May 6, 1987 |
Jim Bakker, the beleaguered former television evangelist and PTL founder, was defrocked today by the Assemblies of God Church for, among other things, alleged "bisexual activity." Reasons for Bakker's dismissal "include conduct unbecoming to a minister based specifically on his confession to a sexual encounter with Jessica Hahn and his alleged misconduct involving bisexual activity," the Rev. G. Raymond Carlson, church general superintendent, said.
March 15, 1988 |
Jim Bakker has returned to the pulpit for the first time in more than a year, preaching from a small wooden lectern to elderly, suntanned retirees at a trailer park in California. Tammy Faye Bakker introduced her husband to the crowd of 225 campers at a service Sunday in Niland, Calif., the Charlotte Observer reported Monday. "This has been a long, hard year for us," Tammy Bakker said. "It hasn't been easy. . . . I am very happy to introduce to you my husband.
November 3, 1989 |
Convicted swindler Jim Bakker today received his expected transfer from a federal prison in Alabama to one in Minnesota to serve his time for defrauding followers of his PTL television ministry, officials said. He arrived at the prison system's Federal Medical Center here at about 11:45 a.m. after being transferred from the Federal Correctional Institution at Talladega, Ala. Bakker, 49, was sentenced Oct. 24 by a federal judge in Charlotte, N.C., to 45 years in prison and fined $500,000.
June 19, 1990 |
Fallen evangelist Jim Bakker is becoming something of an artist. Bakker, serving a 45-year prison term at a federal facility here, has been making pottery behind bars. For Father's Day, he sent his 83-year-old father, Raleigh Bakker, a vase bearing a painting of Bakker's childhood home in Muskegon, Mich. The PTL founder, convicted last year of 24 counts of fraud stemming from the way he raised money at PTL, began taking ceramics classes shortly before Christmas.
November 29, 1994 |
Former televangelist Jim Bakker will begin life as a free man this week after serving about five years of an eight-year sentence, federal prison officials said Monday. Bakker's sentence, imposed for bilking his followers out of $158 million, officially ends Thursday. He was released to a Salvation Army halfway house in July and has been on a home detention program since August. His attorney, Harold Bender, said Bakker is "considering some opportunities . . . offers concerning the ministry . . .
March 9, 1990 |
The five-story lakeside mansion once occupied in lavish style by jailed television evangelist Jim Bakker and his family burned to the ground early today. Police Cpl. Russell Case, the first person on the scene, said the report of a fire at the split-level home, which is now owned by a New Jersey businessman, came from a neighbor at about 2:15 a.m. "When I got there, the entire roof was already on fire and flames were going 30 feet high," Case said.