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MY STORY

July 1, 2019

I was one of the four men who began Sovereign Grace Churches, Inc. (aka Sovereign Grace Ministries) in 1982.  I served on its Board of Directors for next 25 years.  I left SGC as a matter of conscience in 2009 having spent ten years trying to bring about internal reform of an ethical nature.  Soon after my departure, I began to write a set of documents for C.J. Mahaney that I hoped would bring about godly change.  That effort failed.   

As a result, it was necessary to send those documents to the SGC pastors in July 2011.  Though never my goal, the hard evidence contained in those documents contributed to the departure of approximately 40 churches, 100 pastors and 12,000 people in SGC churches.  Despite this reality, the leadership of SGC has never acknowledged any of the sinful wrongdoing brought to its attention by this vast array of pastors and former members.         

In October 2012, a civil lawsuit was brought against SGC and other parties alleging a conspiracy to commit and cover up the sexual abuse of children.  It was expanded in January 2013 and again in May 2013. Unfortunately, the lawsuit was dismissed by a Maryland judge on technicalities but not on its merits.  As a result, the allegations of fact in the lawsuit have never been argued in a civil court or tried in a criminal court. 

Major leaders throughout the Body of Christ have asked SGC to do an independent investigation but C.J. Mahaney and the Leadership Team have adamantly refused.  As a result, relationships have been severed and four prominent SC churches recently published letters reproving the Leadership Team for their refusal and arrogance.   

I was a church planter, pastor and teacher for 30 years.  I gave up those wonderful callings ten years ago in order to address the growing corruption in Sovereign Grace Churches, Inc. and elsewhere in the Body of Christ that has harmed the gospel and injured many souls.  I am a conservative evangelical.  I want to see the Church prosper but that cannot happen unless her leaders are above reproach and held to that standard.  It is not enough to teach sound doctrine.  It must be backed up by sound living.

Therefore, I continue to hold SGM accountable, write about lessons to be learned, work for criminal justice, seek reform in the Body of Christ, inform the national press of newsworthy stories, and care for those who have been harmed including victims of child abuse and rape.  These endeavors have been my full-time work.   

Lord willing, I will write a book in my lifetime titled No Time for Silence.  It will be a condensed version of the story I have told over the past ten years in thousands of pages.  As stated in my tagline, I’ve been helping Christians to judge righteously, think biblically and live courageously.  

I am not an entrepreneur, businessman or marketing guru.  I don’t have a fancy website or a slick campaign for raising funds.  All I can do is faithfully follow Jesus Christ as best I know how and ask for your help.  

HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT MY EFFORTS

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Your support is deeply appreciated however small or great.  Whether one time or on-going.  All gifts and contributions are kept strictly confidential.

Sincerely,

Brent Detwiler