Gabriel Swaggart's Dad Donnie Married His Mother Debbie Twice
The associate pastor of Family Worship Center, Gabriel Swaggart, is a prominent figure in evangelism.
Gabriel followed the footsteps of his grandfather, Jimmy Swaggart, and his dad, Donnie Swaggart
Both Jimmy and Donnie have quite a few headlines to their name: Jimmy for relationships with escorts and Donnie for divorcing his second wife to marry the first wife.
Gabriel Swaggart's Grandad Jimmy Swaggart
Jimmy, the founder of the Jimmy Swaggart Ministries, made headlines during the ‘80s and ‘90s, all for the wrong reasons, though.
After aggressively calling his contemporaries out for infidelity against their wives in 1988, photos of him with a, say, lady of the night circulated.
Due to this unsavory revelation, he was discharged from the Assemblies of God.
Jimmy Swaggart and his spouse Frances Swaggart celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary. (Photo: Instagram)
He carried on as an independent preacher after that, but three years later, he was caught yet again with an escort in California.
This perhaps was the final nail in the coffin for him as he soon handed the ministry over to his son, Donnie Swaggart, Gabriel's dad.
Gabriel Swaggart's Dad Donnie Swaggart's Marriages
Gabriel's dad, Donnie, followed his dad’s footsteps into the ministry. That being said, he kept a low profile and does so to this day.
Regardless of him having a low profile, news of his elaborate marriages has made numerous headlines.
His first wife was Debbie Swaggart, with whom he gave birth to three children — Gabriel, Mathew, and Jennifer Swaggart. The marriage was broken off, and they divorced in 2003.
Donnie Swaggart's wife Debbie Swaggart and their three children, Gabriel, Mathew, and Jennifer (Photo: Instagram)
Later the same year, Swaggart tied the knots with his second wife Judy. This marriage, however, only lasted three years.
Towards the end of 2006, he reunited with Debbie, his first spouse, in matrimony.
However, there have been no reports of why he broke the marriage in the first place, went off elsewhere, and returned.
The Current Status of The Swaggart Family
As of today, both Jimmy and Donnie are in a happy relationship with their wives and children.
Donnie believes he is blessed to have a son like Gabriel and states that he and his spouse are proud of their son.
Pastor Gabriel, who is now the Ministry's successor, also reciprocates the same feelings towards his dad.
He continues to maintain a healthy relationship with his family. He admittedly loves to spend time with the three most important women in his life: his mother, his grandmother, and his spouse Jill Swaggart.
Gabriel with his spouse Jill and their four children. (Photo: Facebook)
He married his wife Jill on December 5, 2004. Over the course of their marriage, the duo has welcomed four daughters into their family.
On their 17th wedding anniversary, Gabriel took to Facebook to celebrate the big day. He posted an adorable picture with his spouse and wrote, "17 years ago today, we said I do."
Further in the caption, he noted how his partner had been through his side through all the years.
Then he called her his "best friend, my backbone, and my rock." "Happy Anniversary, Jill. I love you," Gabriel penned, ending the heartfelt message.