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TBN EXPOSED - A Case For The Truth

TBN - Trinity Broadcasting Network, a "trademark" for Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, Inc.

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501c3 Corporations, whose existance is wholly dependent upon  the flood of tax-deductible donations from TBN supporters and untaxed gains / "profits" from TBN investments.

TBN refuses to release consolidated audited financial statements, though MinistryWatch.com has learned that TBN spends shockingly little on its charitable programs, at 43 percent, when compared to the MinistryWatch.com database average at about 78 percent. Additionally, TBN's 2003 savings rate is high at about 39 percent compared to the MinistryWatch.com database average of around zero. Also, TBN presently has cash and short term investments of $341 million. This represents money that could be deployed into ministry work but instead is sitting idle on the ministry's balance sheet. Meanwhile, the ministry continues to implore donors to give it even more money.

Furthermore, Mr. Crouch and his family live a life of luxury, the full extent of which remains unknown. Matthew Crouch, the son of Paul and Jan Crouch, controls a for-profit company that has received approximately $32 million from TBN corporations during the past several years to produce movies such as "The Omega Code." Due to a lack of transparency, donors are unable to determine if this was a sensible use of their money or what amount of compensation Matthew Crouch and/or others closely aligned with the Crouch family may have taken from this and possibly other related party transactions. Also, TBN's board of directors is made up of just three Crouch family members, preventing independent oversight needed to protect donor interests and in contrast to the best practices utilized by many other excellent ministries.

Finally, despite promises of cooperation from Paul Crouch Jr., TBN eventually resorted to a threatening letter from an attorney rather than answer the questions submitted by MinistryWatch.com, even though Crouch Jr., in an email, promised to fully answer questions from MinistryWatch.com. As a result, LibertyPressNews.com continues our investigation into a number of allegations of lawsuits, coercion, threats, and intimidation by TBN against those who criticize it.

In recent years TBN'S accountant has fallen into serious trouble, being sued 4 times for mal-practice, I wonder if we should trust that firm's "opinion" about TBN's "cleanliness" in it's bookkeeping.

MORE INFORMATION ON TBN IS AVAILABLE AT THIS LINK http://www.inplainsite.org/html/tbn.html

A PRELIMINARY AND NON-EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF COMPANIES KNOWN TO BE OWNED AND/OR FINANCIALLY AFFILLIATED AND/OR DEPENDENT UPON TBN.
 
THE PARENT COMPANY AS NOW STRUCTURED IS:
TRINITY CHRISTIAN CENTER OF SANTA ANA, INC. (December 2, 1987, amended: May 5, 1988; August 25, 1999; June 13, 2000)
TCCSA (Link to financial disclosure)
2442 Michelle Drive
Tustin, CA. 92680
Agent for Service: Ruth Brown (Paul's sister and a Director of TCCSA).
Directors: Paul Crouch, Sr., Janice Crouch and Ruth Brown.
 
HISTORY
AMENDMENTS AND BRANCHES
 
TRINITY CHRISTIAN CENTER OF SAN MARCOS (October 1, 1970)
TCCSM - Affiliate Ministry      
2442 Michelle Drive
Tustin, CA. 92780
Agent for Service: Allan Brown (Paul's brother-in-law and financial officer of TCCSA, now deceased).

Recipient of grants from TCCSA
Examination of IRS Forms 990 for the years 2000, 2004 and 2006 reveal grants in the amounts of
 2000-$552,000
2004-$335,570
2006-$593,315
 
TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC. (filed August 2, 1973)
TBN
Incorporators: Rev. James O. Bakker, Paul F. Crouch and Rev. Ralph Wilkerson; The corporation had no offices so, the residential addresses of the Incorporators are given, Orange County as the location of the corporation's operation.
 
     ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION
          ARTICLE II: 
                 (B) General Purposes and Powers;
para (4) To solicit, collect, receive and acquire ontributions, gifts, legacies, bequests and endowments, consisting of money or property, whether real, personal or mixed;
          ARTICLE VII:
                  The property of this corporation...  ...and no part of the net income or assets of this organization shall ever inure to the benefit of any director, officer or member thereof or to the benefit of any private person.     
 
Attached to the filing is a Resolution Authorizing Use of Corporate Name from Trinity Braodcasting Systems, Inc. a South Carolina Corporation, and granting use of the name Trinity Broadcasting Network, Inc. in California and throughout the world.  Executed by Paul Crouch (the only signatory), Assistant Secretary, Trinity Broadcasting Systems, Inc. at Costa Mesa, CA.  Paul grants permission to himself?
 
TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC. (amended December 6, 1979, amended December 2, 1987; December 19, 1998; November 20, 2000)
TBN, INC.
Amended Articles of Incorporation, executed by Paul Crouch and Norman Juggert (deceased 2004). Notice Bakker and Wilkerson are no longer involved.
TBN does not have a bank account, owns no assets, is simply a trademark.
Donor checks made out to TBN are deposited in the account of TCCSA at Farmers and Merchants Bank. 
 
TBN FILMS, INC. (September 13, 1989, amended September 8, 1995)
2845 Mesa Verde Drive East
Costa Mesa, CA. 92626
Incorporator: Matthew Wendell Crouch, amended by Paul Crouch 
 
TBN PRODUCTIONS, INC. (December 20, 1996, a new name for TBN Films, amended September 17, 1998; August 25, 1999) 
2442 Michelle Drive
Tustin, CA. 92680
 
NATIONAL MINORITY TELEVISION, INC.
NMTV (predessor TTI, Trinity TV, Inc.)
 
COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION, INC.
CET
 
COMMUNITY TELEVISION OF TEXAS, INC.
 
TRINITY BROADCASTING OF FLORIDA, INC.
TBF
 
TRINITY CHRISTIAN CHURCH INTERNATIONAL (Texas)
TCCI
 
J.W. BETHANY, INC. (February 2, 1999) Janice Wendell Bethany is Jan Crouch's maiden name.
1973 Port Chelsea Place                      2442 Michelle Drive
Newport Beach, CA. 92660                   Tustin, CA. 92780
Agent for Service: John B. Casoria
Not without controversy, the operations of Smile of a Child underscore the self-serving interests of it's founder.  Unreported millions poured into TBN coffers during Haitian minister Juene amd Jan Crouch's pleas for money for orphans.  Now TBN wants to control the mission.  What percentage of the money donated actually went to the mission?

Recipient of grants from TCCSA
Examination of IRS Forms 990 for the years 2000, 2004 and 2006 reveal grants in the amounts of
2000-$100,000
2004-$712,000
  2006-only $12,000
 
Primary operation through Smile of a Child - a hospital and medical center complex in Haiti, for which many pleas for money went out over the network. The "charity" failed amid accusations of financial mismanagement and "TBN is trying to wrest control" from the Haitian minister who helped found the effort.  TBN pulled the rug out from under the charitable efforts amid these accusations. 
 
INTERNATIONAL CHRISTIAN BROADCASTERS, INC.
1973 Port Chelsea Place                      20271 SW Birch Street, Suite 100
Newport Beach, CA. 92660                   Newport Beach, CA. 92660
Agent for Service
     Recipient of grants from TCCSA
     Examination of IRS Forms 990 for the years 2000, 2004 and 2006 reveal grants in the amounts of
2000-$100,000
2004-$12,000
2006-$12,000
 
TRINITY BROADCASTING INVESTMENTS
South Africa 
Directors: Andre Roebert, Jenny Roebert, Jacobus Potgierer and Paul Crouch, Jr.
Recipient of a grant from TCCSA in 2006 in the amount of:
$66,500
 
TRINITY BROADCASTING & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
South Africa
 
MIRACLE MISSIONS CHURCH (Hawaii)
          d.b.a.      TBN - Miracle Network
                        TBN - India
                        TBN - Australia
                       
 
THE CHURCH CHANNEL
 
 
 
 
 
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