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)