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Donald Barrett case nearly bankrupts California COGIC jurisdiction

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The financial damage left by former COGIC minister Donald Barrett, is massive. If there’s one lesson COGIC should have learned by now its that sexually immoral clergy come with a steep price. The Donald Barrett case, unquestionably, is proof of that.

Last week we published an email by Barrett,  now living in the Atlanta area, proclaiming ” The case has been dismissed against me. I am yet a member of the Church of God in Christ, Inc.” But If Barrett is still a member of the Church of God in Christ, the first thing Bishop Charles Blake should do is require him to reimburse the church for hundreds of thousands of dollars lost due to his own admitted sexual immorality with two women in his congregation.  Then,  his credentials should be permanently revoked.

Barrett’s letter claiming  the case against him being dismissed is intentionally misleading. Court documents show the case was  dismissed only because of financial settlements with the two plaintiffs.   But that may be the least of the damage suffered by the denomination he called home for the last 40 years.

Sex cases cost the church big time. In the aftermath of  the legal proceedings, the financial loss was so steep Southern California 2nd Jurisdiction was left reeling and narrowly missed being forced to declare bankruptcy. Besides the $350,000 paid to the women from insurance claims, legal fees totalling $134,ooo pushed the jurisdiction’s finances to the brink.  Bishop George McKinney paid $4000 of personal money.  Whats more jurisdictional pastors were left with a $34,000 tab from Barrett’s out of control behavior.    The jurisdiction still owes over $100,000 in legal fees. Just one man’s ungodly action’s cost the church almost half a million dollars.

You can believe that a portion of that money was from the tithes, offerings, reports given by the saints of Southern California 2nd who had nothing to do with Barrett’s illicit actions. We’ve reported on scores of cases where the COGIC has been left holding the legal bill in the wake of sexual abuse cases.

  • In  2010, The Church of God in Christ’s Washington state jurisdictional headquarters at 9201 Pacific Ave was  put up for sale after having to pay a woman a million dollars in a  lawsuit the church lost in King County Superior Court.
  • In another case we reported on in 2011, Illnois 5th Jurisdiction was ordered to pay a 12 year old victim $1.5 million after she was sexually assaulted by Elder Ellis Barlow on a church trip.

How is God pleased with such an incredible waste of financial resources?

Report COGIC Abuse obtained court records detailing the deep  financial losses suffered.  These documents will be posted in our Letters and Documents section.

The Superior Court of California listed the case settled. To “settle” a case mean to legally end a dispute before the end of a trial. Since no case can be dismissed without a specific reason, omitting the reason for the dismissal is intentionally misleading. The question is why does Barrett want people to think the case was dismissed with no consequences? The settlement was reached Jan 29, 2013 with the two women by defendants Donald and Ruth Barrett, Greater Gospel Center COGIC of San Diego and the New Direction COGIC of Yuma, AZ. The settlement amount was $175,000 per plaintiff. One affidavit revealed that the Barretts filed for bankruptcy in a California court prior to the lawsuit, thus the entire burden for the legal assesments were placed on the two churches named in the suit.

To their credit and perhaps due in some measure to the work of Report COGIC Abuse, COGIC is moving towards seriously closing some of  the logistical loopholes which have in past times allowed ungodly men freedom to abuse others under their charge.  In another post, we will detail some of the new policy changes as recorded in the General Assembly minutes. Prayerfully, the Donald Barrett case will be the last of these types of  wicked and damaging incidents which have cast a pall over a great organization.

Listen to the audio of a COGIC “Review Board” questioning  Barrett about his involvement with the two women.

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  1. May 22, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    WOW

  2. May 29, 2013 at 12:32 am

    This pastor came into the church my great grandparents built and founded (both have now passed on) I was a member at the time and he said many inappropriate things to me. He misused funds issued in the great grandmothers name after her death, and he has tarnished the name of their church (Gospel Center). He and his wife! I know the victims and I have no sympathy for Donald Barrett or his wife. May God have mercy on their souls.

  3. warrenma
    June 5, 2013 at 2:20 am

    Around 9:26 the question is asked, “Have you ever been sexually involved with any one of these women?” Did I hear him say on the tape that “I did observe them in the sexual ‘process’, (or something like that, his voice got really quiet around this time) He said ” I did observe them, but I was not involved” And then he adds that his wife did not know this ‘observation’ by him had taken place?

    The Bishop in answer to the question said, he saw the two women having sex with each other but he did not ‘participate’. ???? I would call that ‘involvement’ So the answer is ‘yes’ he was ‘sexually involved’ with both of these women. Let me get this right. You are the Bishop watching two women have sex with each other. Under what circumstances is this acceptable behavior for a Christian man, never mind a Bishop?

    I also find it disturbing that the men questioning him seem to care more about protecting him and assuring him that their interest was to help him to move on, or get past this.

  4. June 24, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Yes, when you watch to people having sex, you are a participant in their activities. Barrett has learned well the art of technical lying. As if that is allows some type of merit for his conduct. The even sadder thing as you pointed out warrenma is the men who were questioning him. Their attitude was conciliatory towards him as opposed to taking a discovery posture and asking him hard questions about his conduct. So much for COGIC’s “sexual conduct review boards”. If this is how they conduct such serious matters, clearly it is a sham operation.

  5. March 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I am never one to blame the victim and honestly, this Pastor Barrett is one disgusting man. However, I will put in my two cents. I know Ingar Jones personally, and although she has never done any harm to me, I know that she is a liar, a con-woman and someone with a less than admirable reputation. I do believe that what happened with the pastor, Ingar and the other female is true, what I have serious doubts about is Ingar’s “forced participation.”
    Too late though, she received hefty compensation and I’m sure she’s now actively looking for her next pay-off opportunity!

    • March 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Point taken Jesse, but her character wasnt on trial, it was Barrett’s actions. Jones wasnt a pastor, bishop, church leader or anyone in leadership. In that regard even people with questionable character have the right to sue if they are done unjustly.

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