AVVO - Kenneth Copeland—Despite being under investigation, Kenneth Copeland refused to submit financial information about his ministry, saying “You can go get a subpoena, and I won’t give it to you. It’s not yours, it’s God’s and you’re not going to get it and that’s something I’ll go to prison over. So, just get over it.”

Copeland lives in a mansion that some have said is “the size of a hotel.” He also has acquired a $20 million Cessna Citation private jet for flying around the country to spread the word. And of course, he owns an airport for landing said airplane.

4/2018   With a net worth of 760 million dollars Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, who jointly run Kenneth Copeland Ministries, are the 800-pound gorillas of the Televangelism world. They have more wealth than the rest of the name on the top list combined. His ministry’s campus is a sprawling 1500 acre estate near Fort Worth, Texas, and includes not just a church, but also a private airstrip, six airplanes and a deluxe hanger for the ministry’s $17.5-20 million dollar jet. The ministry also owns a $6 million dollar “parsonage” which sits on the shores of a lovely lake, and is used to house the hard working minister and his family.

“For God so loved the world that he gave this true believer and unofficial son, an airport". 

Kenneth Copeland so loved airplanes so much, he bought an airport with the funds you thought were for the needy, the poor, the dying children. 

So we looked into the real story. Greed. Searching for the craft used to deliver these self- appointed and anointed disciples around the globe was easy. The FEDS keep the records of who owns what.  And the FAA has the records of who flies where.

Or simply searching on Google and Wikipedia shows how many of these LORDS workers like to bop around in Citations, Challengers and just about anything smaller than John Travolta's 707.   John is a Scientologist, another strange new-wave invented mind changing quasi religious crew but his money came from acting.  Hmmm, maybe I'm wrong, maybe these preachers are actors and all they need is your wallet.                                 

Copeland is different, he asked his benefactors to give him money to start a relief foundation with aircraft to deliver aid to places like Haiti. Then Haiti happened and I guess according to the Rev. Rich Vermilion, they raised millions of dollars, all donated, bought airplanes but was never spent on the project which was sold as relief. And has never been accounted for.  

There has never been an open accounting or explanation given regarding the Angel Flight 44 - earmarked funds given to date according to the investigators. He does acknowledge that KCM formed a Disaster Relief Fund, but adds: 

A generic relief fund is a far cry from a fully operational disaster-relief aviation ministry … my experience with Kenneth Copeland, his family, and his ministry, has given me the regrettable opinion that they may be nothing more than religious frauds.  He had so many planes he needed an airport, again the flock who are getting "flocked" responded. One had to get his own airport. The Kenneth Copeland Airport is a private airport established by Kenneth Copeland Ministries to serve the area of Fort Worth, Texas. 


Airport Ownership and Management from official FAA records:  




NEWARK, TX 76071

Phone   817-252-3501


Airport Operational Statistics  (for 12-month period ending 06 March 2009)

Aircraft based on the field:


Single engine airplanes 


Multi engine airplanes 


Pure Jet airplanes


Aircraft operations

52/ a week (avg)

Local General Aviation


Transient General Aviation





He currently owns:
Cessna Citation 550B
Grumman Gulfstream II (worth $4.5 million)
Cessna Golden Eagle
Beech E-55 

HIS WISH LIST COMES TRUE:   Cessna Citation X (20+ Million)

Gloria Copeland – Regularly tells her audience not to seek medical treatment like chemotherapy. Instead, they should be “planting seeds” (sending money to the Copeland Ministry) so God will bless them with a cure.

2007 Copeland was accused of using his $20 million Cessna Citation X jet for personal vacations and friends. The Copelands' financial records are not publicly available, and a list of the Board of Directors is not accessible as these details are protected and known confidentially by the Internal Revenue Service. 

Responding to media questions, Copeland pointed to an accounting firm's declaration that all jet travel complies with federal tax laws.  However, In December 2008, Copeland's 1998 Cessna B550, his second jet, valued at $3.6 million, was denied tax exemption after Copeland refused to submit to disclosure laws for the state of Texas.


On November 6, 2007, United States Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, announced an investigation of Copeland's ministry by the United States Senate Committee on Finance. 

The Associated Press reported that Grassley said the investigation was a response to complaints from the public and news media. Grassley stated, "The allegations involve governing boards that aren't independent and allow generous salaries and housing allowances and amenities such as private jets and Rolls Royces."    And large cattle ranches with lots of livestock.

IRS guidelines require that pastors' compensation be "reasonable" and net earnings may not benefit any private individual. Grassley asked for the ministry to divulge financial information to the committee to determine if Copeland made any personal profit from financial donations, and requested that Copeland's ministry make the information available by December 6, 2007. The Copelands responded with a "Financial report from Kenneth Copeland Ministries." KCM created a website to help explain their side of the inquiry

Kenneth Copeland Ministries has come under fire for failing to fly disaster relief supplies to Haiti’s earthquake victims after allegedly promising aviation assistance in the event of natural disasters.  The organization is also under scrutiny by the Senate Finance Committee for possible abuse of its nonprofit status, has been accused of «unfulfilled» pledges and unaccounted donations.

While there is a huge crisis going on in the nation of Haiti  Kenneth Copeland’s promised Angel Flight 44 ministry is nowhere to be found and the money he collected to start that ministry has not been accounted for, said Rich Vermillion, co-author of Angel Flight 44.   The Texas-based organization has rejected the allegations, calling them misleading and potentially damaging misinformation.   Some call this rejection, misunderstanding the truth.

According to Swisher, Angel Flight 44 has collected only $7,788.43 and the donations have been spent on plane repairs. KCM has purchased an aircraft but it “currently has structural issues” and is still “not in airworthy condition.” Also, the spokesman said they are lacking funds to buy a new aircraft in addition to their four planes.

However, it is our desire to have an aircraft to fly assistance during disaster relief efforts, Swisher commented. We are believing God for the finances to have a fleet of aircraft to use during such instances.

Church aircrafts at the hangar used by Kenneth Copeland and his ministry.  For now, the organization has set up a disaster relief fund. Since August 2005, the KCM/EMIC (Eagle Mountain International Church) Disaster Relief Fund has received more than $2.4 million. A little over $2.2 million have been directed for relief to areas affected by recent hurricanes in the U.S. such as Katrina and Rita, the tsunami in Myanmar, fires in California and other storms, according to Swisher.

But I have to ask,  "Why a fleet of five aircraft is needed by the Church"?  Copeland Air, This kind of money collected by a Church, I guess could have been used in a better way.

Kenneth Copeland Ministry should have sent his Church members traveling Business class around the clock, in stead of spending 100 million dollars on a fleet of private jets.   Even the Pope uses commercial chartered carriers.  But I guess they feel the love of Jesus money warrants a more luxurious way than Kings and Queens?  Jesus the Messiah was not carried on the Gulfstream sitting in a leather seat on His way up to Jerusalem, i believe he did it on a one seat donkey.

I am a pilot, spent 27 years around airports, owned a few airplanes myself. I know a little about airplanes, costs, and upkeep. It all evolves around usage, that determines the cost.  Fixed vs. ancillary charges and depreciation all add into the equation.  Early in my flying career I had the opportunity to see up front some of GOD's JETS.  I kept my plane at St. Petersburg-Clearwater airport (PIE) on the West side of Tampa bay.

One day the ramp filled with G2's, Sabre's, Lears and Hawkers. I asked the ramp kids, "whats up", thats before "Wazzup" became the proper embolization and mastication of the English language.  Oh, he replied, "the God squads in town, they come in for conferences and generally stay two days and leave.  

So I grabbed a ramp t-shirt and hung with the kids out of curiosity.  What I saw ticked me off.  Gold plated knobs, restrooms more opulant than many houses I have been in, gold silverware, ermine headrests, leather and satins, and velvet.  

These folks in the GOD selling business pay for these aircraft with donations from those expecting the "ten-fold" return on their hard earned dollars.  And they use the people starving in their ads claiming you are sending them relief money. Some of them are actually in simplistic terms are taking from the viewers in the name of God and compassion and stealing from the starving poor.

No, they didn't feed the people in Haiti, or the orphans or the starving Somalis, nor the tornado victims, or the earthquakes.  They spoke the words and stole the money.  This is the group who use their jets to bring home the bacon.  

Business jets today are popular and sold in increasing numbers as the economy permits. Our religious moguls are not having a meltdown, bubble busting, overtaxed time, of it.  They can afford the best because they do not have to share it with the government.  The problem is the dollars.  The dollars for Jesus break down as follows. One for Jesus, two for the TV time, and three for me and my ancillary expenses.

They get free money big time every day when they open their mail or look at their credit card balance.  That was the money to feed the poor, house the homeless and to bring Jesus into your life. It seems the Jesus part cost a lot of money. TV Studios, staff, secretaries, producers, lots of hairstylists and makeup people, plus "the transportation for personal appearances" which consists of airplane(s), Rolls Royces, horses, cattle, ten or so extra homes and staff, and Rolexes. The list is endless. 

Those days of sandals and hoping from town to town on ass's are gone. Multi-million dollar (23M) jets carry the ass's now wherever they have to go. The fuel bills and crew costs for one month could feed an orphanage and pay the bills for a year.

Those folks on the dais answering your calls are volunteers, thats a higher level of "suckerfication" than just giving them your money.  They become part of the scam. They just don't know it. The money goes to TV time or to keep their burning bush going. The rest is carefully disguised under a million different titles that the IRS has trouble with as a non-profit.


Paula White and Rod Parsley also owns a HS 125 

Jesse Duplantis, Jerry Savelle, Mark Bishop, each own their own Cessna Citation 500. 

Fred KC Price, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn has had his own Grumman Gulfstream II's, III's.

Paul Crouch, Ken Hagin's 601, and Joyce Meyer has her own Challenger 600.