Foursquare Church Safeguarding Team Evaluating the Denomination’s Handling of...

Foursquare Church Safeguarding Team Evaluating the Denomination’s Handling of Misconduct Allegations Is Suspended

-

An International Church of the Foursquare Gospel safeguarding team that worked with students who accused a former college president of bullying, manipulation, and harassment has been suspended.

The safeguarding team was evaluating how the Pentecostal denomination handled a third-party investigation into allegations against Mike Larkin, president of Ignite Life Pacific University. The investigators with Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment found that Larkin misused his authority and Foursquare did not have adequate oversight and accountability policies.

At a recent Foursquare Gospel national convention, ministers asked about GRACE’s report and voted to recommend the safeguarding team be given more power and freedom in their own investigation, but in late July, the board halted the team’s work.

Larkin was previously a Los Angeles police officer who rose to popularity as a charismatic preacher for The Foursquare Church in the 1980s.

He had also served in the national leadership of the Pentecostal denomination. He resigned from Ignite Life Pacific University in 2019. He founded the school initially in Southern California in 2008 and called it a “reproducible, hands-on ministry where discipleship, academics, global ministry and local community outreach are all synchronized together.”

The program moved to Christiansburg, Virginia, in 2011.

GRACE’s investigation revealed that Larkin had “tremendous” authority over students’ lives.

“The whole place was a competition for Mike’s attention, getting him to like you,” a former student told Christianity Today. “He would say, ‘I can snap my fingers and get you a job in Foursquare like that.’

“He could guarantee you a job in Foursquare like that.’ He could guarantee you a job, because he had so many connections, or he could make sure you would never get a job. He threatened us with that all the time.”

Former Foursquare vice president Tammy Dunahoo told investigators with GRACE that leaders were protected in the denomination.

“There’s a mentality of, ‘We don’t cover up, but we do cover leaders,’” Dunahoo said. “We’ve had this ‘touch not mine anointed’ (approach) … It has covered up a lot of stuff.”

Photo courtesy: unsplash


Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

Read More

Latest news

Tracking online hate speech that follows real-world events

A machine-learning analysis has revealed patterns in online hate speech that suggest complex—and sometimes counterintuitive—links between real-world events and...

First primate relatives discovered in the high Arctic from around 52 million years ago

In the warm climate of ancient Canada, early primate relatives adapted to life in the high Arctic, albeit with...

Sleep disorders in parents and children associated with more parental stress, study finds

The rate of parental stress is greater among parents who have sleep disorders themselves, or have children with sleep...

Engineers created semi-living ‘cyborg cells’ with many capabilities

Natural and artificial cells are two common chassis in synthetic biology. Natural cells can perform complex tasks through synthetic...
- Advertisement -spot_img

Scientists digitally unwrapped the almost 2,300-year-old undisturbed mummy of a teenage boy

Ancient Egyptian mummies represent an opportunity to learn more about humans’ health, beliefs, and skills in antiquity. In the...

Funeral hears man who died in alleged Cork hospital assault was ‘one of the gentlest people’

The funeral of Matthew Healy was told this afternoon that he was a gentle person who loved his family,...

Must read

Titans, Doom Patrol Ending After Current Seasons on HBO Max

Their fourth seasons will be their last.Updated: Jan 26,...

Xbox Direct Reactions and Analysis – Unlocked 579

Microsoft gave us a Hi-Fi suprise!Updated: Jan 26, 2023...
- Advertisement -spot_imgspot_imgspot_imgspot_img

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you