Paul Crouch, Paul Franklin Crouch, co-founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), is dead at age 79, reported his grandson Brandon Crouch on Saturday.
“Today, my grandfather, #PaulCrouchSr went home to be with Jesus in heaven. Thank you for your prayers…” Brandon Crouch tweeted.
TBN’s official Facebook page later released the announcement about Crouch’s death: “Dr Paul F Crouch passed into the presence of the Lord on November 30, 2013. We are grateful for the life of this amazing servant of God. Please pray for the Crouch family during this time. #paulcrouch #tbn”
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.
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.