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Pastor Ken and Tonja Peters 357 North Sheridan Street, Suite 127, Corona, CA 92880

August 21,2007

Dearest Family of God,

Greetings, in the love and grace of our Lord Jesus Christ Never in a pastor's life does he anticipate the need to
communicate through a letter such as this. Many of you are aware of what transpired last Wednesday night, August 15,
2007. However, several have not heard from their pastor in regard to that evening. I believe it is fitting in the Lord and
completely biblical to speak the truth in love, for you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. Freedom
from the devil's deception and lies is what the Lord was communicating to us through His word.

Two elders, along with three leaders from the the Southern California district of Assembly of God demanded my
resignation.. No vote was taken to allow the other elders present to voice their position. The outcome was the district
illegally and unethically seized possession of New Hope Family Worship Center and all of it's assets. This all was based
on my returning my covenant pastor partner agreement, which was never considered a binding or legal document, such
as an ordination or credentials of licensing papers. Never was I told by the Assemblies' leadership on Wednesday night
that my pastorship was based upon this agreement, nor did Pastor David Tanner ever explain to me that this covenant
agreement was the basis for my position at New Hope Family Worship Center or his choice of my leadership.

I want you all to know that I did not resign the pastorship of New Hope Family Worship Center, nor were you allowed as
the voting membership to give your position on this matter. The church was simply commandeered away from it's God-
given leadership. No Assembly of God bylaw states their position as being correct or biblical. Our articles of
incorporation, give directives to insure these types of situations are honorably handled.

The deed of your church property is held in New Hope Family Worship Center's name not the Assemblies of God. This
is ail stated to reveal the truth. These two wonderful brothers in Christ held different points of view and exercised a false
authority creating a betrayal and offense before the Lord. I forgive them completely and see this as a sign from the Lord
that we must not be under such false, unbiblical authority. You, the congregation, were not considered in this process,
and Jesus did lay down His life for His flock just as we so will. An institution of man has succeeded in acquiring a building
and a bank account; however heaven will continue to direct the church into kingdom purpose and never shall any
institution of man control the true flock of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!

Please pray for these elders and these men and the organization they lead. Pray as Jesus did, love as Jesus did, seek
the Lord for His righteous judgment. As the Psalmist declared, strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter. Yes, this
has occurred, but we are praying, interceding, and seeking out the sheep of His pasture. We will continue to lead in our
God-given calling and continue to build in our God-given mandate. The Holy Spirit of truth shall reveal all things and
lead His people correctly. Let us not usurp His authority, and allow Him to guide His people.

We love you and pray the very wisdom and guidance of the Lord for you during this time. As always, we will continue to
be a leadership that is reachable and touchable and always available.

Mayjjjs peace guard your hearts and minds,

Pastor Ken and Tonja Peters

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NEW HOPE FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER
FACTS
REGARDING THE RETURN
OF
SENIOR PASTOR KEN PETERS
COVENANT PASTOR AGREEMENT TO
ASSEMBLIES OF GOD SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT

NEW HOPE FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER IS AN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD CHURCH AFFILIATED


WITH THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT COUNCIL
Source: New Hope Family Worship Center (First Assembly of God of Corona)
Articles of Incorporation, June 15,1969

PASTORS OF NEW HOPE FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER SHALL AT ALL TIMES BE A


CREDENTIALED MINISTER OF THE GENERAL COUNCIL OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD, OR
HAVE THE EXPRESS WRITTEN APPROVAL OF THE EXECUTIVE PRESBYTERY OF THE
SOUTHERN CAULFORNAI DISTRICT COUNCIL OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD , INC.
(Covenant Pastor Agreement)
Source: Bylaws for Assemblies of God Churches

NOTE: Pastor Ken Peters signed a Covenant Pastor Agreement on March 14,2005, which
allowed him to receive approval from the Assemblies of God Southern California District to
serve as Senior Pastor of New Hope Family Worship Center

PASTOR KEN PETERS RETURNED / ANNULLED HIS COVENANT PASTOR AGREEMENT


WITH THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD ON AUGUST 9,2007
Source: Letter from Senior Pastor Ken Peters dated August 9, 2007, to Rev. Ray Rachels, District
Superintendent, Assemblies of God, and Southern California District Council

NOTE: THIS LETTER WAS SENT WITHOUT ANY REVIEW, DISCUSSION, OR ADVANCE
NOTICE TO THE NEW HOPE FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER APOSTOLIC ELDERSHIP

ELDERSHIP MEETING - AUGUST 15,2007, CALLED BY SENIOR PASTOR KEN PETERS BY


E-MAIL ON AUGUST 6,2007, "FOR A BRIEF MEETING ON SOME NECESSARY TOPICS OF
DECISION"
Source: E-mail from Debbie Cram to Elders on August 6, 2007, 5:33:47 PM

NOTE: NO RESIGNATION WAS DEMANDED BY ANY ELDER - Pastor Ken freely returned /
annulled his Covenant Pastor Agreement with the Assemblies of God on
AUGUST 9TH, 2007, SIX DAYS prior to the scheduled August 15 Elders meeting.
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According to the Bylaws of the Assemblies of God, his letter and the return / annulment of
his Covenant Pastor Agreement served as his resignation from New Hope Family Worship
Center.

ALL ELDERS WERE SURPRISED AND SHOCKED BY PASTOR KEN'S RETURN /


ANNULMENT OF HIS COVENANT!! According to the Assemblies of God Bylaws, our church
was effectively without a credentialed Pastor as of the receipt of the return / annulment of
his Covenant Pastor Agreement on August 13,2007

NOTE: Pastor Ken's August 6,2007, voluntary annulment of his covenant was made without
New Hope Apostolic Eldership notification or consultation: this "preempted" any vote by
the Eldership or the New Hope congregation. „ ' r

Pastor Ken did not advise the New Hope congregation / membership of his plan / intent to
return his covenant: he kept his action a secret from everyone EXCEPT the church staff...
Source: AG - New Hope staff meeting in the Sanctuary, August 16, 2007

New Hope Elders Scott Allen and Jack Wvatt first learned of Pastor Ken's broken covenant
during a meeting with the AG District staff on the morning of August 15.2007. This was a
complete surprise to both Elders.
• Elders Allen and Wyatt had made an appointment with the AG Superintendent to learn the
details about the difficulties the District was supposedly causing for New Hope that had
been reported by Pastor Ken to the congregation. The meeting was an effort to resolve
those concerns expressed by Pastor Ken to the satisfaction of both the District and New
Hope leadership and membership. NO difficulties between New Hope and the Assemblies
District were ever found to exist.

• Elders Allen and Wyatt invited the AG Superintendent and staff to the August 15,2007
meeting - due to Pastor Ken's Annulment, he was no longer considered the Senior Pastor
of New Hope, so the meeting could not "officially" be called under the AG Bylaws. This was
the first opportunity after Pastor Ken's Annulment for the AG District leadership to meet
with the New Hope leadership on this subject

• The appearance of Superintendent Ray Rachels and his staff at the August 15,2007
Eldership meeting was to determine Senior Pastor Ken's intent and commitment to annul
his Assemblies of God Covenant Pastor Agreement; (Pastor Ken did confirm his intent in
the meeting); once this had been confirmed, the AG District assumed administrative
leadership of New Hope since it did not have a credentiated Assemblies of God Pastor on
staff to assume leadership.

• PASTOR KEN AGREED TO STEP DOWN AS SENIOR PASTOR AND STATED IN THE
MEETING TO ALL PRESENT. THAT "HE WOULD LEAVE QUIETLY. NOT CAUSE ANY
TROUBLE. AND NOT CREATE A SPLIT IN THE CHURCH"...

• NEW HOPE FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER IS STILL AN ASSEMBLIES OF GOD CHURCH; IT IS


NOW AN "AFFILIATED" CHURCH, WITH LOCAL LEADERSHIP UNDER THE INTERIM
SUPERVISION OF THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT COUNCIL OF THE ASSEMBLIES
OF GOD

• PASTOR EMERITUS DAVE TANNER HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS THE "INTERIM PASTOR"
FOR NEW HOPE FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER; AND A NEW BOARD OF ELDERS HAS BEEN
APPOINTED WHICH INCLUDES FORMER NEW HOPE WORSHIP CENTER ELDERS, AND
ASSEMBLIES OF GOD DISTRICT PASTORAL STAFF AND PASTORS FROM NEIGHBORING
ASSEMBLIES OF GOD CHURCHES.

• ALL PROPERTIES AND FINANCES REMAIN UNDER THE TITLE OF NEW HOPE FAMILY
WORSHIP CENTER, BUT ARE UNDER THE INTERIM SUPERVISON OF THE SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA DISTRICT COUNCIL ASSEMBLIES OF GOD.
Reference: New Hope Family Worship Center Articles of Incorporation. Dated June 15,1969;
Assemblies of God Bylaws, revised January 2002

• A NEW SENIOR PASTOR WILL BE SELECTED AND AFFIRMED BY THE NEW HOPE FAMILY
WORSHIP CENTER MEMBERSHIP UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THE SOUTHERN
CALIFORNIA DISTRICT COUNCIL OF ASSEMBLIES OF GOD

• ONCE THE NEW SENIOR PASTOR HAS BEEN AFFIRMED, AUTONOMOUS LEADERSHIP
WILL BE RETURNED TO NEW HOPE FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER

QUESTIONS REGARDING THE FACTS PRESENTED IN THIS DOCUMENT MAY BE ADDRESSED TO


NEW HOPE FAMILY WORSHIP CENTER ELDERS SCOTT ALLEN,
JESSIE SMITH AND JACK WYATT; PASTOR EMERITUS DAVE TANNER; ASSEMBLIES OF GOD
SUPERINTENDENT RAY RACHELS, OR ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENTS RICHARD GUERRA AND
JAMES L. CHAPMAN. Call New Hope at (951) 737- HOPE (4673)

Scott Allen Jessie Srrmn

Elder, NHFWC Elder, NHFWC Elder, NHFWC