December 11, 2014 10:45 am -

Five members of a North Carolina anti-LGBT church were indicted on several felony charges this week, in the wake of a complaint lodged by a gay man who says church members kidnapped him and assaulted him because of his sexual orientation, according LGBTQ Nation.

A grand jury indicted Justin Brock Covington, Brooke McFadden Covington, Robert Louis Walker Jr. and Adam Christopher Bartley on second degree kidnapping and simple assault charges. A fifth member, Sarah Covington Anderson, was indicted on second degree kidnapping as well as simple assault and assault by strangulation.

The indictment announcements were released on Tuesday.

All members under indictment belong to The Word of Faith Fellowship, a church which has been under fire before for the same behavior, its cult-like behavior and severe treatment of members.

In October of 2012, Michael Lowry, 22, said he was physically and emotionally abused by leaders of the church while being kept in confinement in a dorm-like facility from Aug. 1 to Nov. 19, 2011.

Lowry said he was knocked unconscious on the first day after being confined.

“They hit my head with fist(s), and I was out on the floor…held my hands and feet down, and were pushing on my chest,” Lowry said. The abuse, he says, was part of an effort to “expel the demon” that church members believed caused his homosexuality. “You can’t stay on the grounds unless you want God,” he told the news station.

Lowry added that he was frequently accompanied to the bathroom because church leaders were in fear he might be masturbating.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

In 1995, the church was the subject of an “Inside Edition” report on its “blasting” techniques, in which a person is encircled by church members and subjected to high-pitched shrilling sounds, screams and prayers. Blasting sessions can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours….

On Jan. 29, 2013, Fenner says he was threatened with confinement for two days, slapped, strangled and verbally assaulted in an attempt, he says, to free him of “homosexual demons.”

Both the church and the accused deny the allegations.

Fenner left the church and he is now an anthropology student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

His mother and brother testified against Fenner in the grand jury deliberations, and both are members of the church.

Wait for it.

According to LGBTQ Nation, the church also operates an unaccredited private school, which was due to receive state funding under North Carolina’s new private school voucher program. The program has been ruled unconstitutional by a state appeals court and is awaiting a hearing at the North Carolina Supreme Court.

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26 responses to Anti-Gay Church Members Indicted For Kidnapping, Brutal Assault On Gay Man

  1. crc3 December 11th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Must be a satellite extension of Westboro Baptist Church spreading hate and vile actions against non whites, gays, lesbians, and anyone else who doesn’t practice their beliefs. All of them will burn in hell….

    • Larry Schmitt December 11th, 2014 at 3:07 pm

      Unfortunately, there probably isn’t a hell for them to burn in. They will get away with their crimes.

  2. William December 11th, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Jesus would be so proud.

  3. MaryJane Mccarthy James December 11th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    They need to go to prison and become the wife of buba. Actually they would like it.

  4. tiredoftea December 11th, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Gotta love compassionate christians in action.

  5. Carla Akins December 11th, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    This is stunning, why didn’t this indictment occur in Nov 2012? I feel so badly for this young man. And his family? Et to Brute?

  6. Pundit456 December 11th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    It is unclear how this particular person was chosen and from where exactly he was kidnapped.
    The logical assumption, from this article, is that Lowry was a member of the church or at least a member of the congregation which would be like a Jew attending a neo-nazi meeting. In other words, why did Lowry place himself in that position in the first place?

    • Anomaly 100 December 11th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      Troll elsewhere. If you’re going to blame the victim, you don’t belong here.

      • Pundit456 December 11th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

        You really should share that opinion with someone who cares what you think; which most assuredly is not me.

        • Anomaly 100 December 11th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

          In that case, you’re done here.

          Have a nice evening.

          • whatthe46 December 11th, 2014 at 11:57 pm


        • rg9rts December 13th, 2014 at 5:35 am

          No one cares about trolls so what is your real ID

    • Chris Evans December 11th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Blaming the victim? Really? Some people have no shame.

      • Pundit456 December 11th, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        If he did in fact place himself in harm’s way he bears some responsibility for what happened to him. It is ludicrous to suggest that a person who acts grossly irresponsibly is blameless when they are victimized as a result.
        If they came to his house or grabbed him off of the street or even if they lured or tricked him, then he would be blameless.

      • rg9rts December 13th, 2014 at 5:34 am

        Throw away ID too… Trolling

  7. AnthonyLook December 11th, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Perhaps they intended to murder him and then marry him posthumously to a live heterosexual woman.

    • Larry Schmitt December 11th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      And then, like the Mormons, baptize him after they kill him.

  8. AnthonyLook December 11th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

  9. rg9rts December 13th, 2014 at 5:33 am

    Good christians one and all

  10. Denise December 19th, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    These types give Christianity a bad name.