ROD PARSLEY MINISTRIES
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Pastor Parsley of Rod Parsley Ministries is a highly sought after crusade and conference speaker.
He calls people to Jesus Christ through the good news of the Gospel.
His ministries reach globally and locally, offering hope to the hurting.
Born January 13, 1957, he is an American televangelist, the
He is also founder and president of The Center for Moral Clarity. Rodney Lee Parsley is also founder of Breakthrough Media Ministries, Bridge of Hope Missions, World Harvest Bible College and Harvest Preparatory School, which all reside at Rod Parsley Ministries.
Parsley, a social conservative, is a frequent critic of liberal positions on social issues, and has appeared at public events with Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, U.S. Senator Zell Miller, and Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman. He has been a guest on CNN's "Larry King Live."
He is married to Joni Parsley. They have a son, Austin, and a daughter, Ashton, both teenagers.
Parsley holds a bachelor's degree from Ohio Christian University and honorary doctoral degrees from Indiana Christian University and Liberty University.
but became a Pentecostal sometime in the 1970s. He considers televangelist Lester Sumrall to be his spiritual father.
In 1977, Parsley's 17-person Bible study formed what became known as Sunset Chapel, and later Word of Life Church in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Rod Parsley Ministries has grown into the current World Harvest Church which now encompasses 400,000 square feet and has a 400-person staff.
The church's first facility was built in 1979. That building is now known as Alpha Hall and is one of four buildings on what is now the campus of World Harvest Bible College.
In 1986, ground was broken on 57 acres to build what now includes a 5,200-seat sanctuary, Children’s and Youth Ministries, Family Life, Ministry Resource Centers, a Bookstore and Administrative Offices. The church's main property now comprises 132 acres.
Harvest Preparatory School, a private Christian prep school, operates on the church grounds.
The show features sermons and bible studies by Parsley as well as segments concerning the Center for Moral Clarity.
Rod Parsley Ministries is carried on 1,400 stations and cable affiliates, including Daystar Television Network, The Inspiration Network (INSP), Cornerstone Television, World Harvest Television, The Church Channel, Trinity Broadcasting Network, ENLACE (which broadcasts in Spanish to 20 nations), Vision TV (Canada), and Europe 7.
During the Summer of 2004, Rod Parsley openly criticized Sweden for the conviction of Åke Green under Sweden's hate crimes legislation. During the same time, he founded
On October 3, 2004, Rod Parsley preached a sermon titled "Uncensored: While Freedom Still Rings," which was in many ways the mission statement for the Center for Moral Clarity.
Rod Parsley Ministries expressed opposition to the view that there is a separation of church and state in the U.S. Constitution; same-sex marriage; partial-birth abortion; hate-crimes legislation in California, Canada, and Sweden; sexual orientation themes in children's books; racism; and poverty.
Parsley encouraged his congregation and television audience to vote for Ohio's state constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. (The amendment passed by a wide margin).
He also encouraged citizens of other states with similar marriage amendments on their ballots to vote similarly. He headlined the "Silent No More" tour to register Christian voters.
Rod Parsley is an author of several Christianity-themed books, including Silent No More, which was released in April 2005 by Charisma House. The book encourages Christians to participate in the political process, and especially to make sure their votes reflect their values.
Concerning poverty, Rod Parsley writes that government should "get out of the way", removing many constraints on capitalism.
Rod Parsley Ministries criticizes Islam, stating that he "does not believe that our country can truly fulfill its divine purpose until we understand America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed.” (Silent No More, as cited in Holy Toledo by Frances Fitzgerald in the New Yorker, July 31 2006)
"Culturally Incorrect: How Clashing Worldviews Affect Your Future," was published in June 2007 and soon appeared on the industry's best-seller lists.
Mr. Parsley has called upon Christians to wage a "war" against the "false religion" of Islam with the aim of destroying it. He urges his readers to realize that a confrontation between Christianity and Islam is unavoidable: "We find now we have no choice. The time has come." And he has bad news: "We may already be losing the battle. As I scan the world, I find that Islam is responsible for more pain, more bloodshed, and more devastation than nearly any other force on earth at this moment."
He also claims that Christopher Columbus shared the same goal: "It was to defeat Islam, among other dreams, that Christopher Columbus sailed to the New World in 1492…Columbus dreamed of defeating the armies of Islam with the armies of Europe made mighty by the wealth of the New World.
It was this dream that, in part, began America." Rod Parsley claims that Islam is an "anti-Christ religion" predicated on "deception." The Muslim prophet Muhammad, he writes, "received revelations from demons and not from the true God."
Rod Parsley Ministries has mission projects that include humanitarian assistance along the U.S. Gulf Coast, in El Salvador, India, New York, Mozambique, Venezuela, Kosovo and Nicaragua.
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