Paula White is the one-woman dynamo who is taking the Christian world by storm. There has been a wave of disappointment that is blanketing Florida with the inferred appointment as temporary pastor of Zachary Tims church.
She and her husband pastor were once ministers to one of the ten largest churches in the U.S. in Tampa, Florida. White had risen to prominence as a preacher, motivational speaker, author and TV personality after co-founding what is now Without Walls International Church with her husband and starting her own ministry.
“I think it’s time we stop being hypocrites in the pulpit. I think … it’s time that we take the mask off to this generation and show them that we have the same issues and the same struggles.We going public with all our stuff. Somebody’s got to get real in the church now.”- Paula White
Her daily TV show reaches 90 percent of the world. She has a big-time book deal and the endorsement of one of America’s most respected spiritual leaders… Bishop T.D. Jakes.
From the ages of six to thirteen, Paula endured years of sexual and physical abuse.Paula’s downward spiral continued as she searched for the love she so desperately needed.
“One thing just began to build in my life after another. Then there were the eating disorders: bulimia, anorexia… Sleeping with different people, thinking this is how you find love,” she says. “There was such a fear in me that [men] would never come back so do whatever you have to. Hit me, beat me, call me a dog, do whatever, just don’t leave.”
Paula claims that she may have never found God if it were not for a friend.She says,“I never heard the Gospel until I was 18 years old,” she says. “Jesus Christ… the name was synonymous to me as the Tooth Fairy or Santa Claus. I’d heard the name but I did not know that He was the Son of God, that He walked the earth that He lived, He died, was crucified on an old rugged cross… that there was a God that loved me unconditionally.”
On August 23, 2007, White announced to their congregation that she and Randy would divorce. Randy stated from the pulpit of Without Walls International Church: “We have a very difficult announcement to make tonight before Tim Storey preaches. And that is that we are going through a divorce. It is the most difficult decision that I have had to make in my entire life and I come to you tonight to first let you know that I take full responsibility for a failed marriage.” According to The Christian Post, White says the divorce was amicable and they remain friends.Following the divorce, from 2007 to 2009, White ministered in New York, Texas, and abroad, while making periodic visits to Tampa and Without Walls International Church. In 2009 she became the senior pastor of Without Walls International Church resulting in her taking residence in Tampa, Florida, again.
Now comes the controversial whisperings that she she will be the interim Pastor of Rev Zachary Tim’s New Destiny Christian Center. Needless to say, the outcry is getting louder that she has stolen the role after influencing voting members which has resulted in public vocal resignations.
We will keep you posted as the story develops.