Frederick Okay.C. Worth, who based a megachurch and televangelism broadcast that made him a well-liked voice for Black Christians, died on Friday night of problems from Covid-19, a spokeswoman for the household stated. He was 89.
Mr. Worth died at Torrance Memorial Medical Heart close to Los Angeles, stated Holly Baird, the spokeswoman.
“He fought the nice battle of religion and laid maintain of everlasting life,” a assertion from his household posted to Fb by his son, Frederick Okay. Worth Jr., stated.
In an Instagram submit earlier this week, the church stated the elder Mr. Worth was hospitalized with Covid-19 and requested its members “to hope for the entire restoration” of Mr. Worth’s lungs, coronary heart and kidneys “as he faces the well being challenges posed by Covid-19.”
Mr. Worth based the Crenshaw Christian Heart in Inglewood, Calif., in 1973, in response to the church’s web site. Its membership has grown to over 28,000 from 300 at its inception.
Along with providers within the FaithDome, a 10,000-seat constructing, Mr. Worth started televising his providers domestically in 1978 via Ever Rising Religion Ministries, the missionary outreach arm of the church, after he had “obtained instruction from God,” in response to the church’s web site. Mr. Worth had begun broadcasting his providers on the radio years earlier, and expanded the televised broadcasts “in an effort to succeed in Black America.”
After the printed program discovered an viewers in New York — its second-largest market behind Los Angeles — Mr. Worth fulfilled “a imaginative and prescient he had for a few years to determine a church in Manhattan,” in response to the church’s web site. He carried out the primary service of Crenshaw Christian Heart New York in Could 2001.
Mr. Worth stepped down as pastor of the church in 2009, handing the reins to the youthful Mr. Worth.
He’s survived by his spouse, Betty, and their 4 youngsters, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.