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Pat Robertson Biography


Televangelist Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson announces his endorsement of Rudy Giuliani.

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Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson:

Pat Robertson is founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). CBN was established in 1960 and has grown to one of the world's largest television ministries. He is host to the 700 Club, one of the longest running religious television shows. Robertson founded International Family Entertainment, Regent University, Operation Blessing International, American Center for Law and Justice, The Flying Hospital, and several other organizations and broadcast entities.

Date of Birth:

March 22, 1930.

Family and Home:

Pat and Dede Robertson have four children and fourteen grandchildren. They make their home in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


Robertson is an ordained minister of the Southern Baptist denomination, but holds to a Pentecostal theology.


Robertson attended military prep schools and then completed 10 years of higher education including, Biblical Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree, a B.A. degree, and a Juris Doctor.

Military Service:

In 1948 Robertson enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and later served in the First Marine Division in Korea.


Robertson is the author of several books including his most popular, The Secret Kingdom, The New World Order, and Answers to 200 of Life's Most Probing Questions.


• (1982) Humanitarian of the Year by Food for the Hungry
• (1988) Man of the Year by Students for America
• (1989) Christian Broadcaster of the Year by National Religious Broadcasters
• (1992) America's 100 Cultural Elite by Newsweek Magazine
• (1994) Defender of Israel Award from the Christians' Israel Public Action Campaign
• (2000) Cross of Nails award by the Flying Hospital
• (2002) The State of Israel Friendship Award by the Chicago chapter of the Zionist Organization of America


Robertson has been active in politics and government affairs throughout his life. He is strongly conservative as a political activist. In 1982 he served on President Ronald Reagan's Task Force on Victims of Crime. In 1988 he ran for President but withdrew prior to the primaries. He is currently a member of the Board of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, and previously served on the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors in the State of Virginia.

In the News:

• Pat Robertson makes a stunning public call for the assassination of the Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez.

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