Names and Charges Revealed in Fenner Case (video link)

Below is the link to video of Matthew Fenner’s most recent interview for WLOS. (click “back” button to return here)



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On December 8, 2014 the Rutherford County Grand Jury convened for a special session to hear evidence of an assault and kidnapping of Matthew Fenner while he was a member of the Word of Faith Fellowship church.

The Grand Jury heard evidence from several different witnesses.

The Grand Jury found true bills of indictment on the following people:

1) Justin Brock Covington (Second Degree Kidnapping/ Simple Assault)

2) Sarah Covington Anderson (Second Degree Kidnapping/ Simple Assault/ Assault by Strangulation)

3) Brooke McFadden Covington (Second Degree Kidnapping/ Simple Assault)

4) Robert Louis Walker Jr. (Second Degree Kidnapping/ Simple Assault)

5) Adam Christopher Bartley (Second Degree Kidnapping/ Simple Assault)

All defendants are making arrangements through their attorneys to turn themselves in.

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Alleged Word of Faith Abusers Indicted – WLOS 12/8/2014

This blip showed up on the WLOS website on December 8, 2014. Five WOFF members have been indicted. Name and the specific charges will be posted here, once they are made public. The picture below the article is of a sign I carried down Oakland Road a couple of years ago. At the time, I did not know Matthew Fenner nor how the abuses had evolved within this group. Inside, the phrase- “Better to bruise than burn” pretty much sums up their philosophy.

My theory- “Outside pressures change inside dynamics, but not inside beliefs.” The physical abuses will stop for a time, but not the emotional destruction. After a while, the physical abuses will start again, once they don’t feel any outside pressures. Keeping the pressures on allows for more time for members to wake up and LEAVE!
RUTHERFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Five members of the Rutherford County Word of Faith Church were indicted by a grand jury, Monday.

The indictment relates to a 2013 alleged assault on a gay member of the word of faith fellowship in Spindale.

The accuser, Matthew Fenner, says he was beaten and strangled by members of the church because he was gay.

The names and official charges of the accused will be released by the Rutherford County clerk of court Tuesday.

Taking it to the Street


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Former Word of Faith Church Member Alleges Abuse – WLOS – Asheville Top Stories – ABC

Former Word of Faith Church Member Alleges Abuse – WLOS – Asheville Top Stories – ABC.

Matthew Fenner talks to reporter for WLOS via Skype. There is a heated battle in the background over these allegations. Josh Farmer is quoted as saying these allegations are “ludicrous and false.” This same attorney is quoted as saying we have “nothing to hide.” 25 witnesses to refute the story? Does WOFF coach witnesses? Let the past speak for the present. How do they already know Matthew’s version of the story? Or is there defense based on their version of his story?

I continue to be amazed at the lengths certain folks will go to in order to keep this façade intact. These denials are the same types of denials from the past. No substance, just blanket denials as if they are afraid to discuss details.

There is more to come in this drama. Let’s hope the Truth comes out and the abuses stop. We hope that those who want to leave will be allowed to leave. Several have left already. 2015 promises to be an exciting year in Spindale, NC.

Thank you, for taking time to visit and read this blog. Please, consume the information on this site responsibly. The author is not a licensed mental health professional and encourages those that need professional help to seek it. The intent of the material is to inform and be a resource. Be sure to tell every member that you know at WOFF about this blog. There are readers at WOFF. Jane told me and Josh confirmed it.

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The Federal Injunction: The Cure Becomes the Disease (1)

About a year ago, I hinted at a post which would include a review of the ominous “Federal Injunction.” Time passes quickly and this seems to be the time to bring to you a short background and review of the results of the lawsuit Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF) brought against the Rutherford County Department of Social Services (RCDSS). The basis for the legal action was the investigative techniques taken by RCDSS workers during their investigation of WOFF. Let me say I am no legal scholar. At this moment, I do not have a copy of the entire case file. I only have the document from which the new guidelines were put forth. I have no intentions of reviewing the entire case file in this post. That review is for another time and another venue. Today, we will take an overview of the “Stipulation for Compromised Settlement Thereon” filed June 21, 2005 in the United States District Court for the Western Division of North Carolina Asheville Division pertaining to Case File No. 1:03CV298. From the case file number- we can learn that this case started in 2003.

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Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

This post is written by a man from California who had previously experienced a high demand faith group. Though the relative size of the group was small compared to others, the effects were none the less devastating. After the text of this guest post, I will refer back to some previous posts on this blog that confirm the characteristics outlined by Mr. Browner as being evidence of mind control techniques.

 Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

      Yes, the phrase may seem over used, but it accurately details the characters in the true story I am about to share. My name is Scott Browner and between 2007 and 2011 my family, wife and two children, were involved with a very small Christian, Bible-based ministry in Southern California. Up until 2007, I had no previous exposure to the Bible or Christianity, but had always been a spiritual seeker, mainly looking into more new-agey stuff.

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Hands Up!

The Hands Talk

The Hands Talk

This picture has an impact that greatly overshadows any words I could write. Survivors of Word of Faith Fellowship (WOFF) tell their message this time without saying a word. Often it is the hands that bring the abuse- today; it is the hands imploring abusers to stop! This sign language speaks louder than the voices of agreement or sympathy to the ways of WOFF. The abuses of children and adults alike must stop. This week, if you shake hands with a WOFF member or see them wave…ask yourself if that hand has abused anyone?

Congratulations to these three for speaking out to the community.

And with that, let us remember:

It is never too late to wake up and leave and reclaim your life!” Steve Hassan

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month – Candlelight Vigil April 12, 2014 6:30PM

Rutherford County Courthouse

Rutherford County Courthouse

This event is scheduled for the Rutherford County Courthouse area on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Please, come and wear blue as a sign to affirm your support. After a few speakers, there will be a time of memorial as we unify and become a sign of public interest in the effort to stop child abuse in Rutherford County. It has been asked that participants not block or impede the foot traffic on the sidewalks around the grounds.

This event is being hosted by the group sponsoring the Facebook® page- “Citizens Against Corruption and Abuse.” It is hoped for an orderly and informative gathering. I plan to be there to answer any questions about the purpose of the Faith Freedom Fund. Please, consider your attendance to signify your admonishment for the County Government officials to carry out their lawful responsibilities to protect the children of the County. Let us rally around the need to protect children, those with us now and the ones yet unborn.

For those that need more information, you may email –

And with that, let us remember:

It is never too late to wake up and leave and reclaim your life!” Steve Hassan

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