• Report: #437941
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Eddie James Ministries

  • Submitted: Thu, March 26, 2009
  • Updated: Thu, December 24, 2009

  • Reported By:Meridian Mississippi
Eddie James Ministries
ejworship.org Decatur, Alabama U.S.A.
  • Phone: 256-4761677
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  • Category: Churches

Eddie James Ministries Hidden under the "Ministry" banner to use people's talents Decatur Alabama

*General Comment: Called for Ministry or just a job?

*Consumer Comment: Stop

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: It's in the Bible, Take care of those who serve you

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: EJ is taking care of any/all accusations

*General Comment: Ridiculous Accusations

*Author of original report: REPORT BEING REMOVED BY EDITOR

*Author of original report: Eddie James is taking care those who work for him

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Eddie James will use you and leave you!

*Author of original report: His attempt to clear his name for his own sake

*Author of original report: Eddie James' real words

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I have had business dealings with Eddie James

*Consumer Suggestion: Eddie James is an annointed worship leader!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Eddie JAMES IS A FAKE

*Consumer Comment: Eddie is legit !!!

*Consumer Comment: It's a shame

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Eddie James Ministries is basically a music "ministry". They travel and dance sing...whatever for people's entertainment and money. Eddie James has recorded several albums and not paid his musicians any royalties. He always claims to have financial problems to cover up the fact he doesn't want to pay the talented musicians and singers that he uses. Myself and many other individuals toured with him, recorded our "intellectual property" on his albums, and were never compensated.

If you are looking to have him perform at your church, for a convention, or any other venue, please evaluate the true character of this man and his business. Especially for those of you he is willing to "recruit" to do the "Lord's work". He makes many huge and exciting promises but doesn't come through with them in the end. He is currently facing a class action lawsuit for unpaid royalties on his album "Freedom".

Be careful when dealing with this individual or those closely tied to his ministry. The "right" intentions don't always pay the bills or take care of those he's left behind pennyless. He was based out of Rod Parsley's church in Columbus, OH for a while, and suspiciously asked to leave. The same happened when he joined the International House of Prayer (IHOP) in Kansas City, MO. Thanks for taking the time to read and I hope this will benefit someone.

Meridian, Mississippi

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#1 General Comment

Called for Ministry or just a job?

AUTHOR: Valora - ()

 I am so sorry to see this type of comment regarding such an amazing ministry.  This is a MINISTRY, people.  When you are called into ministry, you understand that God supplies your needs.  God may or may not do this with cash.  Are you a spiritual adult who gives your talents to the Lord so tha tHe may bring souls into Heaven?  Or are you just in it for the money?  Make a decision regarding your own goals.   If the only thing that matters is money, then go play for a secular band.  If treasure in Heaven are your focus, then stay in ministry.  No one in ministry was ever promised untold fame and fortune.  Those things are promised by Satan, not God.  Choos whom you serve.

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AUTHOR: Drummer4hire - (U.S.A.)

This post has been flagged for removal by the editor. This is not a blogspot, discussion forum, or anything of that nature. It's a website backed by the Better Business Bureau. Stop posting anything on this topic as it will make it harder FOR DELETION. Thanks
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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

It's in the Bible, Take care of those who serve you

AUTHOR: Servanthood1989 - (United States of America)

    I don't know who posted this "novel" about rumors, lies, and other things regarding EJM. I personally know most of the musicians that were financially ripped off and even know there were no people "battering" anyone. That's just a desperate attempt to take the focus off the point being made here. I was never personally taken advantage of financially by the ministry, but if you read the disclaimer of this website you'll realize that it's for business purposes only, and that if you're children had fun traveling around eating ham sandwiches with Eddie that it's irrelevant and extremely petty. I've heard some of the rumors of Eddie's past employees and know most of them to be false. But I've also heard that Eddie is taking care of the people that were unpaid for their work. Whoever Xstaticmom is or whatever, you don't have any business making postings on this site. I'm just here to back the truth. the truth was posted, except for your misguided rantings, and yea, Eddie has been known to pay off those he knows he owed. I never was really in his ministry, but am close to a lot of those who were. It's ok to lie I guess if you have something for Eddie James. But to you, you need to get your stories straight, and maybe your head possibly checked. Thanks.
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#4 UPDATE EX-employee responds

EJ is taking care of any/all accusations

AUTHOR: Drummer4hire - (U.S.A.)

I've been told that Eddie is taking steps to take care of any past problems and I would wish to remove my earlier statement. -JP Fort Mill, SC
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#5 General Comment

Ridiculous Accusations

AUTHOR: gratefulmom - (USA)

This entire site is totally ridiculous. I have personal knowledge of the person who is discontented with Eddie. I personally received phone calls on two separate occasions, from Kansas City, MO, when a certain "guitar player" was under the influence of drugs and battering his wife. I begged my daughter to call the police, but the ministry tried to handle the situation in a Christian way. However, the "guitar player" ended up not only battering his wife, but also harming his child and landed in jail; thus, that was the end of his marriage and dealings with the ministry. Now he's worried about a lousy $1500 owed to him? There is 2 sides to every story and apparently he knew with a little pressure, he could get the $ out of Eddie. Eddie James has the biggest heart of any person I've ever met. Yes, his ministry is not perfect and I have had my share of being very upset about conditions and things happening in the ministry. But, because of his unselfishness and huge heart, I have 3 children who are alive and functioning well as adults and best yet, are SAVED! From the outside, some may think the ministry is shady...In fact, my daughter also didn't get paid sometimes...but, that is what ministry is all about. God supplies our needs...NOT MAN! If you aren't spirit-filled, and don't care about making a difference in someone's life, then ministry work is not for you. This isn't the 1st time Eddie has been bashed....as a servant of the Lord, there will always be someone trying to persecute him. He's not perfect and if you're looking for Eddie to be your savior, then you WILL be disappointed! There's only one SAVIOR that won't disappoint you! Eddie relies on ministry money to survive and pay his band members. When there's no income, there's no income! That should be understood in ministry work. If you don't have a heart to do the Lord's work and you can't stand on your faith that God supplies all your needs, then ministry is not for you.  Those kids in the ministry sometimes went days only eating ham sandwiches and the # of pieces of ham were even rationed! That is ministry work people! But, I can tell you this about Eddie, when he had plenty of money, he would give every dime of it away to someone in need! I can personally vouch for that. Sometimes it seems that he makes promises and doesn't follow through...I've been disappointed there before also...but believe me, it's not because he's a fake or a liar...he just speaks from his heart and the funds don't come through...people seem to remember those times..but what about ALL the funds he's given out to pay legal fees and fines to keep people from going to jail? He has even travelled long distances to speak with judges to help out young kids who don't deserve anything but jail time....he is there when EVERYONE else in the world says to throw you away! These accusations are really upsetting and I will be glad to go to court any day to support Eddie. Yes, there have been things that have happened in his ministry...but people have to realize what this ministry is. A great number of these kids where living on the streets, on their way to jail, or on their way to the cemetery when he took them in. Some leave and go back to where they came from, but some have actually REALLY given their hearts to Jesus and are living new lives. My children are a living testimony to his ministry and I know of others also... So, if there be 10,000 that fall on your sides, if a few are saved, then Hallelujah and Eddie has accomplished what the Lord set out for him to do. So....shame on those who have turned their backs on Eddie and hardened their hearts like this. May the Lord have mercy on your soul because you DO reap what you sow. God cannot lie and WILL NOT be mocked!

XSTATIC MOM in Montgomery, Alabama


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AUTHOR: Monkeyshines87 - (U.S.A.)

EJ Ministries is taking care of any accusations. Case closed
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#7 Author of original report

Eddie James is taking care those who work for him

AUTHOR: Monkeyshines87 - (U.S.A.)

This is an update to a previous report. Eddie James Ministries was only reported on this site by various individuals for the fact they felt indebted for unpaid work and things of that nature. This was never an attempt to attack his character or ministry. Eddie runs a huge ministry and has many musicians/vocalists come through his ministry. Although the original report cannot be deleted for up to 6 months, I am here to say that Eddie is taking time, and making great attempts to pay money to those who may feel indebted and has never had the intention of not paying the employees of his ministry. Myself and the others who have posted negative statements about Eddie and/or his minsitry are apologetic for doing so and hereby are making the rebuttal of all statements previously made (except for those that are positive). Eddie has a great ministry and does so much good for so many people. I wouldn't take back a moment of spending time with his ministry (working, playin, etc.) or Eddie himself. I hope all those that have read the negative can disregard it and know that this statement made on the 30th day of July is of the upmost truth. Thanks for reading and God bless.
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#8 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Eddie James will use you and leave you!

AUTHOR: Worshiponly - (U.S.A.)

I have worked with Eddie and those close to him. Over 90% of the employees (by employees, I mean un-paid employees) that have left his ministry left for reasons of un paid debts and disgust of leaderships lack of integrity. I have seen and witnessed sinful behavior, and personally ripped off by Eddie James. He even steals from family. Eddie is a phenomenal performer on stage and off. I have witnessed some of the most amazing acting by him before pastors to get larger offerings. Many ministers praise his talents, not his character because he is never in one place long enough to be held accountable. When he is in one place long enough, he is mysteriously asked to leave.
Check the record. Eventually the truth will come out.
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#9 Author of original report

His attempt to clear his name for his own sake

AUTHOR: Monkeyshines87 - (U.S.A.)

Michael Wright & Eddie James Financial Agreement
Michael Wright and Eddie James enter into an agreement where Eddie James gives Michael Wright $1500. The terms for which this will be given are as follows.
1. You read my entire email and respond to each paragraph
2. After this transaction is complete you agree not to come to me for any financial arrangements without written proof signed by me and you that I am obligated to pay you
3. You agree $1500 settles any financial needs, payments, or issues of any financial kind past or present, thus we are clean and clear from each other financially. In other words, after I give you $1500, I do not have any obligation to give you any more money whatsoever; unless we choose to enter a fresh new agreement
4. Before receiving payment you have all statements you created, endorsed, or issued online by you that speaks negative concerning me completely erased and you reissue a new statement to all websites where there's been negative statements, (slander, or the feeling/appearance of slander) stating that the statements that were spoken negative concerning Eddie James were not true and that you and I have resolved a misunderstanding. You agree never to do this to my name again under any circumstance.
5. Next time you have a problem with me, you try to work it out first instead of blasting my name online or to other people. This agreement we have now was initiated by my desire to make sure we were good. Next time, should there be a next time, give the courtesy of coming to me first before blasting me
6. You agree that this agreement is between us. This is confidential and not to be shared with anyone outside both of our consents.
7. You will sign on the line where your name is stated below; once it has been confirmed that my name is cleared from websites where there has been slander or the feeling/appearance of slander by you and that a new statement has been issued in accordance to point #4 of this agreement, payment processing will began.
8. You will receive payments in three installments of $500 over a period of 90 days, first payment to be released to you in the mail after point #7 above has been properly and satisfactory cared for. The first payment released is when the 90 day period will start.
I Michael Wright, and I Eddie James both agree to the terms of this agreement and do commit to fulfill our obligations concerning this document.
Today's Date: __________________ ______________________________
Michael Wright Eddie James
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#10 Author of original report

Eddie James' real words

AUTHOR: Monkeyshines87 - (U.S.A.)

The following is an email I received from Eddie in an attempt to clear his good name but only under his conditions. Myself, and the following initialed persons are together in this. NM, GG, JS, LS, TL, TB.....
here it is:


I will honor your request for $1500 under the terms and conditions that I've placed in attachments. Please see the note/agreement in attachment and if you are in agreement with that, we will go from there.

Having stated that, the following are facts.

As far as intellecual properties, you have none at all as it relates to the "Freedom CD" according to law. I have a publishing administrator from Nashville, TN in good standing with Nashville companies for over 15 years. I have a Entertainment Lawyer and an array of artists, publishing companies, and production friends who all say the exact same thing. All you did on this project is play. You own no rights to anything.

Please see article below from the following weblink: http://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/

What is Intellectual Property?
Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce.

Secondly, I have no record of any financial commitment to you in 2005. I have no terms, conditions, or even an oral agreement with you specifically concerning payroll, when it was to be paid, how it was to be paid, etc... There's absolutely no records at all that indicate an obligation on EJM's part to pay you anything during that time.

Thirdly, the following are hard core costs that are trackable and tracebable, that by law and agreement I could charge you for and not only have not, but will not.

1. Moving expenses for your wife and kids to Kansas City
2. Rent for you staying in my home basement
3. The cost of you using my van for personal use
4. Performances you didn't play due to surgery or issues with family
5. Getting you home under false pretenses (this is measure that you could being sued for)
6. Slandar of my name on websites that stains my credability and hinders my ministry and career (again, this is a measure that you could be sued over)
7. Murder threats to people in my ministry because they came in your house at the desire of my ministry (people which destroyed MY property and left a sense of threat to myself and wife and child) due to family issues (again, prosecution could really happen here)

Dude, you can take me to court all day long; but it wouldn't stand one=2
inch tall with the track record and witness that would boldly stand against you on my behalf. My track record does not show a stealing of income or a depriving of what's rightfully yours. My track record shows that I have bent over backwards for you when everyone else advised me otherwise. My track record shows that I did everything I could to get you the best scenerio possible in my power for you and your family.

So, for the record; I DON'T OWE YOU ANYTHING!!!! The truth of the matter is you are in need and you have a lot of issues in your life and in your mind. I can understand Greg's position, but yours; really? I've been good to you bro. What you said on that website after all you put me and EJM through is not fair. I would never slash your name online like that; even though any person would insight and understanding would see I've been good to you, but you've treated EJM like crap. The lies, the deception, the threats, the crap you pulled us through and then you want to get online and say those things? I don't know how you can attack someone who's tried to be nothing but a friend.

The truth of the matter is when you contacted me you were in and out of your wife's house, your mom's house, sleeping in vehicles, abusing drugs, etc. I did not have a problem getting a guitar player; IHOP is full of them that want to play for me. I love y
ou Mike. I still do. And what I'm doing is not an act out of debt, but an act out of love.

I love you Mike and my heart for you is that you will soar. I don't hold this against you and money has not ever been an issue for me. My accountants, my CPA, and the courts will see that I take nothing for myself. All my royalties that are rightfully mine by contract I give away to people in need. I don't pull a salary or take anything on my own. My accountants will testify to that.

All that to say is this; man, I don't know why or what caused you to come at me like this when I've done nothing but try to be good to you. I have beat my brains to trying to figure out what I must have done that would cause you to be like this towards me. But, it is what it is. Anyway, you will get the finances you've requested. It is a gift of love, not a debt to be paid.


Eddie James

RECAP: A minister, a man of God, someone who claims to walk in humility has sent me this email and text messages not willing to take care of financial responsibility for those who have got him where he is. I'm not willing to take into question his character because that would be a book on it's own. I'm one of many that feel this way and have been treated poorly by a man that is only worried about his own reputation and would have me sign a contract to never reveal truths about him again. WARNING: Eddie James could talk his way out of murder, God blessed him (don't know about the God part) with a smooth tongue and a great way to speak with people to make them feel in the wrong. I would post his text messages of how highly he thinks of himself and how stengy he is with his money, but I'm gonna leave it at this. He offered me $350 to keep my mouth shut, but I will pass up the money so individuals can know how the man is when not on the platform. It's a disgrace and is a reason so many "lost souls" are burnt out on ministries. Good Night
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#11 UPDATE EX-employee responds

I have had business dealings with Eddie James

AUTHOR: Graphic Designer - (U.S.A.)

I have done contract work with Eddie James, and have received all payments for my services. I designed CD covers and album artwork for his ministries. Eddie James payments were always on time and the correct amounts. I have also seen the ministries of Eddie at work and know that they are legit. He has a very powerful traveling evangelism/worship team that brings an incredible worship experience and a relevant message. I would recommend doing business with Eddie based on my experiences. www.designthatappeals.com
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#12 Consumer Suggestion

Eddie James is an annointed worship leader!

AUTHOR: Pastor Chris - (U.S.A.)

I can not vouch for the back end of Eddie James's Ministry (as far as paying musicians go) but I can vouch for the leadership that he provides. He is an incredible, anointed worship leader who takes you straight into the presence of God. He is full of energy and has a great team of musicians and singers that he really allows to shine. I would encourage anyone reading this to check Eddie out on Itunes. His worship is amazing. My favorite songs are "Prepare ye the way", "I am", and "The Name of Jesus is Lifted High". Check them out, and definitely book Eddie James. You won't be disappointed. This is coming from a Pastor. He will encourage your whole group.
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AUTHOR: Hisson44454 - (U.S.A.)

This man screwed me and others out of more money than I can even imagine. This is the reason that we are in the works of a class action lawsuit. Not for the money so much but to prove to this guy that making others go without so that he can have everything he wants is not only "un-Christian" but just downright wrong in every manner possible. He's gonna pay soon and all his dedicated "followers" will know the truth behind the scenes. Thanks
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#14 Consumer Comment

Eddie is legit !!!

AUTHOR: Underwritten - (U.S.A.)

I highly recommend Eddie James ministries. I have worked with this ministry on several occasions and have always found his heart to be pure an extremely giving. Eddies biggest problem is the fact that his heart is to big. He led worship for us several times for only a simple love offering (couple hundred bucks). I think he always puts ministry over money and to be honest that has come back to hurt him. Is this ministry perfect "NO".. But who is. I am not saying that has done everything right at all times either.. I just want to stick up for my brother and the fact that he is genuine pure hearted servant of God.. Keep moving forward Eddie.
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#15 Consumer Comment

It's a shame

AUTHOR: Keahi - (U.S.A.)

It is a shame when those who claim to minister for Christ cheat and com those who work for them. The Bible condemns those who fail to pay wages to their employees. The sad thing is that Christian music has become little more than entertainment for those sitting in the pews.
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