Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson (born March 22, 1930) is an American media mogul, televangelist, political commentator, former Republican presidential candidate, and former Southern Baptist minister.
Robertson advocates a conservative Christian ideology and is known for his past activities in Republican party politics.
He is associated with the Charismatic Movement within Protestant evangelicalism.
He serves as chancellor and CEO of Regent University and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN).
He appears daily on The 700 Club, CBN’s flagship television program.
On Robertson's own account, he was not a serious Christian until he underwent personal difficulty.
He graduated near the top of his class at Yale Law School in 1955, but failed the New York bar exam.
Failing the bar cost Robertson opportunities at post-graduate employment, and in the ensuing months of what he later described as disappointment, embarrassment, and unemployment, he became a born-again Christian and began a career as a minister.
Spanning over five decades, Robertson has had a career as the founder of several major organizations and corporations as well as a university: The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), the International Family Entertainment Inc.
(ABC Family Channel), Regent University, the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), the Founders Inn and Conference Center, the Christian Coalition, an L-1011 Flying Hospital, Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation, and CBN Asia.
He is a best-selling author and the host of The 700 Club, a Christian News and TV program broadcast live weekdays on Freeform (formerly ABC Family) via satellite from CBN studios, as well as on channels throughout the United States, and on CBN network affiliates worldwide.The son of U.S.
Willis Robertson, Robertson was a Southern Baptist and was active as an ordained minister with that denomination for many years, but holds to a charismatic theology not traditionally common among Southern Baptists.
He unsuccessfully campaigned to become the Republican Party's nominee in the 1988 presidential election.
As a result of his seeking political office, he no longer serves in an official role for any church.
His personal influence and media and financial resources make him a recognized, influential, and controversial public voice for conservative Christianity in the United States.