Vineyard USA founder’s widow, board members sue breakaway Anaheim pastors for fraud

by | Nov 23, 2022 | Religion

(RNS) — As pastors of a prominent Southern evangelical church in Southern California, Alan and Kathryn Scott say they’ve always tried to do God’s will.In 2018, that meant becoming pastors of the Vineyard Anaheim, the flagship congregation of the Vineyard USA, an influential charismatic denomination.
Four years later, the Scotts claim, God told them to lead their church out of the Vineyard and break from the denomination.
“We’re simply doing what we’ve been taught to do, which is to listen to the Lord and respond when he speaks,” the Scotts said in a recent message to their church, which was renamed as the Dwelling Place in April.
A group of church members — including the widow of Vineyard founder John Wimber — and four former church board members disagree. Instead, they believe the Scotts took control of the church and its assets, valued at $62 million, under false pretenses.
In a complaint filed Nov. 10 in the California Superior Court for Orange County, they alleged the Scotts misled the church board during their job interview and promised to keep the church in the Vineyard denomination.
The board members, including former pastor Lance Pittluck, claim they relied on that promise when they hired the Scotts. Had they known the Scotts planned to leave the Vineyard, according to the complaint, the board members say they would never have voted to hire the couple.
“Plaintiffs allege that the Scott Defendants always intended to remove Anaheim Vineyard and its $62,000,000 in assets from the worldwide Vineyard Movement,” according to the complaint.
To support their allegations, the plaintiffs cite a 2017 letter allegedly written b …

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