About Anthony Strawder
Anthony was born in 1964, the fourth of five children to the late Eddie Van Strawder and late Hattie Mae Strawder, in the small town of Newellton in Tensas Parish in Northeast Louisiana.
Anthony was a quiet, gifted child who spent much time alone developing his artistic abilities. At age 10 he was baptized and joined the Baptist church during a 1975 revival because he was told he needed to do so. At 16 years of age he realized that he had not had a true born again experience. In June 1981 he received Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. Anthony carried the New Testament to school every day for two years. In 1982 he received the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Upon graduating from high school, he answered the call of God to ministry while watching his favorite preacher at the time, Jimmy Swaggert. He attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe for one year. While there, he participated in many campus Bible studies and prayer groups, getting students saved, healed and baptized in the Holy Ghost. He also worked in a church assisting the pastor in the Helps ministry.
In May, 1984 Anthony returned home and began preparing for ministry by teaching Sunday school. At age 20 he became pastor of Bethel Mission Church, where he remained for nearly seven years. During this time he grew in grace and increased in the knowledge of the Word. He left the pastorate to become a full time traveling minister, teaching what he had learned. To meet financial obligations, he worked as a substitute teacher in the public school system, and was featured as a main program speaker for many different community events.
After 4 years of traveling, Anthony married Patricia Chambers Hoston. His family immediately increased by eight as this union brought seven children. The new family moved to Monroe in 1996.
In Monroe, Anthony joined a church and worked in a variety of roles assisting the pastor. During this time he continued to hold his own meetings. He also taught at the Liberty School of Ministry and Bible Institute for two years. In 1997 he began the television program "Hear and Be Healed." This program has aired regionally for over 14 years on the The Voice Network as well as other secular stations such as ABC, FOX and the CW. In September 1998 Epignosis Bible Training Center (EBTC) began. All the graduates of this school are in some form of ministry, some even pastoring churches.
Anthony dramatically demonstrates the Word as he teaches, making it alive and simple to understand. He is noted for his humorous personality, sound doctrine, balanced biblical maturity and wisdom. It is evident that he has been greatly influenced by Kenneth Hagin and Kenneth Copeland ministries. Over the years, the apostolic mantle was upon him and has been confirmed and accepted in 2013.
Anthony Ministries is headquartered in Mobile, Alabama.