Rod Parsley is most widely known for his position as American Christian minister, author, television host and evangelist. He is the senior pastor with World Harvest Church, which is a largely Pentecostal church in Ohio. His many ministries are responsible for most of his accolades. In spite of criticism for his lavish lifestyle, Rod Parsley has a personal estimated net worth of $2.2 million.
World Harvest Church was started in 1977, when a Bible student began having sessions with other believers in his parents’ backyard. The church eventually had a permanent facility by 1979, which is now known as Alpha Hall. The church expanded as the church family grew. When the church was dedicated, the building was renamed World Harvest Church in honor of a personal friend of Rod Parsley. At this time, the World Harvest Church includes a 5,200-seat sanctuary, children’s and youth ministries, Ministry Resource Centers and administrative offices. About 10,000 people attend services at World Harvest on a weekly basis
In 2008, Minister Parsley endorsed Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, with Senator McCain calling him his “spiritual guide.” In fact, Senator McCain actively pursued Parsley’s endorsement, due to the increased interest in Mike Huckabee and his support from religious republicans.
At the moment, Rod Parsley has been frequently associated with the dominionist movement by both Theocracy Watch and commentator Bill Moyers. Additional criticism comes from Parsley’s book Silent No More, due to Parsley’s description of Islam, which states that Islam is the enemy of the United States and Christianity.
In 2015, Parsley had a brief battle with throat cancer. Since his diagnosis, he has fully recovered and is in remission. He is married to Joni Parsley, with whom he has a son, Austin, and a daughter, Ashton, both young adults. The couple lives in Pickerington, a suburb of Columbus.