Fallen TV evangelist Jim Bakker plans Florida camp for inner-city youths

Posted: Friday, June 01, 2001

LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (AP) -- Fallen TV evangelist Jim Bakker hopes to open a camp next year for inner-city youth in the rural Florida Panhandle where he now lives.

Bakker, 61, and second wife Lori Graham Bakker recently moved to Sunny Hills in neighboring Washington County and were given land nearby for the camp. The program would host street youths from an Atlanta ministry led by Jay Bakker, his son with former wife Tammy.

''Lori and I had been actively involved in an inner-city ministry in Los Angeles for a couple of years,'' Jim Bakker said at a book-signing. ''We're setting these camps for older inner-city kids who want to get out of the drug culture and get out of gangs.''

If the first camp is successful he wants to expand to Nashville, Tenn., and New York City.

Bakker served five years in federal prison after being convicted in 1989 of defrauding supporters of $158 million.



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