Jay Bakker, the son of disgraced televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye who made national headlines in the 1980s, plans to bring his unconventional, stripped-down form of Christian worship to a Minneapolis bar, the Star Tribune reports. He's part of the Emerging Church movement.
Bakker, 37, is moving to Minnesota from New York, where he's been leading a congregation for nearly seven years.
“In Minneapolis, I’ve seen so many intellectual believers,” Bakker told the newspaper. “People are open-minded. I’m excited to dive into that and see more of that in the city.”
Bakker says he became disillusioned with institutionalized religion after the fall of his parents' ministry.
“No one wants to have anything to do with you,” Bakker told the Star Tribune. “Your dad’s sitting in prison. Your mom is trying to raise you as a single parent. ... It wasn’t the Christian message I’d heard growing up. My parents were always real positive. ... They were like, ‘God loves you, he really does. And you can make it.’ Life hands you a lemon, make lemonade. That kind of stuff.”
Bakker co-founded a Revolution church in 1994 — considered among the first emerging churches in the country -- after falling into drug abuse and alcohol.