Second ORU Regent Refuses Senate Request

Thursday, December 6th 2007, 9:14 am
By: News On 6

UNDATED (AP) - A second Christian ministry is refusing to meet today's deadline for a Senate investigation into the salaries, perks and travel of televangelists.

Benny Hinn of World Healing Center Church and Benny Hinn Ministries in Texas says in a statement to The Associated Press that he will not respond to the inquiry until next year.

A lawyer for preacher Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church International in suburban Atlanta said yesterday the investigation should be referred to the IRS or the Senate panel should get a subpoena for the documents.

Both Hinn and Dollar are members of the Oral Roberts University board of regents. Fellow ORU regent and televangelist Kenneth Copeland has also been asked for information.

Senator Charles Grassley of the Senate Finance Committee sent lengthy questionnaires a month ago to six ministries so he could review whether pastors are complying with IRS rules.

Only Joyce Meyer Ministries of Missouri has provided the detailed financial and board oversight information Grassley wants.