Mike Murdock is a popular television preacher and evangelist, known all over the world for preaching the prosperity message and gospel. He is inclined to the fact that God’s intention is for all His children to prosper and flourish and thus, uses biblical references to point out the principles and doctrines needed to make one prosper. He is also an author, music composer, songwriter, and the founder cum senior pastor of The Wisdom Center – his church through which he has preached the gospel all over the world.
Mike Murdock – Bio
Dr Murdock’s name at birth was Michael Dean Murdock. He was born on April 18, 1946, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in the United States of America. He was born into a God-fearing Christian home, as his father, John Murdock Sr, was a full-time pastor well-know around Louisiana and beyond. He grew up in a family of 9 – which includes 7 children.
Mike attended LaGrange High School in the Lake Charles area where he grew up. He then got admission to the Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahachie, Texas, but a year and a half into his studies at the university, he left to pursue his calling to full-time ministry.
It is on record that Mike Murdock held his first-ever evangelism outreach in 1961, aged 15. He thereafter began full-time evangelism in 1965, when he was aged 19. He continued his evangelism crusades from 1966 to this present day. He has, over the years, composed more than 5,000 songs – some of which have been performed by very popular artists, he has also authored more than 200 books – including bestsellers Dream Seeds, Secrets of the Richest Man Who Ever Lived, just to mention a few. He is the host of a weekly Christian television program called Wisdom Keys with Mike Murdock.
Wife and Children
Mike Murdock got married to Linda Lormand in 1966. In 1979, the couple decided to adopt a son called Jason. Later that year, Mike and Linda became separated and eventually got divorced – after 13 years of marriage, towards the end of 1979. The custody of their son was given to Linda at the time of their divorce.
No reason (s) was/were given by both parties for their divorce but it sure didn’t stop people from speculating what the cause could be. Some speculated that the divorce of the couple could have been as a result of their inability to have their own children, while others posited that the divorce could have been because of personal differences in their marriage. Mike Murdock did not remarry after his divorce, but Linda Lormand did remarry. She married a renowned geologist known as Frank Brown.
Apart from their adopted son named Jason, Mike Murdock and Linda did not have biological children of their own and Mike Murdock is not on records to have had any other children.
Meet The Parents
Milke Murdock’s parents are John Ellis Murdock and Willie Durham Murdock. His father, John Murdock was a pastor before Mike was called to the ministry. He was well-known in the Louisiana area as a man given to prayer and the study and preaching of the word of God. His father married his mother, Willie Durham on May 26, 1934, and they reportedly had 7 children – though it is not clear if they were all his biological children. He founded very many churches in Louisiana.
John E. Murdock was an excellent poetry writer and he received national recognition for this. He is also a music composer and an author who wrote a few books. He would always take time to explain the doctrines that he believed to Mike and also admonished him to learn how to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and to obey all His instructions.
Mike Murdock’s mother and one of his sisters died a few years before his father did. His father was said to have died peacefully in his sleep on September 26, 2016, in his own home, giving no indication of sickness or deteriorating health issues. In fact, it was said that his father was smiling and at peace with everyone just the night before he died.
Details of His Net Worth
Mike Murdock is reportedly worth $6 million. His annual salary is estimated to be between $200,000 to $250,000. He is estimated to probably be worth a little more than this figure because most of his fortune is in real estate. Sometime in 2012, he put up his residence for sale, and it was believed to be worth about $1.5 million, prior to its listing. The 25 bedroom property, which is situated on a 6.89-acre land was then listed on Realtor.com for $3.2 million. It was believed to have been sold off at about $2.7 million.