Marcus Lamb

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Marcus D. Lamb
Born (1957-10-07) October 7, 1957 (age 58) in Cordele, Georgia, United States
Education B.A. Lee College (Tennessee)
Spouse(s) Joni Trammell, 1982-present
Children 3
Church Christianity (Pentecostal)
Congregations served
Word Of God Fellowship, Montgomery, Alabama
Offices held
Co-Founder, CEO, and President, DayStar Network

Marcus Lamb (born October 7, 1957) is an American televangelist, minister and Christian broadcaster. He is the co-founder, president, and CEO of the Daystar Television Network, the second-largest Christian television network in the world. The network has 90 TV stations and satellite and cable coverage that reaches 100 million U.S. households and more than 200 countries.[1] The estimated value of the network is $230 million.[2]

Early life[edit]

Marcus was born October 7, 1957 in Macon, Georgia. He grew up attending the East Macon Church of God.[citation needed] He became a Christian at the age of five and continued in church attendance and work as he grew older. He began to preach as an evangelist at age fifteen. He graduated from high school and enrolled at age sixteen in Lee University (then known as Lee College), Cleveland, Tennessee-based Christian university. He graduated three years later.[3] In 1982, four years after graduation, he married Joni Trammell of Greenville, South Carolina. The couple spent their early years of marriage as traveling evangelists, visiting churches in the Southeast to teach the gospel.[4] Marcus was ordained as a Bishop with the Church of God of Cleveland, Tennessee.[citation needed]

Media ministry[edit]

In 1980, the same year that Marcus met his wife Joni, he founded The Word of God Fellowship, the company that would eventually start the Daystar Television Network. In 1984 Lamb moved to Montgomery, Alabama to begin WMCF-TV. This was the first full power Christian station in the state. The Lambs sold the station to Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) in 1990 and moved to Dallas, Texas. Lamb launched the Daystar network at the end of 1997.[4]

Lamb is a regular speaker and teacher on his network and as a visitor to other churches. His most regular public forum is on Celebration, the Daystar flagship program. Every weekday, he hosts the show with Joni and speaks about the Bible and their network.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

In November 2010, Lamb admitted on the Daystar Network that he had an extramarital affair that had ended several years before.[5][6] In his admission, Lamb took "100 percent responsibility" for his actions. He and his wife were able to fully reconcile with the help of marriage counselors. Due to the advice of their marriage counselors, the decision was made to keep this matter private as long as they could, in order to heal adequately.[2] The Lambs decided to publicly disclose the infidelity shortly after they claimed that three women asked for US $7.5 million in exchange for silence on the matter. The Lambs' shared their story publicly on television and refused to pay anything. No criminal charges were filed,[7] although Civil suits and counter-suits between Daystar and the three former employees were filed over the matter.[8][9]

By December, 2011, all three employee claims had either been dropped or thrown out. Daystar subsequently dismissed its countersuits against each of the women.[10]

The Lambs have appeared on mainstream network programs such as Good Morning America and Dr. Phil to say that Marcus' infidelity was several years ago, that their marriage is now whole, and that they want to do all they can to help other married couples stay together.[11][2]

Marcus and his wife reside in Dallas, Texas with their three children.[12]


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