Ernest Angley Biography, Wiki
Ernest Angley was an American Christian evangelist, author, and television station owner who had been based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio from the 1950s, has died.
Ernest Angley was a native of Gaston County, North Carolina. In his autobiography, he details his early life being raised in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area as a Baptist, and at the age of 18 accepting Jesus Christ as his Savior. In the early 1950s, traveling with their tent and camper, he and his wife arrived in Northeast Ohio as a traveling “salvation and healing” Pentecostal evangelist.
Meanwhile, Angley’s megachurch was thriving. He grew his church from a tent revival to more than 3000 followers in Ohio, generating revenue that was able to buy a $26 million Boeing 747, which he used for overseas mission trips and was increasingly syndicated on many television stations.
Robin Williams was one of many comics that parodied Angley’s somewhat odd speaking voice and mannerisms. Williams created a character named “Rev. Earnest Angry” and brought the caricature to Saturday Night Live, a comedy album, and in his TV sitcom Mork & Mindy.
Ernest Angley has died at the age of 99-years-old.
Born in Gastonia, North Carolina, Angley moved to Akron, Ohio in 1954. His broadcasting career began in 1972.
The essence of Angley’s preaching was faith healing, and his claims sometimes got him in hot water. Officials in Munich, Germany arrested him in 1984 on charges of fraud and practicing medicine without a license. He was also heavily criticized by officials in Guyana, who in 2006 blasted him for claiming he could cure AIDS.
Angley bought Cuyahoga Falls television station WBNX (Channel 55) in 1985, and in 1994 bought the Cathedral of Tomorrow, a 5,000-seat venue in Cuyahoga Falls purchased from fellow televangelist Rex Humbard.
Attendance dropped in recent years, which some attributed to a 2014 Akron Beacon Journal investigation in which 21 former church members detailed accusations of wrongdoing by Angley.
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In the series, they labeled the Angley church a cult and said Angley — who preached vehemently against the “sin” of homosexuality — was himself a gay man who personally examined the genitals of the male parishioners before and after their surgeries. He also allegedly ignored sexual abuse by other members of his church. Angley denied all the accusations.
Four years later, one of the people mentioned in the series, former Assistant Pastor Brock Miller, filed a lawsuit claiming sexual abuse. Angley and the church countersued for defamation, and an out-of-court settlement was reached in February 2020 for an undisclosed amount.
The Beacon Journal’s 2014 series drew the attention of the US Department of Labor, which investigated a restaurant operated by Angley and later sued him for $388,508 for back wages and damages. The suit alleged violations of minimum wage, overtime, record-keeping, and child labor laws involving 238 current and former employees.
Survivors and memorial details have not yet been released.
Cause Of Death
Ernest Angley died on May 7, 2021, at age 99, three months shy of his 100th birthday.
Angley, whose syndicated television broadcasts brought him fame, wealth, and a good deal of scrutiny for his finances and personal practices, has died at age 99. His death was announced today on his Ernest Angley Ministries website.
“Pastor, evangelist, and author Rev. Ernest Angley have gone to Heaven to be with his Lord and Master at 99,” the announcement reads. “He touched multitudes of souls worldwide with the pure Word of God confirmed with signs, wonders, miracles, and healings. He truly pleased God in all things.”