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Dec 11, 2023

IAAM Hosts Family of Reverend Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II

The International African American Museum (IAAM) was privileged to host the esteemed family of the late Reverend Frederick J. Eikerenkoetter II, widely recognized as Rev. Ike, on December 1, 2023. Reverend Ike, a distinguished American minister and evangelist primarily active in New York City, garnered acclaim for his unique slogan, “You can’t lose with the stuff I use!” His teachings, often categorized under prosperity theology, marked a departure from conventional Christian doctrines, emphasizing what he termed the “Science of Living.” Born in Ridgeland, South Carolina, Rev. Ike’s legacy continues to be honored, most notably through the establishment of the “Rev. Ike Resource Center” in Beaufort, South Carolina.

The event was graced by the presence of Rev. Ike’s family, including his wife Eula Dent Eikerenkoetter, his son Xavier alongside his spouse Annette Eikerenkoetter, and his spiritual son Rev. Dr. Kevin Ross. Distinguished guests Elder Pearl Hedgspeth, Attorney Alethia Mears, and Rev. Alverta Bowens of United Church also attended. A highlight of the visit was the family’s presentation of a signed copy of the forthcoming book, “Reverend Ike: An Extraordinary Life of Influence.” Xavier Eikerenkoetter, Rev. Ike’s son, captivated the audience by reading excerpts from the book at the museum’s Center for Family History Genealogy Center’s oral history story booth. This memorable event ensures that the history and impactful life of Rev. Ike will continue to be celebrated and remembered, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to his family for sharing his remarkable story with us.