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Books that moved me

A Man Called Peter, Finney On Revival, Through The Windows Of Heaven, John Wesley, Julian's Cat, The Pursuit Of God, A Distant Grief, The Ante Nicene Fathers, Trail Of Tears, Metaphors Of Social Control In A Pentecostal Sect, Red Odyssey, the "Dune" Trilogy, The Martian Chronicles, Starship Troopers, Quit You Like Men, God's Grace To You, Islam And Democracy, Elmer Gantry,

Music I listen to

The Westmore and South Cleveland Churches of God choirs, Big Daddy Weave, Don Francisco, Donna The Buffalo, Electric Light Orchestra, Ives' The Unanswered Question, Cynthia Clawson, Yes, the Run Lola Run soundtrack, Joe Jackson, Dallas Holm, Gorecki's Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, anything by the Maranatha Praise Band, Enigma's Return To Innocence, Enya, Chicago

Interesting facts about me

About Me?

I'm still trapped by the will of God in the Holy City .. Cleveland, Tennessee. Ain't no other Southern town quite like this place. Believe you me.

I thought by now I'd have blown Cleveland for good after graduating from Lee College in 1991 with my Bachelor's degree with a double major in Biblical / Christian Education with a pastoral majors sequence, but the Spirit had other plans. I am now a bivocational Church of God (Cleveland) minister, letting Mr. Whirlpool support my ministry by day and pioneering an apologetics/countercult outreach called Spiritwatch Ministries, keeping the spotlight on the devastation that cults in the Tennessee Valley and beyond have left and offering a pastoral and educational perspective on the problem.

We stand ready to work with any Christian or church wanting to be a difference in this Cultworld that presses hard upon the church of the last days .. visit our website for more info. We have specialized in providing information on the exceedingly dangerous and deceptive cult called Remnant Fellowship, led by the self-proclaimed "prophet" Gwen Shamblin who uses her "faith based diet" the Weigh Down Workshop as the primary recruitment arm for her twisted movement. We've been ministering to dozens of people and families terribly afflicted by this pernicious group. ... But we'll get into more of that later ..

The Westmore Church of God - which is where we were married and were members - graciously uplifted and supported us for 10 years until we felt it was time to leave there, which we did in 2002. We served as Kindergarten Sunday School teachers, FTH teachers, as altar workers and I have served in the pastor's prayer partner team. I now worship at the South Cleveland Church of God, where I served as an elder, serve in altar ministry and counseling, and still am a simple exhorter in the ministry.

We have been laboring in the most neglected mission field of cults ever since - since virtually all but no one else does, except my homeys at We recommend their ministries and they stand ready to serve you also.

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