Robert Tilton Biography
Robert Tilton is an American televangelist and the former pastor of the Word of Faith Family Church. In 1991, at his ministry’s peak, his infomercial-style program, Success-N-Life, aired in all 235 American television markets. It brought in nearly $80 million per year. Moreover, it was described as “the fastest-growing television ministry in America”.
He attended and graduated from Cooke County Junior College. Robert also attended Texas Technological University. According to his autobiographical materials, he had a conversion experience to evangelical Christianity.
He began his ministry in 1974. Tilton preached to small congregations and revivals throughout Texas and Oklahoma. His family settled in Dallas and built the Word of Faith Family Church. Faith Family Church was built in 1976. This church started a local television program then known as Daystar. His young church was growing steadily. However, Daystar failed to expand beyond the Dallas area until Tilton traveled to Hawaii.
Upon his return in 1981, Tilton, with the help of a US$1.3 million loan from Dallas banker Herman Beebe, revamped Daystar into an hour-long “religious infomercial” with the title Success-N-Life. On Sucess-N-Life, he regularly taught that all of life’s trials. His message consisted mainly of impressing upon viewers the importance of making “vows”. His preferred vow was stressed frequently on his broadcasts. When a person made a vow to Tilton, he preached that God would recognize the vow and reward the donor.
The show also ran “testimonials” of viewers who gave to his ministry and reportedly received miracles in return. A Dallas Morning News story published in 1992 observed that Tilton spent more than 84% of his show’s airtime for fundraising and promotions. This was a total higher than the 22% for an average commercial television show. Some of his fundraising letters were written by Gene Ewing. Gene is the head of a multimillion-dollar marketing empire, writing donation letters for other televangelists like W. V. Grant and Don Stewart.
As a result of his television success, World of Faith Family Church grew to become a megachurch. It had over 8, 000 members at its height. He also wrote several self-help books about financial success, including The Power to Create Wealth, God’s Laws of Success, How to Pay Your Bills Supernaturally, and other books. The books were republished in the late 1990s to be used as centerpieces of his 1997 infomercial series.
In 1991, ABC News conducted an investigation of Tilton. The Investigationassisted by Trinity Foundation president Ole Anthony and broadcast on ABC’s Primetime Live on November 21, 1991. His ministry was alleged that it threw away prayer requests without reading them.
Robert Tilton Age
How old is Robert? Robert is 76 years old as of 2022. He was born on June 7, 1946, in McKinney, Texas, in the United States. In addition, he celebrates his birthday on June 7th every year, and his birth sign is Gemini.
Robert Tilton’s Height
Tilton stands at an average height and is of moderate weight. His exact body measurements are currently under review.
Robert Tilton Family
Tilton was born into a supportive and caring family. However, he has not shared information about his parents and siblings. We promise to update this section as soon as possible.
Robert Tilton Wife
Tilton is happily married to his supportive and caring wife, Maria Tilton. They got married in 2002. Tilton married his first wife, Martha Phillips, in 1968. However, they separated in 1993. He later married Leigh Valentine, his second wife, in 1994. They divorced in 1997. In addition, he has four children: Amy Tilton, Jon Tilton, Matt Tilton, and Marc Tilton.
Robert Tilton Net Worth
Tilton has an estimated net worth of around $500 million. His ministry accumulated about $80 million annually.