JESSE DUPLANTIS MINISTRIES
Pastor Jesse of Jesse Duplantis Ministries is one of the most unique and beloved ministers of our generation.
He has been sharing his memorable mix of strong, biblical preaching and hilarious life lessons for more than twenty-five years in thousands of churches and convention centers.
Born July 9, 1949 he is an Evangelical Charismatic Christian minister who is based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Duplantis was raised as a Catholic Cajun and spent his childhood in Houma, southeastern Louisiana.
Once a member of the band "Summer Wine," he performed under the stage name "Jerry Jackson," earning a living as an opening act and back-up band for rock groups.
Jesse also performed as a heavy metal replacement guitarist for several high profile bands on tour.
During one music tour, his focus was redirected from music to evangelism after hearing Dr. Billy Graham speak about salvation and Jesus.
The irony and humor of being converted to the faith in a hotel bathroom was never lost on Duplantis, as evidenced by the unique humor laced throughout his experiences concerning theology and life.
Dr. John Hagee once introduced him as "The Apostle of Joy" on an international TBN broadcast and the phrase quickly became attached to him. In full-time evangelistic ministry since 1978, Duplantis often uses his talent for music and outrageous humor in his teaching messages.
Jesse reveals numerous facts concerning his daily relationship with God, his past use of drugs and alcohol, the reality of eternity, his experience and observation of Heaven and the depth of the compassion, forgiveness and love God has for humankind.
In recognition of his "many years of effectively sharing God's message of salvation through Jesus Christ to the world," Jesse Duplantis Ministries was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University in 1999.
Dr. Duplantis is known throughout the world for his biblical teaching on prosperity which is for every christian. Every Christian should enjoy prosperity and heaven on earth.
He teaches with a joyously unrestrained spirit a memorable message mixed with strong preaching dealing with becoming prosperous here on earth while also sharing his hilarious life lessons.
He preached his first sermon in 1976 and went into full time Evangelistic ministry in 1978. He is the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries , which has its International Headquarters located in America with additional offices in the United Kingdom and Australia.
In 1997, he and his wife, Cathy Duplantis, founded Covenant Church, a local outreach on the International Headquarters property in Destrehan, Louisiana. In the fall of 2005, Covenant Compassion Center was opened at the International Headquarters in response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
provided shelter for hundreds of relief workers, rented homes for displaced Katrina victims, provided finances for displaced people and churches in addition to distributing a spectrum of necessities inclusive of food, water, clothing, hygiene and household items.
In early 2006, Dr. Duplantis was invited to become the first Louisiana Director of Christians United For Israel. He states, "CUFI has asked me to be the Louisiana Director, and it’s an offer I’ve accepted. I believe that Christians like us should stand for Israel and the Jewish people."
Jesse Duplantis Ministries was part of a diverse group of Christian leaders which met in San Antonio February 7-8, 2006 to form Christians United for Israel (CUFI), a national organization to support Israel, chaired by John Hagee.
Representative Board commends Dr. Duplantis for his outstanding accomplishments by Resolution that states "To commend Dr. Duplantis, to express appreciation for the pride he brings to his family, friends, community, state, and nation, and to welcome him to the Louisiana House of Representatives."
Dr. Jesse Duplantis says that he is often told that he is "the only preacher my husband and kids will listen to!" While he is known for his joy and his exuberant, evangelistic spirit, he has stated that his primary goal is evangelizing the world.
"Jesse Duplantis Ministries is dedicated to reaching people and changing lives with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our vision is world evangelism and our desire is to see God bless everyone in every way." Dr. Duplantis' books have been translated into thirteen languages, including Braille, and are distributed worldwide.
As a result of his efforts, Dr. Duplantis is moderately well known in the evangelical Christian world, especially since he can be seen on the internet via webcasts, a variety of Christian television stations such as the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Daystar, and LeSEA, in addition to secular networks inclusive of the ABC, NBC and CBS.
His program is also broadcast throughout Africa, Australia, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the United Kingdom, Israel, and the Middle East, because of the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
His 2007 birthday was celebrated at Anaheim, CA at the West Coast Believer's conference.
Accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior in a hotel bathroom in Boston, Massachusetts on Labor Day weekend 1974 after watching a televised revival hosted by Billy Graham.
Preached his first sermon in 1976 and went into full time Evangelistic ministry in 1978.
Was awarded an honorary doctorate of divinity degree from Oral Roberts University in 1999.
The Make-a-Wish Foundation asked a girl named Krystal, who at the time was fourteen years old and diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, to "make a wish" and her wish was to visit Mr. Duplantis.
Krystal is a 14-year-old girl that believes in the power of a wish and in the power of Jesse Duplantis Ministries. Diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 3, Krystal did not hesitate when asked what her wish would be. "Jesse Duplantis!" she screamed.
surprised Krystal by booking her and her grandmother on the "Inspiration Cruise" - a cruise to the Bahamas on which Reverend Duplantis preached every day. Krystal was able to meet Reverend Duplantis, his wife and daughter, and another one of her favorite reverends.
The pastors wife, Rev. Cathy Duplantis, has encouraged thousands of believers to realize their potential in Christ Jesus, overcome life's circumstances and experience success spiritually, emotionally and physically. Her practical, step-by-step method of teaching has helped many.
She also serves as Administrator, Editor-in-Chief of Voice of the Covenant magazine and television co-host at Jesse Duplantis Ministries.
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