Charles E. Blake
Charles E. Blake is a bishop who preaches to the residents of South Central L.A. While his flock makes, on average, $28,000 a year, he rakes in a whopping $900,000!
The son of the famous Billy Graham, Franklin Graham has taken up his father’s mantle. During the economic downturn, he got compensation of over $1.2 million, which caused a controversy.
Bill Moyers, through his friendship with Lyndon B. Johnson, rose to prominence before becoming a minister. He’s made over $20 million, just from tax payer money and refuses to disclose his income.
Richard Rossi was once called the “Pastor to the Stars.” He is very artistically and musically inclined. In 1994, his wife was found bloodied on the side of the road. He was convicted of 2nd degree aggravated assault.
Paul Cain’s career started in the 1940’s in Europe at the Voice of Healing Revival and includes long spans out of the public light, work for the CIA, drunken accusations and homosexuality. He preaches in Santa Maria, CA.
You’ve probably heard of Jimmy Swaggart before. Jimmy was on TV in the 80’s making serious money with his weekend TV preaching telecast. His prostitution and sex scandals did not stop him, but they did slow him down a bit.
Charles Stanley started In Touch Ministries which is shown on hundreds of radio and television networks worldwide. As of 9 years ago, it makes $73 million per year.
R.C. Sproul started his church in the 70’s, but completely skipped doing TV and went straight for online in 2012. His opinion on how much pastors should be paid: “Pay him well enough that he is able to give with great generosity.”
Jack Van Impe
Jack Van Impe has had a TV show, called Jack Van Impe Presents, airing for over 60 years. His foundations supposedly makes over $2.5 million a year and his salary is $150,000.
Ernie Fletcher is a Baptist minister, doctor and a politician (including Governor of Kentucky). He is worth over $3 million (mostly from politics) and almost lost his medical license when he signed a death warrant as Governor.
Leroy Jenkins is an internationally recognized televangelist… as well as a convicted arsonist and a con-artist. He once married a 77-year-old lottery winner shortly before she passed away. The courts refused to grant him the winnings after her death.
Tony Campolo used to be President Bill Clinton’s spiritual adviser and is a staunch Democrat… unlike most famous ministers. He has appeared on many liberal TV programs, much to the chagrin of the GOP.
John MacArthur is an evangelist who has done well for himself. He started The Master’s Seminary in 1986 (a theological school) where he is president and has over 150 books to his name, including bestsellers. He has a net worth of over $12 million!
Kay Arthur had an early life full of sin, but eventually turned herself around and founded Precept Ministries International with her second husband. She makes about $100,000 a year from the ministry and her husband makes $160,000 as CEO.
Almost everyone in America has heard of Al Sharpton. Al started preaching when he was 4, was ordained at 9 and fought for civil rights alongside Jesse Jackson. He is worth about $5 million and it’s reported he owes $4.5 million in back taxes.
Chris Okotie is a famous Nigerian televangelist who ran for president three times (and lost). He has a degree in law and was a pop musician. He likes to spend the money he makes from preaching on flashy cars!
Peter Popoff was born in Germany right after World War II. He moved to California at a young age and became a minister as a young adult. His claims of curing ailments were revealed to be a hoax. After a decade break, he came back to preaching and is still scamming.
Like Al Sharpton, you know Jesse Jackson. Jesse started as a politician and a civil rights activist. He even ran for president in 1984 and 1988! Jesse has been a minister since 1968 and got his Master of Divinity in 2000.
Ed Young followed in his father’s footsteps when he became a minister. His ministry is now part of the Ed Young Television Network which has helped raise his net worth to about $11 million!
Ernest Angley is currently 95 yrs old and became a Christian at the age of 18 in 1939. He literally preached his way from rags to riches and now owns a cathedral, accompanying restaurant and television station! Oh, and a Boeing 747SP.
Kirk Cameron is the famous actor from the 1980s who starred in the TV show Growing Pains. After the show, Kirk became a radical Christian and has produced and starred in a plethora of religious movies. He is a huge proponent of Creationism.
John Danforth is another politician turned pastor who served over 19 years in the senate and was the US ambassador to the UN from 2004-2005. He also partly owns the St. Louis Blues hockey team.
Robert Tilton was basically one of the creative minds that invented the televangelism of the 1990s. His show made over $80 million a year but after an investigation, it was found that he had exploited vulnerable people. His popularity has sharply declined!
When George Foreman had a near-death experience in 1977, he found God. He decided to take a break from boxing and became a minister. He even preached on street corners. He’s worth over $250 million, but most of it is from boxing or the Foreman Grill.
Pat Robertson used to be a Baptist minister and is now a business man. He founded the Christian Broadcasting Network and has anywhere from $200 million to $1 billion!
Billy Graham is one of the most popular pastors in the world and has advised more presidents than any other pastor. It’s estimated that over 2.2 billion people have seen his on TV in the last 60 years.
Rick Warren has a megachurch in Lake Forest, California that’s the 8th largest church in the country. He donates 90% of his income to charity and lives off of the rest. He was featured at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.
Louis Farrakhan is the head of the Nation of Islam and is one of the most controversial figures in religion. He led the Million Man March on Washington, DC, in 1995.
Joel Osteen fell into the family business when he took over as pastor from his father and is now the most popular megapastor in America! He is worth over $40 million!
Creflo Dollar is based out of Atlanta, GA, and is one of the most popular and flashy pastors in America! After he lost his Gulfstream Jet, he asked his parishioners to pay for a new one, valued at $66 million. People were not happy with the scam.