TESTIMONY OF ABUSE BY PURPOSE-DRIVEN PREDATOR PASTOR
In light of the scandal at Penn State, we see that silence is not golden!
A victim of abuse by a pastor in Utah at a Purpose-Driven Church has now come forward after several years of silence. We hope and pray that this will be a wake-up call to other PDC victims and bring the Balm of Gilead to a host of other victims who have been assaulted, mocked, and their churches destroyed!
TESTIMONY OF ABUSE BY PURPOSE-DRIVEN
PREDATOR PASTOR TOM MERTZ,
THE SPRINGS CHURCH, ST. GEORGE, UTAH
“In 2005, we were attending Desert Springs Baptist Church in St.
George, Utah. (It’s now called “The Springs Church”) It was a
new work in St. George and was supported by the Open Door
Baptist Mission Board at the time.
Tom Mertz was the senior pastor and my husband was ordained
and became the associate pastor.
It was in the year 2005, that Tom Mertz went to Saddleback
Church for training on church growth. He came back and
immediately made an announcement that everything was
changing. He brought a coffin into the service and announced that
the “Old Tom is dead” and the “New Tom is alive”. I thought than
when we become born-again that we are “new creatures in Christ?”
(2 Cor. 5:17)
The church would now be Purpose Driven.
Just before Tom ordained my husband and went to Saddleback, he
approached Ronny and asked him what he would do if “we
disagree” and can’t agree on an issue? This question was very
vague. He asked my husband that if that occurred would he leave
the church. My husband told him that he would leave.
Well, things went from bad to worse. My husband could no longer
teach the adult Sunday school class. So eventually, we left. There
were many people leaving also (about 50%). My best friend, Sue,
was told she wasn’t welcome in the church because Tom didn’t
approve of her home Bible study. This Bible study was made up of
mostly her neighbors and not very many church members at the
My husband and I decided to write a letter to the Mission Board
because Tom was now teaching this “Purpose Driven” doctrine and
not the doctrine that the Mission Board believed he was teaching.
I also included clippings out of our local newspaper, which showed
the advertising that Tom was doing and in one of the ads it clearly
stated that the church was Purpose Driven.
Tom was always looking over his shoulder because he was afraid
that someone from the Mission Board would show up
unannounced to check on the church. WE DID NOT DO THIS
OUT OF SPITE—BUT FELT WE NEEDED TO LET THE
MISSION BOARD KNOW WHAT HAD HAPPENED. IT’S
ABOUT TRUTH AND INTEGRITY.
Two other couples also wrote to the mission board. The mission
board responded with a very simple message—basically, thank
you. They stated that they would check it out and it appeared in the
letters that everyone received that they possibly didn’t believe what
we were saying. However, we found out later that they did
investigate and they pulled all the financial support from Tom
When Tom’s financial support was stopped, he then became
violent and very foul mouthed. Tom would call our home and
leave cursing messages on our answering machine, day after day
for at least a month. Cursing, screaming and calling my husband
very foul names. We answered the phone at first, but later refused
to listen to him rant and rave so the answering machine picked up
Within the last 6 months, there has been a very interesting
development. Oasis Community Church closed their doors due to
lack of money and attendance. Some of the members went to “The
Springs” Church even after knowing what had happened to us.
When they approached Tom Mertz about being Purpose Driven he
flatly denied it. So they all stayed.
In one of our free newspapers, The Senior Sampler, Tom is still
advertising the church as Purpose Driven. He is now saying that
he is one of three “Springs Churches–South Mountain
Campuses) and they are in no way Purpose Driven. The other two
churches are up north by Salt Lake City. From South Mountain’s
website it is clear they are very much Purpose Driven.
My husband didn’t want me telling you this story at first. But later
said, okay. It’s been 6 years now since all this happened.
We were un-churched for a while, but now we are attending a local
Church, which seems okay for now.
I say for now, because you never know when things will change
and another church is taken over by the Warren doctrine.
Thank you for listening. We hope this letter will help others who
have experienced the Purpose Driven agenda.
God bless your ministry,
Sandra Van Asch”
A PARABLE OF THE PURPOSE DRIVEN CHURCH
PURPOSE DRIVEN CHRISTIANITY….A WAY THAT
SEEMS RIGHT UNTO MAN, OR WHO’S END IS
“First they came for “resisters” and “pillars” of Brunswick
Reformed Church, Brunswick, Ohio because they opposed Purpose
Driven Life and Church, but I didn’t speak up because I was not a
member of Reformed Church of American (RCA) denomination.
Then they came after a lady who was an elder lady in the faith who
had been with the First Baptist Church of Dallas, Texas since 1956
by shouting her down with spiritual euthanasia and aggressive
mean-spirited behavior, and the intimidation of seven attorneys,
because she opposed them turning their landmark Criswell Center
into a Purpose Driven entertainment center. But I did not speak up
because I was not a widow.
Then they held a trial for two families at Valley Baptist Church in
Lakeland, Minnesota, but I didn’t speak up because I was not a
member of the General Baptist Convention.
Then they came after 165 members of Gardendale Baptist Church,
Corpus Christi, Texas and ran them out of the church, but I didn’t
speak up because I wasn’t a Southern Baptist.
Then a brother did finally speak up and tried to warn Eugene
Christian Fellowship because they had gone Purpose Driven, but
they threatened legal action and told him to stop spamming them.
But I did not speak up for fear of being accused of spamming or
being sued by a church.
Then a news reporter for a large Christian radio network sounded
the alarm on His Holy Hill of this clear and present danger. They
ran the story, but received more gnashing of teeth from callers then
they had ever had, so they censored this story from their Agape
Press print media news service.
Then still another brother on another Christian radio ministry
broadcast testimonies of Christians thrown out of their churches
across the country, but the network threatened to remove his show
from the air, if another broadcast was ever made that said anything
bad about Rick Warren. But I did not speak up because I had
friends and family who were either employed by an organization
that promoted Purpose Driven Church, or were in Purpose Driven
Church, and I did not want to lose those relationships.
Then they came after a large group of members at New Hope
Church in Bend, Oregon. But I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a
member of The Evangelical Church denomination or the National
Association of Evangelicals.
Then they came after a carpenter and his wife at Calvary
Community Church in Phoenix, Arizona with the police and a
sheriff and escorted him out of the church and off of the grounds
for trying to expose the deeds of darkness and the teachings of
Rick Warren, telling him that if he returned, he would be arrested.
But I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a member of the Calvary
Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to
speak up for me, because every church in the nation had become
Purpose Driven and part of his Global PEACE Plan.”
Compiled and Adapted by James Sundquist
Based on Rev. Martin Neimoeller’s Poem below written in 1945
(c)2005 Rock Salt Publishing Used by Permission
“In Germany, the Nazis first came for the Communists, and I didn’t
speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I
wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the trade unionists, but I didn’t speak up
because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Catholics, but I didn’t speak up because I
was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to
speak for me.”
(Rev. Martin Neimoeller, German Lutheran Pastor. Rev.
Neimoeller was arrested by the Gestapo for opposing Hitler and
was sent to Dachau in 1938. He was freed by Allied forces in
“Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that
offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence
cometh!” Matthew 18:7
“For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be
done in the dry?” Luke 23:31