Paula Michelle White-Cain, popularly known as Paula White is a 51 years old Pentecostal Christian televangelist, Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Centre, a huge Pentecostal church near Orlando, Florida. White has being considered to be a counselor, friend and most importantly, the closest spiritual confidante to President Donald Trump.
White is the chair of Trump’s informal evangelical advisory board during the 2016 presidential campaign in a bid to reach Christian voters.
Although the first time White prayed with Donald Trump was when he was hosted by a reality TV show, The Apprentice. Some years later, a little over a decade, White was leading the nation in prayer during Trump’s inauguration as 45th President of the United States.
White has on several occasions shown her support of the President by being one of his vocal defendant during his first few months in office.
She recently said, during a Tuesday cable broadcast of the PTL Networks, The Jim Bakker Show, that President Trump’s triumph in the elections depicted he is God’s choice, that he is a “king” who was put in power by God.
She said, “whether people like him or not, he has bring raised up by God, because God says that He raises up and places all people in places of authority” She added that, “it is God who raises up a king, it is God that sets one down, and so when you fight against the plan of God, you are fighting against the hand of God”.
White’s growing up wasn’t exactly an interesting one, her father committed suicide and she said she was serially and physically abused as a teenager.
She got converted to Christianity at age 18 after claiming to have seen a vision in which God told her that He wanted her to preach the gospel.
She is now a controversial televangelist whose preaching majors on prosperity.
White believes that God will bless believers with wealth on earth as well as happiness in the afterlife. She pastors a mega church that attracts thousands of worshippers to its services weekly.
Her friendship with Trump dated back to 2002 when the business mogul put a call through to her. White says Trump called her while watching her sermons on television and from there, the two have built such a close relationship.
White’s support of Trump has not gone unrewarded, as the President has also endorsed his favourite pastor. “Read this and you’ll find it be ready for the great success” reads an endorsement written by Trump on the cover of White’s 2009 book, Dare to Dream and Trump has called White “a beautiful person both inside and outside”.