Ernest Easley, professor of evangelism in the School of Theology and Missions, spoke in chapel Friday about his fight with cancer and how through it all, “heaven has a healer.”
Before taking the stage, Easley’s son Jordan, head pastor at Englewood Baptist Church, had the opportunity to introduce his father.
While shaving before church one morning, Easley noticed he had a swollen lymph node and after visiting the doctor, taking antibiotics for a week and returning to the doctor, he learned he had cancer.
While undergoing many treatments, Easley found comfort in the Lord and remembered the story of Paul and Silas rejoicing and praising God through difficult times.
“So I thought, hey if it was good enough for Paul and Silas then it was good enough for me,” Easley said.
As his condition worsened, Easley said he remained rooted in the Lord and even found himself praising him while undergoing the treatments.
He started to lose his ability to eat because of the treatments’ side effects and for six months was put on a feeding tube.
Though the sickness seemed like it couldn’t get worse, it did. After years of preaching, Easley’s right vocal cord became paralyzed.
The Lord remained faithful to him and provided a contact in Atlanta to fix it by surgically putting in a vocal cord implant, Easley said.
“We realize today that the greatest miracle is salvation,” Easley said.
Easley’s story inspired many in Friday’s chapel service.
“It was so encouraging to hear such a powerful story of faith and healing today, especially as we near the end of the semester,” said Katie Williams, junior education major.