RANDY and PAULA WHITE

 

PAULA WHITE
RANDY WHITE
AVVO - Randy and Paula White—The White’s ministry brings in millions each year, and they own million dollar homes across the country (including one in Trump Tower). The couple has been under constant scrutiny for mismanagement of church funds, and they recently got divorced, further complicating matters for the ministry.  At last check, they also failed to provide the Senate with all requested records.  We left out the parts about 

Paula Michelle White-Cain  (April 20, 1966), better known as Paula White, is a Pentecostal Christian televangelist. She is the self proclaimed Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida (near Orlando), a non-denominational, multi-cultural church whose membership ranges in the thousands. 

She hosts a television show, Paula White Today. She was the co-pastor of Without Walls International Church in Tampa, a church she co-founded with pastor and then-husband Randy White.

White is the personal minister to Donald Trump, and will chair the Evangelical Advisory Board in his Presidential administration. Makes sense to me, birds of a feather drag the flock together.   She became the first woman to deliver a prayer at a presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017, delivering the invocation.

White’s first marriage was as a teenager to the father of her son, Dean Knight.  In 1984, while living in Maryland with her newborn baby, she converted to Christianity. Her marriage ended soon after.

According to the book Holy Mavericks, a turning point in White's life was meeting Randy White, a third-generation preacher in the Church of God denomination, in 1981. White had divorced his first wife and was in the early stages of reviving his career as a preacher and evangelist. 

They met while he was visiting the church where White volunteered as a janitor. They became friends and dated for several months, working together in ministry projects. Less than a year after meeting, Randy proposed during a tour to Israel and she accepted. Shortly thereafter they moved from Maryland to Tampa, Florida.

On August 23, 2007, Randy White announced to the Without Walls International Church congregation that he and Paula were divorcing. According to The Christian Post, White says the divorce was amicable and they remain friends.

On April 27, 2015, Paula married rock musician Jonathan Cain of Journey fame.[34]


WITHOUT WALLS
WITH RANDY WHITE

•  Without Walls International Church, originally named South Tampa Christian Center, was founded in Tampa, Florida, by the then-couple Paula and Randy White in 1991.  

•  The church struggled financially at first, and it could not afford to pay Randy and Paula White a salary for the first two years. As a result, Randy and Paula lived on government assistance and the kindness of others. Soon the church began to grow quickly through the various outreach programs. From 1991 to 1998, the church changed locations three times until they secured the property located at 2511 North Grady Avenue in Tampa, and changed the name of the church to Without Walls International Church
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While the church was holding services in an outdoor tent in 1999, they reported 5,000 attendees a week and 10,000 ministered to outside of the church with 230 outreach ministries.

•  Without Walls International Church then purchased the property next to them at 3860 West Columbus Drive expanding their Tampa campus. The property acquired was a Canada Dry warehouse which they remodeled, and was the main sanctuary for the church until September 2014.

•  In 2002, Without Walls International Church began to expand to its second location in Lakeland, Florida. At this time, the church reported 14,000 members and 200 ministries including job training, evangelism among public housing projects and a teen club. Without Walls International Church also began to hold Saturday night services at Carpenter’s Home Church in Lakeland renting the property.

•  Carpenter’s Home Church would later on be purchased by Without Walls International Church in 2005 for $8 million renaming the church to Without Walls Central Church. 

•  In 2004, Without Walls International Church reported a congregation of 20,000 as the largest congregation in the area making the church the seventh largest church in the United States.

•  On July 12, 2009, Paula White became the senior pastor of the church she co-founded, Without Walls International Church, replacing her former husband Randy White, who stated that he was stepping down as pastor due to health reasons and would still remain connected with the church in a different position.

On January 1, 2011, following the resignation of Scott Thomas, White became the senior pastor of Without Walls Central Church in Lakeland, Florida, making her the pastor of both church locations.

•  However, later that year, both senior pastor positions were restored to pastor Randy White. Paula White is no longer associated with Without Walls International Church.

•  On November 6, 2007, United States senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa announced an investigation of Without Walls International Church by the United States Senate Committee on Finance along with five other ministries.  Grassley asked the ministries to divulge financial information.  When CBS News reported the story, Paula White’s ministry denied any wrongdoing, and on March 31, 2008, the Senate Finance Committee received a joint financial report from Without Walls International Church and Paula White Ministries.   Without Walls International Church was one of four ministries that refused to provide the full information Senator Grassley requested.

•  On January 6, 2011, Senator Grassley concluded the three-year investigation with no penalties and no definitive findings of wrongdoing.  The Alliance Defense Fund protested the investigation and the National Religious Broadcasters said the questions Senator Grassley asked were too broad.  The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability plans to create a national commission in response to the Grassley report to lead a review on accountability and policy. The conclusion of the investigation was that Without Walls International Church was cleared.

•  On July 12, 2009, Randy White resigned as pastor and bishop of Without Walls International Church, and Paula White, his ex-wife, was named the successor. Randy White states he was stepping down as pastor because of health and would still remain connected with the church in a different position. That didn’t last long, since then he has returned as senior pastor once again at Without Walls International Church.


PAULA WHITE
MINISTERIES

White recorded the first broadcast of Paula White Today in December 2001 and, by 2006, her show appeared on nine television networks, including Trinity Broadcast Network, Daystar, and Black Entertainment Television, Ebony magazine said of White, "You know you're on to something new and significant when the most popular woman preacher on the Black Entertainment Network is a white woman."

White considers T.D. Jakes her spiritual father. Jakes invited her to speak at his "Woman Thou Art Loosed" conference in 2000. She also participated in the Mega Fest, hosted by Jakes in Atlanta, in 2004, 2005 and 2008.

White has ministered to some well-known people including Michael Jackson, Gary Sheffield, and Darryl Strawberry. She was the personal pastor to Darryl Strawberry, starting in 2003 following Strawberry’s release from prison for cocaine possession. Charisse Strawberry,  Darryl Strawberry’s wife at that time, worked as an assistant to White, accompanying her on speaking engagements. She is the “Personal life coach" of Tyra Banks and appeared on her show, the Tyra Banks Show, in an episode concerning promiscuity on October 4, 2006.

White has been a personal minister to Donald Trump who discovered White by watching her TV show. Trump would often bring her to Atlantic City for private Bible studies, and he has appeared on her television show.  White was credited in June 2016 by James Dobson as having converted Trump to Christianity.  White was part of Trump's Evangelical Advisory Board during his campaign for US President, and provided the invocation prayer during Trump's inauguration ceremony. The subject with assistance from her own ministry board advisor, Jack Graham (pastor), have an ongoing spiritual role towards President Trump.  White was a 2009 Trumpet Awards Honoree.

New Destiny Christian Center - On December 31, 2011, the board of New Destiny Christian Church in Apopka, Florida, announced they had appointed Paula White to succeed Zachery Tims as the new senior pastor.  New Destiny Christian Center had been searching for his replacement since Tims’ death in August 2011.  Tims’ ex-wife Riva filed a lawsuit against the Board of Directors, but quickly dropped it, citing a hold harmless clause in her 2009 marital settlement agreement.  Upon hearing of the controversy, Paula White addressed New Destiny Christian Center during a service she was leading. “I’m not asking you to like me. I’m not asking you to love me or respect me, because I’ll do the work to earn that. I always ask people to give me one year of your life and I promise you will be changed.”  On January 1, 2012, Paula White officially became the Senior Pastor for New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida.


PAULA WHITE
SURVIVOR ?

The three-day Pastors and Leadership Conference, hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes, kicked off last Thursday in Orlando with Pastor Paula White: preacher, motivational speaker, author, TV personality and co-founder of Without Walls International Church.

White started off by letting everybody know that she got her “bounce” back! Paula raised the praise by confessing, “I came to put every devil on notice … I’m getting my dream back, I’m getting my prophesy back, I’m getting my vision back, I’m getting my anointing back, I’m getting my strength back.”

White, who calls herself the “former messed up Mississippi girl,” let the audience know that she would be “very vulnerable and very open” that night. White took off her mask and shared about all the scandals dating back to 2004; when a nine-year investigation was launched by the IRS in into the personal and organizational finances of White and her then husband, Randy.

The following years brought White face to face, challenge after challenge; to the point where she wanted to quit. “You can handle something if it’s for a short season. But how do I praise Him when my days turn into weeks and my weeks turn into months and my months turn into years and my years turn into decades?” she said. “How do I praise Him under that continual pressure? That kind of pressure wears you out.”

White kept it real and addressed all the tests that God had allowed her to go through such as a divorce, alleged affair with televangelist Benny Hinn, a stroke, an addiction to the prescription medication she was given following her stroke and how her church staff split in the middle; with some turning on the Whites and going to the media. She continued with family problems that started when she found out that her son had a drug addiction and was sexually abused by another male at a staff member’s house. Also, White had to deal with the pain of her daughter, Kristen, battling brain cancer; in which she died at age 30 in 2008.

In addition to all of this, White was still expected to preach, prophesized and fulfill her role in the church. It was “that kind of pressure” and “in a really weak moment” that she and her husband made the decision to divorce in 2007. The split was amicable.

Even after her divorce, the trials continued. Last summer, White and televangelist Benny Hinn were pictured in The National Enquirer leaving a hotel in Rome holding hands. They were accused of having an affair and being engaged. White flatly denied that she ever had an affair on Thursday and said, “They’re going to talk about you and write … because it sells ragtag magazines,” she said. “They’re going to lie on you but God’s going to tell you to keep your mouth shut.”

When  White’s long, emotional testimony was over; support and applause from thousands of pastors in filled the place. White is a walking testimony that what the devil meant for bad, God turned it in to good.



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