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!
Lori Graham Bakker...
It was October 1957 at the Church of the Nazarene in downtown Phoenix, Arizona where Lori Graham Bakker’s parents brought her as an infant to be dedicated to the Lord. As Pastor Daniels held her in his arms, he prophesied, “This little girl has been born to be a bulwark against sin and the enemy.” It was this prophecy that Lori’s mother took within her own heart and it was the 17 years of attending and being a part of that church family that provided the foundation to restoration when Lori fell into a life that has destroyed so many others.
Lori believes with all of her heart in the Power of God’s restoration and love. Her life has been a living testimony of the Lord’s unfailing belief in our hearts. While walking a self-destructive path of partying and drugs as a teenager, Lori’s life took heartbreaking turns that would have shattered many other women. She survived a ten-year marriage plagued by abuse and domestic violence resulting in five abortions. By the age of 22, her hopes of carrying a child were forever taken by complications from the choice to terminate her pregnancies. For Lori, her future did not look promising, but God had a great and wonderful plan just for her.
On Easter Sunday, 1989, Lori was at a crossroads in her life. Finally free of her devastating marriage, she made the decision to go to church that morning at Phoenix First Assembly of God.
Lori accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and began a journey of spiritual growth lasting almost a decade. She was blessed to be accepted for training into the discipleship program of Master’s Commission. Through this powerful program, she actively volunteered with community outreaches that included inner-city bus ministry, nursing home ministry, youth ministry, prison ministry and a unique women’s ministry dubbed Fashion Share which helped women prepare for job interviews and face the world feeling good about themselves. Many of the souls that she touched on this journey later changed Lori’s life in a profound and amazing way!
In 1994, Lori began the organization that has become Mourning to Joy Ministry. This special outreach has helped women deal with the pain and trauma of post-abortion as well as critical issues facing women today. The ministry, featured in noted publications such as Charisma, has been featured for its cutting-edge memorial services for the children lost through abortion and healing of the women involved.
Because of her dedicated service, Lori was invited to speak and minister at the Los Angeles International Church, also known as the Dream Center. It was there that Lori met Pastor Jim Bakker. After what has been described by others as a “fairytale courtship,” Pastor Jim and Lori celebrated their marriage on September 4, 1998. This union from God began a shared ministry and vision to minister to the world, projecting the message of God’s love and the Power of His restoration in their lives.
It has been 20 years since Jim and Lori Bakker merged their testimonies and faith. The abundance of God’s blessings has been truly and miraculously ordained! Lori chronicled the romantic adventure of their Cinderella story in her book, “More than I Could Ever Ask.” (released by Thomas Nelson Publishers in 2000) After many appeals from those touched by her story, her new book tentatively named, “Happily Ever After” is in progress.
In 2002, Lori and Pastor Jim expanded their family with five beautiful children from the inner-city of Phoenix where she had ministered for years during her Master’s Commission training and through Phoenix First Assembly. Lori had long ago accepted the loss of her dream of motherhood. Yet, the Lord saw into her heart and restored to her a family she never imagined would be possible. She is now relishing her role as a Grandmother as the Bakker family continues to grow!
Lori and Jim moved their family to Branson, Missouri in 2003. Sixteen years to the date that Pastor Jim made the last broadcast from PTL, he and Lori launched their new television ministry, the Jim Bakker Show. Together, Pastor Jim and Lori host a one-hour, daily TV program that is seen throughout the United States and around the globe, supported by the loving and generous care of partners all over the world.
In January 2008 the Lord guided them to move the ministry and studio to a new location called Morningside located in Blue Eye, Missouri. God has continued to bless this ministry and expand the possibilities for touching others and sharing the message of Jesus Christ through action!
Lori is currently the founder and executive director of Lori’s House, a safe, supportive home for pregnant women in difficult situations at Morningside that is completely unique to this area. This home is a place of ministry, love, rest and learning; a place of fellowship, caring and healing with its main goal to save babies and care for their mothers! This is a ministry straight from God’s heart to Lori’s and has changed many lives!
Despite past hardships, Lori Graham Bakker has never given up on the path that God laid out for her. She is now using her story of restoration and faith to speak to audiences on her new show “Life with Lori”. This is another dream come true for Lori Graham Bakker. As she stated in her first show, “God is raising up women to be the women of God that he has created us to be for such a time as this. This is our time to stand up in a Godly way, and in a beautiful way.”
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those that are called according to His purpose.
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.
At a young age, Mondo was identified as a gangster in one of the most notorious Latino gangs in Los Angeles California. He was taught on the streets that the life of a gangster brought respect, power, and money. There came a time where Mondo had to make the decision to stay in the gangster life of 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 the past were fast becoming his future.
“The Choices That You Make Today You Will Become Tomorrow.” Mondo is passionate about getting “real” with men and women and spreading his message that their life can change in just 24 hours. Opportunity is the door to change. Mondo is fluent in Spanish which opens the door to many opportunities for both English and Latino groups. Mondo is a worldwide motivational speaker sharing his story.
Today Mondo is Executive Vice President of Television Production and Co-Host of The Jim Bakker Show and Host of his own television program The Mondo Show. Also known for his creative contributions as a director and producer of nationally syndicated television shows. Mondo is married to Elizabeth, the daughter of Mimi Lennon of the famed Lennon sisters. With his beautiful wife and beloved twins, Mila and Mateo, Mondo continues to follow the path that God laid out for his life. His insight on television programs brings forth a bold voice to the Christian television world and new hope for so many.Fun Facts:
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.
Tammy Sue Bakker
Tammy Sue Bakker, co-host of...
Tammy Sue Bakker, co-host of The Jim Bakker Show, Executive VP, General Manager of Morningside Church and the Music Director of the Morningside Band and Singers, began her television career in her mother’s womb. Her parents, Pastor Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, were founders and hosts to one of the largest and most innovative Christian networks in the world. Her early life was played out on TBN and the original PTL Television Network where she debuted in her bassinet at only 2 weeks old. No one knew what God had planned for Tammy Sue’s life but it would be filled with numerous discoveries of very special gifts as well as painful challenges that few have ever faced. Both would require a strength that only Jesus Christ could provide.
At age 5, Tammy Sue began singing on television with her award winning singer/songwriter mother, Tammy Faye. Shortly after, she performed her first solo on her dad’s show at the young age of 9. By her early teens, Tammy Sue was hosting her own TV show and would frequently join her Father on the stage of the PTL Club. She recorded her first solo album, Sixteen, which went on to sell 1.6 million copies in the first 4 months of it's release. Her dream was to sing with all her heart and bless others, which she did with the full anointing of God’s love.
When her home at Heritage USA and her family were torn apart in a painfully long and public process, Tammy Sue chose to continue to walk with our very loving God and move forward. Few could understand the unique and difficult times that she faced with the grace and mercy of faith.
As the mother of two wonderful young men, James and Jonathan, Tammy Sue devoted herself to raising up followers of the Word and setting an example of how to follow your heart. For many years she stayed out of the media, deciding instead to live quietly until God called her back to the stage. On a special day in March 2012, Tammy Sue surprised her father by walking out onto the stage singing The Blood. In her dad’s words, “Tammy Sue’s voice has never been more powerful. She may have been silent for a season but her astounding voice is silent no more!”
There is a constant stream of requests from Partners all over the world wanting to hear Tammy Sue sing and the beauty of her testimony. She brings a humility and special heart to the stage of The Jim Bakker Show, reminding others, of the healing and power found in God’s love through her music, hard work and belief in the greatness of others.