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Tribute

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“When I received word of her stroke this week, I began to think of the incredible impact she has had on my life, my mom’s life and the lives of everyone who ministered with me on Chosen. When I think of Mrs. Jan, I think of the truths that make up the woman of God she is: a pure, genuine love for her Jesus, the value and belief she has in the power of prayer, and her loving, generous heart. That is the truth about Jan Crouch.

Mrs. Jan, you are loved and honored, and I am thankful to have the example of love you set for us. Thank you so much.”
– LAUREN BENTLEY

Our condolences to the Crouch family and TBN. Jan was a beautiful spirit who along with her husband pioneered Christian television. They saved millions of souls because of their fearlessness and determination to spread God’s word. With Our Deepest Sympathy,
– Earvin “Magic” and Cookie Johnson

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I can’t find words to express how blessed I was to know Jan and to be a part of TBN all those years. She and Paul were responsible for giving me a platform to spread the Gospel of Jesus all over the world. I can’t count the times she spoke words of encouragement when I was facing hard times in my life. I loved her so much, and she will truly be missed. Love,
– Candi Staton

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Christian broadcasting has lost an icon, and I have lost a friend. I mourn with the family on the passing of Jan Crouch, co-founder of TBN. I loved her for her kindness, her joy, her humor and enormous loving heart. She loved the Lord and shared that love with the world. Her Legacy is monumental, millions won for Christ, and her love lives on in all who knew her.
– R.I.P. Clifton Davis, Actor, Producer

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So sorry, I never met Jan, or Paul. I do recall she contacted me when Daddy died, very sweet, as I recall — sent me flowers, I think — and then of course those wonderful TBN folk, including Pat Boone, who spoke of Daddy at the memorial, very dear — again, my sympathies to you.
– Stephanie Zimbalist, Actress & Daughter of Efrem Zimbalist Jr. 

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It was always a pleasure appearing on her show on TBN. She was a lovely person who had a great spirit. So to you Jan, we will all meet once more, on that beautiful shore. So you rest in peace until we meet again
-Aaron Neville, Singer

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When I heard the report of Jan Crouch’s passing, it really touched my heart. She had a uniqueness about her that you would never forget, and a depth of love for Christ that is unsurpassed. Even though I know she is in heaven rejoicing, I feel a little empty inside. Every time I was with her, all she ever said to me was, “What can I do for you?” The body of Christ will never see a person like her again. Thank you, Jan, for taking the stand for Jesus Christ as you did in your life. I will always cherish the moments that we had together. Rest in peace my friend.
– Jesse Duplantis

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Our hearts are hurting with the loss of “Sister Jan”. Yet we know that our heavenly Father has opened His arms and welcomed her home. Her life and love for Jesus has been shown to so many millions around the world. I personally have been impacted so many times by her throughout the years. We are praying for you, the staff, and family of TBN as you say good-bye for a while. With love and constant prayers, your brother,
– Dr. Ted Rose, Chairman, United States National Prayer Council 

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My heart was saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Mama Jan Crouch, a great lady of God. The times that Eva and I spent with her are something that we will cherish for the remainder of our earthly days.Of the many times I have been privileged to appear on TBN programs, our appearances with her on PTL in Orlando at Holy Land USA on New year’s Eve and again six weeks later will forever be etched in our minds. The response to the message of a heavenly home and salvation through Christ was phenomenal! Gracious, kind, utterly devoted to the Lord’s work, she was always so thoughtful and encouraging toward us. Her and Paul’s commitment to the Kingdom’s work has had a resounding impact on an entire generation of souls.Please convey to Matt and Laurie and the entire TBN family our sincere condolences for your temporary separation for her. While it is real now. It will NOT last! I don’t have to imagine what the reunion of Paul and Jan in Heaven must have been like. I experienced it myself. They are doing cart-wheels down the street of gold. And praise God we will see them again.You are all in my prayers during this time. Should there be any comfort that I may render, I would count that I singular honor. We love you guys and cherish our times together.
– Don & Eva Piper, Best-selling Author

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The leadership of Empowered21 extends sincere sympathy to the family of Jan Crouch, who along with her late husband, Paul, founded Trinity Broadcasting Network. From humble beginnings, Paul and Jan grew the TBN network from one station to 24-7 Christian broadcasting to every inhabited continent. “Jan was a spiritual visionary and a friend to Empowered21, supporting the mission of Habakkuk 2:14—for the earth to be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea,” said President of Empowered21 and ORU,
– William M. Wilson. 

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“All of Heaven must have stood when Jan Crouch walked through those gates. Jan didn’t just live in history, she created it. Her work, with her dear husband Paul, literally made Christian television ubiquitous around the globe. The network they created spread the name of Jesus Christ further, faster than – perhaps – at any time in church history. The list of those whose lives were changed numbers at least in tens-of-millions, maybe hundreds-of-millions. I join with the TBN and Crouch family in mourning the loss of an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother, and I celebrate the life of a courageous pioneer in Christian media.”
– Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference 

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Our Momma Jan reflected the image of Jesus Christ in her life. With the pioneer Spirit she had, she always stood with her husband for the work of God and glory of Jesus Christ. She lived for Christ, and now she is in the better place, waving her hands from heaven and glorified now with the Lord Jesus. Praise the Lord! It is not only big loss for Crouch family but whole TBN family. She was our leader and always stand with any trouble we had, with the loving smile and hug. I salute her visionary spirit and life. Amen.
– Javed Rauf, JCTV Pakistan

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We thank God for the life of Jan Crouch. Also we thank God because we know that His Presence will be strong at this time on the life of Matthew, Laurie and the family.
– Pablo, Leyla and all the team in TBN Espana

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When I learned Jan Crouch had a massive stroke last week, memories came flooding back to me. When I learned she passed away Tuesday, I decided to share my thoughts as my way of paying tribute to a great woman. I had known Jan and her husband, Paul, since the mid-1980s, only about 10 years after the Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN) began. It was already large then, but who would have guessed how it would grow to dominate and define Christian TV as it has? I got to know the Crouches when I was a guest several times on their flagship program, Praise the Lord. I observed that Paul was the builder and consummate negotiator and businessman. No detail of their huge operation escaped his scrutiny.

I could also see Jan was the programmer and the decorator. The elaborate sets with the columns, gold leaf and French provincial look were her doing. Even though many thought the sets were overdone, I thought they were beautiful. But that was Jan. She was beautiful — even if overdone — with her makeup, pink wigs and elaborate outfits. At the same time, she was a spiritual woman. She loved the Bible and would read long passages on the air. She had a heart for the lost, and leading people to Christ was always a part of what TBN did.

Several years ago, I talked to an elderly, retired Assemblies of God missionary who knew Jan in the 1950s when Jan was a teenager at her father’s church in Columbus, Georgia. Our obituary of Jan tells of her roots in the Assemblies of God.This missionary and her husband would occasionally preach for Jan’s father. She said she remembers Jan being full of life and playfulness. Even back then, she would use food coloring to dye a streak of some odd color in her hair. Yet after the service Jan would be the first to the altar, seeking God’s will for her life. That anecdote to me was a foreshadowing of the personality Jan developed — a bit outlandish by the standards of many, but a deeply spiritual woman.

Over the years, Charisma covered the Crouches. I even wrote a few of the stories. Once, we wanted to shoot a cover picture while Paul and Jan were in Orlando shooting a special Praise the Lord show at a large church. Jan didn’t want to be in the photo because she didn’t like what she was wearing. I tried to persuade her, assuring her she looked fine — besides, she was going to appear on national TV soon wearing that same outfit. But she said print photos were permanent and that picture would be around a long time. I found that an interesting perspective from someone who almost lived in front of a TV camera.

My articles told of the great struggles they had at the start and how TBN almost didn’t make it. In the early days, TBN was considered smaller than Pat Robertson’s Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) or Jim Bakker’s PTL (which was “borrowed” from the Crouch’s Praise the Lord). When Pat Robertson ran for president in 1988, CBN morphed into the Family Channel, and when scandal brought down PTL, TBN became No. 1 and has continued to explode, as some of our articles have documented.

Jan was undoubtedly a genius who put together the lineup of programs people wanted to see. She was the one who suggested Charisma do a big special in 1990 for our 15th anniversary. More than 5,000 people attended a live taping at Calvary Assembly in Orlando. We had a few commercials in which we sold subscriptions, and we ultimately sold more than enough to pay for it. I was elated. For us, it was a huge risk, but it paid off.

When I started Charisma, I never thought we might expand into television. Not long after that, Jan suggested I host an interview program called The Other Side of the Story. We shot a pilot with Tammy Faye Bakker telling her side of the PTL scandal. It was a great interview, but I was out of my element and afraid we’d run out of people who had been pilloried in the press and needed this outlet to tell their side of the story. Jan must have felt the same way, as we mutually agreed not to continue beyond the pilot.

A couple of years later, we tried again with a 30-minute, journalistic, magazine-format TV program called Charisma Now. Over three years, we shot 100 episodes, many of them on-location by going to the offices of people like Bishop T.D. Jakes or Dr. Reginald Cherry. I hired a young freelancer named Matt Crouch (Paul and Jan’s youngest son), who was then making a name for himself shooting TV programs like ours and who was beginning to shoot movies like Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 and later One Night With the King, starring Omar Sharif and Tiffany Dupont.

We also went together to Toronto to cover the “Toronto Blessing” and to Pensacola, Florida, to cover the Brownsville revival. Once, while shooting in Dallas, Matt took me for a tour of TBN’s impressive facilities and told me the stories behind how decisions were made to invest in various facilities. It was fascinating, off-the-record stuff I could never write about. During that time, I flew with Paul and Matt to El Salvador and did a documentary on their Enlace network in Latin America. Other times Matt came to Orlando to visit our facility. I told him we let startup churches use our large meeting room on Sunday. That inspired him to do the same at his facilities in the Hollywood area. One of my most memorable experiences was on New Year’s Eve in 1997, when I had dinner with the Crouches at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. I was there on business and asked Matt and Laurie if they wanted to have dinner. They were having dinner with Paul and Jan and invited me along. It was a pleasant and rather normal family gathering as I recall. Later that night, I went to a “watch night service” with Matt and Laurie and met Dyan Cannon, the movie actress who had accepted Christ.

In that era, Matt and I became close friends. Now, since he’s taken over the helm of TBN, I mainly see him only at the National Religious Broadcasters convention. That’s also where I see his brother, Paul Jr., whom I admire and also consider a friend. There’s more I could say. I had frustrations doing a program for three years with TBN. As an entrepreneur, I was used to calling the shots. Anyone who works with TBN knows they have “rules.” While our show was always in their top 10 shows, we always lost money. We don’t take donations like most Christian broadcasters, so we didn’t have a good way to monetize our expenses. I finally concluded television was not for us, and we went our separate ways.

But I’ve kept in touch and respect what the Crouches have accomplished. In 2007, TBN bought the Holy Land Experience in my hometown of Orlando. A couple years after the Holy Land Experience purchase, Jan sent word she wanted to give complementary tickets to my entire staff. So one weekend we had a staff outing at the Holy Land Experience. Of course, I’ve been there many times. It’s spectacular. And you can see Jan’s touch everywhere you look. (After she turned over the reins of TBN to Matt, Jan focused more on the Holy Land Experience.) In a town that caters to tourists, TBN is representing the Gospel in a world-class way. If you haven’t visited it, you must.

In early May, I talked about this with TBN UK’s Leon Schoeman, who was interviewing me in London. I told him I hadn’t seen Jan in a while and wanted to reach out to her. Little did I know she would be dead from a massive stroke just a few weeks later. I regret I didn’t get to tell Jan how much I respect her legacy and admire her genius (even if I didn’t understand everything she did).

Jan Crouch left a mark on Christian television that will long be remembered. Hundreds of thousands of viewers will miss her as well as family and friends like me who knew her.”
– Steve Strang, Publisher, Founder/Publisher, Charisma Magazine –  (Originally posted at CharismaNews.com)

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I grew up as a minister’s kid. My mom, Karen Wheaton, was singing with Jimmy Swaggart when she found out she was pregnant with me. All I have ever known is ministry. And so I had the incredible honor of growing up around different ministers and seeing the way they interacted with people not only from the platform, but off the stage, in greenrooms and in their homes. When I was 16, my mom began working with the youth group at our church. That’s where The Ramp was born. For many years, she led a dance and drama team called Chosen, and I was blessed to be on it. God opened doors for us, and we were able to travel and minister in many different churches and ministries across the nation. One of those places was TBN. Almost every year, Chosen was invited to be a part of TBN’s Praise-a-Thon. But unlike other ministry dates, we were not there primarily to dance or perform — we were there to pray. We were there at the invitation of one person: Mrs. Jan Crouch.

My mom has ministered on TBN for as long as I can remember. When I was too young to travel to California with her, I would watch her on TV at my grandmother’s house. We had a little secret sign that let me know she was thinking of me: While she would sing, she would pull at her ear a couple of times. Mrs. Jan always loved my mom, and my mom deeply loved her. When people from school would ask me about being on TBN, they would ask, “Is that the channel with the lady with pink hair?” It was. For some, perhaps their own conclusions are drawn there. But my perception of Jan Crouch was built on something much deeper than the color of her hair, which we could now easily say was just a demonstration of her being ahead of her time.

It was Mrs. Jan who invited our team to Praise-a-Thon year after year. She wanted us behind her to pray, and that’s all. Prayer has always been the core of our DNA at The Ramp, and Mrs. Jan knew that. When she first discovered she had cancer around 2003, she called us. She needed us to pray, and we did. Jesus miraculously healed her. I always loved hearing her share her story. Her heart and love for Jesus was so pure and real. She believed in and valued the power of prayer. That is why she brought us in every year to pray. My mom made sure we always took that responsibility very seriously. I’m thankful for that.

One year at Praise-a-Thon, there was a group of protestors that stayed outside the TBN studio holding signs day after day. They said horrible things about Mrs. Jan and the TBN family. Mrs. Jan responded with kindness. She saw to it that her staff provided water and boxed lunches for them, showing them the love of Jesus. On the last day of the week, Chosen devised their own plan. We made signs before we went to the studio that said different things about how much we loved Mrs. Jan and TBN. When she drove in, she made an extra circle around the parking lot, waving and blowing kisses at us. It’s one of my favorite TBN memories.

Mrs. Jan taught us what generosity looks like. Almost every year after the last taping of the Praise-a-Thon, she turned around to all 30 of us on Chosen and gave us a gift, individually and from her personally. All of us were impacted by her love. One year, she wanted us to be able to sow into the offering. She knew we were young and didn’t have money, so she gave each one of us a gift to be able to sow. That seed has continued to produce a harvest in each of our lives.

When I received word of her stroke this week, I began to think of the incredible impact she has had on my life, my mom’s life and the lives of everyone who ministered with me on Chosen. When I think of Mrs. Jan, I think of the truths that make up the woman of God she is: a pure, genuine love for her Jesus, the value and belief she has in the power of prayer, and her loving, generous heart. That is the truth about Jan Crouch. Mrs. Jan, you are loved and honored, and I am thankful to have the example of love you set for us. Thank you so much.”
– Lauren Bentley (originally posted at CharismaNews.com)

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I join with you in the loss of your mother Jan, as I did with your father, Paul, in 2013. You can be assured that our Lord and Savior is smiling a big smile bringing her home to her reward…. Your father and mother have been a huge part of my life, a staple to the continuance and the building of my faith. I was an addict in a motel room praying to die … when I turned on TBN. Since 1990 I have been saved, delivered, and TBN has been a main stay 24/7 in my home…. I will meet your mom and dad someday, and I will thank them for their vision of salvation for the millions of hurting, tormented people around the world. Your mom and dad are missed, but there is a huge get-together in heaven keeping them busy listening to all the gratitude from other little people like me, thanking them for giving their lives … and doing the work of our Lord and Savior her on this earth.” – Pam H.

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Now you’re in glory, in the sweet arms of the One you taught me about for years on end…. The person I have become today is rooted in everything you were and stood for. Like millions around the world, I grew up feeding off the channel you co-founded with your dear husband. I remember it was in my wilderness years, that I would tune in day and night, just seeking for a Word from Heaven, for my situation. I found it all the time. You introduced me to Jesus in such a personal, special way…. I loved how you would look up, quite literally, to Him, and call His Name in the most passionate, desperate way. It was so real and organic, that I desired to be that way with Him too….

When you called Him, everything else became secondary…. You taught me, many times over, the virtues of following after Him. You made Him real to me, by how you loved Him truly and authentically. I saw it and began my pursuit for Him too…. One of my key prayers was to meet you before God took you Home … just to shake your hand and give you a hug. I suppose that will have to happen in Glory. For now, please know that the woman I am, and the visions I have, find their root in you. You made me want to pursue Jesus and work for Him. I am living that dream, all because once upon a time, for almost a year, all I did was watch you and glean.”
– Catherine Mwangi, Kenya Television Network (posted at whenmyheartsees.blogspot.co.ke)

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Jan Crouch, along with her late husband Paul, did exactly what Jesus Christ told us all to do: “Go ye therefore and preach the gospel to the world!”
 Jason Crabb, Christian Recording Artist

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This morning my dear friend Jan Crouch has exchanged this life for an eternity in heaven. Join my wife, Joni, and our ministry staff in prayers for God’s comfort to envelop the Crouch family, as well as the entire TBN family, as we offer thanks to Him for the countless lives she impacted for the kingdom of God. We celebrate her life, legacy and love for the Gospel.
– Pastor Rod Parsley 

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We celebrate the legacy of TBN Trinity Broadcasting Network Co-Founder Jan Crouch. Jan was a trailblazer and general in the kingdom of God, and we are so thankful for the impact her work had on the world. Our prayers are with Matt & Laurie Crouch and the rest of her family & friends.
– The Potter’s House of Dallas 

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Our hearts have been forever touched and impacted deeply by her love for God, her heart for the world, and an undaunted commitment to the furtherance of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Her legacy will forever live on in our hearts.
– Dr. Cindy Trimm 

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Jan Crouch my dear friend & mighty woman of God just passed into heaven. I feel great loss but joy they are with Jesus. They carried the message of Jesus via TV to all nations as I was carrying the cross on foot to all nations. They focused on the lost being saved.
– Evangelist Arthur Blessitt 

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In 2009, Paul and Jan Crouch invited me into the TBN family. That microphone change my life forever! I’m deeply saddened by her passing and my deepest condolences go out to the whole Crouch family. What a legacy!
– Pastor Ron Carpenter Jr. 

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My heart broke today in 1,000 pieces. My great friend and big sister in the lord of 40 years, is gone. For me, the woman I called “Momma Jan”, I will sorely miss all the great jokes, the council, comfort and best friend you could have in troubled times. Without Jan, my life will never be the same. Thank You!
– Carman