Christian Satellite Network Chaos
We’ve been covering the legal and moral issues surrounding Mike Kestler and the former Calvary Satellite Network for over fifteen years.
Things had been quiet since his post scandals return and marriage to someone almost 40 years his junior…until now.
Sources now say that the former general manager has been fired and replaced with Shannon Scholten, a young, blond woman who was a veterinary business person with no experience in radio.
Observers note that she fits a pattern for Kestler of pursuing young, blond women…she resembles his wife, who resembled his ex wife, who resembled a woman he was accused of harassing in Costa Mesa.
She has also been named a vice president and allegedly given a place on the board of the sprawling radio empire.
One can only assume that though she has no experience in radio, that she has other skills and attributes Kestler appreciates.
More serious allegations being made are that no minutes of board meetings have been kept for the last ten years and fraudulent documents have been created to cover Kestler’s financial dealings.
Sources alleged that Kestler borrowed almost $200,000 from the non profit this spring to buy two homes in Hawaii when only he and his wife were on the board.
Since then, Pastor Isadoro Manzo has been named to the board…retroactively approving those loans according to the charges being made.
Fictitious board minutes were allegedly created by Kestler’s new GM to cover the transactions.
Unless these charges somehow make it to the IRS for full investigation, not much will come of this…but if they do there may be another CSN scandal for the archives.
We, as always, are monitoring the situation.
OMG! I know it’s inappropriate, but first reaction was laughing so hard couldn’t breathe. Who could have not seen this coming. Thank u Pope Chuckie for leaving this immoral mess behind as part of your own immoral legacy. It is the gift that keeps on giving so we can have the occasional chuckle. Miss “blond with attributes” is probably the replacement for the present one with “attributes”. So many “attributes”. So little time when one has a perversion quota to fill.
I confess that I amused myself with that one…
Mike Kestler has no business being a representative for Christianity. He must step down from his position as pastor and president of CSN.
I believe God will have some choice words for Mr. Kestler about his conduct when the time comes.
He won’t step down and he won’t have to until people and pastors stop supporting CSN.
Michael thx for posting. It is my understanding that Kessler is that type of guy who won’t hesitate to file lawsuits against the brethren.
Some food for thought….If CSN or Kessler has or has had any current or former employees based in California who have been wronged they could potentially bring a civil action against Mr. Kessler regardless of where he resides. If such a potential plaintiff exists, Mr. Kessler could easily be reined in via PAGA lawsuit/Sexual harassment action in a California Court.
Also of note, California just passed a law extending the statute of limitations for sexual harassment and other workplace offenses to 3 years. Kessler and other bad guys better watch out.
He does love to sue people….
How the #$%^ does an old fart like him get a girl almost 40 years his junior? Asking for a friend.
Money makes people young and virile…or at least young…
SR, u r essentially right. It’s just that the rot is so entrenched and the people so willfully blind that it will continue. Frankly, unrepentant people love unrepentant pastors. It validates their corruption while they falsely claim they are in Christ. The rest of us who sin, but yet repent & have the decency to sorrow over what we did, will naturally object & see the horror before us. Others, for reasons of their own hidden (or unhidden?) sin, love the sinful, crude leaders. Let them have them. We r free and can go where we please.
The best remedy would b that leadership across the board in CC (& plenty of other places) would clean out their own house & prescribe repentance 4 all. If u like holding ur breath til u pass out, u can wait 4 that impossibility. Best thing is to keep yourself unstained from the world & support those that expose the rot. Even Samuel was told to quit mourning over Saul.
God will not be mocked. Their time is coming & it will b bitter for the pastors who pervert God’s Word & His ways . While Christ walked the Earth, The harshest rebukes were always reserved for the leaders of His people who were corrupt. He had great pity on those that had no power, but called the religious leaders, “spawn of the devil”. They will go to gnashing of teeth.
Sadly, it all makes life very difficult for those of us who simply want to serve Him. We can “encourage one another while it is still day” and let people know these difficulties r not of their own doing. The hype, the happy fotos of ads for Megachurches r just slick marketing & it’s all slobber. Though other “Christians” will make fun or not understand, The fellowship of suffering in Christ is a very noble thing & no defense is ever owed to the worldly idiots that seem to populate too many “churches” & pulpits these days.
I thought I was approaching the line with my kids’ mom 11 years younger (3 month crossover, but really 10). She traded me I for someone 10 years her junior. Kids these days….
I used to scan through TEMAA on the radio on the way home until CSN gave up the FM channel here. I had no idea.
How does he keep convincing people to be on his crooked board!?
My guess is that birds of a feather…are on boards together…
CSN or something like it should, no must be, especially now. If Mike is guilty of what has been said, yes, out of respect, he should walk away from leadership. If he has repented, he should be forgiven and not if he hasn’t. I feel he should not be condemned for marrying somebody 38 years his junior. This is not sin only a current social issue based on suspicions.
I understand folks resigning, that is their choice. The fact remains, does God forgive our sins? Yes. Does God want Mike running CSN, I can’t answer that. Sin is like a chain with links. We are all hanging from our chains. It doesn’t matter which one we break, the auduterous one, the murder one, the theft one, each one is the same, we fall the same distance. Only God catches us. Can any one of us say God has or has not caught Mike?
Everything I read shows that at least 65% or more of female to male accusations are false. I have been accused of abuse 3 times, later they all admitted it wasn’t true. I know, the opposite was true, I was abused. Is this Mike’s case? I have been more secretive and not remarried because I was found guilty until proven innocent yet my record is still there. It’s too easy, we judge perhaps because our links are weak and we suppose quickly, someone else wasn’t as good as we are and failed. Well if we have failed in our hearts but not in action, we are guilty of the same in God’s eyes.
Make your own choices as a result of prayer and leave or stay with Mike and others. Is CSN still helping brothers and sisters? I think so. Still feel the same as you if Mike was guilty. He should step down. Me, I will still listen to CSN for now. I am not all knowing. I will leave judgement to the only one with the right to do so. Meanwhile, I will pray women of truth get Justice and that men falsely accused get Justice. Until the returns. Hope we see each other at the White Thrown.
Wow..all i can say is over the past 2 years Mike, Leo, Jeff, Shannon and multiple guests host have been a total blessing to me personally. I have never given them a dime or called in to the program. Only a listener. Absolutely love these folks and pray this program continues
Michael, why did Pastor Leo G leave TEMA…
I have no idea.
Care even less.
He’s a creep just like Kestler…