Jack Schaap Net Worth
Jack Schaap was pastor at First Baptist Church of Hammond, Indiana from 1984-2010, helping it grow to 15,000 members during his time there. Additionally, he hosts ESPN programs E:60 and Outside the Lines as well as being an NFL writer from 1994 on. Lastly, he co-hosts weekly radio show The Sporting Life with Jeremy Fowler.
He is best known for writing biographies of George Steinbrenner and Robert F. Kennedy as well as conducting interviews with sports celebrities. Additionally, Jeremy and Luke Hyles are his two sons from his late mentor Jack Hyles; together they make up his family unit.
Schaap was raised within the Fundamentalist Church of America and attended Hyles-Anderson College as a student. Later he would marry one of Hyles’ daughters and became an influential Bible teacher and speaker – with many alumni going on to become pastors themselves!
Up until last year, Schaap served as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Hammond in Louisiana and was responsible for its high-profile ministries including its Christian school and Bible conference. Furthermore, Schaap founded International Bible Institute as well as publishing more than 20 books in total.
Schaap’s scandal has sent shockwaves through the fundamentalist church community, with many demanding his removal and asking for prayers for his victim. News coverage has increased due to this case and letters written by Schaap have even been made public.
Prosecutors have accused Schaap of seducing a 17-year-old girl and encouraging her to engage in sexual activity. According to letters sent from him directly, Schaap allegedly told the victim Jesus wanted them to have sexual relations. These letters were released as part of his plea agreement agreement.
Facebook site to support victims of Schaap has emerged, with former Hyles-Anderson student as its creator stating they have received support from hundreds of individuals who have experienced emotional and physical abuse within IFB churches. Her group hopes that scandal will encourage IFB churches to switch over to an elder-rule model with accountability measures in place.
Recently, a judge denied Schaap’s request to be released from prison before February of 2023. She noted that other prisoners with sick parents could also benefit from early release, while Schaap’s crime was particularly “grotesque”. Schaap is scheduled for release from prison in 2025 if no new crimes occur between then and then; early release would become possible in 2024 if no further crimes occur before then. His attorneys are working towards finding ways to reduce his sentence; their arguments before the court will be presented in October whereupon the judge will make his final ruling before returning him home to Chicago area family life.