Joseph Prince

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Joseph Prince
Joseph Prince.png
Joseph Prince in 2015
Religion Christianity
Church New Creation Church
Personal
Nationality Singapore
Born (1963-05-15) 15 May 1963 (age 55)
Singapore
Spouse Wendy Prince (m. 1994)
Children Jessica Shayna Prince (daughter)
Justin David Prince (son)
Senior posting
Title Senior pastor
Religious career
Website www.josephprince.org

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. He studied at Commonwealth Secondary School and completed his A levels at a private school, Our Lady of Lourdes.[3]

Prince changed his birth name during his previous occupation as an IT consultant, just before being appointed senior pastor in 1990.[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 the Internet and podcasts.[6]

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

Compensation[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 had 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 were 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 had 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 and that it regarded "Mr Prince's net worth as personal in nature".[16]

Personal life[edit]

Joseph Prince is married to Wendy Prince.[3] They have a daughter, Jessica Shayna Prince, and a son, Justin David Prince.[17]

Publications[edit]

  • Destined to Reign: The Secret to Effortless Success, Wholeness and Victorious Living (2007)
  • Right Place Right Time (2008)
  • Unmerited Favor: Your Supernatural Advantage for a Successful Life (2010)
  • 100 Days of Favor: Daily Readings from Unmerited Favor (2011)
  • The Benjamin Generation (2011)
  • Health and Wholeness Through the Holy Communion (2011)
  • Healing Promises (2012)
  • Provision Promises (2013)
  • The Power of Right Believing (2013)
  • Grace Revolution: Experience the Power to Live Above Defeat (2015)
  • Glorious Grace: 100 Daily Readings from Grace Revolution (2015)
  • The Prayer of Protection: Living Fearlessly in Dangerous Times (2016)
  • Live the Let-Go Life: Breaking Free from Stress, Worry, and Anxiety (2017)

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. Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. 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. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Joseph Prince Ministries – Broadcast – Full Listing". Archived from the original on 15 June 2010. Retrieved 9 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Joseph Prince Ministries – About – The Ministry". Joseph Prince Ministries. Archived from the original on 1 September 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Resources – Online Catalogue". Destined to Reign. Archived from the original on 10 June 2009. 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 Archived 21 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ Singapore church pays princely sum to leader Archived 2 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  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. ^ Church rejects report on pastor's net worth
  16. ^ "Singapore pastor Joseph Prince goes worldwide". The Straits Times. 28 October 2014. 
  17. ^ "Joseph & Wendy Prince". New Creation Church. Archived from the original on 16 May 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2007. 

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