A televangelist who recently joined the White House staff claims that President Donald Trump, in his previous incarnation as a real estate developer, once wanted to build a mega-church along the lines of the Christ Cathedral in Los Angeles.
Speaking to the Washington Examiner as part of a tour promoting her new biography, Paula White-Cain, now working in Trump’s Office of Public Liaison, says Trump had hired an architect and was eager for her to take charge of the church.
“He wanted to build a house of God,” she said. “He said, ‘Let’s do this, let’s build this before we’re too old.’”
In the end, the project did not go forward because White-Cain was in the process of divorcing her second husband and busy with a television ministry that aired on nine different networks. She said the idea has not come up again since Trump became president.
But, she said, “Who knows what God will do. Who knows, maybe we will end up building a cathedral.”
The Christ Cathedral, formerly known as the Crystal Cathedral, was once the home of evangelist Robert H. Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral Ministries. The building, which seats more than 2,000 people was once touted as the largest glass building in the world, is now owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange.
Today I learned the "Cain" in Paula White-Cain's legal name is from her husband, Jonathan Cain.— David Martosko (@dmartosko) November 1, 2019
Yes, she's married to the keyboard player from the rock band Journey. https://t.co/nKKk9NmNGv
White-Cain, who is said to have a large following among Christian believers in the so-called “prosperity gospel,” which teaches that God rewards the faithful with abundant wealth, has been friends with Trump for some time and is a regular visitor to the White House since he took office, according to the New York Times.
In her new role in the Liaison office, she will be in charge of evangelical outreach for Trump’s Faith and Opportunity Initiative.