Monday, March 9, 2009

Angel Food Ministries Settles Governance Dispute

We previously blogged about the multiple troubles of Angel Food Ministries, including concerns regarding apparently high compensation, campaign contributions by the organization's leaders that presumably were made possible in part by that high compensation, a sexual harassment lawsuit against the ministry and the son of the ministry's founders, and a lawsuit seeking to remove the founders - Pastors Joe and Linda Wingo - from leadership.  The ministry's headquarters had also been the subject of an FBI raid last month, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  For additional coverage of these matters and more details regarding the ministry, see the recent Chicago Tribune article.

At least one of these issues has now been resolved, as the Houston Chronicle reports that the lawsuit seeking to remove the founders has been settled.  According to the article, to resolve that lawsuit Pastors Joe and Linda Wingo agreed to allow an audit of the ministry, to stop using corporate credit cards for personal expenses, and to transfer ownership to the ministry of a private jet used by the ministry, which had been owned by a for-profit company associated with the Wingos.  The two board members who filed the suit also plan to resign from the ministry's board.


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