Jesse Duplantis is most popularly known as the Evangelical Charismatic Christian minister who is the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries. His preaching is controversial in some areas, leading some Christians and non-Christians to call him “unbiblical.” Some sources have estimated his net worth near $40 million.
Due to the fact that many churches are considered nonprofits, and thus, are tax-exempt, his actual net worth is difficult to determine, since the line between his ministry and personal finances is almost nonexistent. Currently, between the two accounts, there is a house worth over $3 million.
Minister Duplantis is one of the most controversial people in the Christian church today. He began preaching back in 1976, introduced to the parish as “The Apostle of Joy.” In 1978, he became a full-time minister, incorporating his comedy and music skills into his sermons. In 1997, Minister Duplantis and his wife formed the Covenant Church, which was an outreach of Jesse Duplantis Ministries. Much of his speeches expressed a prosperity and abundance message, commonly referred to as the prosperity gospel. Many Christian organizations discouraged this message, but Duplantis’ popularity continued.
Known for an extravagant lifestyle, it comes as no surprise to other Christian leaders that Duplantis had a 35,000-square-foot mansion in St. Charles Parish, and has taken at least one 17-day trip to Hawaii in his private jet – a trip that cost his ministry close to $40,000 for flight expenses. Many journalists and publications have researched the ministry’s income, trying to discern what belongs to the minister and what belongs to the ministry.
Minister Duplantis continues to work as a minister with Jesse Duplantis Ministries today. He lives with his wife, Cathy, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is presently involved in leadership positions in the Covenant Church, Jesse Duplantis Ministries (JDM), the Jesse Duplantis TV program, Christians United for Israel (CUFI), and Covenant Compassion Center (CCC).