Category: Joyce Meyer

Investigators say no charges likely in drowning case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Investigators said Tuesday they expect no charges to be filed in the river drownings of five children on a weekend church outing in eastern Missouri, calling it an accident. But the family of one of the children who died has retained attorneys and may sue, questioning whether any of the youths who drowned were properly supervised. Their attorney said it’s important for authorities to investigate what happened Sunday evening during a church-sponsored picnic at Castlewood State Park southwest of St. Louis and whether adults were present when the five drowned youths — ages 10 to 17

Horrible tragedy claims five young lives

BALLWIN, Mo. | – BALLWIN, Mo. | Five youngsters — four of them siblings — drowned in a river during a church outing after one became caught in the undertow and the others jumped in to help, authorities said Monday. A sixth child pulled from the water was hospitalized. Witnesses said the children — ages 10 to 17 — were swept away in the Meramec River Sunday evening at Castlewood State Park, said Tracy Panus, a spokeswoman for St. Louis County police. The six were part of a group of about 50 youngsters with the St. Louis Dream Center, an

Parties pleased with Joyce Meyer settlement

The three main parties in a tax dispute involving the headquarters of Joyce Meyer Ministries say they are satisfied with the settlement of the issue, which will boost tax revenue in the Northwest School District. Under the agreement, Joyce Meyer Ministries will be taxed on 52 percent of the assessed valuation of its $20 million complex in the Fenton area. Jefferson County Assessor Randy Holman said the settlement was the best deal he could get for the county. “I couldn’t get any more out of them without negotiations totally breaking down,” Holman said Tuesday. “And if we went to court

Joyce Meyer Ministries, Jeff. County reach accord

Joyce Meyer Ministries has agreed to pay a little more than half the taxes on its $20 million headquarters in Fenton, ending a dispute between the ministry and Jefferson County officials. Jefferson County Assessor Randy Holman said Monday night that the ministry will pay approximately 52 percent of the assessed property tax value on its headquarters. The two sides reached the agreement late this summer, bringing an end to a dispute over whether the church should have to pay property taxes. “They were very adamant from the beginning that they shouldn’t have to pay anything, and I was just as

‘Post-Dispatch’ Reporter Who Inspired Long Correction Is Suspended

NEW YORK A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter whose stories about a local ministry were the subject of a lengthy correction last week has been suspended for five days, her attorney told E&P. Carolyn Tuft, who wrote articles about the Joyce Meyer Ministries that prompted the 577-word correction on June 19, filed a grievance with the local Guild chapter opposing the suspension, according to Tim O’Neil, a guild steward. “We are representing and defending Carolyn. She is a good reporter,” he said. Post-Dispatch Managing Editor Arnie Robbins declined to comment on the suspension, saying “I can’t and won’t respond to personnel

“To our readers, an apology”

Stories that ran in the newspaper May 1 and April 18 about Joyce Meyer Ministries contained errors. After receiving a complaint from the ministry about factual issues in these stories, we examined a transcript from a press conference held by the ministry, records cited in the stories and the reporter’s notes. We discovered references that need to be corrected or clarified. These two articles did not meet our standards for fairness and accuracy. Minutes of ministry board meetings show that for 2002 and 2003, the board approved compensation packages of up to $900,000 for Joyce Meyer and

Interview With Joyce Meyer

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) JOYCE MEYER, EVANGELICAL: I am radically, insanely, nutty in love with Jesus! He has set me free! LARRY KING, HOST “LARRY KING LIVE”: Tonight, Joyce Meyer. She overcame being sexually abused as a child and depression and drug use after a disastrous first marriage, to become one of America’s most influential evangelicals, but preaching the word of Jesus and the gospel of prosperity has brought her millions of dollars and some controversy. Joyce Meyer for the hour, next LARRY

Meyer received millions, records show

TV evangelist Joyce Meyer and her family have received millions in salary and benefits from her worldwide ministry in recent years, according to newly released records. Correction On June 19, 2005, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published corrections to this story. The documents, obtained by the Post-Dispatch under Missouri’s Open Records laws, provide the first public look at how the worldwide broadcasting and publishing empire has compensated Meyer and her family. They paint a picture of a minister and her family who have reaped large financial rewards from the ministry they created and control. Over 20 years, Joyce Meyer Ministries of

Joyce Meyer ministry is selling posh homes

The homes where two of televangelist Joyce Meyer’s grown children have been living free of charge are up for sale: The price for both together – $2.55 million. Correction On June 19, 2005, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch published corrections to this story. The homes are two of the five homes that Joyce Meyer Ministries bought for Meyer and her four married children and their families. The two for sale are situated on either side of the house where Joyce Meyer and her husband, Dave, live. The Meyer family members have been living in the homes, but the ministry pays the

Did you ever?

Local TV evangelist Joyce Meyer of Joyce Meyer Ministries will get an hour on the air with Larry King. She’s skedded to sit down with the King for a show that will be broadcast at 8 p.m. locally, Feb. 15 on CNN. Meyer, a one-time bookkeeper, runs a $95-million-a-year ministry based in Fenton. She is one of America’s best-known prosperity-gospel TV ministers and has the goods to prove it: a $10 million corporate jet; her husband’s $107,000 silver-gray Mercedes sedan; their $2 million house; and their four kids’ houses valued at another $2 million.