FORT MILL, S.C. — The new leaders of the embattled PTL ministry voted today to have the ministry's accounts audited and said that Jim Bakker, whose extramarital sexual encounter seven years ago led to his resignation from the group's presidency last week, will continue to be paid but will never get the job back.
The new PTL board of directors also ratified the selection of Richard Dortch as its new president, board Chairman Jerry Falwell said at a news conference after the meeting.
Bakker and his wife, Tammy Faye, will be paid for the time being out of "compassion, obligation, responsibility, fairness, a host of other things. This ministry would not be here if not for Jim and Tammy Bakker," Falwell said.
Also today, a North Carolina newspaper reported that PTL lawyers had earlier agreed to pay $265,000 to the woman involved in the affair and her representatives.