[Akron Beacon Journal] In 1996, internationally known televangelist Ernest Angley admitted to his assistant minister that he had had sexual relations with a man who was employed by their church, Grace Cathedral in Cuyahoga Falls.
The telephone conversation was tape-recorded and made available to the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com last month.
The person who provided the tape did so for a promise of anonymity. That person felt called to action after reading about an exchange of lawsuits between Angley and another former Grace Cathedral pastor, the Rev. Brock Miller. Miller sued Angley in August, claiming that sexual abuse Angley inflicted upon him has caused permanent damage. Angley has countersued for defamation.
The source believed releasing the tape would show that Angley, who has preached vehemently against the “sin” of homosexuality, has a history of sexual abuse involving his employees.
In January 2018, the Rev. Brock Miller told the Beacon Journal he had been sexually abused by the Rev. Ernest Angley when Miller was serving as an associate pastor at Angley’s church.
The assistant minister on the tape is the Rev. Bill Davis, who left the church after learning about Angley’s activities. Although Davis made the original recording, he did not provide the tape and had absolutely nothing to do with initiating this story. In fact, he only reluctantly agreed to talk about the tape after praying about the decision and consulting his wife and his attorneys.
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Bob Dyer and first published at the Akron Beacon Journal]