Jentezen Franklin – Net Worth, Wife (Cherise), Biography

Jentezen Franklin is an American Pentecostal pastor and Christian author who led the congregations of both California and the Georgia branches of the Free Chapel ministry.

Some of his bestselling books are – ”Fasting” and ”Right People, Right Place, Right Plan.”


Franklin grew up in Wilson, North Carolina, USA. His father was a pastor who traveled throughout North Carolina.

He grew up with two sisters and two brothers in a Christian home.

Jentezen trained as a saxophone player at Atlantic Christian College’s music department. But, he fully committed his life to Jesus and yearned to do something great for God when he was 16.

In his words:

”I was in college on a full-ride music scholarship with the dream of becoming a professional saxophone player.”

Franklin went on to say:

”That summer after my sophomore year, I started traveling with Richie, doing music while he preached. During that time, God called me to preach.”

During his early career, he traveled along with his brother Richie as an evangelistic team.

After the senior pastor of Free Chapel – Roy Wellborn – died in 1989, Jentezen was installed as pastor of Free Chapel, a contemporary Christian church that reaches out to the hurting and lost in the world, country, and community, with the love of Christ.

what is the net worth of Jentezen Franklin

In 2004, Free Chapel moved to a new location that has a 3,000-seat auditorium.

In 2007, Free Chapel opened the second church in Irvine, California.

In 2018, Free Chapel added a Midtown campus in Atlanta. During an interview with The Times, Jentezen declared:

“It’s always been a dream for me to have a church in Atlanta.”

Franklin later added:

“We’ve been moving that way for six years.”

Jentezen also said that the auditorium will have seating for about 1,000 people.

Moreover, Free Chapel has locations in other areas, including:

  • Orange County, CA;
  • Spartanburg, SC ;
  • Cumming, GA;
  • Buford, GA;
  • Gwinnett, GA;
  • Gainesville, GA.


Jentezen Franklin married Cherise on September 5, 1987.

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The couple has five children, named:

  • Courteney;
  • Caressa;
  • Caroline;
  • Connar;
  • Drake.

His daughter – Connar Franklin – began attending the Fashion & Art Institute in LA in 2017.

She has earned over 182,000 followers on Instagram.

Connar Franklin earned representation with Photogenics LA.


”Stand up for life. And stand up for compassion and grace for those that have experienced abortion. We dare not be silent in such a time as this.”

”Though your beginning was small, your latter days will be very great.”

”We’re all flawed people. We need God’s grace. We can make our nation greater. We can make our world a place that values life because life is beautiful.”

”You can’t lose anything or anybody that God feels you need to fulfill His purpose in your future.”

“His nature is in you, and that’s why you can look at something that appears to be nothing going nowhere and believe in it.”

”Television is critical because it can go to areas that we can never go physically.”

”God is Lord not only of what you’ve got by His hand but of what you have lost.”

“You are never more like God than when you’re dreaming because God is a dreamer from the beginning.”


Some of his books are:

  • The Spirit of Python: Exposing Satan’s Plan to Squeeze the Life Out of You (2013);
  • Fasting Student Edition: Go Deeper and Further with God Than Ever Before (2012);
  • The Fasting Edge: Recover your passion. Recapture your dream. Restore your joy. (2011);
  • Right People Right Place Right Plan (2011);
  • Fear Fighters: How to Live with Confidence in a World Driven by Fear (2009);
  • Fasting Study Guide: 5-Week Interactive Study Resource (2009);
  • Believe That You Can (2008);
  • Fasting Journal: Your Personal 21-Day Guide to a Successful Fast (2008);
  • Fasting (2008);
  • Right People, Right Place, Right Plan Devotional (2008);
  • Right People, Right Place, Right Plan (2007);
  • Fasting: Opening A Door To God’s Promises (2005);
  • Fasting: Private Discipline That Brings Public Reward (2004).

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On May 5, 2019, in his morning Free Chapel message, he called members of several Christian denominations “little.”

Free Chapel hosts an annual Forward Conference, an event that featured performances by Jeremy Camp (a Christian singer-songwriter with 4 Gold-certified albums) and other renowned Christian musicians.

In a 2019 Instagram post, Jentezen called for believers to pray for all aspects of government, specifically the Supreme Court, Congress, and President Donal Trump.

Franklin thinks that the government will only be able to thrive in all aspects (spiritually and financially) at its best if there is unity.

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Franklin wrote in the Instagram post:

“Amazing meeting today in the West Wing of the White House. We all need to pray that we can find middle ground on some of our nation’s greatest issues.”

Jentezen continued:

”Let’s cover our President, Congress and Supreme Court in prayer and set the example of love & unity, even when we disagree. Prayer still works!”

Jentezen Franklin – Net Worth & Salary

Franklin earned most of his wealth from being the senior pastor of Free Chapel. In addition, he has published more than a dozen books, including – ”Love Like You’ve Never Been Hurt” and ”Right People, Right Place, Right Plan.”

Jentezen has a TV program that has been broadcasted on Church Channel and TBN. Additionally, he has more than 359,000 followers on Instagram.

His salary was not released to the public, but the average salary for a senior pastor is around $64,000 a year in the US. 

Therefore, evangelical pastor Jentezen Franklin has an estimated net worth of $1.25 million.

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16 thoughts on “Jentezen Franklin – Net Worth, Wife (Cherise), Biography”

  1. Gods plan is that you may know his plan for your life and that you walk it out by faith, you will fulfill his plan for your life, but we must seek him and wait till he reveals his plan I waited 18 months sort God each day until he revealed it to me

  2. Jentezen Franklin sadly erred from the true Gospel that his father preached many years ago. My father was a pastor and missions represenative to Alaska and the Middle East in the 70s with the C O God and knew of his father Pastor Billy Franklin. It seems Jentezen wasn’t content pastoring a flock of 300. Somehow he got connected to TBN in Atlanta and has gone away from the true message of Pentecost and holy living.

    • Why, we Christians believe we are absolute owners of the truth and everyone who thinks or does differently is already a “deviant”, or has sadly erred from the true Gospel ?
      Nehemiah had the destiny of a servant and it was God’s plan for his life, David was a king, John the Baptist a hermit and Jesus a carpenter … God glorifies himself in the diversity of his purposes and of his chosen ones. When we wake up with a “holy” word of judgment about someone who is doing what we are not doing, it only shows our internal corruption and a heart full of frustration, envy and lack of God’s Love.
      Jentezen Franklin is an imperfect, anointed, faithful servant of God who blesses thousands every week.

  3. we watched you every sunday and you was taken off our channel we miss you so much,we pray that we can find you on another channel we have..its not sunday without you

  4. Thank you sir Franklin , for ministering
    Your messages has been changing my life day after day ,every day I tune to channels that I can find you , find your message I feel relief deep inside of me,
    thank you.🙂🙂

  5. You are one of the best preachers I have ever heard.
    I live in Can, I tape you every Sunday morning.
    I thank God for your obedience and are following your calling. You are blessed and are blessing others, I pray for you.

  6. I really enjoy your messages I believe u r anointed by God -keep up doing GOD’S work and you will b blessed my husband and I really enjoy your broadcast _we just don’t know when u r on tv —-from Walt and Hilda thompson

  7. Is grounded in the word. Did not know he was from Wilson, NC which is on 30 miles from where I grew up in Faison,NC.
    Started listening to him during 2020.

  8. I faithfully watch jentezen Franklin every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. He preaches the word but he preaches also from his heart. Which allows his voice to be kind but yet obedient to God’s word. The church has grown because of the integrity and the value of saving souls is real. My children which I have five have been going to Free chapel here in Gainesville Georgia since 1995. One of my sons as a young adult had personal issues and he attended a program called no longer bound that was started and supported by this Ministry. It saved my son’s life.

  9. Taste and see that the lord is good, Jentezen franklin is a man of GOD do thy calling of every nation and tribe.Blessings to him.

  10. “…with the calling…comes the ‘enabling,’…” Jentezen was obedient to the Lord’s calling. He often said: “…there is no power without the anointing…and no anointing without purity…” Obedience releases God’s power in our lives. Jentezen would ask, if he could today… “what would Jesus do? …Yes, He would forgive…and so do I!” Praise God! “His mercies are new every morning…” Lamentations 3:23. (Valerie from Seal Beach, California

  11. It’s difficult to believe a tv pastor because their lives are played out in public. They have to hold themselves to a higher standard but… are still human. A mistake in our own lives is forgivable but so are theirs. We judge so easily and point fingers. Mr. Franklin has been a very good teacher. Grateful for his preaching.


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