Crime Library: Criminal Minds and Methods
Scandalous Evangelists
Todd Bentley
Tattooed Canadian evangelist Todd Bentley, whose extreme faith healing methods included hitting and knocking down ailing supplicants, is perhaps best known for his participation in the Christian-rock driven Lakeland Revival movement, which attracted tens of thousands of worshipers. The charismatic preacher served on the board of directors of the Fresh Fire Ministry group, and traveled around the world to spread his message. In August 2008, however, Bentley announced that he would be separating from his wife Shonnah, a revelation that shocked many of his ardent followers. Shortly afterwards, Fresh Fire Ministries announced that Bentley would be stepping down from his leadership position and would obtain counseling after it was discovered that Bentley was having a relationship with a staff member.
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