James Orsen Bakker was born 2 January 1940 in Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan, United States to Raleigh Bakker (1906-1998) and Furnia Lynette Irwin (1906-1998) . He married Tamara Faye LaValley (1942-2007) 1 April 1961 . He married Lori Beth Graham (?) 1998 .

James Orsen Bakker is an American televangelist, a former Assemblies of God minister, and a former host (with his then-wife Tammy Faye Bakker) of The PTL Club, a popular evangelical Christian television program. A sex scandal led to his resignation from the ministry. Subsequent revelations of accounting fraud brought about his imprisonment and divorce and effectively ended his time in the larger public eye.


Offspring of James Orsen Bakker and Tamara Faye LaValley (1942-2007)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Tammy Sue Bakker (1970)
Jamie Charles Bakker (1975)

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