Jimmy Swaggart Biography
Jimmy Swaggart born Jimmy Lee Swaggart is an American Pentecostal evangelist. In 1971, Swaggart began his ministry and has over the year gained a viewing audience both in the U.S as well as internationally.
The weekly Jimmy Swaggart Telecast and A Study in the Word programs are broadcast throughout the U.S. and on 78 channels in 104 other countries, and over the Internet. At its height in the 1980s, his telecast was transmitted to over 3,000 stations and cable systems each week.
He currently owns and operates the SonLife Broadcasting Network and Family Worship Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Sexual scandals with prostitutes in the late 1980s and early 1990s led the Assemblies of God to defrock him. As a result of the scandals, Swaggart temporarily stepped down as the head of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.
Jimmy Swaggart Age
Born as Jimmy Lee Swaggart, Lee is 86 years old as of 2020. Swaggart was born on Mach 15th, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana, United States. He celebrates his birthday on March 15th every year.
Jimmy Swaggart Height
The American televangelist, Swaggart measures a standing height of 5 feet 5 inches tall which is equivalent to 1.70 meters.
Jimmy Swaggart Weight
Jimmy Lee also weighs 76 kilograms which is equivalent to 166 lbs. Moreover, he has dark brown eyes and white hair.
Jimmy Swaggart Education
The evangelist and Christian musician, Jimmy, says that he lived under poverty both during his early childhood as well as the first few years of his marriage as he married when he was only 17.
Jimmy Swaggart Parents
The American born evangelist, Lee Swaggart was born to love parents in Ferriday, Louisiana. His parents are Willie Leon Swaggart, his father, and Minnie Belle Swaggart, his mother. Moreover, he is the nephew of Arilla Swaggart as well as the cousin of Mickey Gilley who is the rock’n’roll pioneer, and Jerry Lee Lewis who is a country music star.
Jimmy Swaggart Siblings
Jimmy who is an American evangelist is the brother of Jeanette Ensminger. Unfortunately, his sister, Jeanette, passed away in 1999. During his early childhood, Swaggart used to attend Ferriday’s Assemblies of God church which was a small church with only 25 members.
Jimmy Swaggart Wife and Children
In 1952, Lee married the love of his life, Frances Anderson Swaggart at the age of 17 whereas, at the time, his wife was 15 years old. The lovely couple met in church while Swaggart was playing music with his father. They have been blessed with a son called Donnie Swaggart.
According to his autobiography, Swaggart, along with his wife and son, lived in poverty during the 1950s as he preached throughout rural Louisiana, struggling to survive on US$30 a week (equivalent to $280 in 2020). Being too poor to own a home, the Swaggarts lived in church basements, pastors’ homes, and small motels.
Sun Records producer Sam Phillips wanted to start a gospel line of music for the label (perhaps to remain in competition with RCA Victor and Columbia, who also had gospel lines at the time) and wanted Swaggart for Sun as the label’s first gospel artist. Swaggart’s cousin Jerry Lee Lewis, who had previously signed with Sun, was reportedly making $20,000 per week at the time.
Although the offer meant a promise for significant income for him and his family, Swaggart turned Phillips down, stating that he was called to preach the gospel.
Jimmy Swaggart Salary
The American musician and televangelist, Swaggart has made a great fortune over the years from his ministry. However, his annual salary is currently under review and will soon be updated.
Jimmy Swaggart Net Worth
The American musician and televangelist, Swaggart has made a great fortune over the years from his ministry. He has an estimated net worth of $10 million.