Creflo Dollar believes he can flyyyy, while flock foots $65M bill
No wonder Bloomberg calls the Gulfstream G650 "the holy grail of private jets"
?The anointing is strong up in here.
?Creflo Dollar, the jet-setting televangelist with the funny name, is making an appeal to the parishioners of his College Park-based World Changers Church International. He wants them to replace his private jet with a brand-new jet at the cost of $65 million. Deemed the "Project G650 Campaign," the Christian-based crowdfunding project of sorts is asking for 200,000 to donate $300 each in order to meet the purchase price of a Gulfstream G650 — aka "the holy grail of private jets," according to Bloomberg.
?"For over 20 years, you've been a part of getting Creflo Dollar Ministries to distant lands to share the truth of the gospel," the narrator of a five-minute video on the ministry's website explains before Pastor Dollar presents his traveling dilemma. The video has all the right elements: drama, international intrigue, starving kids in Africa, and the climactic appeal. During a recent trip over the Pacific Ocean, Dollar explains, the right engine of the his current plane went out. The 30-year-old plane was safely landed by the pilot. But after logging more than four million miles since the ministry purchased it in 1999, and another near-accident that required Dollar's wife and daughters to be evacuated on the runway, it's time to re-up.
?The Gulfstream G650, a 2014 model, is a pretty luxurious upgrade. And Dollar, a longtime proponent of the prosperity gospel, is garnering plenty of criticism for the request. With a name like CreFLO DOLLAR, he's always been an easy target. He certainly skirts dangerously close to the preacher-pimp archetype, especially in the evangelical church where it can be hard to distinguish praying from preying. In a post on TheRoot.com, Kirsten West Savali points out the huge gap between Pastor Dollar's estimated net worth of $27 million and the $29,640 average annual income in College Park, Ga., where World Changers is based. An average household would have to multiply it's annual income more than 200 times to catch up to Pastor Dollar Bill, she points out. Talk about some serious income inequality. Back in the day, Jesus spread his word on the back of an ass and got murked a week later. If earning his wings requires Creflo to endure a little crucifixion on the blogs, so be it.