PUBLIC STATEMENT ROBERT ROY McCOY
PUBLIC STATEMENT ROBERT ROY McCOY
Potter’s Field Ministries of Montana, Inc.
My name is Rob McCoy and I am the Chairman of the Board for Potter’s Field Ministries of Montana, Inc. and also for Potter’s Field Ranch, Inc.
After conferencing with the office of the Attorney General of Montana, we have ascertained that immediate dissolution of the two Potter’s Field nonprofits cannot be accomplished. That process will proceed as to each organization in keeping with Montana state law and will eventually be subject to the review and approval of the Attorney General.
While the ministries have already been tried in the court of social media, the current allegations made through the media and in personal conversations with me, against leadership of Potter’s Field Ranch, Inc. (known as PFR) carry the potential to result in the ruination of the sponsorship base that supports both children and missionaries domestically and internationally. In an effort to minimize the potential losses to the children’s funding, Michael and Pamela Rozell have voluntarily removed themselves from the day to day operations of PFR and will be formally resigning from the Board of Directors along with the current sitting Board members as new officers and directors are elected to continue administration of the children’s programs.
Likewise, to avoid any further confusion about their involvement, the Rozells have voluntarily removed themselves from the daily operations of Potter’s Field Ministries of Montana, Inc. (known as PFM) as real properties held by PFM are placed on the market to be sold for a current market value.
America follows the code of law that requires due process. I, as the new Chairman of the Board and with the assistance of pastors who are independent of Potter’s Field, will pursue a full investigation as to any formal allegations brought to the Boards of these ministries, including the service of volunteer hours, and the results of that investigation will be forthcoming when completed. If these ministries are found to have been involved in any ethical or legal failure, it is our intention to both own those failings and make restitution where fault has been established.
In addition, though I have not found in my initial review, undertaken with limited skill in this area, any mismanagement or fraud, I authorized and will arrange for an independent audit to be taken with the findings to be made public. In relation to the sponsorship program moving forward, no more than 15% of donations will be used for administration costs. A minimum of 85% of all donations will go directly to the children and missionaries. There will be full transparency and financial accountability of the audit and of the sponsorship program.
This is my first experience with this type of situation. In the rapid decline of these ministries, the bulk of my time has been spent attempting to pull students back from foreign missions, returning students to their families, paying the debts and monthly expenses of the ministries and the resignation of some 40 staff people who today may be hurting due to their sudden loss of employment and loss of community. If in the midst of all this, I have misspoken in prior public statements to the media, I apologize and will endeavor to improve as I walk this learning curve.
On a personal note, I would like it known that neither I nor GodSpeak Church will receive any compensation from these ministries nor do I represent Calvary Chapel Association or the Rozells in the making of this public statement.