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Bakker Plans to Begin New Television Ministry

September 21, 2002|From Times Wire Services

BRANSON, Mo.--Television evangelist Jim Bakker, who was convicted of wire fraud and served five years in prison, plans to start another TV ministry, this time in Branson.

Bakker said he has commitments from stations in several cities to broadcast his new show, which will originate from a restaurant.

The 62-year-old former Assemblies of God minister said he is weeks away from launching the hourlong show. His wife--Lori Graham Bakker--will co-host.

During the 1970s and '80s, Bakker broadcast as head of PTL Ministries with his then-wife, Tammy Faye Bakker. He resigned from PTL in 1987 after he admitted having an affair with a ministry secretary, Jessica Hahn. Soon afterward, he and other ministry officials were implicated in a fraud scheme.

While he was in prison, Tammy Faye divorced him.

"We serve a God of the second chance," Bakker said of his new venture.

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