“What is the aroma of your home? What is your family like?” — Pastor Douglas Wilson

 

A Brief History of the Confederation of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC)

Douglas Wilson is the pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, a “charter member” of the Confederation of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC), which is a puppet denomination invented by Wilson. In 1998, the CREC’s first year of existence, Christ Church elder Patch Blakey became the CREC’s first moderator, an office that enjoys a three-year term.

New Saint Andrews College (NSA) is a ministry of Christ Church. In the summer of 1999, several NSA students began the recreational use of mushrooms and marijuana. These students called themselves “the Lounge” (probably because their pastime included under-aged drinking). Worse yet, the Christ Church elders also referred to these students’ habitat as “the Lounge.” The elders’ minutes, dated February 4, 1999, casually mention a teenage church-member moving into “the Lounge” after his family, also members of the Kirk, threw him out of the home: “[So and so] has been kicked out of the family home and is living at the Lounge.” You really have to hand it to these pastors. While they left the poor lad in the hands of reprobates, they voted a housing allowance for Wilson’s son-in-law, Ben Merkle, who was not, and still is not, an officer of the church.

But back to the Lounge. While these NSA students did not limit their recreating to drug and alcohol abuse, modesty requires that we say no more. The Lounge’s ringleader was a young man who, in addition to trafficking hallucinogens, taught Latin to secondary students at Logos School, and his father, Randy Booth, was the pastor of a small CREC church in the south.

In October 1999, Douglas Wilson busted the Lounge and, like a good pastor, he did not notify the authorities. Rather, he kept everything in house and played the role of Kirk patriarch, slapping a few wrists here and there to insure this would never happen again.

But the CREC moderator, Patch Blakey, found himself among those with slapped wrists and he consequently resigned from his office as the CREC moderator. He did not resign, however, from his office as a Christ Church elder; he simply took a one-year leave of absence.

When Pastor Randy Booth learned that his son was dealing drugs, he took a self-imposed one-year LOA, as noted below. But as not noted below, Booth’s LOA lasted less than four months, and in less than a year he jumped ship to pastor another church, which immediately applied for membership in the CREC.

In September 2000, while Christ Church elder Patch Blakey was still on LOA for his household’s role in the Lounge, the CREC voted unanimously to bring Randy Booth into fraternal membership (entrance into full membership is a two-year process). And in October 2002 the CREC considered Booth for full membership. According to the CREC minutes, Douglas Wilson asked two questions of Mr. Booth: “What is the aroma of your home?” and “What is your family like?” The minutes do not record Booth’s answer, but apparently his home stunk enough to join the CREC. The vote was unanimous. Even more incredible, the CREC then placed Mr. Booth on a “subcommittee to review all ordination examination & procedures” for CREC ministers. No kidding. Presumably, he believes that if ministers’ children must corrupt minors, then they should be examined for their fluency in Latin. Video meliora proboque, deteriora sequor.

Finally, in October 2003, the CREC did full circle by electing Randy Booth as their third moderator. Yes, the man who sired “the Lounge,” which precipitated the removal of the CREC’s first moderator, became the third moderator of the CREC. And all of this in less than four years’ time.

Abyssus abyssum invocat. Welcome to Doug’s world.



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