Leroy Jenkins (televangelist)
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February 19, 1937 |
Greenwood, South Carolina, U.S.
|Occupation||Evangelist, Television personality|
|Known for||Founder of Leroy Jenkins Ministries, Scottsdale, Ariz.
President, Leroy Jenkins Ministries
|Title||Rev. Leroy Jenkins|
|Term||$50,000 and up ↑ (?)|
|Spouse(s)||Linda Harkins, ?-? (divorced)|
|Parent(s)||W.M. Jenkins (mother)|
Leroy Jenkins (born February 19, 1937 in Greenwood, South Carolina) is an American televangelist and preacher who was popular in the 1960s and 1970s. He was known for his faith healing, through the use of "miracle water". His television program can be seen on stations across the U.S. and internationally on Christian television networks.
In 1979, Jenkins was indicted in Delaware, Ohio for threatening assault and arson while still married to his former wife Harkins. Jenkins, who was sentenced to five years in prison for the incident, was later pardoned by the State of Ohio without explanation. In 1994, he was arrested for grand theft, but the charges were soon dropped when he agreed to pay restitution. In 2001, his marriage to a 77-year old widow who had recently hit the Ohio Lottery jackpot for $6,000,000 USD was annulled by a judge in Delaware, Ohio. The legal guardian of Eloise Thomas, whose husband had died just three weeks before the marriage to Jenkins, former Ohio State Senator Ben Espy, claimed on behalf of the woman's family that Ms. Thomas was incompetent and therefore incapable of knowing what she was doing when she attempted to marry Jenkins. Jenkins has repeatedly denied accusations that he was attempting to marry the woman for the sake of her net worth, which was estimated at $4,000,000 USD. Jenkins was known for his faith healing, through the use of "miracle water". In 2003, while based in Ohio, Jenkins "miracle water" was found to contain coliform bacteria by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Jenkins claimed tests conducted by independent laboratories all found the water safe for drinking and that the state ignored his findings. Jenkins was later fined $200 because he didn't have a license to sell the water.
Jenkins has recorded several Gospel albums over the course of his ministry career.
- God Gave Me A Song
- If I Could Dream
- Mercy Wins
- Release Me
- Songs and Sermon In Bakersfield
- Songs To Be Healed By
- Stars In My Crown
- Touching Jesus
Jenkins's mother, Mrs. W. M. Jenkins, was also a well-known evangelist in Florida during the 1960s and 1970s.
- Judge Annuls Pastor's attempt to marry lottery jackpot winner, National Enquirer (www.Enquirer.com) article, March 8, 2001.
- "Evangelist Fined $200". Associated Press. July 29, 2003. Archived from the original on 2011-02-20.