Category: General Assembly Church of the First Born

A small Pentecostal denomination of sorts, consisting of a few dozen independent, loosely affiliated congregations throughout the USA.

These churches teach and practice unbiblical doctrines regarding faith healing, resulting in needless deaths. Theologically they should be considered cults of Christianity.

Faith Healing trial begins for Church of the First Born members

Greg and Jalea Swezey The second-degree murder trial of a faith healing couple whose teenage son died of a burst appendix is underway.

17-year-old Zachary Swezey died of a burst appendix while his parents and other members of the Church of the First Born prayed for his recovery, and failed to call a doctor or ambulance.

Children of parents charged in faith healing death of son become wards of the state

Russel and Brandi Bellew Six siblings in Creswell, Oregon, became wards of the state as their parents await trial in connection with the faith healing death of their teenage son.

The family attends the General Assembly and the Church of the First Born in Pleasant Hill, which generally believes in using prayer instead of medical care to treat illnesses.

Couple charged in son’s faith healing death free on bail

Russel and Brandi Bellew A Creswell, Oregon couple charged with second-degree manslaughter in the ‘faith healing’ death of their teenaged son pleaded not guilty in court Monday.

The couple belongs to the General Assembly and the Church of the First Born — a church with a long history of controversial death related to its unbiblical teachings regarding faith healing.

Murder charges filed nearly three years after teen’s faith healing death

Zachery Swezey It took the Prosecutors’ Office in Okanogan County, Washington nearly three years to file charges against the parents of a teenager who police say died because the couple failed to call for medical assistance, relying on prayer instead.

Officials say the case was delayed by several priority cases, along with attorney staffing issues.

Oregon faith healing couple charged in son’s death

Russel and Brandi Bellew Just one day after parents in Washington were charged in the faith healing death of the teenaged son, an Oregon couple belonging to the same church have been arrested in the faith healing death of their 16-year-old son.

They belong to a church is known for its unbiblical teachings beliefs regarding faith healing.

Parents charged in faith-healing death of teenage son

Zachery Swezey Parents in Carlton, WA who police say unsuccessfully tried to faith-heal their son back to health have been charged with second-degree murder.

The charges against Gregory P. Swezey, 47, and Garnet JaLea Swezey, 45, in Okanogan County Superior Court come nearly three years after Zachery, 17, died of a burst appendix at their home on March 18, 2009.

Oregon Sheriff’s Office investigating death of teen involved in faith healing church

faith healing An Oregon Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 16-year-old boy whose cause of death is unknown and whose family belongs to General Assembly and the Church of the First Born — a church that believes illnesses and injuries should be treated with prayer rather than medical care.