Jimmy Lee Swaggart (born March 15, 1935) is an American Pentecostal pastor, author, radio and televangelist through his weekly telecast. His 1980s telecast was transmitted to over 3,000 stations and cable systems each week.
Sexual scandals in the late 1980s and early 1990s led the Assemblies of God to defrock him. As a result of the scandals, Swaggart temporarily stepped down as the head of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.
Swaggart’s television ministry, which began in 1975, continues airing in the US and internationally. The weekly Jimmy Swaggart Telecast and A Study in the Word programs are broadcast throughout the US and on 78 channels in 104 other countries, and over the Internet.