Roe Messner
American businessman
Roe Messner
Ronald Roe Messner is an American building contractor who has built more than 1,700 churches, including several megachurches. Having divorced his first wife, he married televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in 1993 after her divorce from husband and PTL Club founder Jim Bakker.
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Today In History - Sports Radio ESPN 1420
Google News - over 5 years
She later married Roe Messner, a construction contractor who specialized in building churches. In 2008, Professional golfer Padraig Harrington became the fifth player in the last 50 years to successfully defend his title at the British Open
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Tammy Faye Bakker, 65, Emotive TV Evangelist, Dies
NYTimes - over 9 years
Tammy Faye Bakker, the diminutive and elaborately coiffed gospel singer who, with her first husband, Jim Bakker, built a commercial empire around television evangelism only to see it collapse in sex and money scandals, died Friday at her home near Kansas City, Mo. She was 65. Her death was reported on her Web site and by her booking agent, Joe
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Tammy Faye Bakker, 65, Emotive TV Evangelist, Dies
NYTimes - over 9 years
Tammy Faye Bakker, the diminutive and elaborately coiffed gospel singer who, with her first husband, Jim Bakker, built a commercial empire around television evangelism only to see it collapse in sex and money scandals, died Friday at her home near Kansas City, Mo. She was 65. Her death was reported on her Web site and by her booking agent, Joe
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The Punk-Christian Son of a Preacher Man
NYTimes - about 12 years
In an Atlanta coffeehouse one night last summer, Jay Bakker squinted through patchy stage lights and asked for prayer requests. It was the regular Wednesday-night Bible study for Revolution Ministries, and about 30 people, most of them in their 20's, sat at scattered tables and listened. Bakker wore green Vans, jeans, a Johnny Cash belt buckle and
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FILM; The Fabulousness Of Tammy Faye
NYTimes - over 16 years
DON'T go looking for Tammy Faye Messner's autobiography (''Tammy: Telling It My Way'') in your local Christian bookstore. Informed that Ms. Messner is the former Tammy Faye Bakker, a clerk responded, ''We don't carry that kind of material.'' Poor Ms. Messner. In the 1980's, when she and Jim Bakker, then her husband, headed the PTL television
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Style & Entertaining; Andy's Gang
NYTimes - over 16 years
Although Andy Warhol described the Rockefeller town house as ''the original New York loft,'' the feeling I got on my first visit wasn't ''disco'' or ''happening scene.'' It was tea. A nice cup of tea. After all, Blanchette and John D. Rockefeller III, who commissioned Philip Johnson to design the house, were not swingers. ''Like his Aunt Edith,
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FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW; A Televangelist Nightmare, but With Optimism
NYTimes - almost 17 years
Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, the former wife of Jim Bakker, is that most American of stories, a figure of tragedy and a joke. It doesn't help that her face suggests what would happen if the masks of comedy and tragedy were tossed into a microwave oven and nuked into a colorful blur. The documentary ''The Eyes of Tammy Faye'' walks us through her
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CHRONICLE
NYTimes - almost 21 years
TAMMY FAYE BAKKER MESSNER'S second husband, ROE MESSNER, was sentenced to 27 months in Federal prison for bankruptcy fraud. After the sentencing in Wichita, Kan., Mr. Messner's lawyer revealed that Mrs. Messner was undergoing treatment for colon cancer. "They had to do a very fast surgery," the lawyer, Steve Joseph, said after Mr. Messner, 60, was
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CHRONICLE
NYTimes - almost 21 years
Once again, TAMMY FAYE MESSNER, the former wife of the fallen television evangelist Jim Bakker, faces the imprisonment of a spouse. Her second husband, ROE MESSNER, who married her in 1993 after she divorced Mr. Bakker, is scheduled to be sentenced on March 20 in Wichita, Kan. He was convicted there in November of bankruptcy fraud after he had
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CHRONICLE
NYTimes - over 23 years
TAMMY FAYE BAKKER is getting married today to her companion, ROE MESSNER, The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday. Mrs. Bakker will wed Mr. Messner, an old family friend, in Palm Springs, Calif., where she now makes her home. She stood by her former husband, the television evangelist JIM BAKKER, during his trial and conviction for fraud. When the
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Witness Describes PTL Deal
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: The Rev. Jerry Falwell offered Jim Bakker $300,000 and other benefits to remain silent after Mr. Falwell took over the PTL ministry, the chief builder of the ministry's Heritage USA theme park testified today. The Rev. Jerry Falwell offered Jim Bakker $300,000 and other benefits to remain silent after Mr. Falwell took over the PTL ministry,
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Papers in PTL Inquiry Are Reported Missing
NYTimes - about 29 years
LEAD: Missing financial documents that may have been shredded or removed have hampered a Federal investigation of Jim Bakker, the former leader of the PTL ministry, and his top aides, a newspaper reported today. Missing financial documents that may have been shredded or removed have hampered a Federal investigation of Jim Bakker, the former leader
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Grand Jurors Open Inquiry on PTL Ministry
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: A Federal grand jury today began investigating whether Jim and Tammy Bakker and their former top associates should be charged with crimes connected with the PTL television ministry. A Federal grand jury today began investigating whether Jim and Tammy Bakker and their former top associates should be charged with crimes connected with the PTL
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Bakker Ally Denies PTL Plan
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: The PTL ministry's biggest creditor, an ally of the ousted Jim Bakker, disputes a report that he and others owed money by the ailing ministry will challenge its bankruptcy reorganization plan with one of their own. The PTL ministry's biggest creditor, an ally of the ousted Jim Bakker, disputes a report that he and others owed money by the
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Creditor Will Challenge PTL
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: The PTL ministry's largest creditor told a television network today that he would challenge in bankruptcy court plans to reorganize PTL and that only Jim Bakker ''can make this ministry work.'' The PTL ministry's largest creditor told a television network today that he would challenge in bankruptcy court plans to reorganize PTL and that only
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FALWELL ASKING PTL'S DONORS TO SEND IN AN EXTRA $50 EACH
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: The Rev. Jerry Falwell urged ''PTL Club'' viewers today to include an extra $50 donation when they mail in their monthly pledges for June. The Rev. Jerry Falwell urged ''PTL Club'' viewers today to include an extra $50 donation when they mail in their monthly pledges for June. It was Mr. Falwell's first ''PTL Club'' appearance since the PTL
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EVANGELICALS FIGHT OVER BOTH BODY AND SOUL
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: Whether the Rev. Jerry Falwell is trying to steal the PTL ministry, as Jim Bakker says, or to save it, there is more at stake here for the American evangelical movement than an air-conditioned doghouse or gold-plated bathroom fixtures. Whether the Rev. Jerry Falwell is trying to steal the PTL ministry, as Jim Bakker says, or to save it, there
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FALWELL SAYS PTL NEEDS CASH
NYTimes - almost 30 years
LEAD: The Rev. Jerry Falwell says the PTL ministries have to raise $20 million to $25 million in 90 days and cut expenses by $1 million a month to survive. The Rev. Jerry Falwell says the PTL ministries have to raise $20 million to $25 million in 90 days and cut expenses by $1 million a month to survive. ''We have no alternatives,'' Mr. Falwell
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roe Messner
    THIRTIES
  • 2007
    Messner is reported to have been the biggest church builder in the United States. On August 7, 2007, he told Larry King that he had built 1,738 churches in 47 states.
    More Details Hide Details Messner constructed the churches but was not the architect.
    In 2007 Messner and Tammy Faye moved to the Kansas City, Missouri, gated community suburb of Loch Lloyd, Missouri.
    More Details Hide Details Tammy Faye's last public appearance was a taped interview on CNN from the home two days before she died. Tammy Faye died from cancer on July 20, 2007. Roe Messner himself was diagnosed with prostate cancer years ago, though he told Larry King that his doctors had told him that he would not die from the disease. Tammy Faye Messner's ashes have been interred in the Messner family plot in Waldron immediately next to Messner's mother.
  • 2003
    In 2003 he published another book on church building entitled Church Growth by Design: A Complete Guide for Planning and Building Churches to God's Glory ISBN 0-9745015-0-6.
    More Details Hide Details He calls himself a "Master Builder" on his website (see below) and has gone back to building churches in his current church design and construction business, Roe Messner & Associates, Inc. (with offices in Kansas City, Missouri and Charlotte, North Carolina).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1996
    In 1996, Roe Messner was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud charges and served his time from 1996 to 1999.
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  • 1993
    Messner divorced his first wife in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details At about the same time, Tammy Faye divorced Bakker. Messner and Tammy Faye were married in and lived in Rancho Mirage, California.
    Having divorced his first wife, he married televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in 1993 after her divorce from husband and PTL Club founder Jim Bakker.
    More Details Hide Details Messner grew up in Waldron, Kansas, on the Kansas-Oklahoma border. He founded Messner Construction in Andover, Kansas, and began building churches.
  • 1990
    Messner himself filed for personal and corporate bankruptcy in 1990, saying he owed nearly $30 million to more than 300 creditors.
    More Details Hide Details He wound up being convicted of bankruptcy fraud. As he faced sentencing in 1996, he said he could not afford to treat his prostate cancer because he lacked health insurance.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1987
    In 1987, he and his first wife, Ruth Ann, wrote Building For The Master: By Design (ISBN 0-940609-00-2).
    More Details Hide Details He reportedly played a behind-the-scenes role in the downfall of the PTL Club. He was reportedly the person who produced the money for the $265,000 payment to Jessica Hahn to cover up a brief sexual affair. Messner later billed PTL for work never completed on the Jerusalem Amphitheater at Heritage USA. Revelations of the payoff invited scrutiny of Bakker's finances, prompting him to be charged with fraud. In the Bakkers' fraud trial, Messner testified for Bakker's defense, saying that Jerry Falwell had attempted to take over PTL and its associated cable television network by dispatching Messner to the Bakker home in Palm Springs, California, to make an offer to "keep quiet". According to Messner's testimony, Tammy wrote the offer on her stationery, listing a $300,000-a-year lifetime salary for Jim, $100,000 a year for Tammy, a house, and a year's worth of free phone calls and health insurance. However, Messner said Bakker wrote on it: "I'm not making any demands on PTL. I'm not asking for anything." Falwell has denied making any offer. In the messy bankruptcy of PTL, Messner was listed as the single biggest creditor of PTL with an outstanding claim of $14 million. In court papers, the new operators accused Messner of $5.3 million in inflated or phony billings to PTL.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Roe Messner rocketed to fame with the construction of Heritage USA in 1978 at the behest of Jim Bakker.
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  • OTHER
  • 1935
    Born in 1935.
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