Temporary Host of “PTL Club” Dismayed By Problems Within Ministry With AM-PTL-Bakkers
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) _ After a two-week stint as host of the ″PTL Club″ television program, Kansas evangelist Chuck Millhuff said he was dismayed and angered about the ministry’s financial morass and its effect on PTL supporters.
″I’m leaving any decisions up to God about whether I will return,″ Millhuff said Saturday. ″But at this point if you were to ask me, I’d say no.″
Millhuff, 49, was the first of several temporary hosts and is a candidate for the full-time position, formerly held by evangelist Jim Bakker. Bakker turned control of the ministry over to the Rev. Jerry Falwell in March after admitting to a 1980 sexual liaison with a secretary.
Gospel singer Gary McSpadden is set to become the next guest host, Falwell said Friday.
Last week, auditors investigating the tangled finances of the ministry said they thought $92 million was missing and that much of it could have been improperly diverted by Bakker, his wife, Tammy, and their top aides to pay for extravagances.
In Fort Mill, S.C., Millhuff saw evidence of the Bakkers’ lifestyle and spoke with those who had trusted their futures to the Bakkers and their Heritage USA development.
″I have great compassion for the Bakkers as people, but it’s what they’ve done with the widow’s mite that is wrong,″ Millhuff said, using a biblical reference for a small contribution freely given by one who can scarcely afford it. He said the extravagances made him ″angry, very angry.″
He said his ministry paid him a salary of $44,500.