Who Is Jack Van Impe?


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Jack Van Impe is a Michigan-based televangelist who founded Jack Van Impe Ministries International in 1970, although he has reportedly worked in Christian ministry for more than 60 years, as of 2015. His television program, "Jack Van Impe Presents," airs weekly in many countries.

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Van Impe's program ran on cable's Trinity Broadcasting Network for 23 years until the network refused to air an episode in which he strongly criticized prominent evangelical pastors Rick Warren and Robert Schuller for allegedly maintaining insufficient distance, as Christians, from Islam. In response, Van Impe removed the show from TBN entirely. Previously, Van Impe had attracted attention for seeming to compare well-known evangelical Pat Robertson to Osama bin Laden.

Van Impe is married to the former Rexella Shelton. He attended Detroit Bible College, now known as William Tyndale College, from 1948 until he graduated in 1952. Van Impe's father was an entertainer before undergoing a conversion in middle age and becoming a foreign missionary.

Jack Van Impe Ministries' website, which calls itself the "Bible Prophecy Portal of the Internet," refers to Van Impe's reputation as "The Walking Bible" because of his extensive memorization of scripture passages. Jack Van Impe Ministries International received a one-star rating from Charity Navigator for fiscal year 2012, based largely on poor marks for accountability and transparency.

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