On September 1, 2000 Pastor Mitchell and the Board
of Elders met with Pastor Bill Coolidge and 10 Pastors from the Door, Yuma for 5 hours in
Chandler Arizona. The purpose was to attempt to resolve a long standing and disruptive
attitude of isolation and abuse coming from Pastor Coolidge that had affected our
The result of this meeting was a unanimous request
by the Board of Elders for Pastor Coolidge to resign the pastorate of the Yuma Door, as he
has unfit himself from that position. A very generous offer was made by the Board to
support him at his present salary etc. for 6 months, after which he would be given full
support to Pioneer another church. He refused this offer, stating later that he was
insulted by this offer.
Pastor Coolidge immediately returned to Yuma and
announced that the Fellowship had thrown the Yuma church out of the Fellowship. This was
blatantly untrue. Nearly ½ the Yuma congregation refused to follow his rebellion as well
as some 35 of the Yuma Pastors. They remained in Fellowship under the name, Yuma Potters
House. Pastor Kevin Foley has taken the pastorate of the Potters House, Yuma and we
are thankful this church and conference will continue as it has in the past. Some 24
Pastors announced loyalty to Pastor Coolidge.
Some of the Yuma churches have already announced
they are leaving the Fellowship in the misinformation and deliberate deception resulting
form Pastor Coolidges actions. We trust the remaining Pastors will see by now the
issue is clearly rebellion against headship and continue to align themselves with their
Mother Church, The Potters House, Yuma under Pastor Foleys leadership. Those
who do not we will conclude have removed themselves from the Fellowship and the blessing
in ministry, identity and access that brings.
It is a sad note when a Pastor of a Fellowship
whose very heart beat for 30 years has been Pioneering, considers an
opportunity to Pioneer, with all the dignity that bears, to be an insult. May
God restore us to eh vision that brought the Yuma church and all the rest of our churches
into being. You should call any of the Board of Elders if you need clarification and the
truth about the Sept. 1st meeting.