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Dec. 16, 2016
Gavin Rumney died on the 16th of December, only 17 days after writing: “This is likely, highly likely, to be the final Ambassador Watch or Otagosh posting."
Mr. Rumney exposé of corruption and abuse in the leadership of the corporate offshoots of the WCG never gained him favor with those he wrote about. One exception was Ian Boyne who wrote: “I feel
a great sense of loss at Gavin’s passing. I am not one of the ‘thousands’ who have freed themselves from Armstrongism as a result of Gavin’s prodigious work, but I have benefitted from his fine intellect, penetrating analyses and sharp wit (of which I have been a victim!)
Gavin wrote, in my estimation, without malice. As someone still involved in Armstrongism, I disagreed, of course, with his conclusion that our theological system was hopelessly flawed, but had no disagreement with him about the corruption, immorality, and oppression which have characterized our movement. Gavin was like the Old Testament prophets who inveighed against the debauchery corruption and sins of God’s people, ancient Israel. We must not slay messengers, but heed them.
Gavin was well-read, theologically sophisticated and philosophically aware. He was generally fair. He believed in giving voice to all. Little did I know when he wrote his last blog and mentioned his health challenge that the end was so imminent. I shall miss him and mourn him.”
From a New Zealand obituary page we read: "Mr Rumney was my favourite teacher. He read us stories and was really kind. It's really sad. All of his students will definitely miss him. Thinking of his family at this time." —Matthew Love
Another: "I was a colleague of Gavin's at Conifer Grove School. Gavin was a gentle, kind and caring person. These qualities reflected his teaching style and children enjoyed being in his class. He was a loyal staff member - a quiet, but always supportive friend to his colleagues.
I was shocked to hear of his passing, and offer my condolences to Gavin's family at this sad time. May you be comforted to know that he will be remembered by his teaching fraternity." —Linda Ross
In April of 2016, Gavin settled the question that many had concerning Bob Thiel. Did he possess an actual degree from an accredited University? It seems not. You can read about it HERE.
Dead from cancer.
May 29, 2016
Philadelphia Church of God "minister" that told a PCG family to leave its disabled child at the mall so someone else could take care of it, has died.
A letter at the Exit and Support Network states: "I was once told by a minister in PCG to "get rid of" my mentally
handicapped son with cerebral palsy or don't return. He told me to put
him in some facility, or if I couldn't afford that, then take him
somewhere that he would not know and abandon him in the mall or
somewhere that people were. He said someone would find him and put him
away, and that I was to turn and not look back, and just leave him
May 26, 2016
He was Dean Blackwell's brother. He had been a roughneck in the Texas oilfields, an engineer for Boeing Aircraft in Kansas as well as a partime police officer there.He attended Ambassdor and was ordained a minister, serving in several churches before returning to engineering. He re-entered the ministry in 1995 before permanently retiring in1998. From cancer.
March 17, 2016
A false prophet who left PCG around 1997 and formed his own group called Church of God's Faithful goes to his reward where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. At age 84.
February 4, 2016
Vietnam vet who witnessed the true horrors of war. Founder of the Ex-Christadelphians group. Former WCG member and webmaster of the former Painful Truth forum for many years. Almon was known to many as "Corky' on a variety of blogs within the anti-armstrong
movement. His wit and 'in your face' approach will be truly missed.
On the Ironwolf website he writes"My mother died the same year that I joined the Christadelphians (1978), from refusing an operation that would have saved her life, thanks to "God’s Ministers". I had to preside over the grave side service myself – God’s Ministers were too busy to make the 120 mile trip from Little Rock to Helena, Arkansas. My mother’s name was Lorene Miller (in case anyone remembers)." ~From cancer.
January 23, 2016
From T-cell lymphoma. For many years, Dart was GTA's right hand man. From AR-61 we read "Dart is a skilled writer and effective preacher. Author David Robinson used to frequently say, for instance, that of all the ministers WCG produced, Dart may have been the best at educating his listeners." More HERE.
Mark Salyer Manning
Jan 31, 2015
Former WCG minister, Mark also authored some articles hereat The Painful Truth. He
passed from this life on the last day
of January 2015, just four weeks shy of his 70th birthday. Mark was a decent fellow who was loved by many who came in contact with. His outspokenness will be missed!
January 8, 2015
Enforcer for the LCG. Last project for Meredith was to "weed out" dissenters. From 'Banned by HWA': 'Mr. League even went so far as to say that if he were to call a member in the middle of the night and ask them to drive circles around the
block for 4 hours, they should obey without asking questions.' Dead at 82 from multiple organ failure.
October 23, 2014
Minister in Grace Communion International, formerly the Worldwide Church of God. Editor of Christian Odyssey, a GCI Grace Communion publication. Cancer.
Shirley Hammer Armstrong
October 16, 2014
Wife of Garner Ted Armstrong, the disgraced splinter cult leader of the Garner Ted Armstrong Evangelistic Association, Intercontinental Church of God and Church of God International. Shirley was of the Hammer dynasty who provided much of the property and money for Big Sandy to be developed.
Sept. 10, 2014
Bernie Schnippert passed away last
night about 7 PM as he was sleeping. His wife Arlene wrote “I wanted to let you all
know that Bern passed away about 7:00 pm this evening. He was asleep and
it was very peaceful. His months and years of suffering are now over and he can be at peace.” Bernie had prostate cancer and resided in Bend OR. In a article on the GCI website, he spoke of his greatest contribution saying: “The most important contributions that I feel I have made to the church are the successful sales of the Big Sandy and Pasadena campuses during
a critical period in the
church’s spiritual journey and establishing a sound employee retirement plan."
John Ross Schroeder
March 8, 2014
United Church of God. Senior writer for the "Good News" publication. Apparently he lost consciousness, fell and hit his head on March 4th. John previously had a couple of stents inserted to treat narrow/weak arteries. Age unknown at this time.
Feb. 9, 2014
Wooten helped found the United Church of God in 1995 and left that
organization because he believed it departed from the founding
principles. He operated United Christian Ministries since 1995. The UCM corporate entity has been dissolved.
January 28, 2014
Ambassador Class of 1959; Long-time treasurer in the WCG. Evangelist. Headed the WCG's Divorce and Remarriage Evaluation Committee. In later years he was affiliated with the UCG, and then the COGWA. At the age of 90.
Nov. 15 2013
Brother-in-law to Garner Ted Armstrong. Much of the land on which AU sat on was previously owned by the Hammer family, a once wealthy East Texas clan that became involved with the Herbert Armstrong ministry and in the 1950s deeded the land over to the then Radio Church of God. Heart Attack.
Bryce G. Clark
Bryce was a resident of
Eugene, Oregon. Broke from the Church of God the Eternal and formed a new organization called the Bethel Church of God.
President of United
Church of God, Cancer.
August 28, 2012
Minister from the old WCG.
His original profession was in the chiropractic field.
Jack R. Elliott
AC's former dean of
students and psychology instructor. Founder of the Spokesman Club. Wrote "The
Truth About Masonry"-Published in 1961 by AC.
Four years ago his health began to decline
and he eventually needed kidney dialysis. Charles was admitted to hospital in
early November, and a few days before he died was moved to a hospice. CFH died
in his sleep, and was buried in the Department of Veterans Affairs Sarasota
Author of "Beyond Babylon." David was an avid admirer of Herbert
Armstrong and promoted the religion with rank vigor. Hoover was also a suspect at one point in his
life for plotting to blow up the Al-Aksa Mosque.David was infected with the HIV virus.
described as "the worst of the lot" McColm stayed loyal to the Tkach regime
after the doctrinal changes. Dead at age 85 of heart-related
At age 98. For
decades was the announcer for The World Tomorrow on radio and many other
audio-video projects for the old Worldwide Church of
Apartian was one of the original 'evangelists,'
the highest rank in the hierarchy of Herbert Armstrong's Worldwide Church of
God. For decades, he also taught French at the old Ambassador College Pasadena,
California campus. He was responsible for the French language work in the old
WCG, the now defunct Global Church of God, and the Living Church of God. He also handled other aspects of
Church Administration in and out of the USA for the
Richard H. Sedliacik
Herbert Armstrong for the writing and editing of the Ambassador College
Correspondence Course lessons.
May 1, 2010
Born June 4, 1946, Adelaide,
South Australia - died May 1, 2010, at his home in Pikesville,
Md. No cause of death
Dorothy Armstrong Mattson
Herbert W. Armstrong's daughter. David Robinson's
book Herbert Armstrong's Tangled Web exposed absolute shocking allegations about the incestuous relationship between
Armstrong and his daughter. Herbert Armstrong never issued any statement
discounting the charges of incest, nor did Stan Rader. Dorothy Mattson, Herbert
Armstrong's daughter, never came forward to deny the allegations. And Garner Ted
Armstrong had also refused to deny the charges. Died after a long illness.
Mrs. Mattson was 89 years old. Survived by her husband Vern
Bill served as a ministerial trainee in Bakersfield,
California, until he was given his first pastorate in Anchorage, Alaska, in
1970. He also pastored four other churches: Duluth, Minnesota; Joplin, Missouri; Independence, Kansas; and
Cookeville, Tennessee, before retiring in 1991. Of complications from
TEMECULA, Calif. -- Raymond F. McNair, 78, died
Oct. 11, 2008, in Southern California. According to early reports, Mr. McNair, a
1953 graduate of Ambassador College, Pasadena, and an early evangelist in the
Radio/Worldwide Church of God, died after an illness that had lasted about two
and one half years. He had suffered with prostate cancer.
He was a pastor rank minister
while he was in the Milwaukee area back in the early 1980's. He became a leading
minister in the Global Church of God after he was disfellowshiped by Joe Sr.
Besides Raymond, Carl's other
brother Marion McNair was a member
of the Worldwide Church of God who attained to the highest rank of Evangelist
back in the 1950's and was author of "Armstrongism Religion
of Betty Brogaard. Fred, as a WCG pastor, oversaw churches in Tacoma,
Seattle, Olympia, and Sedro-Wooley, WA.
former pastor of Pasadena West PM, and most recently pastor in the Maine
congregations, died as a result of, I think, prostate cancer.
It's sad, really.
This was a guy that ... I dunno, on the one hand I liked him because I don't
think he ever actually drank the Kool-Aid, but at the same time, he encouraged
(almost) everyone else to go ahead and take a big gulp. I was one of the ones
that he never pushed the Kool-Aid on, though. I think that he expected I would
wind up like him - a minister, cynical, etc.
He died sometime in
2006, I can't remember when.
testimonials from some WCG survivors, Mr. Docken was a rarity in WCG -- a
minister who actually cared about his flock.
Herman L. Hoeh
Benson and Stabler
would love this guy! Widely described as the "architect" of church
doctrine, "Doctor" Hoeh spent much of his life preaching against the evils of
masturbation, yet reportedly had secrets of his
after nearly half a century of designing and preaching Armstrongism, Hoeh
apparently had no trouble turning his back on it when the Tkach empire flushed
it down the toilet. To his credit, he didn't start his own
David Jon Hill
Hi! I haven't seen a notice on your website re: David Jon Hill's death which occurred in November, 2003 (you may have posted it, however, and I might have missed it--even though I frequently check for new material from you).
Anyway, if you and other readers are interested, you could go to Ken Westby's website at: http://www.godward.org.
Jon Hill was in the process of writing a 4-part historical/autobiographical article for Westby's ACD magazine, but only completed 2 before he died
Longtime Church of God
member Floyd Lochner, 91, died Oct. 23, 2003 at his residence in Oxford.
A former member of the WCG and Global Church of God. He earned
bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Oklahoma and his
doctorate in education in 1969 from Ambassador College. Dr. Lochner's
funeral was Nov. 2 at Washburn McReavy Chapel in Edina, Minn., with son
Otto of the United Church of God and son-in-law David Harris of the
Church of the Eternal God officiating.
You probably never
heard of Becky Rush; she was one of the "little people". A survivor of the WCG,
she found The Painful Truth and joined the PT Forum, where she captured
our hearts. Of all the names listed on this page, her name is easily the most
important. We wouldn't trade one Becky for all the snakes in Pasadena. Becky
Rush was precious. If there really is a heaven, Becky is the only person on
this page to get in...and she didn't have to pass through a metal detector to do
it. We still miss her.
died at about 8:30 a.m. this morning, as a result of his recent
Howard Clark passed
away at age 72. Clark was so badly crippled by a hand grenade in the Korean War
that he could move nothing but his little finger. He recovered so completely
that the only indication of an injury was a slight limp when he walked. He was
a dynamic speaker and had a wonderfully deep voice when leading
UCG pastor Eugene
Noel died this morning (Friday, April 12) at the James Cancer Hospital at around
Mr. Cole had
suffered nearly complete paralysis and general deterioration of health following
a stroke several years ago. He was receiving extensive therapy for this in his
home, but apparently to no avail.
had a heart attack some days previously, had come out of hospital, and was
sitting at his computer the other day, and collapsed with a massive cardiac.
Whatever one thinks of Martin's theology, he must be admired for standing on
principle. He was one of the first to leave when the cult refused to correct
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