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B4 SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2001 RELIGION THE SAUNA JOURNAL • EVANGELISM Jim and Tammy Faye's son doing it liis way Son of former PTL couple ministers to addicts, otiier outcasts By MITCH STACY The Associated Press ATLANTA — When Jay Bakker sits down for an interview, he can usually count on the question popping up: "So what's the deal with your mother's makeup?" When your mom is Tammy Faye Bakker Messner, the heavily primped and painted former Christian television icon, that's to be expected. He's fine with it, though, keenly aware of her place in pop culture and that most people are more interested in her grooming habits than what happened when his parents' ministry crumbled under scandal in the late 1980s. Bakker, 25, is fine with most things these days. He lives in Atlanta with Amanda, his wife of two years, and makes'a living ministering to the young, downtrodden and misunderstood. With studs in his ears, a gold loop through his lower lip and both of his arms sleeved in bold tattoos, he doesn't look like a man of God. And that's just the point. He's part of what he calls the "disillusioned subculture." Bakker is reeling a bit from, the intense media interest in his book, "Son of a Preacher Man," which came out in Janu­ ary It chronicles his life growing up in his parents' "Praise the Lord," or PTL, empire, their fall from grace and his own turmoil. He battled drugs and alcohol as he struggled to cope with his father's imprisonment and with being a member of the country's most ridiculed family "It's been healing, but it's been really hard to constantly relive, relive and relive the past," Bakker admits over lunch at a downtown restaurant. Slight of build, he wears blue work pants, a black T- shirt, a denim jacket and black sneakers. His dark hair is cropped short, and he wears a neatly trimmed goatee and sideburns that reach the bottom of his jaw. "I'm ready to look for the future," says Bakker Millions of PTL viewers remember him as "Jamie Charles," the pudgy-cheeked little boy on Jim and Tammy Faye's TV show with his older sister. Tammy Sue. He grew up on the set of the "PTL Club" with his family's 2,200-acre South Carolina retreat and theme park. Heritage USA, as his personal playground. Bodyguards tended to his every need. Every year, 600,000 copies of his school picture were mailed out to ministry supporters. The crash All that crashed down in 1987 when Jim Bakker's dalliance with Jessica Hahn became pub- The Associated Press Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker of the "Praise the Lord" (PTL) empire, speaks to Katy Hiegel, 18 (right), and Rebekah White, 17, after Bible study recently at the Safe- house, where his ministry is located in Atlanta. lie, and the family was driven from. Heritage USA. In 1989, Jim Bakker was sent to federal prison for overselling lodging guarantees at Heritage USA and diverting millions in ministry money Jay 13 at the time, was already drinking. Soon he was smoking marijuana and tripping on acid. He fell deeper still when his mother divorced his father in 1992 and married family friend Roe Messner Hurtling through his teens looking for the next party, Bakker also endured constant mockery of his disgraced family not only on "Saturday Night Live" but also by other Christian broadcasters. "As a kid, it broke my heart. it tore me to pieces," he says. "When you become an adult, you realize that nothing is sacred — they make fun of everybody But when you're a child, you don't understand that. You just think, 'These people must really hate my family' " Starting Revolution While struggling to get sober in 1996, Bakker hooked up with the Rev Philip Bray a former drug dealer who runs the Safe- house shelter for the homeless in the shadow of downtown Atlanta's Ritz-Carlton. Bray offered to give Bakker a place to live, office space and a salary to start Revolution, a progressive ministry offering punk-rock music and uncondi-. tional acceptance for the skateboarders, goths, drug addicts and other outcasts who come to the Bible studies and Friday night concerts. During the week now, Bakker can be found ministering in and around the tattoo and piercing studios in the Little Five Points neighborhood, where the people he wants to reach congregate. "I'm not about promoting Christ," he says. "I'm about attracting people to Christ. I'm not out there (screaming), 'You need to get Jesus! You need to get your life together!' I'm out there saying, 'You know what, this is what I've got, and if you want to know more about it I'd like to share it with you.' " Bakker often talks about his family during his weekly Bible studies. If people show up because they're curious to hear Jim and Tammy Faye's son preach, that's fine with him. As long as they come. "Jay's life isn't his parents," says 18-year-old Josh Cook, who has been coming to Revolution for the past two years. "And Jay's life isn't his tattoos." A painful read Bakker was approached about writing a book following a well-received story about him in Rolling Stone magazine in 1999. A high-school dropout whose dyslexia makes reading difficult, he dictated his story into a tape recorder and worked with writer Linden Gross. The book was a painful read for his mother "I cried aU the way through it," Tammy Faye Bakker Messner says. "I was wishing I could somehow go back and change things for him." Messner calls her son's journey a "miracle," and is dismayed when she hears people in some religious circles criticize him because of his radical appearance. "Some Christians are so mean," she says. "I had the same thing with my eyelashes and makeup. People couldn't see beyond that. I respect my son's right to have tattoos and I respect my son's right to have piercings, and if people don't like it they can look the other way" Still defends father Jay Bakker remains unflinching in defense of his father The book paints Jim Bakker as a victim, a do-gooder who trusted the wrong people and did nothing wrong knowingly beyond his tryst with Hahn while separated from Tammy Faye in 1980. Jay Bakker blames others for his family's woes — a naive interpretation, some reviewers have said. "I'm not going to spend the rest of my life defending them," Jay Bakker says. "That's what this book was about. This is who my family is, this is who we are, this is the truth. They can call me naive or whatever they want." T CHURCH GUIDE BOOKS Unique guide names 600 'excellent' U.S. churches Excellence found in small outposts as well as megachurches By RICHARD N. OSTLING rlie Associated Press _ In a nation where Christian congregations (320,000 plus) are far more ubiquitous than even fast-food restaurants (176,800 at last count), the project that writer Paul Wilkes undertook required some brashness. Wilkes has selected 600 "excellent" congregations in 44 states, a variation on best-cities or travel guides — minus the rating stars. Actually there are two new guidebooks. "Excellent Protestant Congregations" (Westminster John Knox) lists 311 picks; "Excellent Catholic Parishes" (Paulist) includes 289. Subtitled "The Guide to Best Places and Practices," both books provide several in-depth profiles plus information on hundreds of programs. Wilkes' project will culminate with a New Orleans "Pastoral Summit" May 30-June 1, where clergy and lay leaders from the these congregations will meet those who'd like to learn their trade secrets. Afterward, all 600 names will be posted on the summit's Web page. Some of the names are widely known — including Old St. Patrick's Catholic parish in Chicago, and 193-year-old Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York's Harlem — but most are not. This unique church-shopping spree didn't locate "Amer­ ica's best," Wilkes quickly explains, since many others could readily be added. But he's confident anyone would consider each of these congregations excellent. And he says their successful techniques can be reproduced elsewhere, an important point since local congregations are "still the place where the overwhelming majority of people find spiritual sustenance." Excellence shines forth equally from small outposts and megachurches, from fundamentalist and left-wing churches and from wealthy and poor congregations, he reports. The chosen churches range from a Lutheran cluster based in Lone Wolf, Okla. — where the forlorn downtown consists of an eatery an auto parts store, boarded-up buildings and an abandoned grain elevator — to Holy Family Catholic Church in suburban Inverness, 111., with its 10,000 parishioners, 120 ministries and 28- member staff. Many Americans are willing to drive 50 miles on a Sunday morning to places where excellence exists, Wilkes has found. Methodist turns Catholic Wilkes, 62, the author of numerous books, magazine articles and TV documentaries about American religion, now teaches writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He's a Catholic layman who spent a decade as a Methodist. His church hunt originated in 1997 during a weekend speaking engagement at the Church of the Presentation in Upper Saddle Rfver, N.J. (praised in the Catholic guidebook for its innovative liturgy, weekend retreats, young adult ministry soup kitchen and funeral preparation). "I just saw a parish at work, being happy about what they did. It didn't seem to be heavy lifting, just an authentic, joyful spirit, not the pasty-faced, have- a-nice-day Christianity" he said. Parishioners were "living the Gospel, not mouthing it." He wondered how many other congregations were like this one. The eventual result was $450,000 from the Lilly Endowment to find the answer, research the lists, prepare the books and stage the summit. Together, Wilkes and two Protestant researchers visited some 40 churches and sifted names from 80 experts. The Associated Press Paul Wilkes poses recently in the UNC-Wilmington Catholic Campus Ministry garden. Wilkes has selected 600 'excellent' congregations in 44 states in a two-volume guide. ORSHIP WITH US FffiST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE 1425 South Ohio 823-6331 or 823-6948 Prayer Time In The Saiicluary..8:40-9:00 a.m. Bible Study For All Ages 0:30 a.m. Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Evening Worsliip 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Family Niglit 7:00 p.m. Pastor: N. Rene Colaw Music: Barb Miller Children: Lacy Krebs Youth: Rod Billings Senior Adiiltij: .lack Driscoll •0& Ik , ELCA ^/ Evangelical Lutheran Church In America i:; 1 w Kt c"S'',) ()07-y(fu .Siiruiay ConrorTiporaiy....S;I5 a.rn. Sunday 'lY.iclitioiiiil 10:'15 a.m. Siiiulay School & Adult: Bible Classes 0:30 a.m. Pitslon Williiun t:. Iliischtxiin Preschool Monday-Friday ST. JOHN'S 302 Sontli 7lJi 826-5081 Saturdays 5:30 p.m. .Sunday 8:15 & 10:45 a.m. Simday School 0:30 a.ni. Pastor Charles /Vise • P.TStor Riiss Glaser Rev. 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Cloud St, Sfllino, KS 67401 1785) 823-3792 Sunday Worship 8:30,9:45,11:00 a.m. Christian Educarion Classes 9:45, 11:00 a.m. Nursery provided for oil services PRESBYTERIAN FIRST 308 S. 8th Phone 825-0226 Cliuich School 0:00 a.m. Siimlay Service W:\^> a.m. BroatlcasI on KINA AM 910 on your dial (Nursery Provided) "Like a Red Dress In A Gray World" l'iisti)|-s: TlioiUiis I*. 'nniotiiy M. MaKiifftfc Ik'cky liwing, UirtTlor of Family Ilopi' Outer Dr. Ric-hiird KcisliKurijiii, Diri'flor of Music Sunrise 825 E. Beloit Phone 823-6344 Church School i):40 a.m. C'offpe & P'cllowship 9:;i0 ii.in. Worship St?mc(' H:;K ) ii'm. &. 11:00 ILIII. Nursi'ry IVowU'd "Christ is Risen" Rev. Don Schroeder •s—1 KimliuriyTHIiolci, Dircftor ot Congrcgaliunal Nurture i£-J Don Hiuiunerli, I'arisii AsscM'ial*! 'gW First Christian Church m 2727 E. Crawford I . ,S2r,.S2«(i • fccflSsillliet.orK Sklllcil Nuiiii'O' AtKMKlanI 9:00 H.m Sunday School 10:00 a.m Worship "That all may know & love God" Co-Miiiislcrs: Kim ISlakli'y Hca (iroj; l/)mh;ir(i liea FIRST CHURCH OF CHRIST, SCIENTIST 8th (& Mulberry Sunday Ser\'ice 10:4.5 a.m. Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Wed. Evening Meeting 7:30 p.m. Kcading Room in Church Weiliicsdiiy l-i pm & 0:45-7:15 pin S EPISCOPAL S C hrist C athedral 13S S. St. 827-4440 MciniiiinrriiyiT Daily Bjuii. 'Hicsday 7 am Thm-sday i) a.iu. WVdiu'stlay willi Saliirday 0 p.m. l!m-li()ii 5:ir)pni Smitiay 10 a.m. jSundayCiiiisljaii Kdiualiini i):(H)a.m. Sunday S'lii^t'ry \)\){V\ hUOa.m. Timothy Kline, Dejui EPISCOPAL CHURCH OF THE INCARNATION M:ix& Norton •8a-28!50 Sunday School 9:15 a.m. Holy C'omniunion 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Mnry Kay Bond, Vicar 827-9294 \'isil our wchsitt' at liH|i://ww\v.slii)|i.saliiia,t'om/<'luiri'lliiicariiatiiin ALL SAINTS ORtho6ox chuRCh 2813 Scanlan Ave. (785) 823-3735 HOLY WEEK SERVICES Sun. 8:»A.MOiili!Oi9J»WiiiSuii4ivLtat{V 6:!l() BriilEgioom Smicc M-T-W (ii.lll am Prcsandified Liturgy M-T 6:,W p.m. BtiJegioom Senicc Wed. 6:30 p.m. Holy Uncilioti Thu. 6:30 a.m. Foot Wastting & Liturgy 6:30 p.m. Passion Gospels Fri. 9 a.m. Royal Hows 4 p.m. Apokalheiosis 6:311 p.m. Lamenlations FAITH ASSEMBLY OF GOD 905 W. Cloud 827 -a3 !53 Sunday School/Worship 9:30 & 10:30 a.tn. Wednesday (Soup-er Study) 6:30 p.m. Evening Worship 0:00 p.m. Pastor Terence D. Engler salina Mennonite Church 2026 starlight Drive, 825-2663 Join us as we seek to share God's love. 7^ Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Interim Pastors: Stan & Madene Smucker ROLLING HILLS CONGREGATIONAL UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST Rev. Karen Rcnner 11:10 a.m Worsliip All Visitors Welcome 202C Staiiight Dr. 827-2972 Christ The King ^ Lutheriui Church - Missouri Synod III W.M:igiiolia 827-7492 Sunday Worsliip 10:,30ii.ni. Sundiiy Scliool & Adidt Bible Study 9:15 a.iu. I— I MoiidiiyNightSenice 7:00p.m.^^r 1 Rev. I^ruy I'rallc r**^ TRINITY LUTHERAN Missouri Synod West Crawford 823-7151 at 9th & 10th Streets licv. liobcrt Scliai'ilcl • licv. Cliarlus Adi-uiB Dir. of Cliii'iUaii Eil. & Voutli: Uaiia.l. Deck "Self Control In The Resurrection" Luke 24:1-12 Siuidiiy Worship.... 8:.30 am, 11 ;00 lun, 7:00 i>.m.' Siind:iy School & Bible Classes 9:45 a.m. Children Welcome In Church & Nursery St. Lutheran Church (WELS) N.E. Comer Ohio & Magnolia Worship Service.. 9:00 a.m. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. "Preaching Repentance And The Forgiveness Of Sin In Jesus Ciirist" Oonald WVhmann, Pa.stor 825-7455 METHODIST HURCH iCROSS 1600 Rusti, at Cloud & Broadway 7:00 a.m. "Son Rise" Service at the shelter house Hirec Simctuar)' Senlccs at 8:30,9:45 & 11:00 Lm. "Ecsurrcclion; A Morning Beyond Belier' Malllicw 28:1-10 mtli a special performiuira . by the Easter Choir University 1505 S. Santa Fe 825-9505 uumcCg'informalics.nol Where KiKrij Member Is A Minister Children's Ministiy Diiector; Shawn Miulin Pai'ish Visitor: Karen Pinkjill Music Director: Mark Lucas Pa-stor: Robert Conway Worship Celebration 10:00 a.m. Sunrise Service Indian Rock Slielter 6;54 a.m. Easter Worship Celebration 10:00 a.m. rr-i 9;00 a.m. Sunday School Tor all ages |p.| Excellent Nursery arid Eiovaior Innovative Children's Worship FIRST United Methodist Church 122 N. 8th St. 825-0228 Rev. Dr. C. Diane Watters Worship 8:30 a.m. Sunday School & Fellowsliip Cafe 9:40 a.m. Worsliip 10:45 a.m. Nursery all services "Wngs of Resurrection" KSAL radio 1150-AM • Sundays at 11:00 a.m. salist@swb.nct 6. Christian Service Without Boundaries Trinity United Methodist Rev. Susan Stover 901 Ncal C'/a mi. S. of corner of Ohio & Magnolia) 825-l>:i70 One 'OnlyaWo Thijigs In Life Arc Certain" Ist Cor. 15:19-26 Luke 24:1-12 Sunrise Service 6:45 a.Hi. Worship 8:30,9:45 & 11:00 a.m. lj_.Sunday School 9:45 a.ni. only le^l www.gbKm-umc.org/trinitylcsOl Grand Ave. Methodist 304 W. Grartd 823-6272 0:00 n.m Sunday School 10:15 am Worship Cinebration .Sunrisp Service 6:30 a.m.. 6. 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Sunday School-For All Ages 9:30 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Evenuig Worship 6:45 p.m. Nurseiy Provided All Services • llanilicaii Acfp.ssil)lo Glenn Davis, I'iistor ^^ctory Baptist Church Senior Center, 245 N. 9th Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Worslil|> 10:;)Q a.m. Evening 7:00 p.m. Wed. Prayer Mtg 7:00 p.m. Fuiidanientid SL Independent - Conservative music •Uilile i.s .sole mtllority - Evmi^'eli.sni mid djsripjesllip Puilan Steve Pricked rail (7»i) 1934)0H emil: WCSaliuejmo.cim. First Baptist Church 843 Lewis Traditional Worship with a Qontemporary Flavor! 9:30 - Worship, Children's Church 10:45- Sunday School Wednesday Family Night • Nursery Provided ' James Bridges, Pastor Kevin HazeltoH, Youi'h/ Eiiucatioii O 785-825-4643

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