Does Potters Field Ministries Still Exist?
Despite all the talk about Mike and Pam Rozell stepping down from their scandal marred ministries, that simply isn’t true.
Public records show that while Rob McCoy has been added to both corporate boards the Rozells and their hand picked officers still control the boards of both Potters Field Ministries and Potters Field ranch.
Rob McCoy did sent this letter out last week;
July 25, 2019
Dear Supporters of Potter’s Field Ministries,
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rob McCoy and I am senior pastor at Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Thousand Oaks, CA, as well as mayor of the city of Thousand Oaks. I’m writing to share with you news that is both saddening and at the same time encouraging and exciting.
First of all, thank you. You have been a faithful supporter of Potter’s Field Ministries and have been an indispensable part of transforming lives for the glory of Jesus Christ through the work of that ministry. Your prayerful and financial support has made – and is continuing to make – an immeasurable eternal impact.
Regrettably, as of this week Potter’s Field Ministries no longer exists, due to reasons entirely unrelated to the use or misuse of funds. Having heard of the trials that Potter’s Field had been encountering as of late, I came on board recently to assist in helping in the struggles that were being faced. However, these things ultimately ended in the closure of the organization. For Potter’s Field’s public statement on the matter please visit www.pottersfield.org.
While the organization of Potter’s Field Ministries is sadly no more, the work being done with children around the world will continue! Godspeak Calvary Chapel has adopted the domestic and international children’s programs formerly known as Potter’s Field Kids. A brand new board has been put in place with a vision and focus to ensure that these children do not bear the effects of the dissolution of Potter’s Field and that they continue to receive the focus and care they deserve.
Obviously this ministry to the children is dear to your heart. Let me assure you that nothing has changed in what you signed up to support. Your donations will be applied exclusively to the children’s programs and to the operational costs necessary for their facilitation and sustainability. Our commitment to you is that we will be an organization of transparency in handling these funds and our administrative costs will not exceed 20% of sponsorship contributions. Our goal will be to minimize that percentage as much as possible. The directive of the new board is to be a “money in, money out” organization and to run a tight ship, focused on distributing the maximum amount to the needs on the field.
For those of you who give via credit/debit card or bank draft, we will be suspending all automatic donations until August 1, 2019 at which time all active debits will be reactivated for their typical draft schedule. If you wish to discontinue your support of the children’s programs, please contact us prior to August 1, 2019. For those who donate via check, donations received by check from July 22 until August 1 will be held until we can contact you and confirm deposit.
The administration of sponsorship records, child records, and donor relations is in process of being transitioned to the new management. Until further notice, you can continue to reach the Sponsorship Department utilizing the formerly Potter’s Field contact information of 1-877-337-2624 and email@example.com.
Again, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for your faithful service unto the Lord. He has honored that and will continue to do so. Thank you for considering the assistance still very much needed for the children and we hope to partner with you for many years to come as we watch the Lord be glorified and His children lovingly attended to.
Godspeak Calvary Chapel
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
Potters Field Ministries is a corporation in good standing with the State of Montana as of 9:00 AM this morning.
None of this adds up and it all reeks of a cover up.
As McCoy sat on the Audit Committee of the City Council of Thousand Oaks, California, he will be aware of the standard for investigating financial fraud in an organization such as Potter’s Field Ministries and Potter’s Field Ranch.
If fraud or improprieties are asserted or discovered, an audit committee—through external auditors, internal auditors, or forensic accounting consultants, as appropriate—should investigate, and, if necessary, retain legal counsel to assert claims on the organization’s behalf. Forensic accounting consultants, in particular, may be needed to provide the depth of skills necessary to conduct a fraud investigation, and if it is desirable to get an independent assessment. If fraud is discovered, or there is a reasonable basis to believe that fraud may have occurred, an audit committee is responsible for ensuring that an investigation is undertaken.
Qualified forensic accounting consultants have the education, training, and experience to provide additional assistance to audit committees so they may better carry out their fiduciary responsibilities in the fight against fraud.
Don McClure, as Chairman of the Calvary Chapel Association, has already asserted an allegation of fraud and improprieties concerning Potter’s Field in a statement of July 25, 2019, saying, “Some of the money didn’t go to the kids”.
In light of such allegations and with Mr. McCoy now listed as a board member of Potter’s Field, there could well be culpability and liability if a full investigation is not undertaken.
In the meantime, there are still interns in need of financial assistance and counseling…which McCoy has yet to address.
He did have time to write the donor letter, however…
Why is it necessary for McCoy to mention that he is major of Thousand Oaks?
What a racket.
Mr. McCoy either knows what to do – as a result of his time on the Thousand Oaks audit committee – and is not doing it. Or, he does not know what to do – in spite of his time on the audit committee – and is not competent to be on the board of PFM to close it down. Either way, it does not speak well of him or his abilities (or lack thereof) in this circumstance…
“Having heard of the trials that Potter’s Field had been encountering as of late, I came on board recently to assist in helping in the struggles that were being faced. ”
McCoy spun it to sound like PFM is simply the victim of circumstance! Sick & Outrageous!
Often people reveal their hearts by what they will not say.
Hey Duane and others,
I’m not close with Rob but have seen him throughout the years up close and personal. He’s certainly a man of action with a big personality – which quite frankly is going to be needed for this task. He also tends to surround himself with competent people who are action-oriented. Although he has known the Rozells for many years (20 or more?) He is a decent bridge and is not a total insider to PFM, but should know the situation enough to help wrap things up. He may feel a sense of obligation to help, having sent many students and staff to Montana over the years. One would hope his involvement in the political world will be motivation enough to do the dirty work and still keep his nose clean in the process.
I’d be slow to throw stones on this one and maybe just ask him directly what the plans are.
I’ve reached out to him…waiting for a response.
Rob McCoy is both a politician and a pastor? That’s interesting on another level.
I’m not questioning Mr. McCoy’s character, much less throwing stones. There are, however, standard procedures (such as those outlined by Michael in the article) that need to be undertaken to assure accountability and transparency in a situation such as this. Time will tell if such procedures are implemented by Mr. McCoy…
I might add that such procedures are the first things than need to be put into place.
You’re sure it’s not Bob McCoy, right? Asking for a friend…
Wow. Just wow…. You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you cannot ever fool the All Mighty.
…”I’m writing to share with you news that is both saddening and at the same time encouraging and exciting”.
Exciting? Just what is “exciting” about any of this? So CCA is “sad” that the PFM is shut down “due to reasons entirely not related to the use or misuse of funds”… ?
So he’s already made this statement that there are no money issues. Most importantly are the young adults and underage “children” that have been abused by Mike and Pam at PFM and no mention of them. There is no question of McCoy’s character, it stinks to high heaven. Money is number one with these pastors/mayors and whatever else they call themselves. Well like I said before, this sickens me and I hope they are caught with their hands in the Int’l cookie jars.
God forbid the money train get derailed…
No freakin way!? Seriously, “sad that Potters Field is closed”?!
What about sad for the victims and survivors of Mike consistent abuse? What about an apology to the donors whose money DIDN’T go to the children and ministries they intended? I am SO sick of watching proclaimed Christian leaders act this way.
Unless he’s had a full audit by outside auditor completed, he’s unwise to say there’s no money issues at this point.
I will be speaking with McCoy on Friday…and I’ll be asking all the questions we all have.
Where’s the apology to us who had been abused for years? Why did I even come forward and spend weeks talking to the press in hopes of being able to heal and see justice?
This is why no one speaks up anymore—nothing will change. Praise the Lord there are friends who I’d all but lost have finally been able to escape and I’d do this all again if it meant that was the only thing to come out of this but dang dude.
They over there acting like we’re not suicidal or riddled with PTSD or have basically been living in our therapist’s office for years. They don’t seem to know what isolation and brain damage does to a person’s life.
Why does no one care about us? What about us?
Kenzie…we’re still fighting…hang in there, my friend.
“He’s certainly a man of action with a big personality – which quite frankly is going to be needed for this task. He also tends to surround himself with competent people who are action-oriented“
No no no no no no no.
That’s exactly what they would say about Mike Rozell. Those are the exact words that would be thrown my way every single time I would show a speck of doubt about how things were being handled. Someone’s personality doesn’t excuse them in any way, shape or form. You either do things right or you don’t. I know that the intention of the person that commented wasn’t to excuse this guy, but it just brought back memories. Those were the excuses they used “ Pastor mike is a passionate man, that’s why he talks (screms) the way he does” “pastor mike has a big and out there personality, that’s why he jokes the way he jokes” I was even told he had the gift of prophecy when he started telling me what would happen If I left the program before it was time, which was frightening. I’m still afraid of sharing my experience because its still hard to formulate my own opinion without feeling like I should share with “authority” to be validated. I’m scared that Michael will show up one day, “redeemed” “changed” or with the perfect excuse or explanation for everything and blame, shame and condemn every single person that shared their story.
Does anyone see the amount of harm this psychopath has caused to so many using jesus name???
Michael may I have your email?
Was just informed by a reliable source that Rob McCoy didn’t even write this. A PFM staff member did. Rob signed a blank piece of paper and told the staff member to write whatever because he’s “a very busy man” who has to catch a flight. They asked how he would be able to review it for approval and he said he wouldn’t need to and it would be fine.
Wow. Just wow. Over it, guys. No one takes any of this seriously and I’m tired of trying. Too discouraged to care at this point.
The sheer audacity of all of this is breathtakingly satanic…
20% ! ?
posting merely for the sake of comparison:
In 2017, 95% of every donation went directly into our programs that address the needs of the world’s vulnerable people. We value the trust you have placed in our organization, and we strive for the highest financial accountability ratings.
includes real, long-term homes for real, cared-for kids
for verification — Assist International Financial Information
no, I do not represent the organization
Those who have been involved dispute that number.
An outside audit is necessary to determine the truth.
That’s sad! Praying for the Rozells & everyone affected by this fall. Thank you God Speaks for making sure our sponsored child is still cared for.