IS THERE JUSTICE IN THE CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST?

September 21, 2012

HARD TASKMASTERS

 

“The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.” (Ezekiel 34:4, AV)

Bishop Nathaniel Wells; Jurisdictional Prelate of Western Michigan Jurisdiction and a General Board member, (brother of convicted pedophile Milton Wells) has joined the ranks of leaders who has succumbed to the allure of power.  Like those spoken of in Ezekiel 34:4, it appears he has used a hard taskmaster to do his bidding.  Elder Victor Champion (see arrest record) fits the bill to a tee.  To be named a Pastor in Indiana and still be the registered agent for Mount Moriah COGIC a church in Texas, how can that be?

Mt. Olive Church of God in Christ; located in Muncie, Indiana is the scene of another horrific example of abuse of the people of GOD by a Jurisdictional Bishop.  There is a pattern to most of these cases, at first the people are made to believe the wishes of the previous pastor would be honored, however once it is known the people desire a voice in who their next pastor will be, then the true colors of the Bishop comes out.  They always find someone who values the favor of the Bishop over the favor of GOD who will attempt to bully the people into submission, like Tarzan they will thump their chest and yell “obey your leader” or “don’t fight leadership”.   They ignore GOD’S word which says

“Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.” (1 Peter 5:3, AV)

“Not domineering [as arrogant, dictatorial, and overbearing persons] over those in your charge, but being examples (patterns and models of Christian living) to the flock (the congregation).” (1 Peter 5:3, AMP)

And then,  out comes the big gun, the Ecclesiastical Enforcer himself, Bishop Enoch Perry III; General Counsel for the Church of God in Christ, Inc.  Who to my knowledge,(and please someone help me if I am wrong) has never come to the aid of a local church.  If that is not correct send me the information and I will gladly post it here.

 Here is an Order of Events

July 24, 2011   Pastor Branson goes into the hospital

July 25, 2011   Pastor Branson goes home to be with the Lord

July 30, 2011   Pastor Branson home going celebration. Bishop Wells eulogizes.  Immediately after Pastor Branson’s burial. Bishop Wells speaks with the congregation concerning Pastor Branson’s successor.  David Branson; the son, is mentioned. Bishop Wells says that’s what Pastor Branson told him as well.  Several members voice support for David, no one objected or offers an alternative.  David expresses his unpreparedness of not be ready,(needing to get himself together).  Bishop acknowledges; then there is a sidebar between Bishop and David for a few minutes. David confirms what Bishop says to him about his life.

Bishop then explains women pastoring in the COGIC. Explains the scripture concerning women usurping authoring.  Then explains how women can be given authoring.  He then asked how the church functioned in the absent of Pastor Branson the times he is was not present.  David explains how services were carried on.  Bishop then said he would allow them to carry on.  He then said this is what he was going to do.  He would put Mother Branson in charge of the church, He, Bishop would put his name as pastor over the church, and He, Bishop and Administrator Alford would mentor David to bring him up to the point where he could pastor.

Bishop also asked about the Pastor’s salary.  It was told to him about Pastor Branson’s salary or first Sunday tithes and offering he received. Bishop then said Mother Branson would received what Pastor Branson was receiving and it she would receive it until the Lord called her higher.

August 2011   Administrator Joseph Alford comes to Mt. Olive.  Preaches and instructs the church. (Where do we go from here).  Elder Herring talks with him after service. While walking down the aisle Elder Herring commends Admin. Alford and the Bishop who was not present, about how they were handling the transition.  Elder Herring was referring to them allowing Mt. Olive to choose their pastor by respecting Mother Branson the widow.

Admin. Alford acknowledges Elder Herring’s remarks and says “yes it’s because of Mother Branson, if it wasn’t for Mother it would be totally different”.

August 2011  David Branson talks to Elder Herring about him (Elder Herring) pastoring Mt. Olive

August 2011   Admin Alford visits Mt. Olive.  Informs congregation that someone called Bishop Wells about a complaint.  He (Admin Alford) then informs the congregation that they are to go through him and hands out to everyone his personal card for contact information. Admin Alford tells everyone they are not to call Bishop Wells.

September 2011         David asks Elder Herring if he would take the pastoral position at Mt. Olive.  Elder Herring response is to pray and seek God’s direction.

September 24, 2011 Administrator Alford and Elder Herring have a phone conversation.  Admin. Alford ask Elder Herring have they (Mt. Olive) decided what they’re were going to do. Elder Herring informs Admin Alford that David desires him (Elder Herring) to be the Pastor of Mt. Olive. Admin Alford asked what his response was. Elder Herring told Admin Alford He would accept.

October 2011 Administrator Alford visits Mt. Olive.  After service there is a meeting between Admin Alford, David Branson, Mother Branson, Elder Herring and his wife, with Deacon Stokes being present.   An offer for pastoring Mt. Olive is made to Elder Herring and his wife by Admin Alford.  They both accept.  Administrator Alford mentioned he’d like to also consider Elder Jerry White for pastor (a former member of Admin Alford who grew up at Admin Alfords church) from Terra Haute, IN.  He then said there would be a one month trial for both Elder Herring and Elder White beginning some time at the start of 2012. Lisa Herring expresses concern for mother Branson not feeling like she’s being push to the side and over looked.  Admin. Alford says mother would not be overlooked or pushed to the side.  Admin. Alford also said any decision about selecting a new pastor Mother Branson would be included.

November 06, 2011   Elder Herring calls Admin Alford to inform him (Elder Herring) of attending Mt. Olive for morning service.  Admin Alford gives his consent.

November 27, 2011   Champion visit to speak for Sunday morning service.  He has a 3 day revival announced.  He stays for two weeks running the service’s and church.  During this two week period he obtains a copy of the deed to the church by telling the clerk he is the pastor of Mt. Olive Church. He goes over the financial records of the church with Jackie Leflore.  The latter two actions were done without the permission or knowledge of Mother Branson or David Branson.

December 2011          Elder Herring has a phone conversation with Admin Alford concerning Elder Herring attending Mt. Olive. Admin Alford gives his consent.  Admin Alford then asks Elder Herring have they (Mt. Olive) decided what they were going to do.  Elder Herring is a bit perplexed but answers as per their previous conversation and meeting, that David desired him (Elder Herring) to be the pastor of Mt. Olive.

December 2011          David Branson and Admin.  Alford have a phone conversation.  Alford does admit Champion gave him a and or the copy of the deed to the Church.  David is upset that Admin. Alford didn’t inform him (David) of Champion giving him the copy.

December 2011          Bishop Wells and David have a phone conversation.  Bishop informs David that he didn’t know Champion did those things.  Bishop states that Alford brought Champion to Mt. Olive.

December 18, 2011   Administrator Alford visit Mt. Olive.  Meeting ensues after service.

January 15, 2011      Administrator Alford visit Mt. Olive.  Business meeting ensues after service.

January/February 2011      Bishop Wells sends David a letter, requesting he turn over the key, financial records of the church and daycare info to Admin Alford.

February 5, 2011        Mt. Olive has meeting after church. David is very disturbed about the 180 with the daycare from Bishop Wells. It was once considered separate by the Bishop, now it’s not separate.  David informs the congregation of the intent to transfer jurisdictions.  Everyone is allowed to speak.  He also asked if anyone would like to talk to him in private that they could call him. Two individuals asked for the number, one of which was Jackie Leflore David gave out his phone number audibly.  No one calls David.

February 2011 (week of the 5th)  Mt. Olive sends Bishop Wells their transfer request letter.

February 14, 2012      Bishop Wells releases Mt. Olive into Bishop Alford’s Jurisdiction per letter.

February 2012 (week of the 17th)     A phone conversation between Bishop Wells, Bishop Alford and Admin Alford takes place for Bishop Alford to meet with Mt. Olive to welcome them in 4th Jurisdiction.

February 19, 2012      Administrator Alford visits Mt. Olive.  Elder Knowlins a guest of Admin. Alford delivers the sermon.  After service Admin Alford conducts a business meeting.  He passes out copies of the letter from Mt. Olive to Bishop Wells. He asked if everyone had seen the letter, a few people claimed they did not. Admin Alford then informs the congregation that no one from the church should send a letter on behalf of the church to the Bishop unless the whole church sees it.  Admin. Alford reads a letter from Bishop Wells responding to Mt. Olive’s request to transfer jurisdiction. (no copies were passed out) A vote is conducted by Admin Alford on transfer of jurisdictions.  There were 11 yes votes to transfer and 3 no votes.

David inquires about Champion once again. Bishop Wells is called by Administrator Alford and put on speaker phone. David asked Bishop Wells about Champion.  Ask who was responsible for him being at Mt. Olive back in November 2011.  After a back and forth between Admin Alford and Bishop Wells not wanting to take responsibility for Champion, Bishop Wells finally says “I sent him, now, next”.  David then tries to explain there was no disrespect intended about the letter of request to transfer jurisdiction. Bishop Wells cuts him off and says “and that letter, don’t no woman send me no letter telling me what to do. THAT WOMAN, she must be crazy. The letter was off.  Ya’ll act like ya’ll don’t know nothing about the church.” He then says “I’m sick of all ya’ll, I’m sick of you to David. You want to know why”? David asks why. Bishop Wells says, “Because I heard you got a WHITE WOMAN living with you”.  Bishop Wells then says “you don’t want to mess with me, I aint the one to mess with. I’ll have you in court so fast.”  After the meeting Admin Alford tells Elder. Herring to talk to David and let him know he (Admin Alford) wasn’t the enemy.  Admin Alford explains Bishop would have put his rubber stamp on it. Admin Alford then told Elder Herring he (Admin. Alford) and Bishop Wells had already talked to Bishop Donald Alford (Prelate of 4th Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Indiana).  About transferring the church to Bishop Alford’s jurisdiction. (also see attachment)

February 2012 (week of the 19th) Bishop Alford contacts David Branson and or Shavon Branson  and welcomes them into 4th Jurisdiction of Indiana. He also plans a meeting with the church.

March 04, 2012   Bishop Wells does a 180 for reasons unknown.  He totally goes against his words spoken at the funeral.   Admin Alford shows up to Mt. Olive with his twin brother, Deacon Stokes, and Champion.  They claim they own the property and gain unwarranted access into the building by producing a blue document.  A letter of appointment is read by Admin Alford from Bishop Wells regarding champion as pastor.

Here is an article from the Muncie Star Press on  the issue at Mt. Olive COGIC.

Here is a link to Cogic Justice where I found the Judges Order giving property ownership to the people.

Another link dedicated to their struggle Mt. Olive COGIC.

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17 Comments »

    • Thank you for sharing this update. We rejoice with you.

      Comment by R.E. Stidham — July 31, 2014 @ 7:11 AM | Reply

  1. I heard he past away today. Let it rest. Smh. COGIC really need to do background checks

    Comment by COGICkid — July 30, 2014 @ 4:46 AM | Reply

    • If that is true we pray for and extend our condolences to his family. But the reality is, he was just someone willing to either carry out the instructions of the one who placed him there or he operated without oversight. The real issue is how the people were mistreated and no one came to their rescue. Jesus said “I am the good shepherd:the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) This or a form of this is happening all across the country. No matter who it is, no matter what their title, when the people are are mistreated, when the sheep are devoured those who shepherd the sheep have failed. They will answer to the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

      Comment by R.E. Stidham — July 30, 2014 @ 3:35 PM | Reply

      • So true! One of the main reasons this vicious cycle continues is because people don’t want to deal with wrong and don’t want it talked about but want to sweep it under the rug and move on and let sleeping dogs lie. I heard a profound man of God say that when things are swept under the rug, those are the things that trip us up later and when we let sleeping dogs lie, those are the very dogs that wake up to bite us! Wrong is wrong and right is right! Pastor Stidham, I commend you on your stance of speaking the truth of God’s Word. Continue to, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” (Isaiah 58:1)
        The church needs many more that will stand for truth and stop worshiping these high and mighty so called leaders who don’t have the people of God on their hearts or minds but only care about how fat they can make their pockets! We as the church need to go back to the Word of God and stop having itching ears and accepting any and everything that comes in our churchs packing a brief case and carrying a “tune”! When we don’t know how to discern if they be of God or the devil, we will be tricked every time! Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Wake up church!

        Comment by Friend of God — July 31, 2014 @ 4:40 AM

  2. This Victor B. Champion is quite the character! This is one of the many offenses listed on mugshots.com. I believe they have a total of 17 listed on the sight. You will need to access each one individually. He tends to change the spelling of his middle name quite a bit and has also used the first name Michael in the past. There is no way on earth that Bishop Wells could have done any kind of criminal background check on this felon! He has offenses ranging from many traffic violations to theft of property to check theft to jumping bail to assault causing bodily injury to driving while intoxicated and so on and so on! It is amazing that he continues to do the things he has done and has never stopped! He is a habitual offender and needs to be put under lock and key for good so he doesn’t destroy any more innocent people’s lives. So sad!

    http://mugshots.com/US-Counties/Texas/Hunt-County-TX/Victor-Brashone-Champion.56517810.html

    Comment by MM — June 1, 2013 @ 5:44 AM | Reply

  3. Update… Champion was arrested in Delaware two weeks ago his Mercedes Benz repo. Yet last weekend Bishop Wells came to Muncie and instilled him.

    Comment by mt. Thompson — November 5, 2012 @ 8:16 AM | Reply

    • What’s currently going on with the newly elected pastor?

      Comment by David Paul — January 14, 2013 @ 6:24 AM | Reply

      • I have not received very much updated information. However, he is still there, and is continuing to act as a squatter on the property. I believe he thinks despite the explicit court order COGIC and not the trustees own the church. I personally would expect him to attempt to name new trustees but the court decision named the trustees

        Comment by R.E. Stidham — January 14, 2013 @ 8:57 AM

      • You are correct.. He was living with another Pastor in Munice. However, some believe he is living in the church. Passerby’s said he is often seen standing in the door looking outside. He was also spotted a card party. Playing cards for money… MMMmmmmm.

        Comment by mt. — January 16, 2013 @ 9:11 PM

      • This is to me, my personal opinion a case where the leaders are not interested in the well being of the local church, neither do they fear GOD. It is PRIDE, plain and simple when a leader takes the attitude, do you know who I am? Who protects the people? Those who can, get involved in the General Assembly, it is time for the Church of God in Christ to return to the path of “it is Holiness or Hell”. We should require our leaders to be men of GOD,not corporate men. When they no longer follow GOD, His will and direction is revealed in the Scripture, they should not continue as leaders.
        There is a line in an old song that says, “we have to hold up the blood stained banner”, let us pick the banner up again.

        Comment by R.E. Stidham — January 17, 2013 @ 8:21 AM

      • Well…currently, he is hiding out…there has been no activity at the church except for the occasional car seen there. Utilities have been shut off and water reported flowing from the Daycare facility 3-4 blocks away about a month ago. Victor Champion has not showed up for any court proceedings since the property dispute. He was arrested for driving NEVER having received a license after he was stopped for disregarding a stop sign. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 60 days in jail or nearly a $300 fine. Of course he chose the fine but never paid it as he has done numerous times in the state of Texas and only God knows where else! There is extensive water damage to the daycare facility among much vandalism that Champion and his 4 followers have done! More information will be given very soon as it continues to unfold. Bishop Wells should be ashamed to have allowed this hireling to destroy this ministry as he has done! There is NO DOUBT that this has turned into a federal offense! I am appalled!!!! How can these men claim to be men of God and carry on like children of the devil! This is nothing more than organized crime in the church! The most sickening and disturbing thing is that they hide in the church and get away with it! God will not be mocked! The things these people did in Muncie will forever haunt them and they will surely reap!!! Supt. Joseph Alford from Hammond, IN must also be brought to the forefront. He is the instigator behind this whole mess! He has seem to be forgotten, but is the root cause of the discord that was sewn between the family and Bishop Wells and between the family and those 4 deceived members that was used by Champion to wreak the havoc that is still playing out in Muncie. My question to the ones that so willingly followed Wells and Champion is, “At what point do you say, ‘enough is enough’?” How can you be under the teachings of Pastor Branson for years and years who constantly warned and prophesied of these wolves in sheep’s clothing and STILL be deceived?!?!? How can you sit back and watch the legitimate trustees, family and other members be mistreated in the city and barred from property that is legally theirs and not take a stand? How can you willingly participate in criminal activity with this man and not get out? Not to mention what you have done to Mo. Branson! These two people of God gave their lives for the Gospel of Christ and unselfishly gave of themselves to help everyone of the these people that followed this crook! I am here to warn everyone to beware of Victor Champion! He is bad seed and will corrupt any and everything he touches!

        Comment by MM — March 21, 2013 @ 9:39 AM

  4. Oh it get worst your: Bishop Enoch Perry III; General Counsel for the Church of God in Christ. Committed perjury on the stand. The judge called him out…………………..

    Comment by Bes — September 24, 2012 @ 9:19 AM | Reply

  5. By the way Champion is in Muncie going around getting work done on the church and not paying contractors for the work. A young man is trying to reach Bishop Wells to report him. Can the man get his money for working???? He is here doing all kind of mischief while making the church community look back. Even Pastor’s from other denominations wants him GONE……. Champion also said in the pulpit during one of his sermons that he went to Nashville to preach at a COGIC and the Pastor of that church took a Flask of whiskey out of his brief case as was drinking. Consequently, the Pastor was drunk in the pulpit. Hmmmm!!! Is this something that he should be going around preaching about? What about reporting this Pastor to his Bishop.

    Comment by Bes — September 24, 2012 @ 9:15 AM | Reply

  6. Ungodly manner. I didn’t mean to say Godly because he is so far from being christ like. Unstead of carrying a brief case and bible he need to carry #$@ and go around gang banging because Bishop Wells carries himself like a thug….

    Comment by Bes — September 24, 2012 @ 9:06 AM | Reply

  7. I was present in the meeting conducted by Admin. Alford and the Mt. Olive Church. Admin. Alford push up against Bro. David with his fist drawn and his chest pressed up against Bro. David as if he was going to have a knock out fight with him in the church in front of the altar. Admin. Alford called Bro. David a “liar” four times. David asked he who sent Champion and Admin. Alford said Bishop Wells did and of course he( Alford) denied that he had anything to do with Champion coming. Alford proceeded to call Bishop Wells on his cell and put it on speaker……Bishop Wells spoke like a man off the streets. He almost swore. He degraded women and put down our congregation and threaten us. Children were present also. Four members were so upset that they had to go outside and seek prayer and comfort. It was a mess, I have never heard a man of God. (General Board Member of COGIC) speak and behave in such a Godly manner. Children are suffering and really do not understand this and the church is considered to a safe haven for all. Where is the justice?????

    Comment by Bes — September 24, 2012 @ 9:01 AM | Reply

  8. Reblogged this on Mt. Olive Church Blog and commented:
    Here is a very informative post that sheds light on the man Bishop Wells installed pastor.

    Comment by mtolivechurch217 — September 24, 2012 @ 12:00 AM | Reply


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