Mike Murdock is American Contemporary Christian singer-songwriter, televangelist and pastor of the Wisdom Center ministry. He is best known for his sermons regarding prosperity theology. Presently, Murdock has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
After Murdock graduated from high school, he pursued a pastoring degree from the Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Texas. In spite of him quitting the school’s program after three semesters, he went on to receive an honorary doctorate from International Seminary in Florida.
Murdock is a public figure and has been features on multiple broadcasts, like TBN, CBN, BET, INSP, WORD, Daystar Television Network and other television networks, and his weekly television program, Wisdom Keys with Mike Murdock. Since 1973, Murdock has pursued preaching and fundraising with his organization, the Mike Murdock Evangelistic Association.
Murdock has been the target of anti-Christian speakers, like British comedian John Oliver. In his television program, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Oliver called out Murdock and other churches, stating that “churches exploit people’s faith for monetary gain.” With the claim, Oliver included a clip in which Murdock is seen with his congregation, encouraging applause for the recent purchase of several private airplanes.
This wasn’t the first time Murdock was targeted; through the years, many publications have questioned his values and methods of acquiring funds, which Murdock has refused to comment on. In fact, in late 1980’s, he asked viewers to donate to Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker claiming they helped broken marriages and people with The PTL Club. The PTL later declared bankruptcy, sending the couple to prison for fraud related to his ministry
Murdock was previously married to Linda Lormand, during which time the couple adopted a son named Jason in 1979. The couple divorced after 13 years of marriage in 1979, the same year they adopted their son. Linda was given full custody following the divorce settlement.