Jimmy Swaggart is a well-known Pentecostal evangelist from America. He is also an author, pastor, pianist, and Christian music singer. He started his TV ministry in 1971. His TV show has been broadcasted in more than 104 countries. He is the owner of SonLife Broadcasting Network. Swaggart was involved in sexual scandals with prostitutes in the late 1980s. Keep reading to know more about Jimmy Swaggart’s net worth in 2018.
Jimmy Swaggart Early Life
Jimmy Lee Swaggart was born on March 15, 1935, in Ferriday, Louisiana to his parents Willie Leon Swaggart and Minnie Belle Swaggart. He is the nephew of Arilla Swaggart and is the cousin of Mickey Gilley and Jerry Lee Lewis.
During his childhood, he used to attend Ferriday’s Assemblies of God church. It was a small church with only 25 members.
At the age of 17, in 1952, Jimmy Swaggart got married to Frances Anderson. At the time of marriage, his wife was 15 years old. The couple has a son named Donnie Swaggart. He has got three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. His son and his grandchildren are also involved in ministerial work.
He was struck by poverty in the 1950s and used to do a lot of odd jobs. At that time, he used to survive on a salary of $30 per week. Although he got the help of his cousin, he turned down the offer to preach the gospel.
Jimmy Swaggart Career, Awards & Achievement
In 1955, Jimmy Swaggart became a full-time preacher. He started recording gospel music in 1960. Following that, he used to transmit in Christian radio stations. A year later, the Assemblies of God ordained Swaggart.
In the 1960s, he found a small church called Family Worship Center in Louisiana’s Baton Rouge. It later became affiliated to the Assemblies of God. At the same time, he used to transmit a 30-minute telecast on local TV stations. The show was done on a weekly basis. His show used to have Pentecostal denominations, Southern gospel, inspirational music, black gospel, stories with preaching and teaching.
His TV ministry soon expanded in many stations across the United States. His weekly telecast became an hourly show in 1978. He started daily weekday telecast in 1980 and by 1983, it was televised in over 250 TV stations.
He has also released several music albums including ‘Some Golden Daybreak’, ‘Live from Nashville’, and ‘Homeward Bound. He is the founder of SonLife Radio and has done several television programs. In 1984, Swaggart founded Jimmy Swaggart Bible College. He has also written more than 20 books on Christianity.
Awards & Achievements
One of the biggest career achievements of Jimmy Swaggart is to successfully found the Jimmy Swaggart TV Ministry. In 1976, his album called ‘Live from Nashville’ was nominated for the Grammy Awards in the category of Best Gospel Album. He became a Grammy finalist in 1980 for his album ‘Worship’.
Net Worth of Jimmy Swaggart
Jimmy Swaggart has an estimated net worth of more than $2 million. This fortune comes from his various endeavors. Jimmy Swaggart’s ministry comprises of Family Worship Center, radio and TV programs, and The Jimmy Swaggart Telecast. He also owns the television network called SonLife Broadcasting Network. Apart from that, he has a 24/7 cable network and the website JSM.org. Swaggart’s ministry publishes the monthly magazine called ‘The Evangelist’.
Jimmy Swaggart is considered one of the most popular Pentecostal evangelists in the world. He has written 13 study guides on the Bible. He has written 13 commentaries on Bible and is the author of ‘Expositor’s Study Bible’. He was defrocked by the Assemblies of God in the early 1990s following his sexual scandals with prostitutes.