Paul Franklin Crouch (March 29, 1934 - November 30, 2013) was the co-founder, chairman, and president of the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), the world's largest Christian television network. The network has grown to 47 satellite stations and 12,500 affiliates, reaching nearly 100,000,000 households globally.
Brother Crouch, raised in Missouri, was the son of Pentecostal missionaries. He became interested in amateur radio at a young age and the Lord inspired young Paul to use such technology to "send the Gospel around the world." He attended the Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. He began his missionary career as a lowly film librarian for the Assemblies of God in the early 1950s. In 1958, he married his wife, Jan. The couple has raised two sons, Matt and Paul, Jr. In 1961, Brother Crouch was hired to run the Assemblies of God's broadcast production facility in Burbank, California. Twelve years later, the Lord led him to leave his position and start TBN. In 1975, a vision from God led him to move the network into satellite transmission. Today, TBN programming is watched by millions of viewers worldwide.
He died of congestive heart failure on November 30, 2013 at age 79.