Directors of Grace Community Church effective immediately. This request isbased upon our uniform agreement that Brent Detwiler is no longer qualified topreside as Pastor due to historical and current issues regarding pride in theform of independence and a resistance to receiving and acting upon theconcerns and observation brought by those [Ray & Eric] closely involved in his
These men had come to a firm conclusion even though none of them had talked to meabout being disqualified from ministry as a group or as individuals. In fact all of thesemen spoke highly of me for many years. Now, these men had determined I must befired and forced out immediately. I was uniformly declared unfit for ministry. Theywere dead serious in their demand.
At the end of Eric‟s presentation at our lunch, he firmly reiterated the absolutely
necessity of me giving him an answer to their demand. He said I had 72 hours to signthe resignation document. I must return it to him by 12 noon on Saturday. He was notplaying around. He was not faking it. This was not a hoax or a ploy. These men weredemanding my resignation for real. The last
line in the letter read, “I, Brent Detwiler do
willingly resign as Pastor of Grace Community Church and President of the Board of
Directors effective immediately, June ____, 2009.” Two months later, I found out Eric,
Ray, Roger and Jim were following the directives of Gene Emerson in taking this courseof action.I had no idea any of this was in the works. I cannot begin to explain how utterlyunexpected it was.
never even alluded to the need for such action
norhad anyone else. It came without warning and it came contrary to everything Eric andAnna were communicating to us, to everyone else in the church and to Sovereign GraceMinistries. Never have I experienced such betrayal or felt such pain. Eric and Annahad repeatedly spoken so highly of me in public and in private.During his presentation, Eric expressed no concern for the impact of this action uponme and Jenny. There was no care, appreciation, empathy or offers of assistance; just thedemand to resign. I was being forced out with no process, no appeals and no mention
of restoration. Just a harsh, “I want an answer by Saturday.” In a few days, I was
looking at no job and no income. Most significantly, I was looking at no church which Iloved and deeply cared about. And most painful of all, six of my friends conspiredagainst me without ever talking to me. More on this later.
Time and again, Eric and Anna told us “You can be honest with us. We are loyal. Weunderstand. We‟ve behind you 100%. We‟ve got your back.”
Now, in an act ofbetrayal we were left with nothing but broken hearts.