Jan Crouch - Trinity Broadcasting Network

Jan Crouch Biography co-founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, dies at 78Janice Wendell Bethany "Jan" Crouch (March 14, 1938 – May 31, 2016) was an American religious broadcaster who, with her late husband Paul, co-founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). On May 27, 2016, TBN reported that she was hospitalized after suffering a massive stroke. Crouch was the daughter of Reverend and Mrs. Edgar W. Bethany, and grew up in Columbus, Georgia. Her father served as a pastor in the Assemblies of God denomination, and was the founding president of Southeastern University (Florida). While attending Evangel College in Springfield, Missouri, Crouch met Paul F. Crouch. They married in 1957, and have two sons, Paul Jr. and Matthew, both of whom are high-ranking officials and program hosts on TBN. Crouch suffered a massive stroke on May 25, 2016. She died in Orlando, Florida on May 31, 2016.

Jan Crouch Biography co-founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, dies at 78In 1973, Paul and Jan Crouch, co-founded with Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). In 1974, TBN purchased its first TV station, KLXA-TV (channel 40, now KTBN-TV) in Southern California, and began distribution through cable systems in 1978. Under the Crouch family, TBN grew to become the United States' largest Christian television network, offering 24-hour commercial-free programming, and TBN is currently third largest over-the-air Station Group in the United States, with CBS, Fox, and NBC holding the 4th, 5th and 6th place, according to TV News Check's annual listing of the Top 30 Station Groups. TBN owns and operates 5 independent TV networks, each of which adheres to a faith-based message, but reaching separate demographics. TBN networks include TBN itself, JUCE TV, TBN Enlace, Smile of a Child, and The Church Channel.

Jan Crouch Biography co-founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, dies at 78Since its founding, Crouch served as TBN's vice president and director of network programming, as well as the director of programming for TBN's affiliated networks, such as the Smile of a Child children's channel, the JUCE TV youth network, The Church Channel, the TBN Enlace USA Spanish language network, and others. She was also the President and manager of The Holy Land Experience theme park in Orlando, Florida. Charity Navigator, a national evaluator of charities, gives TBN an overall rating of 2 out of 4 stars. It reported that for the FYE 12/2008, Paul F. Crouch Sr., President of TBN earned $419,500, Janice Crouch, Vice-President, earned $361,000, and Paul F. Crouch Jr., Vice-President, earned $214,137. Crouch has produced products for TBN such as videos that account for a portion of her income.

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