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James Orsen Bakker, American clergyman. Ordained to ministry Assemblies of God, 1964. Recipient Amway award, 1976, Easter Seal award, 1976, Mary Ellen award Child Abuse Prevention Association, others.


Bakker, James Orsen was born on January 2, 1940 in Muskegon, Michigan, United States. Son of Raleigh and Furnia (Irwin) Bakker.


Student, North Central Bible College, Minneapolis, 1961. Doctorate (honorary), North Central Bible College, Minneapolis, 1984.


Evangelist, co-founder Trinity Broadcasting Network, California, 1973, founder, host 700 Club, television show Portsmouth, Virginia, 1965. President, founder PTL Club, Charlotte, North Carolina, since 1974, Inspirational Network, Jim Bakker Program. Founder, president Heritage School of Evangelism and Communication, Fort Mill, South Carolina, since 1978, Heritage Academy, Fort Mill.

President, chairman board Heritage Village Church and Missionary Fellowship, Inc., Charlotte, since 1974, Fort Heritage Campgrounds and Christian Retreat, Inc., Fort Mill, People that Love Home, Inc., Fort Mill. President, adviser, teacher, consultant Heritage School Evangelism, Vision Media, Sydney, Australia. Charter member board advisers Boys Town, Pineville, North Carolina.


  • Ordained to ministry Assemblies of God, 1964.



Active Easter Seal and Cystic Fibrosis telethons, Charlotte, 1976. Member Gospel Music Association (Dove award, best gospel television show 1977), National Religious Broadcasters (board directors), Assemblies of God, National Ultra high frequency Broadcasters Association, North Carolina Association Broadcasters, Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International, Charlotte Area Clergy Association, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce (Arts and Science Council, Charlotte).


Married Tammy Faye LaValley, April 1, 1961. Children– Tammy Sue, Jamie Charles.

Raleigh Bakker

Furnia (Irwin) Bakker

Tammy Faye LaValley

Tammy Sue Bakker

Jamie Charles Bakker