Richard Dortch, Jim Bakker's former top aide at PTL, is about to get back into the ministry business. The 17-year PTL veteran and ex-president, who was ousted from the organization and defrocked by the Assemblies of God after Bakker's fall, said he is starting a ministry in Clearwater, Fla., to serve people in crisis.

Dortch said at a news conference that he has not been in contact with Bakker for three months, but he refused to answer questions about his own or PTL's legal problems. On his qualifications for ministering to people going through major crises, Dortch said: "I know something about the hurts of people. I'm just getting to a time now where I'm not spending a great deal of my time crying." He said the new ministry is expected to be in operation in three to six months.

Stars for All Ages

Organizers of the Actors' Fund charity dinner at the Washington Hilton next Monday night were looking over the list of stars set to attend and noted with concern that most were older performers from the Golden Age of Hollywood such as Jimmy Stewart, Sylvia Sidney, Rita Gam, Mary Martin, Anne Jeffreys, Helen Hayes, Arlene Francis and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Katharine Hepburn, who would have been one of the dinner's biggest draws, has since canceled and will be replaced on the program by Lauren Bacall.

A little youth was needed, the organizers felt, and, looking around for help recruiting some new-age, brat-pack performers, dinner chairman Betty Wright turned to Jane Fonda and her husband Tom Hayden. They, in turn, arranged for appearances by such younger, if less immediately familiar, entertainers as Rob Lowe, star of "St. Elmo's Fire," Marlee Matlin, last year's best-actress Oscar winner for "Children of a Lesser God," and Barry Tubb, who was featured in "Top Gun." Hayden will be here, but not Fonda, who is recovering from a dislocated shoulder. The night before the dinner, Wright and her husband -- House Speaker Jim Wright -- will host a private dinner for several of the stars and members of Congress in Statuary Hall at the Capitol.

Out and About

Real estate magnate Donald Trump, the man who seems to have everything, is about to buy himself something else. Now, according to the New York Post, he to shell out $25 million or so for the extravagantly appointed 286-foot yacht once owned by Saudi weapons dealer Adnan Khashoggi. according to the New York Post. Just imagine! This is the same yacht featured in the James Bond movie "Never Say Never Again." Named for Khashoggi's daughter Nabila and built at a reported cost of $70 million, the vessel features a disco, a swimming pool surrounded by bulletproof glass, artworks and a mirrored grand piano that was a gift from Liberace ...

Pennsylvania Gov. Robert P. Casey is to undergo multiple bypass surgery today to correct an arterial blockage that may have contributed to a heart attack. The 55-year-old Democrat was hospitalized Tuesday, and the hospital says Casey has an excellent chance of a full recovery ...

The Washington-produced musical "Satchmo," which received mixed reviews when it opened at the Kennedy Center in August and had a tepid five-week run there, is closing its Boston run Sunday, two weeks earlier than expected. Kenneth Feld, producer of the musical tribute to jazz great Louis Armstrong, said the national tour is also being canceled. Feld, who also runs the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus out of his Washington office, said yesterday the show will be reworked for a 1988 fall tour in Japan and Europe. The big plus of the production, he said, was the music and dancing, adding that those would be emphasized in a reduced story line. He said "Satchmo" lost money, but he would not reveal any figures ...