Reported by Marie Seva
Creflo Dollar is the founder of the World Changers Church International. Here are some interesting facts about the televangelist:
Creflo Augustus Dollar, Jr., born in 1962, also founded the Creflo Dollar Ministerial Association, the Creflo Dollar Ministries, and Arrow Records which is managed by both he and his wife. His services are broadcasted to satellite churches located in about 6 other states in the U.S. Below are more information on the televangelist:
1. Dollar finished college with a Bachelor’s degree in Science from the West Georgia College located in Carrollton, Georgia in 1984. Later, the Oral Roberts University awarded him with an honorary doctorate degree in Divinity in 1998.
2. Dollar first met his wife, Taffi, in West Georgia College, as she was an attendee at a Bible class he was conducting there. They got married in 1985 and had five children — Gregory, Lauren, Alexandria, Jeremy, and Jordan.
3. Dollar’s first worship service assembly was held in the school cafeteria of Kathleen Mitchell Elementary School in College Park, Georgia where attendance had only been a total of eight people. Records as of 2007 show that the members of the group have gone up to 30,000 and their total collections or revenues in 2006 reached $69 million.
4. From the school cafeteria, Dollar moved his services to a chapel of an average capacity. And on the 24th of December in 1995, he finally moved to the World Dome which has an 8,500 seating capacity and cost a sum of almost $18 million.
5. Dollar also publishes a quarterly magazine titled CHANGE with subscriptions already nearing 100,000, and the bimonthly newsletter (intended for ministers) called THE MAX.
6. Following the death of Greg McDowell, who was shot while leading a prayer in one of the services, Dollar dared members of the church to make donations totaling $234,000 to eradicate all debts of the McDowell’s grieving family.
7. For about five consecutive years now, Dollar, together with his congregation, has been providing some 3,000 families within Atlanta with Thanksgiving dinners during the holidays delivered in dinner boxes filled with ingredients of traditional Thanksgiving dishes (among the contents is a turkey).
8. Dollar teaches the prosperity theology or the prosperity gospel wherein prosperity is believed to be God’s will for man, and, wherein having faith, positive words, and tithing to Christian ministries will bring prosperity to man.
9. Dollar has received his share of criticisms. He has been consistently questioned for his luxurious lifestyle. Among his possessions are a private jet, two Rolls-Royces, properties in Atlanta, New Jersey, and New York (now sold), costs of which average about $2 million each.
10. Dollar has failed to disclose his salary in the ministry. His ministries received an “F” rating from the Ministry Watch under the category of financial transparency.