In 1966, Murdock married Linda Lormand (married from 1966–1979) and they adopted a boy, Jason, in 1979.
On October 4, 1979 the couple divorced. Linda Lormand Murdock was given custody of Jason following the divorce. She is said to have had difficulty providing for the child despite her former husband’s income.
In addition to preaching, Murdock is known for his publications and songs.
The PTL later declared bankruptcy and Bakker went to prison for fraud related to his ministry.
In 1999, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Murdock refused interview requests and had previously declined to answer questions about money.
In 2003, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ran a series about Murdock giving association (donor-raised) money to select family members who were on his association’s board.
On 3-3-2003, the Associated Press reported Murdock asked followers for money to help the poor but spent more than 60% of donations on overhead, including his salary, and only a tiny amount (reported to be “legal minimums of 1% to 3%”) on helping the needy, or any other ‘public interest’.
In 2004, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Murdock “has started a church and the law allows him to keep his financial records behind closed doors.”
In August 2004, the association purchased the International Faith Center in Haltom City, Texas, and changed its name to The Wisdom Center, which it operates as a church.
On 3-22-12, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Murdock’s home, assessed at $1.5 million, was for sale.
The 9,943 sq ft home located on 6.89 acres at 2010 Whitebridge Rd., Argyle, TX 76226 was first listed for sale on Realtor.com on 11-29-11 for $3.2 million and then subsequently on 9-4-13 (MLS 12020088) for $2.7 million.According to public records, Murdock also was the owner of 2013 Whitebridge Rd.
Murdock has appeared on TBN, CBN, BET, INSP, WORD, Daystar Television Network and other television networks, and his weekly television program, Wisdom Keys with Mike Murdock.
Murdock is a Founding Trustee on the Board of International Charismatic Ministries along with the late Oral Roberts.
Protestant Christian Missionary Norman Oetker
July 2015, Saint Charles Missouri U.S.
Norman Oetker Protestant Christian Missionary served in: US., Thailand, Reynosa Mexico, and now in Saint Charles Missouri