Gospel Assembly

7135 Meredith Drive * Des Moines, Iowa 50322

Phone (515) 276-1331

Lloyd L. Goodwin - FOUNDER and SENIOR PASTOR

Leander N. Ray - PASTOR


July 19, 1991 

 Dear Sister Wanda:

Today I received your letter dated July 15, 1991. I will try and give a proper and scriptural response to the same.

(I had asked him in my letter of the 15th to call or have one of the elders call so we could get together to work things out. He was letting me know that he didn't receive the letter by the 17th.)

Since you have not attended church for some time now - and during the same time of your absence from the church you have been contacting different church members sowing discord among the brethren, Proverbs 6:19 - what other response should you have expected from those who love their church and would work as hard to defend it as you would to undermine it. Knowing of the letters you had written, the elders were certainly within their rights to ask you to refrain from speaking in my absence.

(I have to insert here that the reader should be aware of what transpired in the forgoing letters. After having threatened my life and all the other very true accusations to which I have witnesses, all he is doing here is trying to cover himself in case of a law suit. I did not go around trying to sow discord, I was just trying to get the elders (at this time) to help me! Anyone who was in those services in 1991 knows that there were things that needed to be worked out between us and that he did knowingly do these things. June Goodwin did tell me on the phone that she knew for a fact that I had been to bed with over 50 men! I know this was because Lloyd Goodwin had told her this. In 1982 when I lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma, I worked two jobs to be able to take care of my three children. I barely made ends meet but when I received a little money from the sale of our house in Des Moines, I sent a $500.00 check to him. I have witnesses who saw him hold up that check and heard him say that he wasn't going to cash it because it was dirty money. (He did cash the check.) He was insinuating that I had gotten this money by prostitution! I talked to him on the phone and he insinuated to me personally that I might be a high-class call girl! I was in absolute shock when he said that. I told him I couldn't believe he would even think something like that about me after knowing me for six years! You must understand that at this time, I still believed that he was The Man Of God. I was planning to move to one of the other Assemblies.)

I know of nothing that needs to be worked out between you and me, as I have instigated nothing that would bring about a hostile or adversarial relationship between us. If I have, unknowingly, please forgive me. However, when you returned from your last trip to the south, it seems you returned in a frame of mind that kept you away from church. It was from then, at that time on, you began contacting members of the church and sowing discord. As the senior pastor, responsible for the stability and continuity of the church, I could not permit this threat to the church to go unnoticed.

I do not know who is talking to you - but I have never lied about you to the church. For instance, neither I nor Sister June, nor anyone else that I know, has ever accused you of being a prostitute or of having been in bed with over fifty men as you allege in your letters. I have never said, or done, any such thing. Again, I have never said or done anything to separate (name withheld) or the people from you.

Again, as I said before, I regret to inform you that your contacts with members of this assembly, by word of mouth and through your letters, saying and writing things designed to mitigate and undermine my influence with the people and diminish the hope and trust and fellowship of the membership of this church…..has been the cause that has been responsible for the people drawing back and withholding their fellowship from you. Not anything that I have done.

As for the time and money we have all given to the church and others to churches everywhere, it was freely given without coercion of any kind. Just because we freely give to the church, does not mean we somehow own a part of it or can determine in some way the direction the church is to take. The final determination of all policies and decisions of the church lies in the hands of the church elders. Acts 6:3-6. In some areas the church may suggest - but "we" (the apostles) will make the final "appointing" after the apostles "pray" to be sure these are the ones selected by God, then the apostles will "lay" their hands on them. The final determination of all matters pertaining to the church is in the hands of the leadership of the church. Hebrews 13:7, 17.

(This part didn't even make sense. What was all this talk about "we" the apostles. Was there another recognized apostle? NO!)

As far as God raising you up, as a woman, to instruct me - nothing could be farther from scripture. I Corinthians 14:34-35. I Timothy 2:11-12. I Corinthians 11:3. There are many good men in this fellowship that God can use to correct me if such correction is, in fact, necessary.

(Even though his male chauvinism is really shining here, what I would like to know, is where were these men???? Someone told me that at one time, Brother Karlson, Brother Ivan Geary and Brother James Mercer tried to talk to him about something but his answer to that was to send them to three different parts of the country a long way from each other.)

In closing, even if what you say I said is true, which it is not - but even if it were true…..why do you not, as a Bible-believing Christian, accept the scriptural teaching of the Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 6:1,7. "Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust…..Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? Why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded?"

(This was a real convenient copout wasn't it? What he was saying is "Why not just sit back and let me defraud you? Let me steal your money and molest your women and destroy your families and lives. That's what good Christians are supposed to do isn't it?")

And again, what about all those that have said and done things to defame my character and try to ruin my reputation? My position has always been that as was taught by the Apostle Paul in Romans 12:17-21. "Recompense to no man evil for evil…..Avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord….."

(If he really believed this, why did he threaten my life when I only told the truth? He felt like he was right next to God in the hierarchy and therefore he had a right to take vengeance.")

Since the church is made up of voluntary, associational members, as such they can also voluntarily leave. (You could only leave if you could disassociate yourself mentally.) Since you have chosen to disassociate yourself from my ministry and this fellowship, I would hope that you will find what you are looking for elsewhere.

Respectfully submitted,

Lloyd L. Goodwin



Letter from Vernon Goodwin and Mine back to him