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Paula Michelle White-Cain Biography, Career, Networth, and Personal Life
Paula Michelle White-Cain (née Furr; born April 20, 1966) is an American televangelist and a proponent of prosperity theology.
Better known as the spiritual advisor to Donald Trump, Paula White became the first female clergy to deliver the inauguration invocation of a U.S. president. The televangelist and preacher also chaired Trump’s evangelical advisory board. She is also known for her Without Walls International Church and the show Paula White Today.
White became chair of the evangelical advisory board in Donald Trump‘s administration. She delivered the invocation at his inauguration, on January 20, 2017. She is the first female clergy member to deliver the invocation. In November 2019, Trump appointed her special advisor to the Faith and Opportunity Initiative at the Office of Public Liaison.
From 2014 until May 2019, she was senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center, in Apopka, Florida, a non-denominational, multicultural megachurch. She was formerly the co-pastor of Without Walls International Church in Tampa, Florida, a church she co-founded with pastor and then-husband Randy White in 1991.
Quick Data on Paula Michelle White-Cain
- Full Names: Paula Michelle White-Cain (Paula Michelle Furr)
- Spouse(s): Dean Knight | Randy White | Jonathan Cain (Current)
- Number of Children: One
- Ministry: Without Walls International Church
- Networth: $6 million
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States
Paula Michelle White-Cain Bankruptcy
By 2008, three years after purchasing the Lakeland property, Without Walls International put both locations up for sale due to financial difficulties. The Evangelical Christian Credit Union began foreclosure proceedings on both properties later that year. Selling two parcels of land to the city of Lakeland allowed for a settlement with the credit union in 2009, modifying the mortgage through 2013. In November 2011, while White was still senior pastor of the location, her ex-husband Randy White said that the Lakeland property was on the verge of being sold or going into foreclosure. By October 2012, the Tampa property was under foreclosure proceedings by the Evangelical Christian Credit Union after failure to pay loans. In a counterclaim filed at that time, Without Walls International claimed that White had taken audio equipment owned by the church to her new church in Apopka.
On March 4, 2014, when White was the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Without Walls International Church filed for Chapter 11 federal bankruptcy protection. In response, the Evangelical Christian Credit Union, which said the church owed it $29 million, called the filing a “litigation tactic” to prevent the foreclosure of two church locations. In a television interview with Erin Burnett at CNN, White stated, “I’ve never filed bankruptcy. I had resigned from Without Walls. I had absolutely no part.”
Marriages and relationships
White has been married three times.
Her first marriage was as a teenager. Paula became pregnant the year after converting to Christianity. She and the father, local musician Dean Knight, married in 1985; they divorced in 1989.
Paula met associate pastor Randy White in 1987 while attending Damascus Church of God in Maryland, which was headed by his father. According to the book Holy Mavericks, meeting this third-generation preacher was a turning point in her life. The two divorced their spouses in 1989 and married each other a year later, Paula becoming step-mother to his children. Shortly thereafter they moved to Tampa, Florida, and started Without Walls International Church. On August 23, 2007, Randy White announced that he and Paula were divorcing. According to The Christian Post, White says the divorce was amicable, and they remain friends.
In 2010, White was photographed leaving a hotel in Rome holding hands with televangelist Benny Hinn. Hinn said “A friendship did develop” though “the relationship is over.” Both denied an affair.
At the close of 2014, musician Jonathan Cain of the rock band Journey finalized his divorce from his second wife and became engaged to White, who he had seeing been during his marriage. On April 27, 2015, the couple married, Paula becoming step-mother to his children.
White has one child, son Bradley Knight from her first marriage, whom she installed as her church senior leader in 2019.
She was stepmother to the three children of her second husband, Randy White, and is stepmother to the three children of her third husband, Jonathan Cain.
Books and Bibliography
Books by Paula White include:
- He Loves Me He Loves Me Not: What Every Woman Needs to Know about Unconditional Love But Is Afraid to Feel, 2004
- Simple Suggestions for a Sensational Life, 2005
- Deal With It!: You Cannot Conquer What You Will Not Confront, 2006
- You’re All That!, 2007
- Move On, Move Up: Turn Yesterday’s Trials into Today’s Triumphs, 2008
- The Ten Commandments of Health and Wellness, 2008
- Fasting Made Simple: Road Map, Results, and Rewards, 2008
- I Don’t Get Wholeness… That’s the Problem: Making Relationships Work, 2008
- Dare to Dream: Understand God’s Design for Your Life, 2017
- Something Greater: Finding Triumph over Trials, 2019
- Zauzmer, Julie (December 29, 2016). “Paula White, prosperity preacher once investigated by Senate, is a controversial pick for inauguration”. The Washington Post. Retrieved December 30, 2016.
- “Who’s who in the inauguration ceremonies”. Fox News. January 19, 2017.
- Weiland, Noah (January 20, 2017). “Paula White, Trump’s Spiritual Adviser, Says He Has ‘a Hunger for God’ (Published 2017)” – via NYTimes.com.
- Perry, Douglas (November 4, 2019). “Paula White, Donald Trump’s new adviser, ratchets up rhetoric, denounces ‘demonic’ networks opposing president’s ‘calling'”. Oregon Live.
- Peters, Jeremy W.; Dias, Elizabeth (November 2, 2019). “Paula White, Newest White House Aide, Is a Uniquely Trumpian Pastor”. The New York Times.
- “Paula White, Trump’s spiritual adviser, leaves Florida church with new ambitions”. Baptist News Global. May 9, 2019. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
- Blair, Leonardo (May 8, 2019). “Paula White installs son as pastor of her church; plans to plant 3,000 churches, start university”. Christian Post. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
- Kuruvilla, Carol (May 8, 2019). “Paula White, Trump’s Spiritual Adviser, Leaves Florida Church With New Ambitions”. HuffPost. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
- Lee, Shayne; Sinitiere, Phillip Luke (2009). Holy Mavericks. New York University Press. pp. 107–128. ISBN 978-0-8147-5235-7.
- Hubbard, Steve; Ryan, Lisa (2007). “Turning Trash into Treasure: The Testimony of Paula White”. Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved September 11, 2007.
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