by Matthew Crouch
Yesterday Laurie and I had the privilege of being on the 700 Club with our good friend Pat Robertson to honor my mother, who made her transition to heaven last week, and to introduce TBN’s newest exciting network, the Hillsong Channel.
Pat, who founded the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) back in 1961, is considered the “Grandfather” of Christian television. My parents, Paul and Jan Crouch, followed him in 1973 with the launch of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, now considered the world’s largest faith-and-family broadcaster.
It’s no stretch to say that together, the three of them are more responsible than anyone else for the global reach and impact that Christian television has enjoyed over the past half century, and for its popularity today.
Mom and dad had great respect for Pat, for his vision and commitment to impact the the world with the Gospel message, as well as for his stature as a Christian leader. Likewise, Pat Robertson always expressed his deep respect for the faith and determination my parents had — often in the face of almost impossible circumstances — to use television to reach the world for Christ.
Don’t miss our 700 Club interview below, as Laurie and I reminisce with Pat about mom, dad, and the early days of Christian television, and talk a little about the next generation of “Spirit Contemporary” television represented by TBN’s newest network, the Hillsong Channel.
Also, please join us and our entire TBN family as we celebrate my mom’s extraordinary life in a special broadcast, A Video Tribute to Jan Crouch, airing on TBN Sunday, June 12th, at 7 p.m. Pacific / 10 p.m. Eastern.