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Here are nine things you should know about Paula White, her influence, and her ministries.
1. White says she became a Christian in 1984 at the age of 18. On an episode of her television show in 2005, she described a vision she said was given soon after her conversion:
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When I was just 18 years old and barely saved, the Lord gave me a vision that every time I opened my mouth and declared the Word of the Lord, there was a manifestation of his Spirit where people were either healed, delivered, or saved. When I shut my mouth, they fell off into utter darkness, and God spoke to me and said I called you to preach the gospel.
White then attended National Bible College and Seminary in Fort Washington, Maryland. Although she did not graduate from the school, she was ordained by the school’s founder, Pentecostal preacher and evangelist T. L. Lowery.
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2. White was married and had a child when she met Randy White, an associate pastor at the church she was attending. Randy was also married and had three children. Paula and Randy divorced their spouses and married each other in 1989. In 1991, Paula and Randy started a church called South Tampa Christian Center. Because the church only had five members and could not afford to pay the Whites, the couple “lived on government assistance and the kindness of others.” By 2006, however, the church—now dubbed Without Walls International Church—claimed to have 20,000 people, making it the seventh-largest congregation in the United States. A year later, the couple announced to the church they were getting a divorce.
3. In 2001, White told her then-husband Randy that she wanted to start a television show. Paula White Today aired its first episode in 2001, and by 2006 the show was on nine...
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