Paula White is an evangelical preacher who has gone about preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. She is a televangelist, non-denominational pastor who is often referred to as “a prosperity preacher” with some criticizing what she stands for. It is a doctrine that preaches that God will bless his people with emotional, financial and spiritual blessings if they take part in kingdom activities. She is the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center, a multicultural, non-denominational church in Apopka, Florida.
Paula White Bio
Born in Tupelo, Mississippi on April 20, 1966, Paula was the daughter of Myra Joanelle and Donald Paul Furr, and they owned a toy and craft store. Her birth name was Paula Michelle Furr and her childhood was by no means easy. Her parents were having marital issues and her mother moved to Memphis, taking her along. The situation drove her father to suicide and Paula was just five years old. The death of Donald and the subsequent struggles led Paula’s mom, Myra to become an alcoholic. Paula grew up while being looked after by babysitters. White claims that she was sexually and physically assaulted between the time she was six and when she turned thirteen.
Paula moved to Washington D.C when she was nine years old after her mother got remarried to a two-star US Navy admiral. White graduated from Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Maryland. It was in 1984 that she converted to Christianity while she was living in Maryland. She claimed that it was at about this time that she received a vision from God that asked her to preach the gospel.
Paula White is a pastor but also an author of several books. She hosts her own popular television show, Paula White Today. From her various streams of income, she has amassed a net worth of $5 million.
Who is Paula White’s Husband?
Paula White has been married three times. She was first hitched after she got pregnant as a teenager and went on to marry the father of her unborn child, Dean Knight who was a local musician at the time. The pair had a son together and were soon divorced soon after. This was in 1984, the year she became a born-again Christian.
Following her divorce, Paula met Randy while he was visiting a church where she voluntarily served as a janitor. Paula and Randy became friends, saw each other for a couple of months and spent time working together on the ministry. During a tour to Israel, less than a year after meeting him, Randy proposed to Paula and she accepted.
Soon after they moved to Tampa, Florida they founded South Tampa Christian Center in 1991. The ministry was later renamed Without Walls International Church. For the first eight years of the church, it changed location three times before arriving at its main site. In the first two years, the church struggled financially as could be expected but it would later begin to grow due to various outreach programs. The church was growing and expanding on all sides, however on August 23, 2004, Randy White announced that his marriage to Paula was over.
When the senior minister of New Destiny Christian Church in Apopka, Florida, Zachery Tims died, Paula was appointed to succeed him by the board of trustees. She took over as the Senior Pastor of the church on January 1, 2012. Three years later, she got married to Jonathan Cain on April 27, 2015.
Relationship with Trump and Benny Hinn
The televangelist and the business tycoon have known each other for a number of years and during Donald Trump’s 2011 shot at the White House, she helped him seek counsel from the divine. When Trump made what proved to be a successful bid at the presidency in 2016, she continued to intercede on his behalf. She was named chair of the evangelical advisory board of Mr. Trump’s administration. She also delivered the invocation at his inauguration. She is seen as one of the Presidents most trusted spiritual advisers.
Sometime in 2010, Paula White was pictured stepping out of a hotel in Rome with fellow televangelist, Benny Hinn. The magazines which ran the story claimed the pair were having an affair but both parties firmly denied any form of wrongdoing whatsoever. Pastor Benny Hinn did later say that they were friends but firmly rejected the notion of adultery.