|Not a joke - DP Ed Werner went to state prison,|
but somehow WELS did not consider that news
for the membership and pastors.
How To Recognize an Abusive Cult
The first Lutheran Crime Watch list got too long, so this second one will help fill in the gaps.
Murders by Church Workers
Arizona WELS High School teacher Al Just was convicted of murdering his wife with a steak knife in their conjugal bed. The president of Martin Luther College (WELS) was a character witness for Al Just. A busload of loyal WELSbots arrived to support Al at his trial in Phoenix. He confessed his crime to a relative, but his pals overlook that fact.
Al married his children's baby-sitter, suggesting a motive. Later his second wife divorced Al when he scared her half to death. Al served a few years in prison and was later seen with a WELS youth group. Many WELS clergy continue to claim Al was totally innocent, and besides, he served his time.
Pastor William Tabor
Tabor was serving Salem in Milwaukee when his mistress shot his wife - in the parsonage. In spite of these damning facts, Tabor never served a day in prison. The Milwaukee Police Chief was very sorry, upon retiring, that Tabor got away. According to WELS apologists, Tabor already had a call to Escanaba when his wife was murdered. He went to Escanaba anyway and served there for a period of time - as pastor. Tabor was already known for messing around in Cape Girardeau, where he was the pastor of Scriptural Lutheran Church (LCR, but now ELS) and then at a WELS congregation he started when things got hot for him at Scriptural. WELS received plenty of mail from Scriptural about not taking Tabor into the ministerium, but they did not care. Update - he now living in Texas.
Carl Mischke's long-time friend and NW Lutheran editor said, "The police came and asked for Tabor's file. And it was empty!" I wonder who destroyed the evidence in a murder investigation - obstruction of justice is a felony, even among "guilt-free saints."
WELS High School Principal Molested a Minor Girl, Exposed Himself
|Derek Vanderheyden admitted the crime.|
Valerie Boey, Beverly Hills, Florida -- According to deputies, former principal Derek Vanderheyden is accused of molesting and exposing himself to one of his students.
Citrus County sheriff's spokesperson Gail Tierney says it happened on several occasions, “She's a 15-year-old girl and he's a 38-year-old man and given the relationship between school and students this obviously is a criminal offense.”
Grand Theft - Church Property and Endowment - St. John Milwaukee
One has to hand it to Mark Jeske, Mark Schroeder, and Kevin Hastings (ex-WELS). The first two let a series of illegal moves take the property away, lock out the pastor, and steal the endowment fund. Hastings gets credit for doing absolutely nothing, though warned early and urged to get legal help.
Now the two members who did this with the help of Mark Jeske's pals are petitioning to join WELS.
Has Scott Barefoot been alerted? Richard Starr? Sam Birner?
Going back a few years, the WELS DP Rutschow tossed Pastor Kevin Hastings out of the WELS ministerium and then removed the congregation as well. How ironic that an ex-WELS pastor showed up to take over, someone I believe is now ELCA. The guy even stole my Photoshops of St. John - does the thievery ever stop?
How About a Gang Rape by a WELS Pastor and His Friends?
|WELS Pastor Dave Wendt threatened |
a young woman with gang rape.
|Wendt is gone from the main websty but still in the posted newsletters.|
Herman Otten Spiked This Story
Scott Zerbe was a vicar for WELS Pastor Fred Adrian when Scott had an affair with a minor girl. The girl sued WELS and the congregation, winning a $400,000 settlement. Adrian sent a letter around, saying. "No worries. The insurance will pay for it." But WELS lied during the trial and the girl's lawyer proved it, with help from me. WELS also appealed the verdict - not exactly contrite, eh?
Stealing $300,000 from the Synod - But What about the Missing $8 Million?
Relax - Lightfingers Leon has a faculty position now.
|Piepenbrink made $300,000 disappear.|
Who made $8 million go away?
One WELS District President was arrested for driving drunk. When WELS pastor was in a drunken wreck, WELS covered for him and sent him on a foreign mission.
One Mequon professor was arrested for a very dangerous DUI but a good lawyer made the evidence go away and the charges with it. So he no longer directs the choir with conviction. Get it?
Ski, famous for posing with a porn model and teaching sex education to the kiddies at the WELS high school, left some appearance bond behind in Milwaukee. Did he have to appear in court for a DUI? There is precious little evidence that he was ever sober, so maybe...
|The only program more ironic would be|
Glende and Ski talking about drying out
and enjoying sobriety. Nevah!