For Immediate Release:
Noted Televangelist Watchdog A Cult Leader?
A former member of the Dallas-based Trinity Foundation, Wendy J. Duncan, has written a book telling her experience with the organization and describing the cultic nature of the group and its charismatic leader, Ole Anthony. I Can’t Hear God Anymore: Life in a Dallas Cult, (VM Life Resources Publishing) is a first-person account of Duncan’s involvement in and dramatic separation from Trinity Foundation. The book describes the abusive practices and strange beliefs that define the Trinity Foundation as a cult, as well as the author’s struggle to return to psychological wholeness after she left.
I Can’t Hear God Anymore also contains a detailed portrait of Anthony’s psychology and background, which Duncan spent months researching. Anthony is a well-known figure in media and religious circles, first gaining notoriety in 1991 when he assisted Dianne Sawyer in her exposé of Robert Tilton and two other Dallas-based televangelists, W.V. Grant and Larry Lea, for the ABC news magazine PrimeTime Live. Since that time, Ole Anthony has been involved in investigations of numerous religious figures, working with programs such as NBC Dateline and 60 Minutes. Anthony and his group have been lauded in US News & World Report, The LA Times Magazine, and most recently, The New Yorker. He has been a near-ubiquitous commentator on all things religious for both local and national media outlets, but there is more here than meets the eye. Though Anthony can be charming and persuasive, Duncan’s book raises questions about his willingness to be accountable for his own practices. In short, who is watching the watchdog?
Duncan is available for author interviews, and review copies of the book may be requested.
Biggest Religious Secret in Dallas, Texas
The biggest religious secret in Dallas, Texas is that the individual whom the local media see as the expert on dysfunctional religion—especially the kind represented by the televangelists—is himself the leader of a Bible-based cult. Indeed, more than just the local media seem enamored with the Trinity Foundation and its charismatic leader, Ole Anthony. Trinity Foundation has been featured in articles in national publications such as The New Yorker, U.S. News and World Report, and The Los Angeles Times Magazine. According to the Trinity Foundation’s website:
“The foundation regularly provides assistance to print and electronic journalists investigating suspected fraud or other abuses of the public trust by members of the religious media…frequently provides undercover operatives to news programs like PrimeTime Live, 60 Minutes, Dateline, CNN Special Reports, 20/20, British Broadcasting Corporation, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and Inside Edition, among many others. We have also worked with The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Economist, London Independent, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and The Dallas Morning News.”
The Trinity Foundation, a self-proclaimed watchdog of televangelists, burst on to the national scene in the early 90s when it provided the investigative documents and videos for ABC’s PrimeTime Live and Dianne Sawyer in an exposé of Robert Tilton which ultimately brought down Tilton’s $80 million annual ministry. However, behind the glamour of the televangelist investigations there is another face to Trinity Foundation which is described in the recently published book, I Can’t Hear God Anymore: Life in a Dallas Cult. The author describes the characteristics and practices that define this Bible-based group as a cult, and tells the true story of her involvement with this controlling, authoritarian religious sect. Accounts from other ex-members and their journeys out of this group, as well as insights from Dr. Margaret Singer and other researchers who have explored the cult phenomenon, are included in this fascinating book.
New Book Reveals Televangelist Watchdog
Ole Anthony Is a Cult Leader
A recently published book, I Can’t Hear God Anymore: Life in a Dallas Cult, reveals that the Dallas-based Trinity Foundation has all the marks of a cult. Yet this religious organization, lead by Ole Anthony, portrays itself as the watchdog of the televangelists and investigator of ministry fraud. Trinity Foundation and its charismatic leader rose to fame in the early 1990′s when it assisted Dianne Sawyer’s PrimeTime Live program in exposing Robert Tilton and two other Dallas televangelists as religious charlatans. Anthony has been involved in investigations of numerous religious figures, working with programs such as NBC Dateline and 60 Minutes. He and his group have been lauded in US News & World Report, The LA Times Magazine, and The New Yorker. Former member Wendy J. Duncan’s book is the first publication which raises questions about Anthony and his operation. Duncan describes the abusive practices and strange beliefs that define the Trinity Foundation as a cult, as well as her struggle to return to psychological wholeness after she left.