KENNETH CROPLAND - A REAL BIG SPENDER
AVVO - Kenneth Copeland—Despite being under investigation, Kenneth Copeland refused to submit financial information about his ministry, saying “You can go get a subpoena, and I won’t give it to you. It’s not yours, it’s God’s and you’re not going to get it and that’s something I’ll go to prison over. So, just get over it.”
Copeland lives in a mansion that some have said is “the size of a hotel.” He also has acquired a $20 million Cessna Citation private jet for flying around the country to spread the word. And of course, he owns an airport for landing said airplane.
“For God so loved the world that he gave this true believer and unofficial son, an airport".
Kenneth Copeland so loved airplanes so much, he bought an airport with the funds you thought were for the needy, the poor, the dying children.
So we looked into the real story. Greed. Searching for the craft used to deliver these self- appointed and anointed disciples around the globe was easy. The FEDS keep the records of who owns what. And the FAA has the records of who flies where.
Or simply searching on Google and Wikipedia shows how many of these LORDS workers like to bop around in Citations, Challengers and just about anything smaller than John Travolta's 707. John is a Scientologist, another strange new-wave invented mind changing quasi religious crew but his money came from acting. Hmmm, maybe I'm wrong, maybe these preachers are actors and all they need is your wallet.
FOOD FOR FRAUD
Copeland is different, he asked his benefactors to give him money to start a relief foundation with aircraft to deliver aid to places like Haiti. Then Haiti happened and I guess according to the Rev. Rich Vermilion, they raised millions of dollars, all donated, bought airplanes but was never spent on the project which was sold as relief. And has never been accounted for.
There has never been an open accounting or explanation given regarding the Angel Flight 44 - earmarked funds given to date according to the investigators. He does acknowledge that KCM formed a Disaster Relief Fund, but adds:
A generic relief fund is a far cry from a fully operational disaster-relief aviation ministry … my experience with Kenneth Copeland, his family, and his ministry, has given me the regrettable opinion that they may be nothing more than religious frauds. He had so many planes he needed an airport, again the flock who are getting "flocked" responded. One had to get his own airport. The Kenneth Copeland Airport is a private airport established by Kenneth Copeland Ministries to serve the area of Fort Worth, Texas.
FROM THE FAA RECORDS DIVISION
Airport Ownership and Management from official FAA records:
KEN COPELAND MINISTRIES
14355 MORRIS DIDO RD.
NEWARK, TX 76071
Manager: WAYNE COLEMAN
Airport Operational Statistics (for 12-month period ending 06 March 2009)
Aircraft based on the field:
Single engine airplanes
Multi engine airplanes
Pure Jet airplanes
52/ a week (avg)
Local General Aviation
Transient General Aviation
CATTLE AND HORSES**
KENNY COPELAND'S AIR FORCE
He currently owns:
Cessna Citation 550B
Grumman Gulfstream II (worth $4.5 million)
Cessna Golden Eagle
HIS WISH LIST COMES TRUE: Cessna Citation X (20+ Million)
2007 Copeland was accused of using his $20 million Cessna Citation X jet for personal vacations and friends. The Copelands' financial records are not publicly available, and a list of the Board of Directors is not accessible as these details are protected and known confidentially by the Internal Revenue Service.
Responding to media questions, Copeland pointed to an accounting firm's declaration that all jet travel complies with federal tax laws. However, In December 2008, Copeland's 1998 Cessna B550, his second jet, valued at $3.6 million, was denied tax exemption after Copeland refused to submit to disclosure laws for the state of Texas.
On November 6, 2007, United States Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, announced an investigation of Copeland's ministry by the United States Senate Committee on Finance.
The Associated Press reported that Grassley said the investigation was a response to complaints from the public and news media. Grassley stated, "The allegations involve governing boards that aren't independent and allow generous salaries and housing allowances and amenities such as private jets and Rolls Royces." And large cattle ranches with lots of livestock.
IRS guidelines require that pastors' compensation be "reasonable" and net earnings may not benefit any private individual. Grassley asked for the ministry to divulge financial information to the committee to determine if Copeland made any personal profit from financial donations, and requested that Copeland's ministry make the information available by December 6, 2007. The Copelands responded with a "Financial report from Kenneth Copeland Ministries." KCM created a website to help explain their side of the inquiry”
Kenneth Copeland Ministries has come under fire for failing to fly disaster relief supplies to Haiti’s earthquake victims after allegedly promising aviation assistance in the event of natural disasters. The organization is also under scrutiny by the Senate Finance Committee for possible abuse of its nonprofit status, has been accused of «unfulfilled» pledges and unaccounted donations.
While there is a huge crisis going on in the nation of Haiti Kenneth Copeland’s promised Angel Flight 44 ministry is nowhere to be found and the money he collected to start that ministry has not been accounted for, said Rich Vermillion, co-author of Angel Flight 44. The Texas-based organization has rejected the allegations, calling them misleading and potentially damaging misinformation. Some call this rejection, misunderstanding the truth.
According to Swisher, Angel Flight 44 has collected only $7,788.43 and the donations have been spent on plane repairs. KCM has purchased an aircraft but it “currently has structural issues” and is still “not in airworthy condition.” Also, the spokesman said they are lacking funds to buy a new aircraft in addition to their four planes.
However, it is our desire to have an aircraft to fly assistance during disaster relief efforts, Swisher commented. We are believing God for the finances to have a fleet of aircraft to use during such instances.
Church aircrafts at the hangar used by Kenneth Copeland and his ministry. For now, the organization has set up a disaster relief fund. Since August 2005, the KCM/EMIC (Eagle Mountain International Church) Disaster Relief Fund has received more than $2.4 million. A little over $2.2 million have been directed for relief to areas affected by recent hurricanes in the U.S. such as Katrina and Rita, the tsunami in Myanmar, fires in California and other storms, according to Swisher.
But I have to ask, "Why a fleet of five aircraft is needed by the Church"? Copeland Air, This kind of money collected by a Church, I guess could have been used in a better way.
Kenneth Copeland Ministry should have sent his Church members traveling Business class around the clock, in stead of spending 100 million dollars on a fleet of private jets. Even the Pope uses commercial chartered carriers. But I guess they feel the love of Jesus money warrants a more luxurious way than Kings and Queens? Jesus the Messiah was not carried on the Gulfstream sitting in a leather seat on His way up to Jerusalem, i believe he did it on a one seat donkey.
FLY ME TO THE MOON
I am a pilot, spent 27 years around airports, owned a few airplanes myself. I know a little about airplanes, costs, and upkeep. It all evolves around usage, that detemines the cost. Fixed vs. ancillary charges and depreciation all add into the equation. Early in my flying career I had the opportunity to see up front some of GOD's JETS. I kept my plane at St. Petersburg-Clearwater airport (PIE) on the West side of Tampa bay.
One day the ramp filled with G2's, Sabre's, Lears and Hawkers. I asked the ramp kids, "whats up", thats before "Wazzup" became the proper embolization and mastication of the english language. Oh, he replied, "the God squads in town, they come in for conferences and generally stay two days and leave.
So I grabbed a ramp t-shirt and hung with the kids out of curiosity. What I saw ticked me off. Gold plated knobs, restrooms more opulant than many houses I have been in, gold silverware, ermine headrests, leather and satins, and velvet.
These folks in the GOD selling business pay for these aircraft with donations from those expecting the "ten-fold" return on their hard earned dollars. And they use the people starving in their ads claiming you are sending them relief money. Some of them are actually in simplistic terms are taking from the viewers in the name of God and compassion and stealing from the starving poor.
No, they didn't feed the people in Haiti, or the orphans or the starving Somalis, nor the tornado victims, or the earthquakes. They spoke the words and stole the money. This is the group who use their jets to bring home the bacon.
COOL, FAST, AND EXPENSIVE
Business jets today are popular and sold in increasing numbers as the economy permits. Our religious moguls are not having a meltdown, bubble busting, overtaxed time, of it. They can afford the best because they do not have to share it with the government. The problem is the dollars. The dollars for Jesus break down as follows. One for Jesus, two for the TV time, and three for me and my ancillary expenses.
They get free money big time every day when they open their mail or look at their credit card balance. That was the money to feed the poor, house the homeless and to bring Jesus into your life. It seems the Jesus part cost a lot of money. TV Studios, staff, secretaries, producers, lots of hairstylists and makeup people, plus "the transportation for personal appearances" which consists of airplane(s), Rolls Royces, horses, cattle, ten or so extra homes and staff, and Rolexes. The list is endless.
Those days of sandals and hoping from town to town on ass's are gone. Multi-million dollar (23M) jets carry the ass's now wherever they have to go. The fuel bills and crew costs for one month could feed an orphanage and pay the bills for a year.
Those folks on the dais answering your calls are volunteers, thats a higher level of "suckerfication" than just giving them your money. They become part of the scam. They just don't know it. The money goes to TV time or to keep their burning bush going. The rest is carefully disguised under a million different titles that the IRS has trouble with as a non-profit.
GODS AIR FORCE
Paula White and Rod Parsley also owns a HS 125
CESSNA CITATION 500 CLUB
Jesse Duplantis, Jerry Savelle, Mark Bishop, each own their own Cessna Citation 500.
THE GRUMMAN GULF STREAM GUYS
Fred KC Price, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn has had his own Grumman Gulfstream II's, III's.
THE CHALLENGER 600s
Paul Crouch, Ken Hagin's 601, and Joyce Meyer has her own Challenger 600.
He is asking his followers, sometimes called "fools", 6000 of them to all write checks for $1000 dollars each to carry his posterior around the globe. Thats six million dollars for a down payment for this globetrotting fakir to rob other people. If he was real and believed what he thinks, he would be in Jesus sandals and walking on the water to all these places.
The Pope charters an aircraft for his intercontinental needs and he has about a billion following and does however ride in first class since he’s usually got 40-50 newspaper and TV crews taking up economy. What "Gaul" this fraud Hinn has. Oh six million is the down payment and it costs about 100,000 a month to keep rolling.
Hinn has been on TV asking for funds as if he is going out of business. He stated that he had to cut back on the missionaries he supports because the funds are simply not coming in.
Hinn did not sacrifice one piece of his lavish lifestyle, instead he appealed to his donors to dig deeper in their pockets for his crusade work. Hinn’s parsonage is now estimated to be worth $10 million dollars. Hinn as CEO of his ministry has a salary being upwards of $1.3 million each year according to wall watchers.
He owns two Mercedes valued at $80,000 each. The bills for purchasing and tailoring Benny’s suits are between many thousands of dollars per month.
He now owns a private jet (Gulfstream III) that cost over twelve million dollars, with over a million dollars for maintenance per year. His layovers between Crusades at locations such as Hawaii are upwards to $3,000 for one night.
One thing, he has good taste, almost "God-ly”.