Paula White
Pastor Paula White
Born April 20, 1966 (1966-04-20) (age 51)
Tupelo, Mississippi, U.S.
Occupation Televangelist, Missionary, Author, Inspirational Speaker
Religion Non-denominational Christianity
Children 4 (3 step children)
Paula White Ministries

Paula Michelle White is a Christian preacher, life coach, author, motivational speaker, and senior pastor of Without Walls International Church in Tampa, Florida.


Early life

Paula White was born Paula Michelle Furr April 20, 1966 in Tupelo, Mississippi to Myra Joanelle and Donald Furr in 1966. Her parents' marriage began to fail when she was five years old, her mother took Paula to Memphis. Paula’s father followed with an ultimatum for her mother to give Paula to him or he would commit suicide. White's mother refused, and later that night Donald Furr killed himself by running his car into a tree.[1] Paula’s mother became an alcoholic. While her mother worked, White was looked after by caregivers, who she said sexually and physically abused her for seven years between the ages of six and thirteen.[2][3]

Young adulthood and growing ministry

She had a baby out of wedlock but soon married the baby’s father. At age eighteen, while living in Maryland with her newborn baby, partying, and living a wild lifestyle, she was introduced to the gospel and became a Christian. This marriage ended after a short time.[3] She met her future husband, Randy White, when he visited a church where she was working as a cleaning lady. Paula says that some didn’t approve of their relationship because of their different backgrounds.[3] They married in 1989 and moved in March 1990 to Tampa, Florida where they started South Tampa Christian Center, renamed Without Walls in 1997. It became one of the fastest-growing congregations in the nation. Paula White quickly overshadowed her husband in popularity. Randy and Paula did not have any children together but had four children from previous relationships: Kristen Hernando, Angie, Brandon, and Bradley. Two grandchildren, Drew and Emma, were born in June 2005.[3]

Awards & Recognition

2006-Church Report –listed as one of the Top 50 “Most Influential Christians in America

Has received keys to the following cities: • Tampa, FL • Tupelo, MS • Saginaw, MI • Hattisburg, MS • Pineville, LA • Columbia, SC • Lake City, SC

Recipient of the: • 2009 humanitarian award by the Trumpet Award Foundation • 2009-“We Shall Overcome Award” –presented by the Cochran Law Firm-Jock M. Smith

• 2007 Behind the Bench “Mind, Body Spirit Award” from the NBA Wives Organization- for outstanding achievement in helping women and children-New York City

• 2007-Achievement Award-presented by Bishop Noel Jones, City of Refuge in Los Angeles, CA- provided Back to School Supplies for the needy

• 2006- Lifetime Achievement Award-awarded by CEO Roundtable discussion –Economic Empowerment, Inc-Atlanta, GA-for service, leadership and dedication

• 2006 “Trailblazer Award” by Jesse Jackson and Rainbow coalition

2007-special recognition by congressman-Sanford D. Bishop, Jr for outstanding achievement in service and public distinction

Special Event/Organization Participation

Participated (by special invitation) on the TNT Panel for the series “Hawthorne”

-Partnered with Harlem’s “Northside Center” –food distribution and sponsored their efforts to educate and provide social services and support to underprivileged children and their families

-Featured Speaker for Mega Fest –hosted by Bishop TD Jakes in Atlanta, GA-2004 & 2005, Johannesberg, South Africa in 2008

-Featured speaker and presenter at the annual Trumpet Awards 2007 & 2008

-Performed invocation for the 40th anniversary of Dr. MLK Jr.’s assassination in Memphis, TN-April 2008

-Presenter at Maya Angelou’s 80th birthday tribute in Atlanta, GA-May 4, 2008

-Participated on the board for “Safe Horizons”-a non-profit group that advocates for women and children who have fallen victim to domestic violence

Humanitarian Outreaches

-Each year provides food for the needy with “Table in the Wilderness”-locations have been Tampa, San Antonio and Harlem, New York

-Each year-sponsors “Back To School Bash”-Tampa, San Antonio, New York City, The Appalachains-North Carolina and Los Angeles

-1992, in the wake of the infamous Los Angeles riots, co-founded Operation S.T.I.T.C.H.E.S (Saving The Inner Cities Through Christ’s Hope Eternal Salvation) to minister to America’s troubled urban areas.

-Founder of Operation Explosion, a vital outreach which ministers to the needs of those living in America’s inner city areas

TV & Radio Program Features

• ABC’s Good Morning America • ABC’s Primetime with Diane Sawyer • ABC’s 20/20 • BBC • BET’s “Meet the Faith” • CBN’s 700 Club • CBS’ Talk of the Town • CNN’s Special Report with Roland Martin • “What would Jesus Really Do?” • CoCo Brother Radio Show-Nationally Syndicated • Extra • FOX and Friends • FOX Network’s Daytime with Linda Vester • Inside Edition • Larry King Live • Life Today with James Robison • MSNBC Live • Scarborough Country • TBN’s “Praise” • Tyra Banks Show

Contributing Author for magazines and journals

• Celeb Staff Magazine • Celeb Life Magazine • Charisma • Ebony • Essence • Gentlemen’s Quarterly (GQ) • Gospel Today • SpiritLed Women • Streaming Faith On-Line Devotionals

Published Written Works

• Move On, Move Up • You’re All That • 10 Commandments of Health and Wellness • Simple Suggestions For A Sensational Life! • Deal With It • He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not • Birthing Your Dream • Morning by Morning • Living the Abundant Life • Life by Design

Ebony magazine said of White, "You know you're on to something new and significant when the most popular woman preacher on the Black Entertainment Network is a white woman."[4]

White hosts a TV show called Paula White Today (usually shortened to just Paula).[5] Her show is broadcast on Trinity Broadcasting Network, Black Entertainment Television, The Miracle Channel, The Inspiration Network, The Word Network, and Daystar Television Network. Paula White has also been a featured guest on numerous television broadcasts, including ABC's 20/20, Benny Hinn’s This is Your Day, Bishop TD JakesThe Potter’s Touch, The 700 Club, and others.[6]
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Paula considers T.D. Jakes her spiritual father. Jakes invited her to speak at his Woman Thou Art Loosed Conference in 2000. She has also met with General Colin Powell, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Former Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, and Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.[7] She is the personal life coach of Tyra Banks and appeared on her show the Tyra Banks Show in an episode concerning promiscuity on October 4, 2006.[5]

The church she co-pastored with her husband, Without Walls International Church, had 22,000 members,[8] more than 200 outreach programs, and was the seventh largest church in the United States. As of 2008, Paula received an honorary doctoral degree from Global Evangelical Christian College part of the International Circle of Faith College and Seminaries network [9].

Paula White is one of five evangelical leaders featured in the new book Holy Mavericks: Evangelical Innovators and the Spiritual Marketplace, co-authored by Tulane University sociologist Shayne Lee and historian Phillip Sinitiere. The authors discuss her life message and ministry, positioning her as one of the most popular evangelicals in the world.

As of July 2009, Paula White is now the senior pastor of Without Walls International Church as Randy White has stepped down.



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