Tag: Word of Faith Fellowship

Theologically, this church is a cult of Christianity. Sociologically the Word of Faith Fellowship has cult-like elements as well.

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Church member held in contempt

RUTHERFORDTON — The mother of three minor children was found in criminal contempt of a court order after she allowed the children to participate in a controversial prayer practice at the Word of Faith Fellowship. In a December 2000 court ruling, a judge found the practice of strong prayer or blasting to be harmful to the children and ordered it stopped, but left the children in the church with the mother, Pam Sharpe. Word of Faith Fellowship The Word of Faith Fellowship is an abusive church. Its teachings and practices fall so far outside those of normal, Biblical Christianity, that

WOFF prayer issues debated

RUTHERFORDTON — The parties will have to wait for a ruling on a civil dispute between a divorced couple with ties to the Word of Faith Fellowship. Testimony concluded Tuesday in the case Bernard “Ben” McGee brought against his ex-wife, Pam Sharp, a member of the Spindale-based church. McGee charges Sharp is in contempt of a court ruling which gave joint custody of the couple’s three minor children. The primary residence of the children remains with Sharp in the church. McGee left the church when he and Sharp separated. Word of Faith Fellowship The Word of Faith Fellowship is an

Judge delays hearing

RUTHERFORDTON — Tuesday afternoon, District Court Judge David Fox handed down a visitation order with a serious stipulation before postponing the hearing involving Shana Muse‘s efforts to reunite with her two youngest children. Judge Fox, agreed to let Muse’s two daughters, who have been emancipated and and have returned to the Word of Faith Fellowship, to have twohours of unsupervised vistation with their younger brothers. The stipulation is that the girls not attempt to discuss their religion with their siblings. Muse is a former Word of Faith Fellowship member whose four children were placed in DSS custody by an October

Polk County jury upholds assault conviction for religious leader

Jane Whaley, founder and leader of the controversial Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF), was found guilty Wednesday in Polk County Superior Court of assault. The jury’s decision upholds a lower court conviction of the same charge in March of 2004, which Whaley appealed. Whaley was given a 30-day jail sentence, suspended with one year unsupervised probation, and ordered to pay a fine and court costs. A juror, who did not wish to be identified, said after the trial that members of the jury felt the Spindale-based WOFF appears to be a cult based on the testimony. The juror said the

Assault verdict upheld

COLUMBUS — A Polk County jury took just over an hour to return a verdict Wednesday which leaves a controversial church leader with a criminal record and gives a married couple a sense of vindication. Jane Whaley of the Word of Faith Fellowship was found guilty in Superior Court after her appeal of a lower court conviction on the same charge. Whaley was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but that time was suspended as she will have a one-year probation period where any violation of the probation will activate the jail time. She was also charged a fine and

Whaley testifies during appeal

COLUMBUS — Testimony was completed in a Polk County Superior Court room Tuesday in the appeal of an assault conviction of Word of Faith Fellowship founder and leader Jane Whaley. In a surprise move, Whaley took the witness stand in her own defense during a day-long session of mostly defense witnesses. Lacy Wien, a former WOFF member, filed charges against Whaley and a lower court found Whaley guilty of assault last March. The appeal was moved to Polk County after Whaley’s attorneys filed for a change of venue. Whaley took the stand shortly after lunch and took questions from her

Whaley assault appeal begins

COLUMBUS — A jury was seated and testimony began in Polk County Superior Court for an appealed assault charge against Word of Faith Fellowship leader Jane Whaley. Whaley was found guilty in March 2004 of assaulting Lacy Wien, who at the time of the assault, was a member of the Spindale-based church. Wien left the church shortly after the incident and filed charges in late 2003. The case is being heard in Polk County after Whaley’s attorneys asked for a change of venue. None of the six men and six women who were seated on the jury, including several who

Father claims contempt of ‘blasting’ order

RUTHERFORDTON — A dispute involving the Word of Faith Fellowship with roots back to a 2000 court ruling was back in court Thursday. Bernard “Ben” McGee filed a motion claiming his former wife, Pam Sharp, was in contempt of the ruling which gave joint custody of the couple’s three children. The primary residence of the children remained with Sharp in the Spindale-based church. The ruling, made by Judge Randy Pool, specifically stated that the children were not to be subjected to a blasting or loud prayer, a controversial practice of WOFF in which a person is usually seated while a

Church custody ruling delayed

RUTHERFORDTON — A hearing regarding the disposition of Shana Muse‘s children was delayed for a third time Friday as the Department of Social Services asked to continue the case pending the outcome of an appeal which gave DSS custody of Muse’s children. Muse is a former Word of Faith Fellowship member whose four children were placed in DSS custody by an October 2003 court order which found the WOFF environment abusive. That ruling, by Judge Randy Pool, was appealed and the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruling is expected soon. Muse left the WOFF in September 2002 and ultimately sought

Judge sends Whaley case to Polk

RUTHERFORDTON — The appeal trial from Jane Whaley‘s assault conviction will have to wait a little while longer after Whaley was granted a requested change of venue for her case. Whaley, the leader and co-founder of the controversial Word of Faith Fellowship church, was found guilty in March of 2004 of misdemeanor assault on Lacy Wien, who was a member of the church at the time. Whaley’s attorneys wanted the case shifted to Transylvania County, but instead it will be heard in Polk County starting on Feb. 7. Wien, who has since left the church, testified that Whaley was angry