They preach and we follow. They sing and we groove. Many ordinary citizens of the world who are struggling to make ends meet follow every word of their favorite pastor. Meanwhile, those same pastors are making a living off of their followers.
Millions And Millions
Not just a regular $60k salary either — we’re talking millions. And while we commute to our destination and listen to gospel singers’ songs, they are probably headed to the bank to cash in a huge check. Here is a list of the most insanely rich pastors and gospel singers. You won’t believe how much some of them are worth.
Hagee tried his hand at football before giving in to his dream of becoming a pastor. He led the Trinity Church in San Antonio in the 1970s prior to building The Church at Castle Hills in 1975. Valued at $5 million and more often than not making headlines for his views of Israel and other political matters, the 75-year-old lovable pastor dedicates the rest of his time as Senior Pastor of the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio.
Encouraged by his father, a bishop and politician, Jones believed he was called to the ministry at the young age of 19. Taking a chance he would not want to miss out on, in 1994 to become pastor of Greater Bethany Community Church located in Los Angeles. Jones witnessed the church’s membership increased to even loftier heights in his first years. Now 66 years old, he is worth $5 million.
During her earlier career, Campbell made her money from being in the gospel group “Mary Mary”. The group included her sister (who you will find out about later) and herself as the only other member. The two also have a reality television show on WE television. As of 2015, Campbell’s net worth is a staggering $10 million.
Chris Okotie loved music when growing up and at one point even dropped out of law school after his father’s death to pursue a career as a pop star. Well, when that hit the fan and he returned to school only to migrate his focus to ministry. After graduation, he returned home to start up the Household of God Church International Ministries in 1987. Since then, he has published 17 books and is worth $7.5 million.
At 17, a failed suicide attempt made Zacharias turn to the bible. Zacharias and his family relocated to Canada in the late 1960s and he finished his studies to become a minister. Zacharias was determined to start a ministry, so he began Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. Today, he is a radio host and has a whopping net worth of $7.5 million.
One gospel musician that a slew of people may already be familiar with is Kirk Franklin. $8.5 million is what Franklin is estimated to be worth. The irony here is, the duo Mary Mary, who was introduced just before, really got started from him and now has a higher income than he does. Franklin released a new CD on March 22, 2015.
Popoff moved to California at a young age after being born in Berlin. He finished his studies at Cal before navigating his way to minister on television. Popoff was a miracle man until the 1980s, when he revealed his miracles were all smoke and mirrors. He made a comeback a decade later and is now worth $10 million.
Joyce Meyer is a name that might ring a bell. Once living a life not to be proud of, (stealing from employers and in and out of bars), it wasn’t until 1976 when God called out to her to turn her life around. Taking her messages to television with a show called “Enjoying Everyday Life,” she is worth $10 million.
Dorinda Clark Cole
Cole comes from a family that famously sang gospel music. If you want to discuss people who helped change the way gospel was created, you can look at The Clark Sisters, who had fast paced instruments incorporated in their songs. With a worth of $7 million, Cole is pretty well off.
Jesse Jackson a name you may have heard before. Known for his civil right activism, he became a minister in 1968. Mostly focusing on political avenues, he continued to gain fame on both sides. His influence has allowed him to be worth $10 million thanks to his great success. It is still to be seen if he can be trusted completely.
This man is the head of the biggest church in the U.K. as a pastor of Kingsway International Christian. The death of his father is what made him commit to Christianity when he was 22. He has a popular international radio show and a TV program which has helped land him a $10 million dollar net worth.
At the tender age of nine, she started singing in the church . Since 1984 her gospel singing has paved a way for her career. Originally born Priscilla Marie Winans Love, her net worth is about $7 million. She probably chose to be called CeCe for short, but one thing that is not short is her money.
A Windy City native, she is a personable voice in ministry whose brand branches from literature, music, radio and television as well. Having created her own enterprise, bringing in thousands from her books and albums, Bynum is worth $10 million. That number only will increase with her various outlets.
Young followed the path of his father into the ministry after his freshman year of being on a basketball scholarship. Young gained a healthy following in just a few years of opening Fellowship Church. Having taken his ministry international now through television, he is worth $11 million at the age of 55.
A similar storyline seems to be present with the people on this list. A relative, McClurkin’s brother, was killed and that is when he began to find peace in the church choir. He later went on to become a gospel musician and is estimated at a $5 million worth currently.
Eighteen is the age when he became a Christian. Angley began as a healer and evangelist with nothing except a bible and tent. Eventually, he got enough followers to buy Grace Cathedral. He now owns a television station and a church along with a weekly television, radio and internet broadcast. Angley’s net worth is now $15 million. He started from the bottom and now he’s at the top.
Her career really started when she was 30 and became a Senator. She had the thought that maybe she could become even more well off if she switched to ministry, so she started writing spiritual books and leading sermons. Because of her old title her popularity arrived quickly. She is now worth $15 million.
It is a great accomplishment being named the number one Gospel artist in 2009, and that is just what Miss Adams received. As she continues to try and thrive as an actress, Adams also runs a radio show on a gospel station that airs in the morning. Her net worth is around $5 million.
A storied background, Joshua was on his way to the military academy of Nigeria, but did not make it because the train he was on broke down. He then received a heavenly vision that helped him to pursue ministry. Those helped by Joshua claim to be healed of all their ailments, even HIV. He holds a worth of $15 million.
Due to caring for his invalid father, Jakes was called to ministry as a teenager. Jakes became the pastor of a church with only ten members that soon grew and became bountiful. Verifying his skill for ministry on with a larger audience, Jakes is now the Bishop of a mega church. Dial him up for $18 million.
Cameron tarted off as an actor at 13 years old, but he chose to end that career in 1992 to focus on his faith. In the 1990s, he teamed up with a New Zealand evangelist as they co-founded “The Way of the Master” ministry. Running a free summer camp for terminally ill kids is sure to put you in good favor with the people. Along with the camp, he has a television and radio program. When you combine all that, his worth is at $20 million.
Following in the footsteps of his dad, Warren spent his youth working on several books about ministry and later in 1980 he founded the Saddleback church. It started with 200 people, and over the next two decades he gathered 10,000. This definitely set him up as well-known pastor. His worth is $25 million.
He was born on a dairy farm in North Carolina and was bent on becoming a minister when became 16. He worked as a pastor while living in Illinois, eventually taking over a radio program to communicate his ministry. Graham preached next to Martin Luther King and a few presidents like Nixon and Eisenhower, to name a few. His worth is $25 million.
He’s seen widely on television, so it might be safe to say you have seen this man before. He constructed the Kenneth Copeland Ministry with his wife Gloria, and it is one of the biggest in the world. That is in part thanks to his books, DVDs, TV programs and CDs that all help his net worth of $26.5 still grow.
Many rap artists have referenced this man comparing the amount of money they make to the amount of money he makes. And his last name being Dollar makes it easier. Criticized for his million dollar homes, Dollar has a devoted set of followers at his church the World Changers Church International. Dollar is worth $27 million.
Danforth’s past career was serving as the Ambassador to the United States from 2004-2005 and before that was a senate for 19 years. Now that he is retired, he has used his time away from the political field as a priest. His net worth is $30 million and has spent a portion of that to become part owner of an NHL team.
Wow, who hasn’t heard of this man? For 17 years he helped his father with his sermons, until his father died. He is now the Pastor of Lakewood Church, he continues to air his sermons like his father once did. Racking up a huge amount of viewers, Osteen is worth $40 million.
Hinn was born in Israel, and he relocated to the United State where he boldy stated that he was a miracle healer called upon by God. His crusades have fed over 100,00 kids annually and his healing has even healed damaged limbs, along with AIDS. With a $42 million dollar net worth, Hinn says he does not plan on slowing down with helping others.
An originator of using infomercials to get his point across, Tilton gained success early on with his television program. His program put him in the front view of millions of people on a day-to-day basis. Although he was accused on TV of being a fake and was taken off the air, he managed to work his way back and gain a $50 million dollar net worth along the way.
Crouch is most notably known for her Trinity Broadcasting Network that launched in 1973. The station offered commercial-free viewing and is bigger than networks like CBS and NBC. No wonder she is getting paid the way she is. Her husband passed away in 2013 and she got a lot of flak on how she managed the money the company makes, as well as her $50 million dollar net worth. Crouch passed away in 2016, and her son Matthew now controls Trinity’s assets, which are said to be near $1 billion now.
A Nigerian minister, “Pastor Chris” says he is capable of getting rid of HIV through prayer alone. His hugely successful book “Healing School” can be documented as the reason for his growing success, as well as his three Christian television channels. Pastor Chris is using everything in his repertoire to grow his $50 million dollar net worth.
After becoming the overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God Adeboye’s perspective changed on what he wanted to do with his career. With him at the lead, the church would see tremendous growth. He is very passionate about what he does and was named one of the 50 Most Powerful And Influential Nigerian Pastors. Adeboye’s net worth is at $55 million.
Once focused on architecture, he switched his career sights to missionary work when he said he had a near 20-hour insight in 1981. It was from God calling him to preach. He created the Living Faith Church World Wide and was appointed a pastor a few years later by previously mentioned Adeboye. He grew and gained a net worth of $150 million dollars in the process.
You thought Foreman was only a heavyweight champion boxer? Oh, you thought he only sold grills to the public. Well, he is both of those people but he is also a minister with a heavy net worth of $250 million dollars. Of course, it did not all come from his ministry. If you have bought one of his grills, you have helped him earn that.
Pat Robertson is rolling in the dough. After he failed the New York bar exam, he went through a life-changing religious conversion. He came up with the Christian Broadcasting Network. The man is advanced both spiritually and on the business side. He is the founder of ABC Family and a Baptist minister, his net worth is $500 million.
You can say it runs in the family. Born as Benjimin Winans, his family set the path for BeBe and his sister, who was mentioned earlier. Having a great voice can get you paid apparently, as his net worth is a nice $3.5 million dollars. Not as much as the pastors, but it’s more than ours.
Doubling as a gospel musician and actress, Mann has a couple albums and pretty big television shows that help builds her income. Her show “Mann and Wife” appears on Bounce TV and is critically acclaimed. Her dual roles helped her bring in a net worth of $3 million. She cannot complain about that.
Also a dual-threat as a gospel songwriter and musician, his net worth is $3 million. You can call him a triple threat if you wish because he is also senior pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church. Curiously enough, he is not making as much as the other pastors on the list. Maybe he is fine with what he has.
Rounding off the rich people of the lord is Edir Macedo. This man is one wealthy son of a gun. He operates the Pentecostal Universal Church of the Kingdom of God found in Rio de Janeiro. He did a masterful job at making the church bigger, so much that he is worth an astronomical $1.1 billion.
What you see above is Creflo Dollar’s mansion, or at least one of them. Whether or not these men and women are all con artists remains to be seen. One thing you can conclude is that doing the work of God effectively and efficiently will have made. Reference this the next time the pastor asks you for an offering at church.
Christian evangelist founder and pastor of the Without Walls International Church, Paula White has a reported net worth of $5 million. What was originally the struggling South Tampa Christian Church, White turned into Without Walls with a following of 20,000 members with husband Randy White. Paula has even branched out as far as hosting Paula White Today on the Trinity Broadcast Network and is the author of 10 published books about the faith.
Best-selling author and senior pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church located in DeKaib, Georgia grew the church from 300 members to 25,000 in the last 29 years. With instrumental novels like It’s Your Time: Reclaim Your Terrority for the Kingdom, The Elect Lady, What a Man Wants, What a Woman Needs, Gladiator: The Strength of Man, 60 Seconds to Greatness” Seize the Moment and Plan for Success and more, the pastor is said to be worth $5 million.
With an estimated net worth of $3 million, Minister Louis Farrakhan established himself as the leader of the Nation of Islam movement in 1955 and rebuilt the group in 1981 after it was disbanded by Elijah Muhammad’s son Warith. After being coined an “antisemite” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Farrakhan led the Million Man March in D.C. in 1995. Today, as the brilliant minister ages gracefully, his responsibilities in the group have reduced but he still remains active in the NOI.
Former journalist and broadcaster under president Lyndon B. Johnson, Minister Bill Moyers completed his Master of Divinity in 1959. Before assuming the role as Johnson’s personal assistant after the Kennedy assassination, Moyers was appointed Associate Director of the Peace Corps and eventually the 13th White House Press Secretary. The now-former Press Secretary delivers sermons around the country and is estimated at a net worth of $1 million.
After surviving a drug overdose in his earlier years, born-again Christian preacher started his career on the 700 Club playing Christian-inspired rock and roll. After completing his degree in biblical studies at Liberty University, Rossi opened his first church, The Fellowship, in 1984. 10 years later however, Rossi’s wife Sherrie was found battered on the side of the road and Richard became the prime suspect and was sentenced to probation and domestic violence counseling. Pretty much losing the respect and trust of his congregation after the incident, Rossi is currently trying to rebuild his life as a pastor, church consultant and actor with a net worth of $1 million.
Known as one of the youngest ministers of the Voice of Healing Revival in Europe in the 40’s and one of the most popular, Cain reportedly disappeared in the late 50’s. Resurfacing in the late 80’s as a consultant for the CIA, Cain traveled the world preaching amongst world leaders like Saddam Hussein and Bill Clinton. Unfortunately for the minister however, reports of homosexuality in the church and drunken behavior led to his resignation from the ministry. In 2007, the then-87-year-old returned to the pulpit and is still preaching in Santa Marla, CA with an estimated net worth of $1 million.
Starting small, famous Louisiana pastor Jimmy Swaggart was ordained in the 50’s and started his own telecast on a local AM radio station that eventually grew to a popular television weekly sermon program that aired on over 200 networks. However, in the early 90’s the pastor got wrapped up in a prostitute/ sex scandal that led to his public sinning confession and loss of his congregation. More recently however, Swaggart has managed to win back most of his followers and is now estimated with a net worth of $1.5 million thanks to his television ministry empire.
Starting out his ministry duties at just 14-years-old, born-again Christian Charles Stanley is the founder of The Chapel Hour television program and is already syndicated by the Christian Broadcasting Network. Stanley’s next step was the launch of In Touch Ministries, a worldwide radio broadcast that is translated in over 100 languages that gave him an estimated net worth of $1.5 million despite his modest and still-humble lifestyle.
With a net worth of $2 million, Minister R. C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries that was established in 1970. In addition to this Christian empire, Sproul started the internationally broadcasted Sirius XM program Renewing Your Mind. Instead of taking the paths that most pastors and ministers took on television, R.C. turned to the internet and launched the online radio station Reformation Network in 2012. In between all of his success in the church, he even found time to write five dozen Christian novels.
Ordained in 1975, Wright is known as one of the most popular New Testament scholars in all of Great Britain and had written over a dozed published books on the religion.. After spending five years as the Dean of Lichfield, Wright was consecrated as the Bishop of Durham in 2003 and retired in 2010. As a professor at St. Mary’s College in the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, N.T. has accumulated an estimated net worth of $2.5 million.
The Death of Eddie Long
On January 15, 2017, Bishop Eddie Long of Georgia’s New Missionary Baptist Church died “after a gallant private fight with an aggressive form of cancer,” according to a statement released by the church. Long was a controversial figure and had been accused of sexual misconduct by four young male church members in 2010. He and the church settled that case out of court.