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 No Greater Joy Ministries

Tuesday July 30, 2013
Larry and Carri WilliamsMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy MinistriesRNB's Religion News Blog:
The trial of a Washington state couple accused of starving their adopted Ethiopian-born daughter and locking her outside in the cold, where she died from exposure is underway.

Prosecutors say the couple tortured Hana Williams and her brother Emanuel under the guise of discipline.

Tuesday April 23, 2013
Michael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy MinistriesRNB's Religion News Blog:
The book To Train Up A Child, by Michael and Debi Pearl, has featured in several murder investigations.

While their influence is not as great as some people think, far too many Christians buy into this couple’s dangerous teachings.

Wednesday October 26, 2011
Larry and Carri WilliamsMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy MinistriesRNB's Religion News Blog:
On Anderson Cooper (CNN) tonight Gary Tuchman investigates adults who say they’re following the word of God when beating children, sometimes to death.

Larry and Hana Williams Carri Williams, the couple refered to in this report, are accused of starving their adopted 13-year-old Ethiopian-born daughter and locking her outside in the cold, where she died from exposure.

Friday October 7, 2011
Larry and Carri WilliamsMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy MinistriesRNB's Religion News Blog:
A couple accused of starving their adopted 13-year-old Ethiopian-born daughter and locking her outside in the cold, where she died from exposure, pleaded not guilty on Thursday to homicide and child abuse charges.

Saturday October 1, 2011
Larry and Carri WilliamsMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy MinistriesRNB's Religion News Blog:
Hana Williams Once again the book “To Train Up A Child,” by Michael and Debi Pearl of ‘No Greater Joy Ministries’ features in a murder investigation.

The parents of a 13-year-old girl adopted from Ethiopia have been accused of starving and locking the girl outside — resulting in hypothermia that killed her.

Monday October 25, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz A judge Thursday continued a trial against a Paradise couple for the alleged murder and torture of their adopted child, so attorneys can read the more than 6,000 pages of evidence, with more coming.

The pair allegedly caused the death of their 7-year-old adopted daughter and serious injuries to her 11-year-old sister during separate “biblical chastisements” with a whip-like instrument in February at the family home.

Friday June 25, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz A Paradise couple are scheduled to stand trial in November on murder and torture charges involving two adopted children.

They are accused of causing the death of a 7-year-old adopted girl and serious injuries to her 11-year-old sister during separate “biblical chastisements” with a whip-like instrument in February at the family home.

Wednesday May 26, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz According to authorities, she was beaten for several hours with a quarter-inch plumbing supply line as her parents took turns holding her down and using the instrument. The blows reportedly cause Rhabdomyolysis, which is a breakdown of muscle tissue which fatally damaged her vital organs.

According to local authorities, Lydia’s “biblical chastisement” leading to her death may have been for mispronouncing a word during a home-school reading lesson.

Thursday February 25, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz Because the wife has retained new counsel, a Paradise couple charged with the murder of one adopted daughter and torture of her sister, did not enter pleas to the charges in court Thursday.

Meanwhile, prosecutors have disclosed that a book by a Tennessee-based fundamentalist Christian ministry, espousing “biblical chastisement” with the same quarter-inch plumber’s supply line alleged to have been used in the ridge beatings, was found in the Paradise home of Kevin Schatz, 46, and Elizabeth Schatz, 42.

Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz are expected to enter a plea today. They are accused of killing Lydia Schatz and severely beating their 11-year-old adopted daughter, Zariah Schatz.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said he has a direct connection between the Schatz case and No Greater Joy Ministry, a fundamentalist religious organization founded by Michael and Debi Pearl.

Thursday February 18, 2010
Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz Police found, on the Schatzes’ bed, a 15-inch section of PVC tube, a quarter-inch thick. They believe it to be the murder weapon, as both Lydia and Zariah had “whip-like” marks that matched the length and width of the pipe. It lay beside a children’s book.

The PVC tube may seem like a strange punishment tool, but for those familiar with the teachings of Christian fundamentalists and authors Michael and Debi Pearl, it is nothing new.

Kevin and Elizabeth SchatzMichael and Debi PearlNo Greater Joy Ministries:
Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz Ridge parents Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz are charged with murder and torture following the death of 7-year-old Lydia Schatz and the hospitalization of 11-year-old Zariah Schatz.

Both girls were allegedly whipped by the their adoptive parents with a quarter-inch plumbing supply line – the instrument suggested by Michael and Debi Pearl, founders of No Greater Joy Ministries and authors of the controversial religious parenting book “How to Train Up a Child.”


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