Oral Roberts University in Tulsa announced that its founder, Granville Oral Roberts, had died in California. He was 91.
Oral Roberts was one of the early televangelists – beginning his television ministry before anyone coined the name televangelist. According to the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association: “In 1955 Roberts revolutionized evangelism by bringing television cameras into his live healing crusade services and providing a ‘front-row seat for miracles’ for millions of viewers. Coining phrases such as God is a good God, something good is going to happen to you, release your faith, and expect a miracle, he soon helped people everywhere find a better understanding of God’s goodness and His desire to make them whole.”
Roberts founded Oral Roberts University in 1963 and served as its President until 1993.