Brother Stair

Brother Stair

Christian Fundamentalist
Born May 3, 1933

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1933 Birth Born on May 3, 1933.


1978 45 Years Old Stair leads Overcomer Ministry, a conservative Pentecostal Christian organization that runs a widely heard radio-based ministry. Stair purchased a motel in Walterboro, South Carolina in 1978, and encouraged followers to move to the community, sell all their possessions, take a vow of poverty, and donate all that they owned to Overcomer Ministry. … Read More


1993 60 Years Old …  In 1993 and 1994 Stair and his ministry were partners in a failed ship-based radio project due to authorities raiding and confiscating both the ship and its equipment before it could set sail to international waters.
1999 66 Years Old Stair's teachings place a strong emphasis on millennial predictions of world-changing events resulting from divine judgment. In the year 1999, he said that there would be such changes at the dawn of the third millennium. "If the Lord God Almighty does not make a major move before the year 2000," he said, "I'll tell God to go to Hell." … Read More
2002 69 Years Old In 2002, Stair, then aged 69, was arrested in Walterboro on two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the second degree. … Read More
2004 71 Years Old In 2004, Stair pleaded guilty to the charge of assault and battery and was sentenced to time served, a total of 77 days in custody. … Read More
2007 74 Years Old …  In the 1990s, Brother Stair was heard on 120 such stations, though by 2007 and continuing through 2014, that total had been reduced to approximately 25.
2014 81 Years Old Stair broadcasts from a solar-powered radio studio based in the community, often for hours at a time. As of 2014, Stair leases airtime globally on five Free-to-air satellites (Galaxy 19, Hot Bird 8, Optus D2, Thaicom 5, and Eutelsat 25B) and on seven international shortwave radio stations (WHRI, WWRB, WTWW, WWCR, WBCQ, WRMI, and Media Broadcast GmbH) to convey his message to listeners in the United States as well as locations as far-flung as South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Israel, Russia, India, and Asia.
2016 83 Years Old In 2016, however, the broadcast was dramatically increased due to a large contribution which allowed Brother Stair to purchase hundreds of hours per day of broadcasting time to create one of the most extensive shortwave broadcasts in history.
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