Jentezen Franklin is a televangelist, author, and preacher based in the United States. He serves as the lead pastor of Free Chapel in Gainesville, Georgia, with additional locations in California and Georgia.
Known for his charismatic preaching style, Franklin has a significant following through television broadcasts and books on Christian spirituality, personal growth, and faith. He often talks about prayer, fasting, and living a purposeful life.
A notable aspect of his teachings is the emphasis on fasting as a spiritual discipline. Franklin has authored books on the subject, like “Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, More Powerful Relationship With God.”
Beyond his ministry, Jentezen Franklin is actively involved in philanthropy and community outreach through his church, focusing on helping those in need and making a positive impact on the community.
Jentezen Franklin’s parents were Billy Franklin and Katie Franklin Lancaster. His father, a traveling preacher in North Carolina, passed away in 1991, but his mother is still active at Free Chapel.
Jentezen was born in Wilson, North Carolina, and grew up with his siblings: Richie Franklin, Jennifer Franklin, Jill Franklin, and Doyle Franklin. Sadly, Richie passed away in December 2012.
Jentezen Franklin was born on the 21st of July, 1962.
Franklin and his wife Cherise got married in September 1987. They have been blessed with five children: Drake, Caressa, Caroline, Conner, and Courteney Franklin. Additionally, they are grandparents to two lovely grandchildren.
Jentezen studied music at Atlantic Christian College (now Barton College). He learned tenor saxophone from Frank Mayes, and both he and his brother Richie played in the college jazz band.
However, he didn’t complete college because he left to follow his father’s guidance and pursue ministry. Eventually, he became an evangelist.
After Roy Wellborn passed away in 1989, Jentezen became the pastor of Free Chapel. In 2007, he founded the second Free Chapel in Irvine, California. The first service took place on August 5, 2007, with about 163 people in attendance. Over time, the Free Chapel of Orange County has grown significantly, now serving thousands of people every week. Since 2004, Franklin’s church has organized an annual student conference called Forward.
In 2014, he opened Gwinnett Church in Suwanee, Georgia. Two years later, another campus was established in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Free Chapel also hosts the annual Forward Conference, featuring performances by Christian artists like Jeremy Camp.
Pastor Franklin is the host of the television program called Kingdom Connection, which is broadcasted weekly on major networks worldwide.
Jentezen Franklin Sermons
- This Is Your Year
- The Overflowing Cup
- One With Him So I’ll Be One With Them
- You Can’t Do Nothing
- Sticks and Stones
- Act Like A Man
- Celebrating The Little Victories
- The Blood, The Cloud and The Sea
- Don’t Give Up Now
Pastor Franklin is a New York Times Best Seller and some of his works include:
- The Spirit of Python: Exposing Satan’s Plan to Squeeze the Life Out of You (2013);
- Fasting Student Edition: Go Deeper and Further with God Than Ever Before (2012);
- The Fasting Edge: Recover your passion. Recapture your dream. Restore your joy. (2011);
- Right People Right Place Right Plan (2011);
- Fear Fighters: How to Live with Confidence in a World Driven by Fear (2009);
- Fasting Study Guide: 5-Week Interactive Study Resource (2009);
- Believe That You Can (2008);
- Fasting Journal: Your Personal 21-Day Guide to a Successful Fast (2008);
- Fasting (2008);
- Right People, Right Place, Right Plan Devotional (2008);
- Right People, Right Place, Right Plan (2007);
- Fasting: Opening A Door To God’s Promises (2005);
- Fasting: Private Discipline That Brings Public Reward (2004).
- Acres of Diamond
Pastor Jentezen Franklin’s estimated net worth is around $1.25 million. Most of his wealth comes from being the senior pastor of Free Chapel. Additionally, he earns a decent amount from the sales of his books.
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