Kenneth Copeland Biography
Kenneth Copeland (Kenneth Max Copeland) is an American televangelist, author, public speaker, and musician associated with the Charismatic Movement. He is well known for preaching a prosperity and abundance message, commonly referred to as the prosperity gospel, which has been criticized by ministers from various denominations for being contradictory to the actual teaching of the Bible on wealth and materialism, notably in Mark 10:25 and Matthew 19:24.
Kenneth Copeland Age
Kenneth Max Copeland was born in Lubbock, Texas, on 6th of December 6, 1936. He is 82 years old as of 2018.
Kenneth Copeland Family | Young
He was born to Aubrey Wayne and Vinita Pearl Copeland. He was raised in West Texas near a United States Army Air Forces airfield, which inspired him to become a pilot. There is no much information about his early life.
Kenneth Copeland Married | Wife | Children
Copeland was married Ivy Bodiford in October 1955 and became the parents of Terri Copeland Pearsons. The pair later divorced in 1958. Kenneth later married Gloria on April 13, 1963. They are the parents of John Copeland and Kellie Copeland Swisher. Gloria and the Copeland children work for KCM. Kellie preaches throughout the United States, as does Terri, who also preaches at Eagle Mountain International Church, which is pastored by her husband, George Pearsons.
Kenneth Copeland Career | Ministries
Kenneth began his ministry career in a decade For decades, Copeland’s ministry has held three-to-six-day conventions across the United States. The number of longer set conventions has waned in recent years, although KCM still holds an annual Believer’s Convention in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, during the week of July 4.
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland his wife, along with ministry friends including some family members, also preach at other conventions and conferences throughout the world. These events stream live on Copeland’s website, kcm.org, as well as being shown on Christian television stations such as God TV and the Daystar Television Network. Portions of recorded conferences are shown on Sundays.
The Monday through Friday television broadcasts features a Copeland family member, either alone or with another minister, discussing subjects from The Holy Bible. Most of these episodes are available on BVOV.tv. In July 2015, KCM launched the Believer’s Voice of Victory Network on channel 265 of Dish TV.
His Ministries is located at 14355 Morris Dido Road, Fort Worth, TX 76192 on 33 acres (13 ha), a property valued at $554,160 in 2008 by Tarrant Appraisal District. The site includes the Eagle Mountain International Church, television and radio production facilities, warehouse and distribution facilities, residences for the Copeland family, and Kenneth Copeland Airport. Approximately 500 people are employed by KCM. John Copeland is the ministry’s chief operating officer.
KCM also owns 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 restoring a 1962 Beech H-18 Twin, which the ministry plans to use for disaster relief efforts.
In February 2007, Copeland was accused of using his ministry’s Citation X 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 but known confidentially by the Internal Revenue Service.
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. 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. 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.
Kenneth Copeland Ministries has taken advantage of a Federal Aviation Administration program that keeps flights private from tracking websites, and the ministry owns five such aircraft whose flights are kept private, including the Cessna 750 Citation X note above and a North American T-28 Trojan.
The United States Senator Chuck Grassley has questioned some of the flights taken by these aircraft, including layovers in Maui, Fiji, and Honolulu. The ministries say that the stopovers were for preaching or for allowing pilot rest. According to the Washington Times, Kenneth Copeland (and another televangelist Jesse Duplantis), has defended his use of private jets as a luxury means of travel, arguing that commercial planes are full of “a bunch of demons.
Kenneth Copeland Net Worth
Kenneth estimated net worth is under review, there is no information about his net worth or salary but he is said to have been earning a huge salary from his work.
Kenneth Copeland Filmography
- The Gunslinger
- Covenant Rider
- The Treasure of Eagle Mountain
- Judgment: The Trial of Commander Kelley
- The Rally
- Superkid Academy: The Mission
- The Rally-LA
Kenneth Copeland Controversies
2006 Angel Flight 44 Controversy
According to The Christian Post, Kenneth Copeland Ministries was criticized in 2010 for failing to fly disaster relief missions to Haiti after allegedly promising an aviation relief assistance program called Angel Flight 44. The Angel Flight 44 ministry was announced by Kenneth Copeland Ministries in 2006 and the ministry attempted to raise money to fund it. Richard Vermillion, co-author of a book on Angel Flight 44 commissioned by Kenneth Copeland Ministries, said that Copeland promised to form the aviation ministry but now believes it was never created. A spokesperson for Kenneth Copeland Ministries, Stephen Swisher, told The Christian Post, “This was not a specific promise with a time line attached”, and said that the money was spent on airplane repairs, and that the airplane was “not in airworthy condition” and had “structural issues.”
2008 Mike Huckabee controversy
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.” Huckabee, an ordained Baptist minister, was appearing on Copeland’s daily broadcast to promote his book, Character IS the Issue: How People with Integrity Can Revolutionize America. Through the years, Copeland has invited many church pastors and evangelists to appear on his daily program to discuss their respective books. Subsequently, in January 2008, the Huckabee campaign paid for use of Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ facilities for a fundraiser. The fundraising at the church was criticized by the Trinity Foundation.
As a result of the Huckabee appearances, Kenneth Copeland Ministries was one of six approached by the United States Senate inquiry into the tax-exempt status of religious organizations. The Copelands responded with a financial statement and created a website, Believers Stand United, to help explain their perspective.
2013 vaccination controversy
In 2013, a measles outbreak (20 confirmed cases as of August 26) in Tarrant County was attributed in the press to anti-vaccination sentiments expressed by members of the Copeland Ministries. The church denied making any such statements and urged members to get vaccinations, even offering free immunizations through the church itself. Pastor Terri Copeland Pearsons, who is Kenneth Copeland’s daughter, offered free vaccination clinics and advised those who did not attend one of the clinics to quarantine themselves at home for two weeks. In a statement on the church website, Pearsons said she was not against immunizations, but also raised concerns about them.
“Some people think I am against immunizations, but that is not true,” the statement said. “Vaccinations help cut the mortality rate enormously. I believe it is wrong to be against vaccinations. The concerns we have had are primarily with very young children who have family history of autism and with bundling too many immunizations at one time. There is no indication of the autism connection with vaccinations in older children. Furthermore, the new MMR vaccination is without thimerosal (mercury), which has also been a concern to many.”
2015 Last Week Tonight criticism
Kenneth Copeland and his wife, Gloria Copeland, were featured in a 2015 episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver that gained media attention. Comedian John Oliver criticized the Copelands for using tax laws to live in a $6.3 million mansion as the parsonage allowance for their home is not subject to income taxes, for using church donations to buy a $20 million jet that was used for trips to a ski resort and a private game ranch,and for promotion of healing through faith and skepticism of medicine, which Oliver highlighted with a video of Gloria Copeland saying that doctors give patients “poison that will make you sicker” and that the church is an alternative to medical treatment: “Which do you want to do? Do you want to do that,” Copeland asked of the doctor’s “poison” treatment, “or do you want to sit here on a Saturday morning, hear the word of God, and let faith come into your heart and be healed?”
In 2009, Copeland’s $3.6 million jet was denied tax-exempt status, opening up a possible investigation into the church’s expenses; Copeland failed to disclose the salaries of his directors. In 2008 the ministry stated it owned five airplanes, one of which is valued at $17.5 million.
Copeland’s ministry bought a multi-million Gulfstream V jet airplane and Copeland thanked his followers and Jesus for buying it when it was delivered at the Fort Worth airstrip, wearing a pilot jacket and sunglasses. The jet was bought from filmmaker and businessman Tyler Perry. Copeland had earlier stated that flying commercial was like entering “a long tube with a bunch of demons”, and defended the use of private jets as it allows for prayer in privacy ‘as the Lord leads’ and avoids demonic influences. Now, the church is asking another $17 or $19.5 million for the building of a hangar, upgrading the runway and maintenance.
Copeland’s and other televangelists’ use of private jets and other lavish houses and vehicles has been criticized.