Zach’s Story, “A Letter To My Friends”: The Potters Field Case (Updated)

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17 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Part of the original post was cut off in the first posting…this is chilling…

  2. Alissa says:

    Mike and Pam Rozell why????????? You are monsters.
    PROFOUND Zach! Thank you for your courage in sharing.

  3. Rachelle Klein says:

    Zach. I’m so sorry. My heart breaks for you and I’m sitting here weeping, actually amazed at the abuse you experienced, and I haven’t been surprised by Mike and PFM in a long time. I’m so sorry. After all this time of staying silent and turning the other cheek in the face of wrongdoing, you deserve to be heard. Thank you for sharing.

    Rachelle K.

  4. Anon says:

    Which Steve sent that letter, Zach? I need to know.

  5. pstrmike says:

    Wow. Blessings on you Zach. That took courage and IMO, a mark of a true soldier of the cross.

  6. Linda says:

    Zach, I believe you AND believe in you.

    I am so sorry what you went through.

  7. It’s not right how he handled it. Why wouldn’t you just call me? “We are not level at the cross,”

    You should have asked if he was willing to wash your feet.

    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”

    What is the Montana compound anyway? Is The Lord’s work being done there as on the missions? Sounds like marine boot camp. And what is the pupose of the Mudman trucks? It doesn’t sound like ministry. I once had a burger and fries from one last year (I think). It was good. I had guessed that it was fund-raising.

  8. Autumn S says:

    Zach, I have no words… I’m so sorry. I’m sorry I believed the lies that were told to me. I’m sorry you were treated like dirt. It’s unacceptable. My heart is absolutely broken to hear what you went through. That is not love.

    Thank you for having the courage to tell your story. Just… thank you.

  9. Tim says:

    Wow. Lord have mercy. Judgment comes. Scary.

  10. Sad, the tagline on the PFM loge says “transforming lives forever.” Now I see that in a negative light, because abuse leaves deep scars and painful shame. May all those who learned a false view of God through PFM find the real Jesus of the Bible, the one who offered rest for the weary and heavy-laden.

  11. Michael says:

    Well said, PH…

  12. Becca I says:

    Zach, I have said it before and I will always say it- I am proud of you. you are one of the strongest people I know and what was done was unacceptable. I’m glad your story and the countless other we have heard are finally coming to light. God is fighting for you all. love you.

  13. Zach- you do not know me, but I see you and I hear you. I am angered and my insides churning over what you have shared. I’ve walked a few miles in life and I feel compelled to let you know some things I’ve learned from great men. The first is this: your strength and honesty is a wonder and I admire it. If you were my son I would be proud of you for having the courage it took to speak up. The second is: people like Mr. Rozell are professionals at what they do. They target the innocent, they manipulate, obfuscate, and obliterate truth to fit their needs and demands. When thy feel that control is slipping away, and the motivations of their misdeeds potentially exposed and threatened, they go on the strong offensive because they are experts at the spin. But oddly enough, often times they give away who they really are in the process. What I mean is this… every single accusation Rozell levied at you is like a tell in a poker game. Every word meant to portray you as lying, cheating, arrogant, self centered, grandiose, entitled, unteachable, haughty and contemptuous actually exposes Rozell for who he really is. The very things he states are your problems are actually his own. He is the problem… and something inside of him knows it so he puts his own guilt and shame on others so they can carry it instead of him because the reality he is a WEAK and PATHETIC MAN.

    You took the wrath, you stood up to the monster, and so you must be torn down. He put on you all that he really owns so you could carry it for him. He does this to anyone strong enough to push back. He is a soul murderer exacting revenge on those unwilling to revere him and do his bidding. He has all the markings of a cult leader, and he is cunning enough to know the rules of the game and shift them to his favor. He is the one without conscious.

    Jesus had something to say about guys like this. He said it’s better they have a millstone tied around their neck and they were cast into the sea than to stumble on of His little ones. You have been emotionally and spiritually violated, and you are wounded. You were sinned against by a man who built a kingdom on the backs of others who, like you, came in sincerity, offering their youth, resources, loyalty and innocence. YOU are the victim, he is the perpetrator. Any idea that you had some great sin that made you unworthy, and that your anger was without merit is wrong.

    In fact, you are a young man, with a heart for God, who made mistakes as many young men do as you navigated life and relationships and you needed a mentor to guide you. In the middle of all this your father passed, and you were left with unspeakable grief you were not allowed to express. They used your vulnerability and betrayed your trust. They are to blame for this. Your anger is justified.

    We are told to be angry and sin not. That is the tall order here you must seek to follow, but you are very much allowed to have feelings over the mistreatment you have received. I feel strongly you would benefit from a professional counselor who can help you unpack the burdens you carry from the pain you have known. It is my prayer you can this and also find men of God to surround you and show you how valuable you truly are.

    You are in my prayers, as are all the others who shared their broken hearts in this sordid tale.

  14. victorious says:

    Zach
    I want to echo and amen what the Least of These spoke to you.
    May his words confirm your full and free participation in the grace of God and confirm that you are and will continue to be one of the beloved overcomers Jesus sought to identify and encourage in the love letters to His churches in the book of Revelation.

  15. Agape says:

    Zach,

    I do know you and love you. I am so glad that you are finally able to share what you’ve gone through and hope the Lord uses it to heal the brokenness of your heart as He washes over you with His love and grace.

    I don’t know how the Lord does it but he uses these valleys in our lives to conform us into His image and to help others we encounter on our pilgrimage. Somehow He will use this to make you stronger, wiser, and kinder which will make you a godlier man than you thought possible. You are on the right path choosing to forgive and trusting Jesus. You know, He never asks us to trust anyone else.

    The greatest sting comes from being hurt by those in “ministry”. It makes me think of: Psa 55:12-14
    For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; then I could bear it.
    Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me;
    Then I could hide from him. But it was you, a man my equal, my companion and my acquaintance.
    We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in the throng.

    It took courage for you and all the others to come forward and tell your experience. May the Lord use these testimonies to set the crooked places straight. I have been and will continue to pray for you. You are dearly loved. I look forward to hearing how Jesus blesses your life in the days to come. BTW, one of my sweetest memories of you is when I’d come to visit you in CA and you’d give me a neck rub when we rode around in the Expedition!

  16. Julie says:

    Zach,
    Thank you for putting into action what Jesus means to forgive those that hurt us. I’m so sorry you had to endure this (along with so many others) and will continue to pray for full restoration in your life and in Anna’s. So much wisdom in the comments before mine. Stay strong and continue to lean into Jesus. My heart breaks that I encouraged others to be part of this ministry and exposed them to this evil. I appreciate you sharing your experience but more, your heart!
    Julie

  17. GW says:

    Zach sorry to hear what you’ve been through… Can you tell us which Steve you refer to???

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