Does Potters Field Ministries Still Exist?
Public records show that while Rob McCoy has been added to both corporate boards the Rozells and their hand picked officers still control the boards of both Potters Field Ministries and Potters Field ranch.
Rob McCoy did sent this letter out last week;
July 25, 2019
Dear Supporters of Potter’s Field Ministries,
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rob McCoy and I am senior pastor at Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Thousand Oaks, CA, as well as mayor of the city of Thousand Oaks. I’m writing to share with you news that is both saddening and at the same time encouraging and exciting.
First of all, thank you. You have been a faithful supporter of Potter’s Field Ministries and have been an indispensable part of transforming lives for the glory of Jesus Christ through the work of that ministry. Your prayerful and financial support has made – and is continuing to make – an immeasurable eternal impact.
Regrettably, as of this week Potter’s Field Ministries no longer exists, due to reasons entirely unrelated to the use or misuse of funds. Having heard of the trials that Potter’s Field had been encountering as of late, I came on board recently to assist in helping in the struggles that were being faced. However, these things ultimately ended in the closure of the organization. For Potter’s Field’s public statement on the matter please visit www.pottersfield.org.
While the organization of Potter’s Field Ministries is sadly no more, the work being done with children around the world will continue! Godspeak Calvary Chapel has adopted the domestic and international children’s programs formerly known as Potter’s Field Kids. A brand new board has been put in place with a vision and focus to ensure that these children do not bear the effects of the dissolution of Potter’s Field and that they continue to receive the focus and care they deserve.
Obviously this ministry to the children is dear to your heart. Let me assure you that nothing has changed in what you signed up to support. Your donations will be applied exclusively to the children’s programs and to the operational costs necessary for their facilitation and sustainability. Our commitment to you is that we will be an organization of transparency in handling these funds and our administrative costs will not exceed 20% of sponsorship contributions. Our goal will be to minimize that percentage as much as possible. The directive of the new board is to be a “money in, money out” organization and to run a tight ship, focused on distributing the maximum amount to the needs on the field.
For those of you who give via credit/debit card or bank draft, we will be suspending all automatic donations until August 1, 2019 at which time all active debits will be reactivated for their typical draft schedule. If you wish to discontinue your support of the children’s programs, please contact us prior to August 1, 2019. For those who donate via check, donations received by check from July 22 until August 1 will be held until we can contact you and confirm deposit.
The administration of sponsorship records, child records, and donor relations is in process of being transitioned to the new management. Until further notice, you can continue to reach the Sponsorship Department utilizing the formerly Potter’s Field contact information of 1-877-337-2624 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for your faithful service unto the Lord. He has honored that and will continue to do so. Thank you for considering the assistance still very much needed for the children and we hope to partner with you for many years to come as we watch the Lord be glorified and His children lovingly attended to.
Godspeak Calvary Chapel
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Potters Field Ministries is a corporation in good standing with the State of Montana as of 9:00 AM this morning.
None of this adds up and it all reeks of a cover up.
As McCoy sat on the Audit Committee of the City Council of Thousand Oaks, California, he will be aware of the standard for investigating financial fraud in an organization such as Potter’s Field Ministries and Potter’s Field Ranch.
If fraud or improprieties are asserted or discovered, an audit committee—through external auditors, internal auditors, or forensic accounting consultants, as appropriate—should investigate, and, if necessary, retain legal counsel to assert claims on the organization’s behalf. Forensic accounting consultants, in particular, may be needed to provide the depth of skills necessary to conduct a fraud investigation, and if it is desirable to get an independent assessment. If fraud is discovered, or there is a reasonable basis to believe that fraud may have occurred, an audit committee is responsible for ensuring that an investigation is undertaken.
Qualified forensic accounting consultants have the education, training, and experience to provide additional assistance to audit committees so they may better carry out their fiduciary responsibilities in the fight against fraud.
Don McClure, as Chairman of the Calvary Chapel Association, has already asserted an allegation of fraud and improprieties concerning Potter’s Field in a statement of July 25, 2019, saying, “Some of the money didn’t go to the kids”.
In light of such allegations and with Mr. McCoy now listed as a board member of Potter’s Field, there could well be culpability and liability if a full investigation is not undertaken.
In the meantime, there are still interns in need of financial assistance and counseling…which McCoy has yet to address.
He did have time to write the donor letter, however…