Kenneth Copeland

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Kenneth Copeland
Born(1936-12-06) December 6, 1936 (age 77)
Lubbock, Texas, United States
ResidenceFort Worth, Texas
NationalityAmerican
OccupationAuthor
Speaker
Televangelist
Political partyConservative
ReligionPentecostal (Word of Faith)
Spouse(s)Gloria Copeland
ChildrenJohn Copeland, Kellie Swisher, Terri Pearsons
Website
www.kcm.org
 
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Kenneth Copeland
Born(1936-12-06) December 6, 1936 (age 77)
Lubbock, Texas, United States
ResidenceFort Worth, Texas
NationalityAmerican
OccupationAuthor
Speaker
Televangelist
Political partyConservative
ReligionPentecostal (Word of Faith)
Spouse(s)Gloria Copeland
ChildrenJohn Copeland, Kellie Swisher, Terri Pearsons
Website
www.kcm.org

Kenneth Copeland (born December 6, 1936) is an American author, musician, public speaker, and televangelist. He is the founder of Kenneth Copeland Ministries and an advocate of prosperity gospel. According to his ministry, believers can become prosperous through tithing, giving offerings, having faith, and using sound financial practices.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Copeland was born in Lubbock, Texas,[2] and raised in West Texas near a United States Army Air Forces airfield, which inspired him to become a pilot.[3]

Prior to his conversion to Christianity in November 1962, Copeland was a recording artist on the Imperial Records label, having one Billboard Top 40 hit ("Pledge of Love", which charted in the Top 40 on April 20, 1957, stayed on the charts for 15 weeks, and peaked at #17).[4]

Following his religious conversion, Copeland turned the rest of his life over to the gospel and ministry work.[5] In the fall of 1967, he enrolled in Oral Roberts University, where he soon became the pilot and chauffeur for Oral Roberts.[6]

Kenneth is married to Gloria Copeland. His children are John Copeland, Kellie Copeland and Terri Pearsons.

He was a member of the Oral Roberts University Board of Regents until 2008.[7][8] Copeland's oldest daughter, Terri, is married to pastor George Pearsons, who served until January 2008 as the ORU Board chairman.[9][7]

Kenneth Copeland Ministries[edit]

Programming and theology[edit]

Kenneth and Gloria on The Believer's Voice of Victory

Copeland's ministry makes frequent use of conventions which typically last from three to six days. Initial conventions in a given city will often be referred to as "Believer's Conventions." Subsequent conventions in the same city are called "Victory Conventions." These conventions are shown live on Copeland's website, kcm.org.

In late November 2007, Mike Huckabee, a 2008 Republican presidential primary candidate, made six appearances on Copeland's daily television program Believer's Voice of Victory, discussing "Integrity of Character".[10] Subsequently, in January 2008, the Huckabee campaign paid for use of Kenneth Copeland Ministries' facilities for a fundraiser.[11] The fundraising at the church was criticized by the Trinity Foundation.[11]

Copeland's ministries encompass a wide variety of activities. “The breadth of Copeland's activities can be seen in the following comment to Senator Grassley: ‘Multiple ‘assumed’ or ‘doing business as’ names were also used. For example, we found at least 21 ‘assumed names’ registered with the State of Texas for Eagle Mountain International Church (also known as Kenneth Copeland Ministries).”[12]

Kenneth Copeland Ministries was one of six approached by the United States Senate inquiry into the tax-exempt status of religious organizations.[13][14] The Copelands responded with a financial statement and created a website, Believers Stand United, to help explain their perspective.[15][16]

Ministry Watch lists a top 30 donor alert for KCM because it does not post audited financial statements on its website or upon request.[17]

Facilities[edit]

Kenneth Copeland Ministries established the Kenneth Copeland Airport and maintains ownership of a 1998 Cessna 550 Citation Bravo, which it received from a donor in October 2007 and is used for domestic flights, and a 2005 Cessna 750 Citation X, which it uses for international flights. It also is in the process of restoring a 1962 Beech H-18 Twin, which the ministry plans to use for disaster relief efforts.[18][19]

In February 2007 Copeland was accused of using his ministry's Citation X for personal vacations and friends.[20] The Copelands' financial records are not publicly available, and a list of the board of directors is not accessible as these details are protected but known confidentially by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).[21] Responding to media questions, Copeland pointed to what he asserted was an accounting firm's declaration that all jet travel complies with federal tax laws.[21] In December 2008, KCM's Citation Bravo was denied tax exemption after KCM refused to submit a standardized Texas Comptroller form that some county appraisal districts use to make determinations, which would have required making public the salary of all ministry staff.[22][23] KCM subsequently filed suit with the Tarrant Appraisal District in January 2009 and its petition to have the aircraft's tax-exempt status restored was granted in March 2010.[23][24][25]

In May 2013, KCM fitted a new production truck with high definition Genelec equipment.[26]

Publications[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.kennethcopelandministries.org/
  2. ^ "Kenneth Copeland". biographyministries.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-17. [dead link]
  3. ^ Gorski, Eric (July 27, 2008). "Relatives of televangelist prosper". Associated Press (USA Today). Archived from the original on May 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-13. 
  4. ^ The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, Joel Whitburn, 7th edition.
  5. ^ Kenneth Copeland, "The Word in My life...," Kenneth Copeland Ministries Catalog (Fort Worth: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, n.d.), 3.
  6. ^ ORU alumni
  7. ^ a b http://www.tulsaworld.com/webextra/content/2007/oru-lawsuit/ORU_pdf_p10.pdf
  8. ^ Strickler, Laura (January 29, 2008). "Televangelists: Who’s Accountable?". CBS News. 
  9. ^ "Our Pastors: Terri and George". Eagle Mountain International Church. October 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  10. ^ The appearances were from Sunday November 25, 2007 through Friday November 30, 2007, Webcast dated Nov 26, 2007Webcast dated Nov 27, 2007Webcast dated Nov 28, 2007Webcast dated Nov 29, 2007Webcast dated Nov 30, 2007
  11. ^ a b "Plate passed for Huckabee at ministry site". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. January 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-17. 
  12. ^ http://finance.senate.gov/newsroom/ranking/download/?id=1f92d378-baa2-440d-9fbd-333cdc5d85fc
  13. ^ "Read Grassley's Letters" (PDF). npr.org. December 4, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  14. ^ LAURIE GOODSTEIN, Believers Invest in the Gospel of Getting Rich, The New York Times, 2009.08.15
  15. ^ kcm.org KCM – Financial Accountability
  16. ^ The investigation found no evidence of the Copelands making personal profit from financial donations. "Believers Stand United". Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  17. ^ MinistryWatch.com's Kenneth Copeland Ministries Profile
  18. ^ FlightAware > Pilot Resources > Airport > Kenneth Copeland Airport (Fort Worth, TX) (4T2)
  19. ^ "FAQ: Why does Kenneth Copeland Ministries own private aircraft? What types of aircraft are they? Why don’t Kenneth and Gloria fly on commercial airlines?". Believers Stand United. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  20. ^ "Jet flight records spur Copeland ministry questions news". WFAA-TV. February 28, 2007. Archived from the original on September 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  21. ^ a b "Jet flight records spur Copeland ministry questions". WFAA-TV. February 28, 2007. Archived from the original on September 7, 2007. Retrieved 2007-10-17. 
  22. ^ "Televangelist's $3.6 million jet not tax-exempt, county says". Fort Worth Star Telegram. December 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-17. [dead link]
  23. ^ a b "A Victory for Church Freedom". Church Law Group. March 11, 2010. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 
  24. ^ Barbee, Darren (February 25, 2009). "Appraisal district sued over tax exemption for private jet". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. pp. B07 Metro. 
  25. ^ "TAD, Copeland ministry settle suit over tax-exempt jet". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. March 10, 2010. 
  26. ^ "Genelec Helps Take Kenneth Copeland Ministries on the Road in Hi-Def". Broadcast Engineering. May 8, 2013. Archived from the original on May 14, 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-14. 

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