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Tammy Faye opens new church

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Tammy Faye Bakker, the wife of jailed evangelist Jim Bakker, held church services Sunday in a new central Florida location, and said it was nice to have a home again.

'We've wanted one for a long time and it's very nice to have a home,' Bakker said.

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Bakker, who served as pastor at the church, said the role represents a new experience for her. 'It's a whole new thing for me being a pastor, so I am just trying my wings,' she said. 'So far so good.'

Bakker, who founded the PTL television ministry with her husband Jim Bakker, moved the couple's New Covenant Church to a one-story building once used as a training center for Tupperware managers.

The building, situated in industrial area south of Orlando, represents the church's third location in less than a year.

Bakker had been holding services in an Orlando piano store, but was forced out last month when the store manager lost his lease. The church has been drawing about 150 worshippers each week.

Jim Bakker is in federal prison in Rochester, Minn., serving a 45-year-sentence for defrauding PTL contributors. He and his wife lost control of their multimillion-dollar ministry in Fort Mill, S.C., in 1987 in a scandal that evolved from revelations about Jim Bakker's sex life.

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Tammy Faye Bakker said Sunday she's not looking back. 'We're supposed to move on,' she said. 'You can't go forward looking in the rearview mirror. We need to go on.'

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