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“Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! When the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand. And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil. In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields. Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD”
(Micah 2: 1-5).

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The Secret Meeting of the Men
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On November 29, 2000, Pastor Dan Gayman made one of the biggest decisions, and perhaps one of the most detrimental ones, of his entire ministry. He decided to turn the brunt of his whole church against a former 20 year associate and fellow minister Scott Stinson by reversing his former signed agreement with him, and accusing him publicly of extortion against the church. The men attending this meeting were astonished to hear Pastor Gayman reverse his own former position and violate his previous statements which he himself had made to the congregation mandating their positive response to Scott and Lori's departure from the church to start a new ministry. Furthermore, the men attending this meeting described the demeanor of the ministers as shifty and hesitant.

Two private letters from Pastor Stinson to Pastor Gayman, written and given to him after Scott's separation from the Chuch had been completed and all transactions concluded, were publicly read and misrepresented as extortion letters used before the fact as leverage to coerce the Church. The dates of these letters were never revealed to the audience who heard them read. Neither were the men told that these letters were given to Pastor Gayman after the transactions with Pastor Stinson had been concluded. Pastor Gayman deliberately and purposely misrepresented those letters as extortion letters that were used to coerece the Church, when in fact he had never even seen them until after the transactions with Pastor Stinson had been completed. By attempting to misrepresent those letters, Pastor Gayman tried to recast Pastor Stinson's separation from the church as "criminal extortion," with Pastor Gayman being forced to act solely under duress, apart from the knowledge of the other ministers. This left the men with the impression that Pastor Gayman had been singled out in an extortion plot and was now appealing for the men to save him from "the criminals." He also told the men that he was the only one to sign the documents of separation with Pastor Stinson, further supporting the notion that he had been singled out, isolated, and forced to act under duress against his own will, apart from the other ministers' knowledge.

However, after Pastor Gayman decided to go to the media with this story, all the signed documents of Pastor Stinson's separation were made public at the website dangayman.com, and the men who formerly attended that meeting saw the signatures of all three ministers, as well as a local church notary. This totally contradicted what Pastor Gayman had told the men in his effort to encite their anger against Scott, and turn the church against him. Furthermore, this effort to misrepresent the real nature of Scott's separation and cover it up was further confirmed by Gray Clark's unwillingness to disclose certain documents to the Joplin Globe reporter Max McCoy, under the ridiculous excuse that it might injure Scott's reputation. How could Gray Clark say he was withholding documents to preserve Scott's reputation, when in the same phone call he was accusing Scott and Jerry of being guilty of "felony theft?" Whose reputation was Gray Clark really trying to preserve, by withholding the documents of Scott's separation from the Joplin Globe reporter? Was it not Pastor Gayman's reputation, who had told the men one thing, and had actually done another? Gray Clark knew all along it would injure Pastor Gayman's reputation, not Scott's, if the documents of Scott's separation were ever made public for all to see.

Any man who attended that meeting is welcome to view the documents on this website, which all three ministers signed, including two members of the Board of trustees, as well as Pastor Stinson himself, a minister and Chairman of the Board of trustees at the time. Moreover, Pastor Gayman has on numerous occasions told all the ministers that only a few signatures of trustees were required on official church documents. The viewer can see that the signed documents on this website completely contradict what Pastor Gayman told the men in his meeting when he said he was the only one to sign the documents of separation with Pastor Stinson, as if he had been deliberately singled out and forced to act under duress. However, if Pastor Gayman were truly forced to act under duress, and his theory of "extortion" were true, why did he wait over two weeks to report this supposed crime? Why did he not report it during those many intervals of time when Jerry Gentry had left the office and the ministers were there all alone, before any money had been transferred or deed signed? Moreover, when he did report this supposed crime, why did he not report it to the proper authorities, rather than calling the media, and a meeting of the men?

Lastly, Pastor Gayman told the men at this meeting that the severance payment made to Pastor Stinson financially broke the local Church. However, this too is completely untrue since the Church safe at the time contained nearly $45,000 in cash, in addition to thousands in silver and gold. It was the very next week that $9,000 of this money was used to pay the contractor who sealed and patched the local Church road. If the Church were financially broke, how was it able to pay this bill? Lastly, if Pastor Stinson were truly extorting the Church, wouldn't he have been a fool to take only $20,000 when he could have had $45,000, as well as thousands in silver and gold? What kind of criminal only takes half the money available, when he could have it all? If Pastor Stinson were truly extorting the Church, wouldn't he have completely emptied out the safe? In truth, Pastor Stinson was not extorting the church at all, but merely recieving a severance payment which was the equilivant of one year's salary as his severance agreement with Pastor Gayman states.

It is unfortunate that Pastor Gayman decided two weeks after the fact to reverse his signed severance agreement with Pastor Stinson, and abuse the men of the Church by insulting their intelligence in such a shameful and disgraceful manner. He has unfortunately done himself a great disservice and fallen in the eyes of many men of the Church who later discovered that the facts of this situation greatly dispute what he told them. How far the consequences of this meeting will reach no one really knows. But every day that passes that these things are not resolved will only bring greater problems to the future of the Church of Israel and Pastor Gayman. The story that Pastor Gayman told the men of the Church on that fateful night of November 29, 2000, does not support the facts concerning Pastor Stinson's separation from the Church. With each day that passes more and more people are waking up to see this, and questioning their involvement in such a church. May God help Pastor Gayman to see the error of his way before it is too late. Why should any more people leave the Church of Israel, when he could still repent? Pray that Pastor Gayman will show himself a true spiritual leader now, and repent for what he has done, before he destroys both himself and the Church of Israel.
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