple married in 1957, and over the next several years served in pastoral ministry at various churches while Paul worked in management in both radio and the emerging field of broadcast television.

In 1965 the Crouches moved to California with their two young sons, Paul Jr. and Matthew. In 1971 Paul became the General Manager of KHOF-FM and TV, part of the Faith Center Global Ministries. In 1973 they took a significant step of faith with the launch of a small Christian station in Southern California that ultimately grew into the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

In addition to her husband Paul, who died in 2013, Jan was preceded in death by a sister, Laurie Quinn. Jan is survived by her sons, Paul Jr. (Brenda) and Matthew (Laurie); a sister, Dorothy Casoria; several grandchildren; and a great grandchild.

The Crouch family issued this statement upon Jan’s passing,”Laurie and I have just watched the transition of our precious Mother from this world to the next; watched her step into the presence of Jesus and into her heavenly reward. Jan Crouch, known around the world as Momma Jan, has gone home.”

While we, the alumni of FBN, rejoice at the home going of our sister in Christ, our prayers are with family, friends and the TBN ministry as we know “Momma Jan” will be missed.