The controversial faith healer, who was convicted of a sex attack on a seven year old when he was 14, is to hold a three-day event at Croydon Conference Centre, in Surrey Street, in August. Bentley, 36, claims to be able to cure the sick by placing his hands on them, but is also known to forcefully kick, hit and knock over those who take part in his healings. In one incident, the burly pastor intentionally kicked an elderly woman in the face and in another a man was pushed over and lost a tooth.
Speaking about his techniques in one video, Bentley states:
“I was asked why the power of god isn’t moving and I said it’s because I haven’t kicked that woman in the face. The Holy Spirit spoke to me, the gift of faith came on me, and said: ‘Kick her in the face. With your biker boot.’ “I inched closer and I went like this (he kicks out forcefully) – Bam! Just as my boot made contact with her nose, she fell under the power of God.”
Croydon Conference Centre would not be drawn on his controversial methods or background but said the event fell within its “sphere of normal operations”.