Ernest Winston Angley
August 9, 1921
|Died||May 7, 2021 (aged 99)|
Akron, Ohio, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Pastor, televangelist, ministry owner, author, television station owner|
Esther Lee Sikes
(m. 1943; died 1970)
|Church||Ernest Angley's Grace Cathedral – Cuyahoga Falls / Grace Cathedral – Akron|
|Grace Cathedral, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, U.S.|
Ernest Winston Angley (August 9, 1921 – May 7, 2021) was an American Christian evangelist, author, and television station owner who was based in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio from the 1950s until his death in 2021.
Ernest Angley was born in Mooresville, Iredell 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, he moved to Northeast Ohio as a traveling "salvation and healing" Pentecostal evangelist.
Angley's non-denominational ministry was originally based at Grace Cathedral (a.k.a. the "Temple of Healing Stripes") in Springfield Township, Ohio, southeast of Akron. That church is now known as Grace Cathedral – Akron and is used by their youth ministry and for church weddings, funerals, and Bible study. In 1984, Angley purchased part of a large complex in his home base of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, that was formerly owned by televangelist Rex Humbard, which includes the church formerly known as the Cathedral of Tomorrow (which was rededicated as Grace Cathedral) and its next-door television studios.
Humbard's Cathedral of Tomorrow complex was sold in 1984 to television evangelist Ernest Angley, along with the Channel 55 license, which was used by Angley's Winston Broadcasting Network division for WBNX-TV. This complex now includes the Grace Cathedral, channel 55's studios and offices, as well as other companies which lease space.
Online Bible college
Angley began an online Bible college through his website in 2011 with the purpose of providing Bible study courses for laymen, missionaries, teachers and pastors. It is not an accredited college or school of divinity.
Ernest Angley's ministry once operated a Boeing 747SP, named Star Triple Seven and bearing registration P4-FSH, which was used to transport missionaries and humanitarian aid internationally. The P4- tail number indicated that the aircraft was registered in Aruba. Subsequent reports indicated that the airplane was too large to fit any hangar at its home field and was only used once or twice per year. In September of 2019 it was reported the plane was in disrepair and had not been flown for over nineteen months, with church funds being unable to provide $140,000 for needed repairs. The plane was stored at a small airport in Smyrna, TN as of 2018.
Ernest Angley's signature weekly one-hour program The Ernest Angley Hour could previously be seen throughout North America as well as internationally via broadcast stations, internet streaming, cable and satellite channels.
Angley also had hosted The 90 & 9 Club, named in reference to Matthew 18:12–13, weekdays on his ministry owned TV station WBNX-TV 55 in Cleveland, Ohio until his final years due to age and health issues. Additional airings of both shows as well as gospel music programming also aired on secondary digital channel 55.2.
Claim that Jesus heals HIV/AIDS
Angley's Christian faith-based teachings, in particular his claims (based on the Biblical scripture Mark 9:23 "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.") that AIDS and other diseases can be cured by God's healing power, were met with skepticism in South Africa. In March 2007, the Advertising Standards Authority (South Africa), after receiving a complaint, cancelled a newspaper ad for Angley's ministry, based on lack of preliminary filing of medical documentation at that time for healing of AIDS through prayer.
Angley later claimed to have verifiable medical documentation from former AIDS patients that he offered to submit to any country that required it. In the same 2007 television broadcast, he displayed what he claimed was medical documentation from four alleged former HIV-positive patients of their negative tests results. Angley's claims were criticized by Guyanese officials. Health Minister Dr. Leslie Ramsammy released a statement condemning Angley: "We are unaware of the existence, to date, of any cure anywhere in the world for the HIV infection, and there has been no scientific documentation of any cure for AIDS. Anyone who promotes the misrepresentation that there is a religious-based cure for HIV is involved in an obscene exploitation of people’s vulnerability."
Murder at church-owned restaurant
In 1999, Shane Partin, a 27-year-old former staff member at Cathedral Buffet, stabbed and killed a volunteer, 15-year-old Cassandra Blondheim. Blondheim had previously complained to Buffet management about Partin's romantic advances, resulting in Partin's dismissal. However, Partin was later allowed to return as a volunteer. Partin was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Partin was denied parole in his first attempt in 2013. His next early release hearing will occur in 2023. Angley's ministry paid $100,000 in a settlement to Blondheim's family.
Volunteer staffing of church-owned restaurant
In March 2017, a federal district court ordered Angley to pay $388,000 in damages and back wages to a group of unpaid employees at the Cathedral Buffet whom Angley considered unpaid volunteers. The eating establishment is owned by the church. A few witnesses for the prosecution, who were former members of his church, said they felt pressured to volunteer as waiters, bussers and cash-register operators. This was the second time Angley had been cited for the same offense, the first in 1999, when he was ordered to pay $37,000 in back wages. The presiding judge added damages to the 2017 claim due to it being his second offense. Angley defended the Cathedral Buffet, stating he believed nothing wrong had been done, since the buffet served a religious purpose and the government's claims were a violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Angley appealed, and said he had spoken with about 75 people who worked at the buffet who said they did not feel pressured to work there. The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the district court and ruled in Angley's favor, concluding that the cafeteria workers had no expectation of being paid.
On April 18, 2017, Angley's ministry closed the Cathedral Buffet to the public.
Sexual abuse allegations
Angley, who has spoken out against homosexuality as a sin, was accused of sexual abuse by male former Grace Cathedral pastor Rev. Brock Miller. The abuse included genital touching and naked massage. Miller filed a lawsuit against Angley, claiming that he was abused for nine years. A settlement was reached between Angley and Miller in February 2020, the terms of which included a non-disparagement clause. A 1996 tape recording of Angley admitting to sexual relations with a different man was subsequently leaked by an anonymous source. Allegations of further sexual abuses, including forced vasectomies and abortions, have been reported by the Akron Beacon Journal and Forbes.
- Comedian Robin Williams included a satire of Angley in his stage routine as "Reverend Earnest Angry".
- One of the inspirations for the music video for the Genesis song, Jesus He Knows Me, a barbed parody of televangelism, came from when Phil Collins and the rest of the band watched televangelists, including Ernest Angley (whom he bases one of the televangelists in the music video on) on a TV in a hotel while on tour in the United States.
Angley died on May 7, 2021, at age 99.
- Hurry Friday!. (Autobiography) (June 2004) Library of Congress catalog 2005615251
- Raptured. (A novel about the second coming of Christ based on a dispensational interpretation of biblical prophecy.) (First published 1950) Library of Congress catalog 2003611031 ISBN 0-8007-8172-4
- Faith in God Heals the Sick. (Biblical teaching on how to receive and keep physical healing from the Lord.)
- Untying God's Hands. (Many subjects including marriage, dating and ministry of angels are dealt with in this book.)
- Cell 15. (The true story of the imprisonment of Ernest Angley in Germany for preaching the Gospel.)
- God's Rainbow of Promises. (Scriptures from the Bible to cover a person's needs in times of trouble.)
- The Deceit of Lucifer. (Biblical answers to questions about hypnosis, visualization, astrology, demonology.) Library of Congress catalog 89827508
- Leeching of the Mind. (Dealing with depression and exposing the inner working of Lucifer in the human mind.)
- The Power of Bible Fasting (Comprehensive book with Old and New Testament scriptures about Bible fasting.)
- The Reality of the Person of the Holy Spirit Volumes 1–4. (Reveals the works of the Holy Spirit throughout the Old and New Testament scriptures and how the Holy Spirit affects the lives of people.)
- Prosperity: Spiritual, Physical, Financial (Biblical insights and teachings concerning God's plan of prosperity) Copyright 2001.
- Weeds in Eden (Describes the cost to God and man of minds overrun with the weeds of disobedience and rebellion.)
- The Unforgivable Sin. (A look into how a human can blaspheme against the Holy Ghost and how to avoid those paths.) Library of Congress catalog 2001615038
- Reality of the Blood Volumes 1–4. (Biblical insight concerning the divine blood of Jesus and its power of deliverance.)
- Love is the Road. (Discovering how to walk the paths of life using God's love and promises.)
- Living Free From Sin. (Volumes 1 & 2; Can a saved person be lost? Two comprehensive books dealing with the belief of 'Unconditional' Eternal Security, and how one can live free from sin. [Copyright 2007 & 2008])
- The Mind of Christ. (How one can take on the Mind of Christ. [Copyright 2005]) ISBN 1-935974-13-0
- Battles of the Mind!...peace be still. (How one can be free from the battles of the mind. [Copyright 2008]) ISBN 1-935974-14-9
- Reality of the Blood Vol. 5: Don't Waste the Blood (How to use the divine blood of Jesus to defeat the devil every day. [Copyright 2010]) ISBN 1-935974-17-3
- Healing From Heaven, Vol. 1 (How to receive miracles and healings from God. [Copyright 2012]) ISBN 978-1-935974-18-5
- "Healing from Heaven, Vol. 2" (Further details the vision of Ezekiel on the wheels. [Copyright 2012])
- The War is on... Armageddon (A novel based on Biblical truth; the sequel to "Raptured". [Copyright 2012]) ISBN 978-1-935974-19-2
Angley married the former Esther Lee "Angel" Sikes (October 28, 1921 – December 28, 1970) on November 25, 1943; they continued in ministry together and remained married until her death in 1970.
- "Birth reference results for Ernest Angley". FamilySearch.org. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
- Book|"The Mind of Christ", By Ernest Angley; pp. 145–148, "Salvation brought a new life"
- "Grace Cathedral". Ernest Angley Ministries. January 1, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
- "Falling from Grace, part 6: Ernest Angley's for-profit Grace Cathedral Buffet using volunteer labor again after feds said to stop". The Columbus Dispatch. January 1, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
- "Airframe 21963 History". Boeing 747SP Website. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
Leased to Grace Cathedral (Ernest Angley Ministries)
- "Aviation Photo Search". Retrieved April 15, 2017.
- Hinkle, Chaz (March 15, 2006). "Angley Ministries 747SP will be in Lesotho and South Africa". Boeing 747SP Website. Archived from the original on March 25, 2006. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
P4-FSH, the 747SP flown by Ernest Angley Ministries, was scheduled to be in Africa in late March and early April. The trip includes a three-day stop at Maseru, Lesotho, March 31 through April 2, and a four-day stop in Bloemfontein, Free State (South Africa), April 6–9.
- "Split with Ernest Angley tough for his assistant". MyTown NEO. Retrieved January 21, 2019.
- "Televangelist Ernest Angley reportedly cannot pay to fix grounded ministry jet". Christian Post. September 20, 2019. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
- "Matthew 18:12 "What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off?". Retrieved April 15, 2017.
- "TitanTV Programming Guide". Retrieved April 15, 2017.
- "Can Jesus heal Aids?". IOL: News for South Africa and the World. April 25, 2007. Retrieved April 27, 2007.
- WBNX-TV interview Cleveland, Ohio,U.S April 19, 2007
- "Guyanese Officials Criticize US Preacher". Fox News. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
- "Ohio Parole Board: Cathedral Buffet killer Shane Partin will stay in prison". Retrieved April 15, 2017.
- "TV ministry pays $100,000 to settle wrongful-death lawsuit". Retrieved April 15, 2017.
- "Televangelist Ernest Angley ordered to pay $388,000 for using unpaid labor at Cuyahoga Falls buffet". March 30, 2017. Retrieved April 15, 2017.
- Heisig, Eric (April 16, 2018). "Appeals court overturns ruling against televangelist Ernest Angley over use of unpaid workers at buffet". Cleveland.com. Archived from the original on April 23, 2018. Retrieved November 28, 2018.
- "Televangelist Ernest Angley closes the Cathedral Buffet". Retrieved April 18, 2017.
- "Anti-gay televangelist Ernest Angley accused of sexual abuse". MSN. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
- "The Rev. Ernest Angley admitted sexual encounter". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
- "Televangelist, Ex-Pastor Settle Lawsuit Alleging Sex Abuse". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
- "Televangelist Ernest Angley admitted sexual encounter with man in taped phone call". Columbus Dispatch. Archived from the original on January 28, 2019. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
- Kaminsky, Michelle. "Televangelist Accused of Sexual Abuse, Forcing Vasectomy". Forbes. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
- "Televangelist Ernest Angley dies at the age of 99". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
- "Ernest Angley, Controversial Televangelist Dies at Age 99". KMJ Now.
- Televangelist Ernest Angley dead at 99 - News 5 Cleveland.com (WEWS-TV)
- "About Ernest Angley". ErnestAngley.org. October 14, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2010.
Reverend Angley is a prolific author and has donated all royalties from the sales of his books to the outreach ministry. Donated royalties include those from the sale of his autobiography, Hurry Friday.
- "Death record results for Esther Lee Angley". FamilySearch.org. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
- "Esther Lee "Angel" Sikes Angley". findagrave.com. Retrieved September 6, 2020.