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Part 4 - The Untold Story (Incomplete)

Part 4 - The Untold Story (Incomplete)



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Introduction 1The Demand for My Resignation
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 1Seeing Things in a Very Different Light? 3
Newfound Anger at Brent 10More on the
“Resignation” Lunch with Eric
 Jenny’s Response to Anna (Eric, Roger, and Jim)
Conference Call with Dave and Gene
Thursday, June 4, 2009 22Reversing Course - Rescinding the Resignation 27SGM Covers Up the Forced Resignation 29The Signatories Claim They Never Wanted Brent to Resign 32Deceitful Claim to Have Followed Matthew 18:15-17 36Brent Defiant and Resistant
Saturday, June 6, 2009 41
Eric’s Deceitful
Charges Continue 49Example 1: Telling Dave that Roger & Jim Had Observations of Pride 50Example 2: Flying Solo & Controlling the Flow of Information 50Example 3: Independently Deciding to Leave SGM 52Formally Asking for Involvement by SGM - Saturday, June 6, 2009 53Telling the Church about My Sins
Sunday, June 14, 2009 55
 Jonathan Detwiler’s Long Letter –
June 9, 2009 70End 77
Proverbs 18:17 The one who states his case first seems right,until the other comes and examines him.
For the last two years, people have been stating their case against me while I‟ve
ained silent. I‟ve withheld comment for two reasons. First, I wanted to give all my
friends from Grace Community Church more than sufficient time to transition to otherchurches without having to sort out the circumstances surrounding my resignation if Ispoke openly. Second, I hoped men like C.J., Dave, Bob and Gene would come torepentance and set the record straight thereby rendering unnecessary any explanationfrom me. In particular I hoped C.J. would acknowledge his wrong doing and therebyhave a godly impact upon the other leaders.I have chronicled my concerns for C.J. and other leaders in Sovereign Grace Ministriesin three major documents written over the last 18 months..The Demand for My Resignation
Wednesday, June 3, 2009Eric Kircher and I met regularly for personal fellowship and conversation about thechurch. On this particular day, we had lunch at Toast Café in Davidson, NC. Eric wasserving part time as a pastoral assistant in the church. More importantly, Eric and hiswife, Anna, had become dear friends or so we thought. What happened next duringour lunch has no comparison in my 32 years of full time Christian service. I was about
to be betrayed in a manner I‟ve never observed elsewhere.
With little introduction, Eric presented me a letter demanding my immediately
resignation as senior pastor of Grace Community Church (GCC) because I was “nolonger qualified to preside as Pastor.” The letter was signed by him, Ray Mulligan,
Roger Layman and Jim Aldridge. Later, I discovered that Mike Lukavsky and KennyCook were also recruited and agreed to my immediate firing. All these men were dearfriends. The letter read,
“It is with genuine remorse and regret that those who have signed below,
members of the Board and Advisory Board of Grace Community Churchrequest and require the willing resignation of Brent Detwiler from the Board of
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
pastoral care.”
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.
The Kircher‟s
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.

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