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About GAC
Here you will get a quick
overview of what GAC is.

False prophecies that
Goodwin made

In this section, you will find direct quotes from Goodwin that proved to be false.

Misc quotes by Goodwin
Quotes from books and tapes. Was he power-mad or what?

Personal experiences
Personal accounts from former members of GAC. Don’t read these if you are easily offended.

Here you can hear Goodwin for yourself! In one of these sound bytes, Goodwin says that Jesus visited him.

Legal Stuff:
Find out how much Goodwin was worth at his death; read “Goodwin v. US” and more.
Gospel Assembly
Christian Academy

Glenn Goodwin
Glenn Goodwin (current pastor of the Des Moines GAC) calls a child molester a “great man” and more.

Lee Ray
Did you know that Lee Ray has a son? Did you know he had sex with girls and women in the church?

Misc GAC photos
Photos of the church, the ministers and more.

Misc. Info
This section contains
info that does not fit
into the other categories.

Newspaper articles
Newspaper articles about GAC

The Covenants
In 1988, Goodwin made the entire church take 10 “covenants” which you can read here. Weird stuff!

Yoke of Bondage
One man's story of his
involvement in the Tom Jolly organization. Jolly was later convicted as a pedophile – and was one of Lloyd Goodwin’s mentors along with others.

William Sowders
A history of William Sowder's ministry. (Sowders was another one of Goodwin's mentors.)

Information on cults
Information and links on destructive cults, mind control, brainwashing, and more.

Visitor Comments
See what others think!

Contact info
Contact information for us and Des Moines GAC

Other web pages about
Gospel Assembly Churches

Erroneous Goodwin teachings
This section refutes some of Goodwin's doctrines.

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"I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars..." -- Revelation 2:2

Rev. Glenn Goodwin is the pastor of the Gospel Assembly Church in Urbandale, Iowa (a suburb of Des Moines). His uncle, Lloyd L. Goodwin (deceased) founded this church and many other churches around the world. Many people believe the Lloyd Goodwin organization to be a destructive cult; you will see why when you browse this website.

Consider the following quote from Lloyd Goodwin's last sermon on July 20, 1996:

"I say to every preacher on the face of this earth that contradicts and conflicts with the message that was given to us by Brother William Sowders and the message that goes over this pulpit - let that preacher be damned. Let him be damned! Any preacher sitting on this platform that doesn't feel that way, you shouldn't be up here. You're up here because you're supporting my message..."

I personally heard statements like this my entire life, as I grew up in this so-called church. This is but one quote that you will find on this website. Lloyd Goodwin used tactics of fear, manipulation, and mind control. As you can guess from the above quote, he taught that if you did not follow him, you would likely be damned. As one studies how cults operate, it is easy to see the similarities. (See this article, which describes Lloyd Goodwin perfectly, in my opinion.)

Des Moines Register articleWhen Lloyd Goodwin died, his brother Vernon became the pastor of this church. Vernon Goodwin died 16 months later. At that time, Vernon's son Glenn became the pastor.

Glenn Goodwin has consistently held up his uncle Lloyd as an "Apostle" and a great man of God, despite statements like the above. He apparently still believes statements like this-- he apparently still runs this church the same way that his uncle ran it. In fact, his church thinks so highly of Lloyd Goodwin's last sermon that they made it into a booklet titled "Brother Goodwin's Last Message." Glenn has never made it his business to publicly denounce statements like the above, or to disavow his uncle's mind control tactics. In fact, in my opinion, he is a carbon copy of his uncle. Glenn would not be ashamed to admit this.

This organization has hurt many people, as you will see when you visit the personal experiences section. Mental abuse was constant when I grew up in this church. Girls have been raped in this church, and families torn apart. In addition, according to some ex-members, the church does not and never has reported the rent that it receives from it's tenants (the church has three apartment buildings on the property). Tenants were instructed to pay in cash-- yet the church claims that it does not charge rent at all. There are also allegations that the church instructed parents on how to claim the tuition to their school as tax deductable so they could give more to the church. (Of course, the church did not call it tuition, yet there was a set amount that the parents were expected to pay per month for each child enrolled.) When Lloyd Goodwin would use the word "tuition" in a sermon in regards to the GAC school, the person who was in charge of recording the sermons was instructed to "bleep" that word from the audio tape.

You can navigate this website using the menu bar on your left. If you read nothing else on this website, read this letter from a rape victim. I also highly recommend the following pages: Lloyd Goodwin's misc. quotes, Lloyd Goodwin's false prophecies, the personal stories section, and the Glenn Goodwin page. This website also has a message board where you can see what others have to say and post your own thoughts.

The purpose of this website is twofold: First, to expose this "church," and second, to provide an online "support group" for the many ex-members of this organization. As Robert Mason says " all those who might think that talking about all these things is negative...It's only negative to the point of releasing the hurt."

Creating this website has taken up a lot of my time. I certainly have other things that I would rather be doing, but it needed to be done, as other people have tried to get the church to right these wrongs, and Glenn Goodwin has refused to listen.

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"But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him."
Deuteronomy 18:20-22 (KJV)

Lloyd Goodwin gave quite a few false prophecies. This website will list some of them, as well as a wealth of other information on GAC, cults in general, and brainwashing. In my opinion, this church is a destructive cult.

Rev. Lloyd Goodwin, now deceased

Des Moines Register article

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