Rev. Ike was born June 1, 1935 in Ridgeland, South Carolina. He began his career as a teenage preacher. After serving the United States Air Force, he founded the United Church of Jesus Christ for All People in Beaufort, South Carolina, the United Christian Evangelistic Association in Boston, and the Christ Community United Church in New York City.
Rev. Ike’s ministry reached its peak in the mid-1970s when his weekly radio sermons were carried by hundreds of stations across the United States. His slogan was “You can’t lose with the stuff I use.”