Cashing In On Church: The Richest Mega Pastors In America

Pastors With Huge Net Worths

Many people don’t believe that pastors can make much money. However, these successful people will show you that they can indeed earn big bucks!

Charles E. Blake

Blake is a California bishop who reportedly earns $900,000 per year and lives in a mansion. He earns his massive salary from the help of 25,000 members who attend his church, and 50,000 online weekly participants.

Franklin Graham

William Franklin Graham III is the son of the famous pastor Billy Graham, and the president of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse. His vast wealth is estimated in the millions.

Bill Moyers

In 1959 Moyers was ordained a Baptist minister. He has made at least $20,000,000 from public broadcasting — taxpayer money! He refuses to officially disclose his income and his net worth is not known.

Richard Rossi

Richard Rossi is a healing evangelist, musician, novelist, filmmaker, actor, painter and poet. Some sites report Richard Rossi’s net worth to be over $1,000,000, a number that has not been verified.

Controversy And Crime

Rossi and his wife Sherrie founded “The Fellowship” in Pittsburgh. In 1994, Sherrie was discovered covered in blood. Rossi was later convicted of second-degree aggravated assault. He enrolled in a recovery program that he still follows.

Church For Celebrities

The Rossis relocated to Los Angeles in 1997 and founded Eternal Grace, a church movement targeted to celebrities who have difficulty attending public services due to paparazzi. ABC has called Rossi the “Pastor to the Stars.”

Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell Accused Of $3.5 Million Financial Fraud

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Photo Credit: YouTube (Screengrab)

Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell was recently accused of selling $3.5 million in Chinese bonds. Caldwell and business partner, Gregory Smith, allegedly told investors that the worthless Chinese bonds would return on their investment if they, “remain faithful and that they would receive their money.” His lawyer claims Caldwell is innocent and will soon be exonerated. Talk about cashing in on the church!

Paul Cain

Cain was only 18 years old when he stepped up on to the pulpit. After settling some controversies, he now preaches in Santa Maria, California. One public estimate puts Cain’s net worth near $1 million.

Jesse Duplantis Requests Donations for $54 Million Jet

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Based in Lousiana, Jesse Duplantis is a televangelist who already owns a jet and wants a bigger and better one. He’s asking his viewers to donate money so that he can replace his current Dassault Falcon 50 with a $54 million Dassault Falcon 7X.

Jimmy Swaggart

One of the most popular pastors of all time, Swaggart was ordained in the 1950s. He launched a radio network and a weekly TV telecast. Swaggart’s ministry allegedly made over $150 million a year in the 1980s.

Charles Stanley

Starting work as a minister in Virginia when he was just 14, Stanley eventually started In Touch Ministries, which led to a syndicated radio broadcast. His ministries earned about $73,000,000 a year when surveyed nine years ago.

Janice Crouch

janice crouch rich pastor

Janice Crouch was the daughter of a Georgia pastor. She and her husband helped establish the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Crouch died in 2016, with an estimated fortune of $50 million.

Joel Osteen Fails to Help Hurricane Victims

Joel Osteen, comes in pretty high on our list with a net worth of $40 million. Osteen is an author, televangelist and pastor of the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. In August of 2017 he came under fire when he refused to help local victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Joel Osteen’s Wife Accused Of Assault

In 2005, a flight attendant accused Joel Osteen’s wife Victoria of assaulting her. The jury found her not guilty. When she was let off the charges Victoria stated, “Thank you, God. Praise God.”

R.C. Sproul

Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries. He launched the Reformation Network (RefNet), an online radio station for reformed Christians, in 2012. One conservative estimate puts Sproul’s net worth at $2 million.

N.T. Wright

Wright retired from his position as Bishop in 2010, but not before amassing a $2.5 million fortune. He’s a popular British New Testament scholar who traveled Great Britain extensively after being ordained in 1975.

Jack Van Impe

Van Impe began his career as an evangelist on the Billy Graham Crusades. He and his wife started Jack Van Impe Ministries. Reports estimate the ministry earns $2.5 million each year.

Clifton Davis

Davis was ordained in 1987. He hosts Gospel Superfest and makes other appearances on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Many people would recognize him from the TV drama Madam Secretary. Davis is said to be worth $3 million.

Ernie Fletcher

Fletcher has played a politician, a preacher, and a physician. He started his career with the United States Air Force, then later earned a medical degree and opened a practice. He also became a lay Baptist minister.

Politics Pays

Despite many years spent in the ministry, Fletcher amassed most of his rumored $3 million net worth with his work in politics. YouBrite reports his net worth as high as $16.7 million, which is an unconfirmed amount.

Leroy Jenkins

Evangelist Leroy Jenkins, born in South Carolina, came from a family of religion; his mother was a prominent evangelist in Florida. Jenkins declared himself a born-again Christian after he was convicted of arson in 1979.

Leroy Jenkins Ministries And Miracle Water

Although he was known for much of his life as a con-artist and convicted criminal, he began Leroy Jenkins Ministries in the 1960s. He used a “miracle water” to help heal his followers.

Tony Campolo

Tony Campolo, the former spiritual adviser to President Bill Clinton, is an ordained Baptist minister and evangelist who is closely tied to the Democratic Party. Some have estimated Campolo’s net worth to be around $4 million.

Reinhard Bonnke

Bonnke is known for his missions across Africa for the past 50 years. The Pentecostal evangelist found success with his autobiography, Living a Life of Fire, which helped increase his net worth to an estimated $4 million.

John MacArthur

MacArthur was ordained in the 1960s as a Christian evangelical preacher. As his popularity grew he launched a daily radio broadcast,Grace to You, in 1977. MacArthur’s net worth has been reported at $12,485,467.

Kay Arthur

Arthur turned to faith after a difficult time in her life. She and her husband founded Precept Ministries International. Arthur has published more than 100 books and Bible studies, and she is reportedly worth $5 million.

Al Sharpton

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton is one of the most controversial pastors of our time. He became a Baptist minister in 1994. Through hundreds of television and radio appearances he has earned around $5 million.

Joseph Prince

Prince is a Senior Pastor at one of Asia’s biggest churches, the New Creation Church. Prince has a television program and has authored books, CDs and DVDs. The church has an annual income of $44.7 million.

Chris Okotie

Nigerian televangelist Okotie is the pastor of the Household of God Church (HGC) International Ministries, which he established. He has published 17 books and various articles. He’s said to have a net worth of $7.5 million.

Ravi Zacharias

Zacharias became a Christian at 17, after attempting suicide. While recovering, he was given a Bible that changed his life. He is now heard worldwide on his radio programs. Zacharias’ net worth is estimated at $7.5 million.

Peter Popoff

In the 1970s, Popoff moved into television ministry where his energetic messages were broadcast countryside. He became famous as a faith healer but his methods were later questioned. He’s said to be worth $10 million.

Jesse Jackson

Jackson is a polarizing pastor and civil rights activist. While he was first known as a politician, his activism shifted him further into the public spotlight. He allegedly has a net worth of $10 million.

Matthew Ashimolowo

With an estimated net worth of $6- $10 million, Ashimolowo makes the list of top richest 15 pastors. He leads the largest church in the UK and is the Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre.

Ed Young, Jr.

For a short period Young worked at his father’s church. He was later hired as the Sr. Pastor of Fellowship Church, and his ministry soon gained 5,000+ attendees. He now has a net worth of $11,000,000.

Ernest Angley

Angley became a Christian in 1939, at the age of 18. He eventually collected enough money to purchase the Grace Cathedral and also bought a TV station.Now, unconfirmed reports list Angley’s net worth at $15 million.

Cindy Trimm

This Bermuda-born pastor started with a career in politics, but she realized that she could accomplish more in the ministry. Trimm is currently pastor for Florida’s Embassy Worship Center, and is rumored to be worth $15 million.

T.B. Joshua

Another Nigerian evangelist with some incredible wealth ($15 million, according to reports), Joshua founded the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) and rose to popularity by claiming to be a miracle worker.

Kirk Cameron

Cameron was a star on the hit 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains.” Since leaving the show he became a Christian pastor. In the 1990s he partnered with evangelist Ray Comfort to co-found The Way of the Master ministry.

All In The Family

Cameron and his wife run a charity called Camp Firefly. The free summer camp provides vacations for terminally ill children and their families. Cameron has an equally-famous sibling, sister Candace, who became a Christian herself.

Pastor Ray McCauley

McCauley is the founder of the Rhema Bible Church. He started his church after completing his studies in 1979. His ministry is said to be worth upwards of $30 million.

John Danforth

Danforth started his career in politics. At the age of 79 he retired from politics and spent the majority of his time as an ordained Episcopal priest. His net worth is estimated at $30 million.

Pastor Tshifhiwa Irene

Irene is a South African pastor for the Divine Truth World Restoration Services for World Peace by Jesus Christ. She is also a televangelist, and is said to have a net worth of approximately $35 million.

Prophet Uebert Angel

Focusing on the less-privileged and widows has been very profitable for Uebert Angel. He is a self-proclaimed prophet who runs the mega church Spirit Embassy. Angel insists that his net worth is $60 million.

Robert Tilton

Tilton found much of his early success on a religious program called “Success-N-Life.” The show eventually brought in $80 million in annual revenue, and he’s said to be worth $50 million now.

Chris Oyakhilome

“Pastor Chris” is a Nigerian minister and the founder of Believers’ Loveworld Incorporated. He identifies as a faith healer, and has more than 1.2 million followers on Twitter. His net worth is a reported $50 million.

David Oyedepo

Oyedepo, the richest pastor in Nigeria, had a vision in 1981 where God called him to preach. He founded the Living Faith Church World Wide and his net worth is estimated at $150 million.

George Foreman

While Foreman is a pastor, almost all of his wealth came from his boxing career and royalties from selling George Foreman Grills. He announced he is a born-again Christian in 1977 and is worth approximately $250 million.

Edir Macedo

A $1.1 billion pastor? Macedo is a Brazilian evangelical leader and media mogul who founded the Pentecostal Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in the 1970s. The church receives $2 billion in donations annually.

Kenneth Copeland

Copeland is one of the leaders of the Charismatic Movement and is known for promoting a controversial preaching style called “prosperity gospel.” He’s one of the highest-paid mega pastors, with a rumored net worth of $760 million.

Copeland’s Angel Flight 44 Promise

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Copeland vowed to establish humanitarian-relief ministry called Angel Flight 44. But according to a source familiar with the situation, Rev. Rich Vermillion, the ministry was never formed.

Copeland And Trump

During the 2016 presidential election, Copeland raised eyebrows with a television appearance in which he warned Christians that they’d go to hell if they didn’t vote for Donald Trump: “You’re going to be guilty of murder.”

Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson, a successful businessman and former Southern Baptist minister, created the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia. Estimates of his wealth vary from $200 million to over $1 billion. His network is broadcast in 180 different countries.

Benny Hinn

Coming in with a rumored net worth of $42 million is the Israeli televangelist Benny Hinn. He is best known for his healing summits, called “Miracle Crusades,” which are usually held in large stadiums throughout major cities.

Billy Graham

Billy Graham has served as spiritual adviser to many presidents, and he has appeared on Gallup’s list of most admired people 55 times. Graham’s estimated net worth is in the vicinity of $25 million.

Rick Warren

Warren only lives on ten percent of his income and donates the rest to charity, as his net worth is rumored at $25 million. Warren founded Saddleback Church – the eighth largest in the country.

Bishop T.D. Jakes

Bishop Thomas Dexter “T. D.” Jakes, Sr. lives in a $1.7 million dollar mansion and has been featured on the cover ofTime magazine. According to some sources, Jakes has a net worth of $150 million.

Juanita Bynum

Famous gospel singer, Pentecostal televangelist, author and actress Juanita Bynum appears regularly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. She is also the CEO of Juanita Bynum Enterprises. Her unconfirmed net worth is $10 million.

Joyce Meyer

Mega pastor and author Joyce Meyer has been ranked among the most influential Evangelicals in America byTime magazine. Meyer became a born-again Christian after suffering childhood abuse. Meyer said to be worth a staggering $25 million.

Pastor John Hagee

Reverend Hagee is the CEO of John Hagee Ministries, a Christian multi-media empire that broadcasts to 150 million households worldwide. He’s published many book titles and has an estimated personal fortune of $5 million.

Paula White

After becoming a Christian in the mid-1980s, Paula White went on to launch her own church. Today, she is Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center near Orlando. Estimates put her total net worth at $5 million.

Trump’s Inauguration

Paula White was selected to serve as now-President Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser, and she gave a reading and invocation at Trump’s inauguration. During her prayer, she implored that God help Trump in his new role.

Congressional Investigation

In 2007, Senator Chuck Grassley launched an investigation against White and other televangelists, stemming from concern about their fundraising methods. The New York Timeslater reported that the inquiry resulted in “no findings of wrongdoing or penalties.” In 2018, White asked her congregation to donate up to one months’ salary to the church. Failure to contribute financially could lead to “punishment” from God, she asserted.

Bishop Eddie Long

The late Bishop Eddie Long was the senior pastor of New Missionary Baptist Church in Georgia. Church membership grew from just 300 to 25,000 under his leadership. He amassed a personal fortune of $3 million.

Eddie Long’s Death

Bishop Eddie Long died of cancer in 2017. He was 63 at the time of his death and died “after a gallant private fight” with the disease, according to a church statement.

Bishop Noel Jones

Bishop Noel Jones serves as senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church, located in California. His current church has about 17,000 active members, and his net worth is estimated around $5 million.

Minister Louis Farrakhan

A leader of the Million Man March, Minister Louis Farrakhan heads the religious group Nation of Islam. Farrakhan gained his net worth (supposedly $3 million) through leadership, a brief musical career, and writing books.

Enoch Adeboye

Adeboye joined the Redeemed Christian Church of God in 1973. Just one decade later he was appointed the General Overseer of the relatively unknown church, which now has more than 14,000 branches in Nigeria.

Creflo Dollar

Creflo Dollar is the founder of the World Changers Church International in Atlanta, Georgia. He’s said to have a net worth of $27 million. Reverend Dollar’s secrecy over his financial affairs nearly cost him jail time.

Demond Wilson

He might not be a mega pastor or the wealthiest, but he brings a lot of name recognition to the profession. Actor Demond Wilson, best known as Lamont Sanford in Sanford and Son, is now a minister.