Faith healing preacher Dufresne killed in plane crash

California faith healer, pilot in Kan. plane crash – Houston Chronicle.

A traveling California faith healer and his pilot died Friday morning when their small Texas-bound plane crashed soon after taking off from a Kansas airport, authorities said.

Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter identified the victims as 72-year-old minister Edward Dufresne, a faith healer who said he could cure cancer, and 49-year-old pilot Mitchell Morgan, both of Murrieta, Calif.

Dufresne ran a website that encouraged his followers to donate monthly to his Eagle Partner Club to “fund an aviation department of Ed Dufresne Ministries” to allow him to fly to preach and conduct faith healing outside of Murrieta. Dufresne says on the fundraising page, which is embedded with video of a small plane that’s flying, that he has 11 million airline miles “on his bones” and adds that he has been called as a traveling minister to spend 80 percent of his time away from home.

He practiced “faith healing” at Abundant Life Family Church in Dodge City and ran the World Harvest Church in Murrieta, about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Here is Ed Dufresne’s web page (warning, music)

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  8 comments for “Faith healing preacher Dufresne killed in plane crash

  1. Dale S
    October 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    How is this skeptical? Enlighten me!

  2. Ceppie
    October 18, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Well, Dale, I am a bit skeptical of his claim he could cure cancer.

  3. October 19, 2013 at 2:30 AM

    That’s really too bad about the pilot.

  4. Peter Robinson
    October 19, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    Dodge City eh. Could there have been a better named place for his type of scam I wonder?

  5. neko
    October 19, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    I generally avoid speaking ill of the dead, or measuring a man’s life by a simple title like preacher or tailor or spy. But why would God need this guy to fly around flattering him in exchange for the relief of suffering? God can’t fly there himself? A very strange God, it seems to me. And a very egotistical sense of privileged status with Him. Although I know, they would say “it’s for the poor sinner, not for God!”, that doesn’t makes sense even more.

    Unfortunately, the faith healing believers can’t see the holes in their own reasoning. As long as they go to a real MD and don’t take the pretend too far, I guess a visit from a community leader is all well and good. But it seems like a waste to me, he can’t pick up a phone and pray? Send an email or a tweet. That alone should point to the bottom line, this sort of thing is about theatre and personal ego, not gods.

    Too bad that money wasn’t spent on medical research or paying people’s medical bills instead of field trips for a single senior. Perhaps longer life mobility might be available for folks not as able to travel if the money hadn’t been wasted here, but applied where it will help.

  6. October 20, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Note to commenters whose posts are not appearing here. This is a science-based web site. Thus, we have no tolerance for people telling us to pray and know Jesus. The purpose of this post was to give notice that a noted faith healer had died. Yes, it’s a tragic death. But we would be angry about any claim of faith healing because it it a scam regardless of whether the people truly believe it works or not. It doesn’t.

  7. hal
    October 29, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    Ed Dufresne was a friend of mine.
    I am 52 years of age and have never met a more compassionate and giving man.
    I watched him feed the poor, care for the fatherless, pray for all who were sick and never make a charge for his ministry. He only shared his vision of reaching the World for Jesus Christ and then passed the offering bucket for those who desired to help.
    I am forever honored to call him my friend.

    • RD
      December 7, 2013 at 6:05 PM

      He claims he was a prophet of God, and that “God told him he would live to be 90” yet he didn’t see the plane crash coming? I attended their services at World Harvest (Your Money) Church and they always were trying to get money from their flock with “Double Up Offerings” and promoting their book of the month, which they wrote, that their congregation should buy. Even at his memorial they were asking for “money in leu of flowers”.

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