My Tribute to Jan Crouch

By Mario Murillo

My father in Christ, Ralph Wilkerson said—back in the day—“we are going to be on a television show.” So, we drove to Fontana CA to a storage facility.  After driving past row after row of roll up storage units we came to one that was strangely outfitted.

A bed sheet was the backdrop.  There was a non-descript light bathing the whole “stage area” which consisted of two folding chairs.  Whenever Paul Crouch did the interview, Jan ran the camera. And, when Jan did the interview, Paul ran the camera…this was the beginning of what is now the largest religious television network in the world.

Watching TBN grow up was something straight out of the book of Acts.  Being allowed to be a big part of it was amazing.  For 30 years I preached on TBN.  For ten years we had our own 30 min show on TBN—donated to us by Paul and Jan Crouch.

We were family.  Like any family…you have differences.  Today…those differences are irrelevant and utterly unimportant.

Jan was larger than life and was never afraid to be herself…that’s for sure! She genuinely loved lost souls.  She really did feel profound compassion for poor children around the world.  She sincerely loved the moving of the Holy Spirit.

Time after time she would be amen corner as I preached.  She would constantly challenge me to “Let the Holy Spirit move!”  This resulted in reports of healing flooding in from all over the world.  She was this way with every spirit-filled preacher who came to TBN.

She withstood a tidal wave of criticism during her years in broadcasting.  She never let it stop her or make her bitter.

You can still hear her voice speaking with such unabashed affection for “our little partners.”  That voice—along with her laugh will be sorely, sorely missed.

She was a pioneer who never apologized to anyone for her uniqueness.  She is in heaven with Jesus—the Jesus who she so deeply loved, served and followed by faith. At last she is with Him!

15 thoughts on “MY TRIBUTE TO JAN CROUCH

  1. Thanks for sharing your life with Jan and Paul and what she meant to you and so many. A true pioneer she was. We have fond memories as well. I know she is having a big time now.
    Christy DiMartino

  2. Jan, was a sweetheart who greatly loved the Lord. Yes, she will be greatly missed by all of us as it just will not seem the same without seeing Jan praising our Lord on TBN. But what a time to rejoice and celebrate knowing that Jan now is forever in the presence of our Lord Jesus and with her beloved husband Paul for ETERNITY. I can see her in the heavens before JESUS – lifting her hands and praising our Lord Jesus Christ…. She now is part of that glorious cloud of witnesses before Jesus Christ… She will be missed though as I will miss seeing her singing and praising our Lord on TBN. Thank you Lord for giving us Jan on this earth to look back in full praise to you Jesus. Thank you.

  3. This is a beautiful Tribute to Jan Crouch!
    I have loved her, met her and Pat, in Denver, CO. They were there for a revival, almost 30 years ago now. Because of her uniqueness, I felt good being who I am in Christ, unique!
    She was a true deal! Sweet way in which she expressed her love for Jesus and all people’s of the world!
    Praying for her family. Sweet sorrow, yet time of rejoicing for her loving obedience to the call of God. Wow, she was a partner in the, Big plan of God!
    Say, hello to Doug and Becky Morris for me! We are close, family friends for years! You are blessed to have them. Mario Muillo you are a blessing! > >
    Starla ( Clay ) Birdsong

  4. Thank you Mario Murillo for your beautiful comments on Jan’s life. She was absolutely unique and such a blessing to us all and yes I agree she is in the presence of our dear Savior. And Mario I always loved hearing you preach too.

  5. Lovely Mario , we loved her very much !!!!!! Loved always hearing you preach as well . Jan is receiving so many rewards with our Jesus . I can only imagine ,

  6. Thanks for everything Jan! Thanks for letting God use you and Paul to be beacons of light to the world through TBN.

    Thanks TBN for keeping me alive during very dark times in my life.

    Go Jesus!

  7. Jan was precious and so full of creativity. Her great love for people, her telling her “chicken” story from childhood, her story of praying for large Angels to go to help Arthur Blessitt, her kindness and sheer joy in seeing her vision of The Holy Land Experience become a reality- this was a soul of true beauty, selfless missions, always loving the Lord, and willing to go the extra mile. May God bring comfort and vision to her family.

  8. Jan, thank you for being obedient to the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Your Ministery lead many people to the Lord Jesus Christ. You endured many things. The Lord said blessed are those who endure for when they have endured they will receive the crown of life. I am sure that when you entered heaven you had many crowns to lay at the feet of our Lord and Savior. God Bless you big. Rest with him in Joy for ever…

    1. Thank you for showing the world to not ever despise small beginnings. Jan was a joy and her love for God shined through the tv into every home that watched. Thank you Paul and Jan for staying the course and encouraging the preachers like Mario to press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus! To this we are grateful! TBN’s legacy for souls to be won, lives on through
      those whose lives you inspired so beautifully.
      C. Carpenter Az

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