What do the latest luxury cars, multi-million dollar real-estate holdings, fine Florida vacation properties and the ministry have in common – a lot according to this Toronto Star article, Houses of the Holy. (I had television business dealings with the subjects of the article in the ’80’s. I wish I was shocked.)
In his sermons, Pastor Paul (Melnichuk) works hard to convey to his flock the notion that he and his family are simple people who shop at discount stores. However, the Star found that the three pastors’ houses are extravagantly appointed. Tim’s King City house boasts nine-metre ceilings, a state-of-the-art, nine-seat home cinema, Italian onyx floors and a five-car garage, and was recently put on the market for $5.5 million.
What’s more, Pastor Paul and his twins (Tim and Tom Melnichuk) fly to family reunions in a helicopter, and they frequently travel to their Florida vacation villa, which was built last year.
‘Twould seem even the church in Canada can be a fabulous business to be in. Perhaps I missed my calling.