In the latest allegation to unfold against Trinity Broadcasting
Network, the ministry is being accused of a power play against
Filed court documents allege that TBN leader Paul
Crouch, Sr., while on what was thought to be his
deathbed, wrote a letter naming Matthew Crouch -- not his
namesake -- as his successor.
The Orange County Register reports that
when Paul Crouch, Sr. was in the hospital for congestive heart
failure last year, he did not name Paul Crouch, Jr. as the
ministry's next head. The family filed a photo of Jan Crouch
holding the letter that her husband wrote.
Although Paul Crouch, Sr. is still alive, Matthew Crouch is now
head of the ministry's daily operations. Paul Crouch, Jr. and his
family have been removed from TBN.
Two granddaughters of Paul and Jan Crouch are currently in legal
battles against TBN, accusing the ministry of financial schemes and
waste and for covering up an incident of rape (see earlier story). TBN denies the allegations
and maintains that the granddaughters are revealing "distorted"
American Heritage Girls, a Christian alternative to the
Girl Scouts of America, will soon have its National Day of Service
to honor the organization's 17th birthday.