Things You Didn’t Know About Jimmy Swaggart

Senior pastor Jimmy Swaggart aka Jimmy Lee Swaggart is a renowned and multitalented personality. He is a gospel music recording artist, singer, and pianist. Swaggart has been active in the industry since 1955 i.e for about 67 years now.

Besides, since he began his television ministry more than 5 decades ago, he has reached the most people in the US as well as audiences globally. Likewise, his program Jimmy Swaggart Telecast and A Study in the Word weekly broadcast not just in the US but also in 104 countries have gathered a huge audience.

Additionally, he has been married to his wife Frances Swaggart for around 7 decades now. At the time of their marriage, they were just teenagers. From then to date, the duo has welcome a child into their family.

Moreover, he has been involved in many controversies and scandals in his lifetime. Read below to get more info on it.

How Old is Jimmy Swaggart?

Jimmy Swaggart was born in 1935 on the 15th of March in Ferriday, Louisiana, the United States of America to his parents. He is 87 years old and has a birth sign of Pisces.

Besides, coming from America, he holds the country nationality, meanwhile, he has white ethnicity. Moreover, he along with his whole family follows the religion Christianity.

His Parents

Pastor Swaggart grew to his parents; Minnie Belle Swaggart (1917 – 1960) and Willie Leon Swaggart (1915 – 1998).

His father, Willie was a fiddle player, and his mother, Minnie was a Pentecostal preacher. It is reported that his mother was the daughter of a sharecropper, William Herron.

His Siblings

The celebrity personality, Swaggart had a brother Donnie Swaggart. However, at the moment he is no more with us, as he died in infancy. Apart from his brother, he did have a sister named Jeannette Swaggart Ensminger (1942-1999).

Furthermore, in his family, he does have cousins; Mickey Gilley and Jerry Lee Lewis. Mickey was a singer and songwriter who was quite popular at his time. Similarly, Jerry is also recognized as a songwriter, singer, and pianist. Just like his other siblings, Mickey is also dead. He died on the 7th of May, 2022.

Jimmy Swaggart speaking in front of audience
Source: Instagram

His Educational Background

At Jimmy’s birth, his parents were facing a huge financial crisis. Due to this, he never got a chance to get into a formal school or college. However, he did get a chance to attend a church. There he learned about Bible and he is still promoting and spreading the knowledge he gathered around the globe.


Swaggart started full-time evangelistic work in his initial days. After doing evangelistic work for around five years, he was seen recording gospel music record albums as well as transmitting on Christina radio stations in the 60s.

Besides, he began his radio ministry in 1961. Following year, he even founded a small church; Family Worship Center in Baton, Rouge, Louisiana. There he serves as a senior pastor.

Moving forward in 1971, he started transmitting a weekly half-hour telecast on different stations. Later on, he purchased a local AM radio Station, WLUX to get a wide range of audiences. Seeing his overall popularity, in 1978 his weekly telecast got increased to an hour. And, by 1983, his show was telecast on above 250 stations.

In addition, in the past, he was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Performance for Traditional Gospel.

His Author And Music Credit

In his lifetime, he has written different books. Among those, the popular one is Religious Rock n Roll: A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. You could get the book from Amazon for about $6.97.

The Other Books he has published are; The Expositor’s Study Bible – Giant Print, Biblia De Estudio del Expositor, The Holy Spirit, What I Hate, That Do I, and more.

Additionally, he is also notable for his cover of Chuck Girard’s song titled Sometimes Alleluia. Likewise, his other songs are Jesus Use Me, Mercy Rewrote My Life, Where The Roses Never Fade, and many more.

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Jimmy Swaggart Founded Family Christina Academy

Senior Pastor, Swaggart was the one who founded Family Christina Academy (FCA) in 1982. Although he ran the school in its initial time, the school was later handed to Carolyn Richards who is identified as Swaggart’s grandson’s mother-in-law.

The school provides the best education and a strong foundation in the Lord and his word. It is also said that they educate the children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.

Moreover, his ministries also own the SonLife Broadcasting Network.

Jimmy Swaggart Has Been Married to Frances Swaggart for Over 7 dexSWA

He is married to his wife, Frances Swaggart, TV host of Frances and Friends. The ceremony took place on the 10th of October, 1952. At that time Jimmy was just 17 years old, and Frances was 15 years old.

It is reported that they met each other for the first time in church in Wisner, Louisiana. Back then, he was playing music alongside his father, who was a pastor in the same church.

After their marriage, they even worked different part-time jobs and they also began to sing in Southern Gospel music at various churches just to support their family.

Jimmy Swaggart with his wife, Frances
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Jimmy Swaggart is Father to a Son

Jimmy and Frances have a child named Donnie, a preacher. He was born on the 18th of October, 1954, and today he is 67 years old. The family has disclosed that his name was taken directly from Jimmy’s dead brother, in his memory.

Their child, Donnie was married to Debbie and later on got divorced in 2003. Likewise, his second marriage was with Judy, but it also did not last.

After the failure of his different marriage, at last, he again got back to his first wife, Debbie, and remarried in 2006.

Jimmy has three grandchildren from Donnie and his wife, Debbie Swaggart. They are; two sons, Gabriel Swaggart and Matthew Swaggart, and a daughter, Jennifer Swaggart.

Jimmy Swaggart Net Worth

Jimmy Swaggart has an estimated net worth of $10 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. His income comes from his carer as an author, artist, pianist, and pentecostal televangelist as well as his ministries.

He even collected some decent assets selling his albums and stations. He sold more than 17 million LP albums in the 1970s and 1980s. Besides it, he also sold numerous radio stations in the 80s and 90s.

Likewise, in 1987, Jimmy World Ministries along with its Bible college had generated revenue of around 150 million dollars. Among the huge collection, a huge sum of money i.e 135 million dollars was extracted only from individual contributions from Jimmy’s TV ministry.

Jimmy Swaggart And His Ministries Had To Pay Millions

Furthermore, his ministry was ordered to pay a price of more than 2.8 million dollars to an investor group. The group claimed the ministries crawfished on the 2004 land agreement in order to gain profit from real estate values. It was after Hurricane Katrina struck southeast Louisiana.

Similarly, after he exposed Marvin Gorman in 1986, Gorman was defrocked from Assemblies of God right at moment. Due to this, he filed a lawsuit against Jimmy for defamation and conspiracy to ruin his reputation.

The case was on the side of Marvin in which Swaggart had to give $10 million. But they settle the case outside the court for $1.75 million.

Jimmy Swaggart was Involved with Prostitutes

In 1988, he was suspended and defrocked by Assemblies of God. It was due to him being accused of a sexual scandal with a prostitute.

Furthermore, in 1991 he again got involved with prostitutes. Back in the day, he was pulled over by an officer in Indio, California. He was then riding on the wrong side of the road. Besides, he was with a woman named Rosemary Garcia.

According to the police report, the woman revealed that Jimmy had stopped to propose sex to her on the side of the road. Due to this, his ministry became nondenominational, non-affiliated, and significantly smaller.

Jimmy Swaggart reading a book
Source: Instagram

Body Measurements

Different media personnel has stated that Jimmy has a height of 5 feet and 5 inches tall i.e 170 cm. Meanwhile, he weighs around 76 Kg.

Social Media

He is active on Instagram where he has more than 31k followers on his @jimmylswaggart handle. He has posted 409 times and has followed just 15 users. Likewise, 21.4k accounts have followed him on his Official Twitter handle. Similarly, he could be found on Facebook, where he has 289k likes.

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