Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Trump’s Evangelical Guru Says President Has Big ‘Faith Agenda’ Plans For 2018

Paula White, the megachurch pastor and spiritual adviser to President Trump, said the president’s evangelical council is planning to unveil a string of new “faith initiatives” in 2018.

“We thought we did some things last year, boy, wait until this year,” White told the Christian Broadcasting Network.

White told hosts David Brody and Jenna Browder that the initiatives will focus on criminal justice reform, religious liberty and and mental health care, but she did not go into further detail.

“We’ll be touching on everything from humanitarian, working of course on criminal justice reform, religious liberties, so many different aspects, mental health care, substance abuse,” White said.

White also responded to recent tweets from Trump in which the president boasted that he was “really smart” and “a very stable genius.”

“He’s great mentally,” White said.

White, a televangelist associated with what is known as the prosperity gospel — the teaching that faith in God will increase are one’s material wealth and physical health — has been acting as an adviser to Trump in recent years. She spoke at the president’s inauguration and helped organize group prayer sessions in the Oval Office.

White has also adopted some Hebrew rituals and observances at her megachurch, like observing a version of Passover and fasting for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

Contact Sam Kestenbaum at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter,@skestenbaum

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.