Tag: Followers of Christ

Theologically a cult of Christianity. The Followers of Christ Church‘s extreme faith healing beliefs and practices have left a trail of dead children in its wake.

Groups of believers who refer to their gatherings as The Followers of Christ Church are located primarily in Oregon, Oklahoma and Idaho.

Most churches that use the same name, in whole or in part, do not share this movement’s beliefs and practices.

Faith healing couple to be released from prison

Jeffrey and Marci Beagley An Oregon City couple convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the death of their teenage son will be released from prison on Wednesday.

Jeff and Marci Beagley were found guilty last year of failing to seek medical help for their 16-year-old son, Neil, who died in June 2008. The young man died of kidney failure after developing a urinary tract infection.

Former Follower of Christ church member’s advice: ‘Just leave’

faith healing The medically preventable deaths of children of church members and two high-profile trials about those parents’ culpability — and indirectly, any blame that might fall to the church — has put a spotlight on the Followers of Christ Church, which believes only in faith healing when it comes to life-and-death situations.

Now, a former member of the church has come forward to shed some light on what church members’ lives are like under the tight control church leaders exert over their followers.

Oregon City couple plead not guilty in faith-healing death of their infant son

Shannon and Dale Hickman Two members of a church that preaches faith-healing pleaded not guilty Monday to manslaughter charges for failing to provide medical care to their infant son, who died shortly after his premature birth.

Dale and Shannon Hickman are the third couple identified as members of the Followers of Christ Church to face criminal charges in the death of a child during the past two years.