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Jimmy Lee Swaggart (born March 15, 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana) is a Pentecostal preacher and pioneer of televangelism who reached the height of his popularity in the 1980s. During the 1970s, Swaggart established a ministry under the Assemblies of God. Swaggart also is the cousin of recording artists Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley. The sons of three sisters, all of them share the same middle name and play the piano. In 1952 he married Frances Anderson, and he has one son, Donnie Swaggart, also a minister. A young Swaggart was portrayed in the Jerry Lee Lewis biopic "Great Balls of Fire!" by Dennis Quaid.Read More...
Jimmy Swaggart is currently leader of the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana,USA. He appears weekly in the Jimmy Swaggart Telecast, and also participates in a daily radio program, A Study in the Word, which is broadcast on SonLife Radio.
Swaggart is the author of many works including an autobiography and an account of the 1988 scandal. He has also recorded several dozen gospel albums.
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