Kenneth Max Copeland (born December 6, 1936) is a charismatic televangelist and author from the United States. Kenneth Copeland Ministries, his ministry, is based in Tarrant County, Texas.
He’s been labeled as a believer of the prosperity gospel. His evangelism encourages parishioners to give to his church, promising a “hundredfold” return on their investment. He has been chastised for using tax-exempt status and donations to fund homes, private aircraft, an airport, and other extravagant purchases.
Early Life and education
Kenneth Max Copeland was born to Aubrey Wayne and Vinita Pearl (née Owens) Copeland in Lubbock, Texas. He grew up in West Texas near a US Army Air Forces airfield, which motivated him to pursue a career as a pilot.
Copeland was an Imperial Records recording artist who had one Billboard Top 40 song (“Pledge of Love,” which charted in the Top 40 on April 20, 1957, lasted on the charts for 15 weeks, and peaked at #17). Copeland committed his life to preaching the gospel and doing ministry.
In the fall of 1967, he joined at Oral Roberts University, where he quickly rose through the ranks to become Oral Roberts’ pilot and driver.
Kenneth Copeland Ministries (KCM) was started in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1967 after Copeland and his wife Gloria attended Kenneth E. Hagin’s Charismatic Pastor Seminars. “Jesus is Lord,” the ministry’s motto, is taken from Romans 10:9. According to him, the ministry has “delivered over 122 million individuals to the Lord Jesus Christ” in an interview.
Television and Programming
Copeland’s ministry has sponsored three- to six-day conferences across the United States for decades. Although KCM still holds an annual Believer’s Convention in his hometown of Fort Worth during the week of July 4, the number of longer set conventions has decreased in recent years.
Kenneth and Gloria Copeland, as well as friends and family members in the ministry, preach at other conventions and conferences around the world. These events are broadcast live on Christian television networks such as God TV and the Daystar Television Network, as well as on Copeland’s website, kcm.org.
On Sundays, portions of recorded conferences are aired. Monday through Friday, a member of the Copeland family, either alone or with another preacher, discusses biblical topics on television.
Kenneth Copeland Ministries is located in Fort Worth, Texas, on 33 acres (13 ha), with a Tarrant Appraisal District valuation of $554,160 in 2008. The Eagle Mountain International Church, television and radio production facilities, warehousing and distribution facilities, Copeland family residences, and Kenneth Copeland Airport are all located on the property.  KCM has a workforce of about 500 workers. The ministry’s chief operational officer is John Copeland.
KCM also has a 1998 Cessna 550 Citation Bravo for domestic flights, which it obtained from a donor in October 2007, and a 2005 Cessna 750 Citation X for international operations.
Victory Channel is a television channel that broadcasts victories
KCM established the Believer’s Voice of Victory Network (BVOV) on Dish TV channel 265 in July 2015.
Victory Channel was rebranded Believer’s Voice of Victory Network in 2019 and is now a free-to-air channel broadcast on sub-channels across the country. The Believer’s Voice of Victory (BVOV) ceased programming on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on October 2, 2020.
Board of advisors
Copeland was a member of Donald Trump’s evangelical executive advisory group during his presidential campaign.
Copeland stated that his appointment to the board did not compel him to back Trump’s presidential campaign, and he did not do so at the time.
Copeland declared before the 2016 election that Christians who did not vote for Trump were guilty of murder, referring to Hillary Clinton’s abortion policy. Copeland said in an interview after a state dinner at the White House that Trump was “led by the Spirit of God” and that his most important legacy as president would be conservative judicial appointments.
Copeland has had three marriages. In October 1955, Ivy Bodiford was the first. Terri Copeland Pearsons was their only child, and they divorced in 1958. From 1958 to 1961, he was married to Cynthia Davis. On April 13, 1963, Kenneth married Gloria (née Neece). John Copeland and Kellie Copeland are their children.
Gloria and her husband co-host “The Believer’s Voice of Victory,” the ministry’s premier show. Kellie and Terri both preach across the United States, and Terri also speaks at Eagle Mountain International Church, where her husband, George Pearsons, is the pastor.
Kenneth Copeland Networth
|Net worth||US$300 million (April 2020)|
Is Kenneth Copeland the richest pastor in the world?
Pastor Kenneth Copeland is the wealthiest pastor in the world, according to our research.
How much does Kenneth Copeland earn?
His ministry does not disclose Copeland’s current salary. In a property-tax exemption application, the church revealed that Copeland made $364,577 in 1995, while his wife, Gloria, earned $292,593. The Copeland family, on the other hand, is interested in activities outside of the church.