The Battle Begins: The Potters Field Comeback
On July 31st, I published my first article on Potters Field Ministries ,”There’s No Easy Way To Leave a Cult”.
Since that piece was published, numerous news outlets both local to Montana and nationally have confirmed the substance of that article.
We then published over fifty testimonies of former Potters Field interns and employees describing in their own words the spiritual and emotional abuse that each alleges they endured.
Mike and Pam Rozell stayed silent, a wise legal maneuver employed to keep them from incurring liability by accidently owning their sin in this matter.
They would tell people they did so only at the behest of Rob McCoy, the California pastor who was trying to clean up the mess they made for them.
They are no longer encumbered by McCoy as he has (wisely) left this mess in his rear view mirror and flown back to the relative sanity of California.
Instead of issuing a statement to all those people who wrote all those testimonies, the Rozell’s issued a statement through an attorney.
I explained the purpose of that letter here.
Let me be as clear as I possibly can be.
I believe that Michael and Pam Rozell have been disqualified from the ministry. (1 Tim 3:1-13, Titus 1:5-9, 1 Cor 5:11-13)
I believe that grievous spiritual, emotional, and financial damage has been done by them to young people who trusted them to be servant leaders representing Christ and His church.
I believe that true repentance must be demonstrated and financial reparations made before the Rozell’s are even to to be considered for Christian service anywhere, even in a non leadership role.
It is my informed opinion that they will work very hard to avoid both and intend to continue the “business” of ministry as soon as possible.
I intend to oppose them at every turn on this site until such repentance and reparations are made to the satisfaction of those allegedly abused.
Now to the substance of the letter itself.
“First, it is with great joy that I report that after an independent audit (Michael Roe, CPA) of the last two years of records for Potter’s Field Ranch, Inc. (reporting “no improper accounting of assets and liabilities”) and a five year “look back” (starting 2 full years before the inception of Mudman Burgers) conducted by a bookkeeper loaned to us for that purpose by GodSpeak Calvary Chapel of Newbury Park, CA, we are happy to report that no misappropriations or fiscal malfeasance have been noted as to the conduct of the ministries.”
It’s my understanding that this was not an outside, forensic audit. In any case, if transparency is to be part of this process, the results need to be published so that all donors can assess the matter for themselves.
“Second, it is with great sadness that I report that the Board of Directors for both ministries have accepted the tendered resignation of Robert McCoy, of GodSpeak Calvary Chapel as “Chairman of the Board(s).” He stepped into leadership when the ministries initially suffered a negative social media firestorm and spear-headed the beginnings of what was expected to be the dissolution of the two ministry organizations. With the beginnings of the liquidation of now-unused properties that were the previous sites of the IGNITE internship programs, it has become apparent that dissolution will not be the immediate future of these ministries. Rather, they will remain intact while the respective Boards, acting as unified governing entities, determine what purposeful reorganization may be possible.”
Translation: The Rozell’s changed their minds and want to try to salvage the ministries. McCoy didn’t. They controlled the board. McCoy is gone.
“One thing we do know – God is not finished with Potter’s Field! ”
True. Judgment begins in the house of God…
“Third, as a matter of public record, there have been no civil suits filed. There are 7 current pending labor claims with the MT Department of Labor. Should it be determined that funds need to be paid out on any of those labor claims, such funds will come from the net proceeds of real estate sales and NOT from any child sponsorship funds paid by donations from supporters, which are always segregated and maintained separately from general funds.”
Any sort of legal action against PFM was hamstrung by the short statute of limitations windows provided by the State of Montana.
Please note that they mention the children’s sponsorship funds…that is the real target of the Rozell’s.
“Finally, as properties are sold and mortgages/loans are paid off for assets no longer in use, the ministries will be able to finance a formal investigation by independent reviewers of all remaining allegations brought against the ministries in general and the leadership (Michael and Pam Rozell specifically). Where restoration of relationships and reputations are possible, they will be pursued.”
If you actually believe that these people would finance a truly independent investigation (no friends, investigators outside of Calvary Chapel) you probably still leave a snack for Santa at Christmas. In reality, this should be done before anything else.
The only restoration they’re interested in is their own…as evidenced by not a single mention of their alleged victims in this missive.
“God is a God of forgiveness, grace and restoration. We all serve at His pleasure. It is a privilege that bears responsibility. As Jesus is the Way, the TRUTH and the life, we seek His guidance and His revelation in the days ahead. Please pray for us. Please stand with us. Please honor those who have served with us. “
In other words, if you don’t forgive and restore the Rozell’s (even though they admit to no sin) you are rebelling against God.
It’s a tried and true formula to guilt victims into capitulating to the needs of leadership.
It’s also a lie from the pit of hell and smells like smoke.
We’ll have much more to come in the days and weeks ahead…so please pray for us, stand with us, and honor those whose testimonies were given to us.