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Church of Christ minister: The next Dr. Phil?


Dr. Tony Roach, minister, author and motivational speaker, said he dropped out of high school because he couldn’t read, but overcame challenges to graduate and eventually get his doctorate degree. Roach is running in an online video competition to get a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. (Photo by Tina Phan, Abilene Reporter-News)

Hey, Oprah!
The longtime minister of the Minda Street Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas, wants to compete on “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.”
Here’s the top of an Abilene Reporter-News story on the Abilene Christian University graduate’s effort to host his own talk show:

Dr. Tony Roach is proud to tell his personal story; in his words, it’s about how “the dropout became a doctor.”
Roach, 61, who grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, dropped out of 10th grade because he couldn’t read.
He remembers, he said, feeling worthless, a sensation that led him into a world of destructive behaviors, ranging from gang activity to alcohol and drugs.
But these days, Roach preaches a doctrine of hope and healing, one that he wants to deliver not just locally but to a national, perhaps even international, audience.
That’s why he submitted a video for a chance to compete on “Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star.”
If successful, Roach will be one of 10 hopefuls competing on OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s new network, in 2011, for the chance to host their own talk show. Right now, voters are selecting their favorite online submissions, but the final pool will be drawn from both online entries and in-person casting calls.

Read the full story.
See his video application to Oprah.
And check out this ACU Web site article headlined “Dr. Tony Roach: The Next Dr. Phil?”

  • Feedback
    I think this is great. My prayers will be for Dr.Roach. I feel he will do a great job if he can land this opportunity.
    James Haney
    July, 1 2010

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