Ex Member of the Fellowship from Santa Fe
- Here is a message from an ex member of the fellowship from Santa Fe,
New Mexico, pjaldo1, posted on Escape From the Fellowship.
I'm new to this message board and I must say I'm very relieved to
find out that this board exists. I'm a child bred of the
fellowship. My parents met under Pastor Huck in Santa Fe 24 years
ago and were married by Pastor Cluck. Eventually in 1986 my dad was
sent-out under our new Pastor Hank Houghton, to pioneer a work in
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (a work that, to my knowledge, still exists).
Two years later, for reasons unknown to me still, my parents,
brother and I were sent back to Santa Fe for "redirection".
After 17 years of intense involvement in the Santa Fe church, much
financial and physical investment, and bonds built between other
members the of the church, Houghton and Coolidge began their slow
march away from Pastor Mitchell. As most know, this was disastrous
to the church and oddly enlightening at the same time. I slowly
began to understand the inner workings of the church and found
myself very disgusted at the entire situation. In my eyes, Hank,
Bill and Wayman were making foolish decisions whilst playing the
pied piper; leading all of their congregations any direction they
chose. And this truly bothered me. At the age of 17 I began to ask
my parents if we wanted any part of this organization or any of the
offshoots. Its direction and ultimate sense of control seemed to be
very troublesome to my young mind.
My parents disregarded my concerns and my father sided with the
fellowship. Eventually he headed-up the new Santa Fe congregation
and has since been a great asset to the church. Due to questions on
my part with then Pastor John McCarthy and a renewed understanding
of my place in Christ, I decided that it would be in my best
interest to leave the church with as little a fanfare as possible.
Pastor McCarthy knew that my dissent was making my attendance in
this fellowship unbearable and stated nary an opinion when I stepped
down as the church's piano player.
Time has since healed the scars and minor deformities the
relationship with this fellowship caused. My father is still a
major player in the Santa Fe church, now headed under a new (kind of
short) minister and I do have many ties to both the fellowship
church and Pastor Houghton's disappearing congregation. And in all
truthfulness, as many of the adult casualties that there may be, the
kids born and fed of the fellowship are feeling the pain the most.
I cannot express how many times I have had to deal with many a
Potter's House kid who hates God and all things related to
Christianity; unfortunately misguiding their anger for the
fellowship towards God. This saddens me greatly because the
churches do not understand this nor do they seem to express any care
for those kids who have fallen by the wayside. They see these
burgeoning adults as rebels against both God and the church (because
they too believe that they are one and the same).
As of late I have made it my ministry of sorts to reach-out to these
kids; to tell them that the church was the problem, not God. And
that despite everything we've been taught, God does love us no
matter what and will always be there despite any church or
denomination. It's a trying road for many but its a message that
needs to be heard.
Location: Albuquerque, NM