• Jesse Duplantis is an Evangelical Charismatic Christian minister and founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries.
• He began his career as a guitarist in several bands before having an epiphany and becoming an evangelistic minister in 1976.
• He is an accomplished author, having published several books, and a sought-after guest on religious TV shows.
• He has received negative criticism for his use of private jets and alleged tax fraud.
• He has a large following on his official social media accounts.

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FactOne of many "prosperity gospel" preachers on the controversial Trinity Broadcasting Network.

Who is Jesse Duplantis?

Jesse Duplantis was born on the 9th July 1949, in New Orleans, Louisiana USA, he is an Evangelical Charismatic Christian minister, best known to the world as the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries through which he preaches about prosperity and abundance, often being referred to as “prosperity gospel”. Since founding his ministry, Jesse has expanded his influence to Australia and the United Kingdom.

Early Life, and Education

Jesse grew up in Houma, Louisiana, and at first he wasn’t much interested in religion, faith and preaching. His first love was music; he played guitar and as he got older, his skills improved and would eventually become a seasonal guitarist in a few glam and heavy metal bands. There is no information about his formal education.

Life Before JDM

Before Jesse had an epiphany, he was a guitarist in several bands, starting his musical career with the band Spring Winecooler, and using the stage name Jerry Jackson. As his skills improved, Jesse started performing solo, and was an opening act for several popular blues and jazz bands of the time. However, his interest changed when he heard evangelist Billy Graham speak about salvation and the Love of Christ.

Ministries Career

Jesse delivered his first sermon in 1976; John Hagee presented him as “The Apostle of Joy” on the Trinity Broadcast Network, a phrase which has stuck with him until the present day. Within two years of his first sermon, Jesse had become a full-time evangelistic minister, and soon founded the Jesse Duplantis Ministries (JDM), which has since branched out internationally, specifically to the United Kingdom, and Australia. It was in 1997 that he and his wife Cathy started the Covenant Church, with headquarters in Destrehan, Louisiana. He was gaining attention from people around the world, mostly because of his comic way of preaching, and use of music for his gospels.

Written Work

Jesse is also an accomplished author, having published several books; his first – “Ministry of Cheerfulness” – was released in 1994 and since then he has written such books as “Heaven: Close Encounters of the God Kind” (1996), “God Is Not Enough, He’s Too Much” (2001), “What in Hell Do You Want” (2003), and most recently “Why Isn’t My Giving Working?: The Four Types of Giving”, in 2013.

Television Career

As his popularity increased, he became highly sought after by the TBN, and since the mid- ‘90s has appeared in several religious shows on the network. He hosted “Praise the Lord” from 1992 until 2015, while he appeared in the show “Believer’s Voice of Victory” more than 20 times from 2004 to 2014. Furthermore, he has guested in such programs as “The Joni Show” (2015), and “It’s Supernatural” (2018).

Jesse Duplantis Controversies

Over the years, Jesse has received negative critiques for his work numerous times; the most controversial of his decisions is the use of private jets and the funding for them. In May this 2018, Jesse addressed his followers about financing a private jet – the Dassault Falcon 7X worth $54 million. He explained his need for private jets by saying that if Jesus was present on earth in the modern day, that he wouldn’t ride a donkey and would be in an airplane preaching the gospel all over the world. He received a ton of negative criticism, and in response said, “I’m not asking you to pay for my plane”.

Tax Issues and Alleged Fraud

Jesse has built his fortune on donations by his many followers; his $3 million worth house was bought with these donations, but is registered as a church rectory although it also his personal house. By buying the house through non-taxable donations, Jesse avoided paying $33,000 worth of taxes annually. He has received a lot of criticism for his lifestyle, but has remained tax-free and his followers have been loyal to him.

Jesse Duplantis Net Worth

Have you ever wondered how rich Jesse Duplantis is, as of mid- 2018? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Duplantis’ net worth is as high as $40 million, earned through his successful career as a minister. His Jesse Duplantis Ministries has found a place among numerous people across the world.

Do You Know of Jesse’s Personal Affairs, Marriage, Wife, Children?

Jesse has managed to entwine his professional and personal life, making it one big unity. Jesse has been married to Cathy since 1970; the couple has one child together, and since Jesse launched his career, Cathy has stood beside her husband in all of his religious endeavors, and is the co-founder of the Covenant Church, alongside her husband.

Is Jesse Duplantis on Social Media?

Jesse can be found on such social media networks as Instagram and Facebook, though he is also no stranger to Twitter. He has used social networks to promote his work and to bring closer his preaching to the wider public. His official Facebook page has more than 770,000 followers, while on Instagram, Jesse has a fan base of over 96,000 people. On Twitter, Jesse is followed by more than 200,000 of most loyal fans, who have enjoyed daily messages about faith, belief, and prosperity. So, if you aren’t already a fan of this prominent Evangelical minister, then this is a fantastic opportunity to become one, just follow links to his official pages.


1One of many "prosperity gospel" preachers on the controversial Trinity Broadcasting Network.
2One of many "prosperity gospel" preachers on the controversial Trinity Broadcasting Network.



John Hagee1994TV Series


The Joni Show2015TV SeriesHimself
Praise the Lord1992-2015TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Believer's Voice of Victory2004-2014TV SeriesHimself
The Joke's on Thee2001TV MovieHimself

Archive Footage

Total Onslaught2004TV Series documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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