The Jim Bakker and Tammy Faye Bakker Tega Cay House
When PTL founder Jim Bakker and his wife Tammy Faye Messner were in ministry together, they lived in an extravagant mansion on Tega Cay, Florida. The Spanish Colonial-style home was built in 1937. It was updated and improved a number of times. At one point, the couple lived in a 10,226-square-foot house. They had a large dock, a two-story heated playhouse, and boardwalks leading to a white sandy beach. Other features of the house included gold plated fauctes, electronic drapes, and a sunken whirlpool tub.
The couple had two children, Jamie Charles and Sissy. Jamie was born in 1975. In 1992, Jim was sent to prison, and the two were separated. Meanwhile, Tammy moved to Palm Springs and was treated for pneumonia. After Jim was released, she married a former business associate Roe Messner. She also gave birth to their daughter. This was followed by a divorce. A year later, she was diagnosed with cancer.
PTL was a television evangelism network that grew out of “The PTL Club,” a televangelist show hosted by Jim and Tammy. The network expanded into a theme park, water park, and water-and-theme park facility in Fort Mill, South Carolina. The PTL ministry purchased a home on the exclusive Tega Cay peninsula.
Tammy Faye and Jim began their religious career in South Carolina in the 1960s. They moved to California in the 1970s, and eventually settled in Palm Springs. Their marriage was dissolved after several scandals. But in 1987, after a series of sexual and financial scandals, the PTL ministry went bankrupt. As a result, they lost their home.
The PTL ministry purchased the home in 1981, and enlarged it four times. It now has five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Some of the original features of the house include wood-beam ceilings, a freestanding two-way kiva fireplace, and decorative tilework. There are also industrial appliances in the main kitchen, including a butcher block center island. Several closets were renovated. One of them was converted into a bedroom.
Although the home had a number of upgrades, the main kitchen, for example, still featured hand-painted porcelin sinks. There was a sunken whirlpool bath that was flanked by a glass-enclosed rock garden.
The house had a heated doghouse that never got cooled down. It also had an air-conditioner in the dining room. On the grounds, there was a large dock and a guardhouse. Many of the other features were not functional, such as fake food in the dining room, and a two-story heated playhouse.
When the PTL ministry purchased the property, the family did not live in the home. Instead, most PTL regulars stayed in the Bakkers’ house. However, a fire damaged the house in 2002. Since then, a number of buildings in the area have been redeveloped. The city has started a police force and maintains recreation facilities.
According to the South Carolina Arson Task Force, the cause of the fire is not yet known. Residents say that the media was interested in seeing the Bakker mansion.