If anyone has any knowledge of this particular cult, or would like to know
more, please reply.
>About 2 years ago I escaped from a rather heavy 'bible-based cult' in the
>UK. I know this particular church has a 'sister church' in Connecticut, and
>thought I'd just ask if anyone knew of it in any way. It's in Jewett City
>and Norwich, Connecticut and the last I knew was known as either Dayspring
>or Kings Chapel - I think 2 separate churches in the 2 towns mentioned. Like
The New London Day, a Connecticut paper, has an article about this church:
Dynamic Church Leader Seen As Both Shepherd and Demagogue
There are at least a few things about Sam J. Wibberley that both his
detractors and his followers will agree on.
Wibberley, owner of a tire business and pastor of The King's Chapel, is an
intelligent, persuasive and committed man, according to people who have known
him over the years.
That is where their agreement ends.
While current church members describe the 47-year-old man as a loving,
concerned and faithful shepherd, ex-members see him in a far different light.
Wibberley, some think, has a dark power and a steely will.
John Hibbert, an English preacher, was scouting out churches in the United
States. Hibbert had his own independent, Bible-based church, the Bethel
Church, in England. Jean Spademan was in his congregation, and she had come
along with him. By her own account, she had been a foul-mouthed sinner until
Hibbert persuaded her to give her life over to Jesus Christ.
Spademan -- Syro, as she is known -- had the gift of prophecy, Hibbert told
Wibberley. Her power could guide the Jewett City parish, much as it did his
in England. Wibberley was persuaded. A relationship was formed. It proved to
be a critical bond that would change Wibberley and many others.
Today Wibberley is graying and wears metal-rimmed glasses. At 6-feet,
4-inches, he's a towering presence.
Numerous people describe how he can reproach others with frightening zeal. It
takes only a word from Spademan, they say, to convince him that someone needs
to be made straight in the eyes of God.
Landry, who was with Wibberley from the beginnings at Dayspring, thinks he
changed dramatically after Spademan arrived by focusing on people's
shortcomings and failings. Landry says he was kicked out in the mid-1980s for
not being pure enough.
Goldie McPhaul, a long-time follower, calls Wibberley a "loving pastor" who
is being criticized for showing people how to improve themselves.
"If someone tells you something about yourself that you don't like, your
first reaction is to turn on the person that is telling you, isn't it?" said
McPhaul. "No one wants to hear things that are not very pleasant about
Julie Upton, a former church member, spent 1994 and 1995 as a housekeeper in
the Wibberley home.
What Upton saw in the Wibberley home convinced her to leave the church.
"I saw the treatment of Sam's kids and vowed I would not let that happen to
my son, even if it meant risking the wrath of God and Syro," she said.
Ex-members are divided over what his deepest motivations are. At least a
dozen see him as a phony who manipulates for power. An equal number say he is
sincere, though misguided, in believing that his church has a special
connection to God and that his counseling can lead people to salvation.
A person who has known Wibberley all his life but requested anonymity says
that, through the church, he has created a lifestyle that suits his
personality and interests. He is a powerful leader. He has a large, nicely
renovated 1930s-era home in Jewett City. He has traveled extensively.
"Sam has a desire for power and luxury," said the person. "He is very
artistic and articulate and loves beauty and was once a very sensitive
person. He loves wonderful things and adventure, and he got
The article is not dated.
>the UK church it's based around what they call a ministry team, with both
>churches looking for instruction to a 'prophetess' who lives here in the UK.
>Funnily enough most of this womans family seem to be very highly favoured,
>whether they actually attend the church or not. I found it a great help to
>read some of other peoples experiences with cults, partly because I saw
>recognisable patterns in how they had been programmed.
Are these testimonies online?
Apologetics Index: http://www.apologeticsindex.org/
Apologetics and Countercult Information about Cults, Sects,
and Alternative Religious Movements - for Research and Ministry.
Wow ! Thanks a lot for this info - I read here things even I didn't know.
Much of it, of course, I did. I personally know people here in the UK whose
lives have been damaged by this place, and although having left are still
affected by the 'programming'.
The testimonies I spoke about (other cults of course) were in these
newsgroups & on various websites. One I did find interesting was
http://www.ifas.org/wa/index.html if you haven't already seen it.
Thanks very much.
>Wow ! Thanks a lot for this info - I read here things even I didn't know.
>Much of it, of course, I did. I personally know people here in the UK whose
>lives have been damaged by this place, and although having left are still
>affected by the 'programming'.
I'd like to hear more. Contact me privately, if you will.
You may also want to join Jan Groenveld's ex-cult support mailing list:
>The testimonies I spoke about (other cults of course) were in these
>newsgroups & on various websites. One I did find interesting was
>http://www.ifas.org/wa/index.html if you haven't already seen it.
I have been meaning to add that site. So many sites, so little time...