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Jim and Tammy Bakker’s Son Says Film Humanizes His Parents

The son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker tweeted after a private screening of an upcoming movie about his parents that the film “humanized” them, something he said “most folks or media” have never done.

Jay Bakker, who is currently pastor of a progressive church that meets in a bowling alley in Minneapolis, said of his late mother and televangelist father’s depiction in “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “it’s nice to have their humanity recognized.”

The Eyes of Tammy Faye” stars Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain as the couple who rose from humble beginnings to lead a broadcasting empire and follows them through the scandals that caused their eventual fall.

Jim went to prison, Tammy Faye divorced him, and both later remarried. She died of colon cancer in 2007. Jim Bakker and his current wife Lori Bakker host “The Jim Bakker Show,” based in Branson, Missouri.

The film is set to be released in theaters Sep. 17.

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Jay Bakker turned away from his evangelical roots to co-found Revolution Church in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1994 to serve people he felt the church rejected based on their appearance and lifestyle.

The church moved from Phoenix to Los Angeles to Atlanta then New York City, eventually landing in Minneapolis.

Jay Bakker’s biography says he speaks to congregations and other groups all over the country about faith, grace, and his experiences with the “underbelly of life and Christianity.”

He is also the author of several books, including, “Fall to Grace” and “Son of A Preacher Man.”

Anne Stych

Anne Stych is a writer in Charlotte, North Carolina.