Rodney Parsley is an American Christian author, minister, evangelist, and television host who is best known as the senior pastor of World Harvest Church situated in Canal Winchester, Ohio.
He was born on January 13, 1957, in Cleveland, Ohio. Rodney was raised mainly in the Columbus area.
After graduating from high school, Parsley worked at a pet-food factory and in real estate.
Rodney obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry from Ohio Christian University.
In 1977, after leading a Bible study in his parents’ back yard while still a college student, he founded his church in 1977.
In 1990, he launched what would become Valor Christian College as a Bible-training institute for central Ohio adults.
In 2009, Valor Christian College was accredited by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools to offer associate of applied science degrees in church and pastoral evangelism, leadership, and music ministries.
On October 3, 2004, Pastor Parsley gave a sermon titled “Uncensored: While Freedom Still Rings”.
In November of 2004, Rod Parsley worked to bring out voters to support a state constitutional amendment barring same-sex marriage in Ohio.
In January 2006, a group of 31 Columbus, Ohio-area pastors accused Pastor Parsley and another central Ohio religious leader of violating federal tax laws.
In 2015, he was treated for throat cancer. Fortunately, he has since recovered.
”Back in early May, I started experiencing what I thought was a sore throat just from allergies or whatever and visited our family doctor…So they did a scope and … it was a squamous cell carcinoma.”
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He is the author of more than 50 books and study guides. Some of its best works are:
- With Rod Parsley (1996);
- Life Today with James Robison (2002);
- Flow: For Love of Water (2008).
In 2017, Pastor Parsley released his latest book named – ”The Finale: One World, One Ruler, One Reign.”
Pastor Rod has been married to Joni Askoff since October 11, 1986.
The couple has two children, Ashton and Austin.
In 2016, Joni Askoff has been given a suspended jail sentence for violating state election laws. She pleaded guilty and admitted to signing an absentee ballot request for her daughter.
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Televangelist Rod Parsley founded several organizations:
- The Center for Moral Clarity, an organization which is advocating for issues of life, marriage, family, faith, social justice, religious liberties, and citizenship;
- The Women’s Clinic of Columbus, a facility that is dedicated to providing educational, medical, and support services to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies;
- Latin Harvest Church, a congregation for Hispanic people in central Ohio;
- Metro Harvest Church, an inner-city and prison-ministry outreach;
- Harvest Preparatory School, a K-12 educational facility;
- Valor Christian College, an online institution and secondary-education on campus;
- World Harvest Ministerial Alliance, a network of pastors and other ministers;
- Breakthrough, a Christian television program;
- Bridge of Hope, a worldwide mission’s organization;
- World Harvest Church, a 5,200-seat sanctuary.
In 2015, World Harvest Church was fighting its insurer in court over having to completely shoulder a $3.1 million settlement for the beating of a 2-year-old child on its campus.
Pastor Parsley has been considered controversial by some because he is a part of the “prosperity Gospel” movement, which preaches that Christians should strive to be wealthy as a part of God’s will.
In 2008, after John McCain spoke out against his views on Islam, televangelist Rod Parsley withdrew his endorsement of McCain during the Presidential election.
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He has been a guest on numerous media programs, including CNN’s Larry King Live.
He is identified as a prominent player in the so-called dominionist movement by both commentator Bill Moyers and TheocracyWatch.
In 2013, his father, James G. (Clyde) Parsley, age 80, went home to be with the Lord.
On January 30, 2018, his mother Mrs. Ellen E. Parsley, age 82, passed away.
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”Tradition is the thief of power. There is no area of our lives where that theft is more evident than in the area of divine healing.”
“I love a democratic republic, and I want to be right in the middle of that process.”
”White supremacy is a hellish, demonic lie. There is no human being superior to any other human being on the face of this earth.”
”Jesus Christ accomplished everything that God the Father started at the creation, and that includes total health.”
“I am neither Republican nor Democrat, I’m a Christocrat.”
”The left has chosen the courts as a major battlefield over social issues.”
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“I had a different sermon planned for today, but the Holy Spirit would not give me rest last night or this morning.”
“Evangelical Christians, what might be called the Religious Right, I believe for far too long have been disconnected from the disconnected.”
”I’m not an entertainer. This isn’t a concert. This isn’t a show. This is the Kingdom. This is the Gospel at work. This. Is. War. And I’m ready to fight. Are you?”
Rod Parsley – Net Worth
Pastor Parsley earns most of his wealth from selling copies of his books. Therefore, evangelist Rod Parsley has an estimated net worth of $4 million.
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