Paul Crouch, co-founder of TBN, has died at the age of 79

     Paul and Jan Crouch

Paul Crouch March 30, 1934 -- November 30, 2013

The co-founder of leading Christian television network TBN has died. Paul Crouch passed away today, November 30 at age 79. Crouch had been hospitalized for some time with heart problems.

Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) is known as the world’s largest religious network and America’s most watched faith channel that also has a large international following. It offers 24 hours of commercial-free inspirational programming. One of the network's most popular show is "Praise The Lord" which features gospel and Christian music artists as well as interviews and testimonials from well-known ministers, celebrities and sports figures.

According to the TBN website, the network was founded in 1973 by Crouch and his wife Jan. The network soon grew into a powerful force within the world of Christian ministry and entertainment. There's no doubt that Crouch's death will resonate throughout the Christian community.

According to the Christian Post, Paul Crouch was the son of Assemblies of God missionaries. His father died when he was seven-years-old, and he was raised by his mother and grandparents. He earned a degree in theology from Central Bible Institute and Seminary in Springfield, MO, and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK, among other honorary doctorates.

In recent weeks, there had been several calls for prayer by the network and on their website. They also provided updates on Crouch's health status. Unfortunately, he was not able to recover from his chronic heart ailment.

TBN posted the following statement on their official Facebook page:

"Dr. Paul F Crouch passed into the presence of the Lord on November 30, 2013. We are grateful for the life of this amazing servant of God. Please pray for the Crouch family during this time."

Information from a trusted friend who knows the news about Paul Crouch has informed me that Paul wanted a private funeral.

However, there will be TBN's Paul Crouch celebration of life television special to air on TBN next week.

[Editor's Comment: Melvine, Greg and I watched a 30-minute story about how Paul and Jan Crouch started their first television station in California in 1973. The lessons God taught him about giving are amazing. Here is a man who was willing to give his all to obey God in the mission God gave him. The good news is that Jan was in total agreement. God honored their sacrifices and giving. We praise God for Paul and Jan Crouch.

May the Holy Spirit bring comfort to this outstanding Crouch family.]

Paul Crouch, co-founder of TBN, has died at the age of 79