Marcus Lamb Biography
Marcus Lamb, founder and president of Daystar Television Network, was born October 7, 1957 in Cordele, Georgia and raised in Macon, Georgia. At the age of 15, in the summer of 1973, he began preaching as an evangelist. Upon skipping his senior year of high school in 1974, at the age of 16, Marcus enrolled in Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee on a full scholarship. At age 19, he began his final senior semester at the private liberal arts school and graduated Magna Cum Laude.
In December of 1981, Marcus Lamb founded Word of God Fellowship in Macon. He married Joni Trammell of Greenville, South Carolina in 1982, and she began to travel full time with him as they ministered in more than 20 states. As an evangelist, Marcus quoted so many scriptures in his sermons that many began referring to him as the “Walking Bible.”
While on a trip to Israel in 1983, God spoke to Marcus Lamb and told him to found a Christian television station in Montgomery, Alabama. In 1985, Marcus built WMCF-TV, “45 Alive,” in Montgomery. It was the first Christian TV station in the state, and Marcus was the youngest person in the country to build a full power television station.
In 1990, the Lambs moved to Dallas, Texas, to build KMPX-TV 29. Through a series of miracles and divine favor, TV 29 went on the air full power in September of 1993. Daystar Television Network officially launched in 1997 with a live broadcast of T.D. Jakes’ New Year’s Eve service at the Potter’s House Church in Dallas.
Reaching over 108 million households in the United States and over 2 billion people worldwide, Daystar is the fastest growing faith-based television network in the world. Daystar Television is available on all major satellite and cable systems in the US, and can be seen in over 200 countries across the globe. In 2006, Daystar became the first and only Christian television network to be broadcast in the nation of Israel.
Marcus and Joni host a daily TV program, “Marcus and Joni,” that is broadcast live across the nation and around the world. They also minister regularly at various churches around the nation – including America’s largest church, Lakewood Church, with Pastor Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria Osteen – and have a heart for souls and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. Marcus ministers with great sensitivity to the hearers, with an emphasis on praying at the altars and moving in the gifts of the Spirit. It is his desire to see people saved, healed and revived with the fire of God.
Over the course of their ministry, Marcus and Joni have been privileged to meet with many political dignitaries, giving them the opportunity to spread the message of the gospel to some of the most influential Americans today. The list of nationally prominent people they have interviewed includes President Barack Obama, during his presidential run; Governor Rick Perry at the governor’s mansion in Texas; and President George W. Bush at the White House. In addition, in 2006, the Lambs interviewed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset in Jerusalem. Marcus has also been invited by Congress to testify at a Commerce Committee hearing.
The Lambs have been featured in magazines such as “Charisma,” “Evangel” and “Church Report Magazine.” Additionally, Marcus Lamb has received two honorary doctorates, as well as the Alumnus of the Year award from his college, Lee University. He has been in ministry for over 40 years, and is an ordained bishop in the Church of God. Marcus and Joni have three children, Jonathan Lamb, Rachel Lamb and Rebecca Lamb, and reside in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.