Category: Christian Research Institute

Crosland sells building to California ministry

Crosland Inc. has sold an 8,078-square-foot building at Blakeney Professional Center to Christian Research Institute Inc. for $1.2 million. The California-based ministry will move to Building 9 at the center, which is at the intersection of Rea and Ardrey Kell roads. The building will also house CRI President Hank Hanegraaff‘s nationally syndicated “The Bible Answer Man” radio show, which is aired 951 times a week on 124 U.S. stations. The company plans to hire more than 40 employees. Blakeney Professional Center, two miles from the Interstate 485 interchange at Rea Road, is a 30-acre commercial center within a larger Blakeney

Evangelist Sues Critic Over Charge

Hank Hanegraaff of O.C. says a report that he was being investigated on suspicion of fraud is false. Bill Alnor says the suit seeks to silence him. A best-selling Christian author and radio evangelist known as the “Bible Answer Man” has filed a defamation lawsuit against a longtime critic who had accused him of being under investigation for mail fraud. Controversy surrounding Hank Hanegraaff’s Rancho Santa Margarita-based Christian Research Institute arose earlier this year after he sent out an urgent fundraising letter, saying that a “bizarre error” by postal workers caused donations to be thrown away. See Also CRI Provides

Christian Research Institute’s home to be Charlotte

Christian Research Institute, home to the nationally syndicated “The Bible Answer Man” radio show, is relocating to Charlotte. The institute, led by radio show host and author Hank Hanegraaff, is moving its headquarters from Rancho Santa Margarita in Orange County, Calif., to Blakeney Park Drive off Rea Road near the Union County line. Some 20 employees are expected to move to Charlotte, with another 20 or so hired locally. Institute officials said the move will take place over the next month or so, representing an investment of nearly $1.9 million. Hanegraaff said cost of living was a key factor in

Christian author says he was defamed

SANTA ANA — The Bible Answer Man has a question. What’s the difference between a fact and, well, something else? That’s at the heart of a defamation lawsuit filed by Hank Hanegraaff, a Christian author and radio personality known as the “Bible Answer Man.” Hanegraaff has filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court against another Christian writer, Bill Alnor. Hanegraaff’s evangelical ministry, Christian Research Institute, is based in Rancho Santa Margarita. See Also CRI Provides Evidence to Dispute Claims of Mail Fraud Launched by Critic (Ministry Watch, Mar. 15, 2005) Christian Research Institute Apologetics Index entry on the Christian

Evangelist Says Offerings Lost in Mail

O.C.’s ‘Bible Answer Man’ appeals for more funds. Claim is disputed by post office, business. A nationally known evangelist based in Orange County has issued an urgent fundraising letter, saying that a “bizarre error” by postal workers caused donations to be thrown away over several months. But those blamed for the alleged error have challenged the claim, and a critic has complained to postal inspectors about the high-profile ministry’s assertion. In his letter to supporters last week, Hank Hanegraaff, a best-selling Christian author and radio personality known as the “Bible Answer Man,” said that for three months, many envelopes addressed

Golf course has big names

Golf course has big names Local bankers, business types and a couple of pro athletes are behind The Club at Longview, a new gated community off Rea Road in Union County. Former Hornets star Dell Curry, former Panthers quarterback Steve Beuerlein and nine other founders are behind the Jack Nicklaus-designed course. Bill Elmore and Frank Harrison of Coca-Cola, Paul Grube of Wachovia and retired Bank of America vice chairman Bill Vandiver and Christian Research Institute International President Hank Hanegraff are among the founders. “The commitment to perfection is seen everywhere,” Harrison said. It sounds like a great course. Of course,

Audit’s Lesson Was ‘Painful’ for Evangelist

Hank Hanegraaff and auditors won’t say how much was repaid to the Christian Research Institute or by whom. Critics allege whitewash. After complaints from former employees, a Southern California evangelist who calls himself a theological watchdog for Christians worldwide has been chastised for his ministry’s financial practices. Officials with the national Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability conducted an audit that has resulted in what they called a “significant reimbursement” in June to the Christian Research Institute, a ministry run by Christian author and radio personality Hank Hanegraaff. Neither the council nor Hanegraaff, known on the radio as the “Bible Answer

Casting Stones

Questions About Radio’s ‘Bible Answer Man’ Are Coming From Within Orange County’s “Bible Answer Man”–whose radio show, heard on 125 stations nationwide, has long been a thorn in the flesh of televangelists–is facing a new battle, criticism from within his nonprofit organization. Relatives of the late Walter Martin, founder of the Rancho Santa Margarita-based Christian Research Institute, contend that Hank Hanegraaff has departed from the organization’s mission of debunking unusual religious claims. They are demanding his resignation. Hanegraaff, 50, was Martin’s handpicked successor when the founder retired in 1979. But in recent years, Martin family members have expressed concern about