(born October 3, 1938), a native of Minnesota
, is the current editor of The Door
, a magazine of Christian
satire. He was the subject of a lengthy profile in the December 6, 2004, issue of The New Yorker
. As head of the Trinity Foundation
, he is also involved in investigating the financial activities and alleged misappropriations of televangelists
He served in the U.S. Air Force
from 1956 until December 1959, as a "special weapons maintenance technician" and had top-secret clearance receiving the Good Conduct Medal
and two "outstanding unit" awards.
Anthony's investigative work into the fundraising tactics of big-money televangelists first came to national attention in 1991 following a Primetime Live
hidden-camera investigation of televangelists. Anthony portrayed himself—a Dallas minister of a small church trying to learn how big-money ministries work—in the segment on fellow East Dallas minister Robert Tilton
. Anthony and the Trinity Foundation were instrumental in providing evidence for the many state and Federal investigations of Tilton in the years that followed, and he is often interviewed by reporters in preparations for stories on other televangelists.
He is a close friend of writer and comedian Joe Bob Briggs
, who is also a member of the Trinity Foundation.
Former members of the group have been critical of the Foundation and......