In March, pastor and televangelist Creflo Dollar of Atlanta-based World Changers Church International made national news because of a crowd funding request. The request was for money to purchase Dollar a new jet with a price tag that was close to $70 million. Dollar’s request garnered widespread criticism from a range of critics who felt it smacked of an attempt to “pimp” the people of faith. World Changers Church International subsequently closed the crowd funding campaign and very little was heard from the organization about the requested jet.
Now World Changers has announced that it will move forward with the purchase of a new jet for Dollar. The organization released a statement which said in part, “We plan to acquire a Gulfstream G650 because it is the best, and it is a reflection of the level of excellence at which this organization chooses to operate. We, the World Changers family, so value the lives, the safety and the well-being of our pastors and leaders that we wish to provide to them the best air travel experience possible….”
Even though Dollar wants the jet, getting it soon is going to be an issue. According to a sales director from Gulfstream, they have a backlog of orders for the jet through the beginning of 2018. Since 2013 when the jet was first available, only about 50 jets have been delivered annually.