Ole Anthony

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Ole Anthony (born October 3, 1938) is an American minister, religious investigator and satirist. Anthony was the editor of The Wittenburg Door, a magazine of Christian satire. He is head of the Trinity Foundation, and in that capacity is involved in investigating the financial activities and alleged misappropriations of televangelists.

Anthony is originally from Minnesota. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1956 until December 1959, as a "special weapons maintenance technician" and had top-secret clearance receiving the Good Conduct Medal and two "outstanding unit" awards.[1]

Anthony's investigative work into the fundraising tactics of big-money televangelists first came to national attention in 1991 following a Primetime Live hidden-camera investigation of televangelists. Anthony portrayed himself—a Dallas minister of a small church trying to learn how big-money ministries work—in the segment on fellow East Dallas minister Robert Tilton. Anthony and the Trinity Foundation were instrumental in providing evidence for the many state and Federal investigations of Tilton in the years that followed, and he is often interviewed by reporters in preparations for stories on other televangelists.[2] He was also the subject of a lengthy profile in the December 6, 2004 issue of The New Yorker.[3]

He is a close friend of writer and comedian Joe Bob Briggs, who is also a member of the Trinity Foundation.

Former members of the group have been critical of the Foundation and Anthony.[4]


  1. ^ "The Man and the Myth". Dallas Observer. August 3, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-17.
  2. ^ "'Scarborough Country' for Dec. 7". MSNBC. December 8, 2004. Retrieved 2007-05-17.
  3. ^ Bilger, Burkhard (December 6, 2004). "God Doesn't Need Ole Anthony". The New Yorker. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Cult of Ole". Dallas Observer. August 3, 2006. Retrieved 2007-05-17.

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