Joseph Prince

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Joseph Prince
Born (1963-05-15) 15 May 1963 (age 53)
Singapore
Nationality Singapore
Spouse(s) Wendy Prince (m: 1994)
Children Jessica Shayna and Justin David Prince
Website Joseph Prince Ministries, Inc.
Congregations served
New Creation Church
Title Senior pastor

Joseph Prince (born 15 May 1963) is the senior pastor of New Creation Church in Singapore.[1] He was one of the church's founders in 1983.[2]

Background[edit]

Joseph Prince, the son of a Sikh priest of Indian origin and a Chinese mother,[3] spent his primary school years in Perak, Malaysia.[3]

Prince changed his birth name to Joseph Prince during his previous occupation as an IT consultant.[3]

Prince has preached at churches in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and the United States.[4]

Prince's TV program Destined to Reign is broadcast in more than 150 countries.[5] His broadcast program is also streamed online through Internet and podcasts.[6]

Prince publishes books, CDs and DVDs.[7] Prince has also been featured in Charisma magazine.[8]

Criticism and controversy[edit]

On 5 October 2008, in an interview with the Sunday Times, Prince, also the executive chairman of the church council, acknowledged that he was "well-paid" but also added that "money doesn't have a hold on me", dismissing allegations that his salary was $50,000 a month.[3]

On 30 March 2009, The Straits Times reported that the church paid one employee between $500,001 and $550,000 in its last financial year. Under the recommendations of the Code of Governance for charities then,[9] all charities and non-profit organisations in Singapore are encouraged to disclose the salary bands of their top executives to the Commissioner of Charities. While not confirming the identity of the employee, the church responded that its policy is to "recognize and reward key contributors to the church and Senior Pastor Prince is the main pillar of our church's growth and revenue."[10][11] On 15 April 2009, Matthew Kang, the Honorary Secretary of the church, responded that it was not a public charity and did not solicit public donations, asserting that "there is absolutely no compulsion to give whether in tithes or offerings, and any giving is done out of a willing heart", and that "every giver is appreciated and it is taken in good faith that he believes in the elected leadership and will trust them to make good decisions for the particular church he has chosen to attend, whether as a member or a visitor."[12]

On 7 June 2010, it was reported that Prince has not been on the church payroll since 2009.[13][14]

In October 2014, a list published by entertainment website richestlifestyle.com placed Prince as the 10th richest pastor in the world, with a reported net worth of S$6.4 million (£3.13 million).[15] New Creation Church dismissed the report, claiming that his actual net worth was 'substantially lower' than the reported figure.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Joseph Prince is married to Wendy Prince.[3] They have a daughter, Jessica Shayna Prince, and a son, Justin David Prince.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joseph Prince at Hillsong Conference 2007 Sydney, Australia". Hillsong Church. Archived from the original on 10 March 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2007. 
  2. ^ "History – New Creation Church". New Creation Church. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Church Pastors Like None Other – From stutter to charisma". The Sunday Times. Singapore. 5 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Pastor Prince's Past Speaking Engagements – Year 2009". New Creation Church. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Joseph Prince Ministries – Broadcast – Full Listing". Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Joseph Prince Ministries – About – The Ministry". Joseph Prince Ministries. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Resources – Online Catalogue". Destined to Reign. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Prince of Grace". Charisma. Retrieved 31 July 2010. 
  9. ^ Singapore's Code of Governance for charities
  10. ^ $500,000 pay for New Creation Church leader
  11. ^ Singapore church pays princely sum to leader
  12. ^ Reply To The Straits Times Forum Online (Business And Religion: Where Do You Draw The Line?)
  13. ^ "New Creation Church talks about its affiliated companies". Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  14. ^ "New Creation explains". Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  15. ^ a b Church rejects report on pastor's net worth
  16. ^ "Joseph & Wendy Prince". New Creation Church. Archived from the original on 16 May 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2007. 

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