The history of American televangelism is incomplete without the Bakker family, hosts of the popular television show the PTL Club. From their humble beginnings to becoming leaders of a ministry empire that included their own satellite network, a theme park, and millions of adoring fans. Then they saw it all come falling down amidst a federal investigation into financial mishandling, charges of fraud, and a sex scandal with a church worker. In the timeline below, created from PTL: The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker’s Evangelical Empire by John Wigger, are the chronicles of these fixtures of not only Christian television but American pop culture.
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