Marvin Gorman, a television evangelist and New Orleans pastor who was embroiled in a destructive 1980s rivalry with better-known evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, died last week at Ochsner Medical Center in Metairie. He was 83.
Gorman, an Arkansas native who began his ministry as a teenager, was pastor of First Assembly of God in New Orleans for 21 years, overseeing its growth to 6,000 members, according to his foundation's website.
He also launched a television ministry, a move that he later said was viewed as a threat by Swaggart, a Baton Rouge television evangelist.
Gorman resigned as pastor of his church and was stripped of his denominational accreditation in 1986 after admitting to an act of infidelity. His accuser was Swaggart.