Pastor & Host
Pastor Jim Bakker, host and founder of...
Pastor Jim Bakker, host and founder of The Jim Bakker Show is a pioneer of Christian Television. From humble beginnings, he rose to build one of the largest ministries in the world.
As a young man, Pastor Bakker was called to make Jesus real to the world. During the golden era of television, he was divinely inspired on what medium he could use to do just that. He dreamed of a night-time Christian talk show-one that could display the format and quality of The Tonight Show hosted by Johnny Carson.
In 1966, his dream came true. While hosting Come on Over, a childrens show, on Pat Robertsons fledgling Christian station in Virginia, Pastor Bakker became the founder and host for the first Christian talk show, The 700 Club.
For eight years, Pastor Bakker hosted the ground-breaking variety show with the top ministers and singers of the day. He and his family later joined Paul and Jan Crouch in California to pioneer a new television ministry. Pastor Bakker was the first President and a Founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network.
In 1974, Pastor Bakker relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, to birth The PTL Club, The Inspirational Network, and a state of the art Christian retreat center, Heritage USA. From there the PTL Television Network was born.
Pastor Bakker also pioneered Christian television in 52 nations as well as founding Heritage School of Evangelism, Heritage Academy and related schools. In addition to his many responsibilities at PTL, he authored more than ten books, and developed several special editions of the Bible.
In 1987, Pastor Bakker resigned as President of PTL after a moral indiscretion he had committed seven years earlier that was brought to the publics attention.
PTL was placed into bankruptcy by its new management and in 1989 Pastor Bakker was indicted and sentenced to 45 years in prison on charges of overbooking the lodging space at Heritage USA.
Pastor Bakker was re-sentenced in 1991 to 18 years and then later reduced to eight years in Federal prison. He was released on parole in 1994 after serving five years. On July 22, 1996, a Federal Jury ruled that PTL was not selling securities by offering Lifetime Partnerships in Heritage USA, affirming what Pastor Bakker said since the very first day he was indicted. His case was overturned and the judge was dismissed from the case.
In 1998, while working in the inner-city ministry of the Dream Center of Los Angeles, Pastor Bakker met Lori Graham. After an abusive marriage of years of substance abuse, Graham founded a ministry of women who were suffering the emotional scars from abortion. They married later that year and dedicated their lives to ministry.
In 2002, the Bakkers expanded their family with five children from the inner-city of Phoenix where Lori B. had ministered for years. In that same year, they were offered the opportunity to move to Branson, Missouri to begin The Jim Bakker Show, which later launched in 2003.
The Jim Bakker Show is a daily broadcast, taped on location at the new Christian Retreat Center, Morningside, located just outside Branson, Missouri.
Pastor Jim is considered to be one of todays experts on the book of Revelation. Since prison, he authored I Was Wrong, The Refuge, Prosperity and The Coming Apocalypse, and more recently Time Has Come.
In 2015, Pastor Bakker relaunched the PTL Television Network.
For He hath said, "I will never, never, never leave thee, I will never, never, never forsake thee."
God loves you, He really does!
Mondo De La Vega
Mondo De La Vega, Executive Vice President of...
Mondo De La Vega, Executive Vice President of Television Production and Co- Host of The Jim Bakker Show and Revelation in the News, was raised in one of the toughest and most dangerous cities in America, the streets of Los Angeles, California. Drugs, alcohol, gangs, guns and prostitution had taken over the community where he lived with his sister, Laura, and mother, Silvia.
At a young age, Mondo was identified as a gangster. He was taught on the streets that the life of a gangster brought pride, respect, power, money, women, drugs, and alcohol. The reality was that it would bring crimes, guns, the possibility of death for himself and those around him, and the probability of being dragged in and out of jail. There came a time where Mondo had to make the decision to stay in the gangster life or leave it behind. He began to understand that everything could turnabout in a split second for the good or for the bad, and the choices he had made in his past were fast becoming his future. Mondo decided he had to change his path and that led him to following Jesus.
Pastors Matthew and Tommy Barnett from the Dream Center in Los Angeles became inspirational teachers, helping Mondo heal through ministering in the streets where he was once so lost. Mondo continued ministering and traveled throughout Central and South America as well as Europe. Wherever he goes, he spreads the hope of Christ and makes a powerful impact on the lives of many, both young and old.
Mondo has made appearances on TBN, The Dream Center Documentary, and Kids Against Crime show. He has also made television and radio appearances throughout the United States and internationally. His life again shifted twenty years ago when Mondo become an intricate part of The Jim Bakker Ministry. He started with a passion for camera work and developed his gift for film. After years of incredibly hard work and experience and earning his place as Producer and Director of a world wide Christian Television show, he began passing on his knowledge to talented youth in our Morningside Media School. Mondo has continued to climb with his unfailing dedication to Christ, and he now co-hosts The Jim Bakker Show, Revelation in the News and has been named Executive Vice President of Television Production for the PTL Television Network.
Throughout his life, Mondo had made a very firm decision that he never wanted to get married or have children. He had great faith that God had plans for him but marriage and family were completely out of question. God DID have other plans. In 2009 Mondo married the daughter of Mimi Lennon of the famed Lennon sisters. With his beautiful wife, Beth, and beloved twins, Mila and Mateo, Mondo continues to follow the path that God laid out for his life. His insight on our television programs brings forth a bold voice to the Christian television world and new hope for so many. Keeping hold of his faith, the words he once spoke throughout the world still ring true and he is living proof. “The Choices That You Make Today, You Will Become Tomorrow.”
Mondo’s yesterday, today, and tomorrow choice is Jesus Christ.
For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
John Woodall, News Director and Co-Host of...
John Woodall, News Director and Co-Host of The Jim Bakker Show and Revelation in the News, has been preparing for his role at Morningside all of his life. After graduating high school in Bonner Springs, Kansas, His passions were always for media, and he was accepted and graduated from the prestigious Full Sail University with a Bachelor’s in Science in their Film Program.
The valuable education he received at Full Sail gave John a brilliant education in photography, editing, sound and lighting as well as stage construction design, directing, acting, writing and business in entertainment.
After graduating, Woodall moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico furthering his media experience working at KOAT action 7 news. John continued his work there until he received a request for help from his brother-in-law, the VP of Broadcasting at The Jim Bakker Show. John felt compelled to answer the call.
Woodall’s journey at Morningside began where he contributed greatly to The Jim Bakker Show with his camera and audio skills. With his vast interest in history, current events and how they relate to the Bible, John recently made the move to research as News Director. Soon after, he was asked to co-host The Jim Bakker Show as well as Revelation in the News.
God always has the perfect plan, and shortly after being hired at Morningside, Woodall met Maricela Bakker who later became his wife. Together they are raising their pride and joy, Jackson Levi, who has inherited his parents’ curiosity and sense of adventure.
John Woodall’s insight and much needed discernment involving current events has been a wonderful addition for Revelation in the News, as well as The Jim Bakker Show.
Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (MEV)
Integrity means that if our private life was suddenly exposed, we'd have no reason to be ashamed or embarrassed. Integrity means our outward life is consistent with our inner convictions, I believe integrity can be restored to a society one person at a time. The choice belongs to each of us.
Kora Chrzan is the co-host of...
Chrzan currently studies journalism at College of the Ozarks, a four-year Christian college where students work for their education instead of paying tuition. As editor of C of O’s Outlook student newspaper, Kora stays informed on the world around her. Revelation in the News is the perfect showcase and opportunity to share her thoughts and questions, representing the Christian perspective of the youth today.
Kora looks up to C.S. Lewis for his intellectual honesty and wisdom through his Christ-centered quest for truth and Lori Bakker for her strength, wisdom, and incredible love for others.
My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (MEV)