Robert Tilton Biography
Robert Tilton is an American televangelist of the prosperity gospel who was born in McKinney, TX as Robert Gibson Tilton is widely known for his infomercial-styled religious television program Success-N-Life, which at its peak in 1991 aired in all 235 American TV markets (daily in the majority of them), brought in nearly $80 million per year, and was described as “the fastest-growing television ministry in America.”
Within 2 years after ABC’s Primetime Live examined Tilton’s fundraising practices, beginning a series of investigations into the ministry, his program was taken off the air. Tilton later returned to television via his new version of Success-N-Life airing on BET as well as The Word Network.
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Robert Tilton Education
Tilton attended Cooke County Junior College and Texas Technological University.
Robert Tilton Family
Tilton was born and raised by her parents in McKinney, TX. Our efforts to find out more about his family came to no avail as no such information is publicly available. Thus, the identity of Tilton’s parents is still unclear. It is also not known if he has any siblings. We will update this section once this information is available.
Tilton’s young church was growing steadily, but Daystar failed to expand beyond the Dallas area until Tilton traveled to Hawaii – his self-described version of Jesus’s forty days in the wilderness – and came upon an increasingly popular new form of television programming: the late-night infomercial.
Tilton was particularly influenced by Dave Del Dotto, a real estate promoter who hosted hour-long infomercials showing his glamorous life in Hawaii, as well as on-camera testimonials lauding his “get rich quick” books.
Upon his return from Hawaii in 1981, Tilton, with the help of a US$1.3M loan from Dallas banker Herman Beebe, revamped Daystar into an hour-long “religious infomercial” with the title Success-N-Life.
Robert Tilton Wife
Robert is married to Maria Tilton, the couple married in 2002. He had married his first wife, Martha “Marte” Phillips, in 1968 and separated in 1993. He later married his second wife Leigh Valentine in 1994 and the pair divorced in 1997. Tilton has four children named: Amy Tilton, Jon Tilton, Matt Tilton, and Marc Tilton.
According to his autobiographical materials, Tilton had a conversion experience to evangelical Christianity the following year and began his ministry in 1974, taking his family on the road to, in his words, “preach this gospel of Jesus.”
Tilton preached to small congregations and revivals throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Tilton’s family settled in Dallas and built the Word of Faith Family Church, a small nondenominational charismatic church in Farmers Branch, in 1976. The church started a local television program then known as Daystar.
Robert Tilton Net Worth
Tilton has an estimated $500 Million dollars as of 2021. He became outrageously famous for his infomercial-styled religious television program Success-N-Life. In 1991, this program was aired in all 235 American TV markets and brought in nearly $80 million per year.
Robert Tilton Measurements and Facts
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Robert Tilton Wiki
- Full Names: Robert Gibson Tilton
- Popular As: Preacher
- Gender: Male
- Occupation / Profession: Televangelist
- Nationality: American
- Race / Ethnicity: White
- Religion: Not Known
- Sexual Orientation: Straight
Robert Tilton Birthday
- Age / How Old?: 74 years old as of 2020
- Zodiac Sign: Gemini
- Date of Birth: 7 June 1946
- Place of Birth: McKinney, TX.
- Birthday: June 7
Robert Tilton Body Measurements
- Body Measurements: To be updated
- Height / How Tall?: Average
- Weight: Moderate
- Eye Color: To be updated
- Hair Color: To be updated
- Shoe Size: To be updated
- Dress Size: To be updated
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Robert Tilton Family and Relationship
- Father (Dad): To be updated
- Mother: To be updated
- Siblings (Brothers and Sisters): To be updated
- Marital Status: Married
- Wife/Spouse: Married to Maria Tilton (m. 2002), Leigh Valentine (m. 1994–1997), Martha Phillips (m. 1968–1993)
- Dating / Girlfriend: Not Applicable
- Children: Sons (Jon Tilton, Matt Tilton, Marc Tilton) Daughter(s) (Amy Tilton)
Robert Tilton Net Worth and Salary
- Net Worth: $500 Million dollars
- Salary: Under Review
- Source of Income: televangelist
Robert Tilton House and Cars
- Place of living: US
- Cars: Car Brand to be Updated
Robert Tilton Ministries
Curious about the pervasiveness of the problem, the Trinity Foundation got on the mailing lists of several televangelists, including Tilton, and started keeping records of the many types of solicitations they received almost daily from various ministries.
Robert Tilton Evangelist
In the year 1991, ABC News conducted an investigation of Tilton (as well as two other Dallas-area televangelists, Grant and Larry Lea).
The investigation, assisted by Trinity Foundation president Ole Anthony as well as broadcast on ABC’s Primetime Live on 21 November 1991, alleged that Tilton’s ministry threw away prayer requests without reading them, keeping only the accompanying money or valuables sent to the ministry by viewers, garnering his ministry an estimated US$80 million a year.
Robert Tilton Preaching
In 1985, two men began distributing a video they compiled lampooning Tilton and his ostensible conversations with God. The video exploits Tilton’s facial expressions and preaching style. The original video contained no title screen and was roughly edited. The video featured a medley of footage from Success-N-Life overdubbed with well-timed sound effects of flatulence.
Robert Tilton Success In Life
On Success-N-Life, Tilton regularly taught that all of life’s trials, especially poverty, were a result of sin. His message consisted mainly of impressing upon viewers the importance of making “vows”—financial commitments to Tilton’s ministry. His preferred vow, stressed frequently on his broadcasts, was $1,000.
Occasionally, Tilton would claim to have received a word of knowledge for someone to give a vow of $5,000 or even $10,000. When a person made a vow to Tilton, he preached that God would recognize the vow and reward the donor with vast material riches.
The show also ran “testimonials” of viewers who gave to Tilton’s ministry and reportedly received miracles in return, a practice that would be used as the basis for a later lawsuit from donors charging Tilton’s ministry with fraud.
A Dallas Morning News story published in 1992 observed that Tilton spent more than 84% of his show’s airtime for fundraising and promotions, a total higher than the 22% for an average commercial television show; other sources put the total fundraising time during episodes of Success-N-Life closer to 68%.
Some of Tilton’s fundraising letters were written by Gene Ewing, the head of a multimillion-dollar marketing empire writing donation letters for other televangelists like W. V. Grant and Don Stewart.
As a result of Tilton’s television success, Word of Faith Family Church grew to become a megachurch, with 8,000 members at its height. Tilton also wrote several self-help books about financial success, including The Power to Create Wealth, God’s Laws of Success, How to Pay Your Bills Supernaturally, and How to be Rich and Have Everything You Ever Wanted.
Most of his books were published in the 1980s and distributed via promotion on Success-N-Life and through the many mailings, Tilton’s ministry sent his followers. The books were republished in the late 1990s to be used as centerpieces of his 1997 infomercial series and are now promoted on his current (as of 2010) daily live internet broadcast.
Robert Tilton Lexington Academy
Lexington Academy was a small private Christian school in Farmers Branch, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), that was founded in the early 1980s by Robert Tilton and his wife Marte. The name “Lexington” was chosen in honor of the Battle of Lexington. The school mascot was the Patriots.
The school was a member of TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools), and won dozens of State Championships in Athletics, Academics, and Fine Arts during the less than 20 years of its existence, including five overall TAPPS State Championships. The school was dissolved in 1998 as a result of debts incurred from lawsuits against Tilton and his ministry.
Robert Tilton Transitional Ministry
Tilton returned to television in 1994 with a new show called Pastor Tilton, a show with an emphasis on “demon blasting” exorcism practices, usually involving Tilton shouting as loudly as possible at demons supposedly possessing people suffering from pain and illness. However, this program was far less successful than its predecessor and was canceled by the end of the year.
Frequently Asked Questions About Robert Tilton
Who is Robert Tilton?
Robert Tilton a famous televangelist of the prosperity gospel who was born in McKinney, TX as Robert Gibson Tilton is widely known for his infomercial-styled religious television program Success-N-Life, which at its peak in 1991 aired in all 235 American TV markets (daily in the majority of them), brought in nearly $80 million per year, and was described as “the fastest-growing television ministry in America.”
How old is Robert Tilton?
Tilton is an American national born on 7 June 1946 in McKinney, TX.
How tall is Robert Tilton?
Tilton stands at an average height, he has not shared his height with the public. His height will be listed once we have it from a credible source.
Is Robert Tilton married?
Yes, Tilton is married to Maria Tilton. They got married in 2002.
How much is Robert Tilton worth?
Tilton has an approximate net worth of $500 Million dollars. This amount has been accrued from his leading roles in the religion industry.
Where does Robert Tilton live?
Because of personal reasons, Tilton has not shared his precise location of residence. We will update this information if we get the location and images of his house.
Is Robert Tilton dead or alive?
Tilton is alive and in good health. There have been no reports of him being sick or having any health-related issues.
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