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7/09/2013 5:13 pm  #1

What they are now

Church of Wells deconstructed...

What is it? A newly-founded NRM (New Religious Movement) newly headquartered in Wells, Texas. The group lives communally, with multiple families, children and singles occupying several homes and apartments.

Theology -  Puritan. Early 17th-century English/Scottish protestant. Reformation-era 'Separatist' Puritan beliefs. Exclusive use of the King James Bible. Use of 17th-century allegorical novel "Pilgrim's Progress" as doctrinal tenets.

Background - Started by a group of early-20s young men as 'You Must Be Born Again' Ministries in 2010-2011. Three main guys who founded the group identify themselves as "Elders." A single identified "Deacon" position filled by a slightly older man from New York. An expanded cohort group of young men with wives and a few single men and women who move to Texas to build the group. Singles are paired up within the group and encouraged to quickly marry.
The collective noticeably comprises all young adults, mostly previous college students who participated in a revival tradition of "open-air" street preaching missions. They were earnest and Godly kids raised in mainstream protestant churches and evangelical Bible-based Christian teachings. They went to Sunday School, Christian youth camps, some of 'em attended Bible colleges and church-affiliated private schools and universities. They were genuinely good kids working very hard to lead good lives and make wholesome choices, from solid middle-class American backgrounds or privileged wealthy families. Recruits are from all parts of the U.S., all young and mostly Caucasian.

Economics - No visible means of income. The six founders incorporated a for-profit corporation in June 2012. Four newly-created subsidiary small businesses are owned/operated/managed by the group, presumably with revenue supporting the collective - two lawn/landscape businesses, custom lumber sawmill, a construction company, a 10,000 square-foot grocery store, individual cottage industry services and websites (production and music, music lessons, handyman, labor, etc., and an on-line web development and media company (MannaMedia, now defunct).
Land and homes have been purchased, business venture capital procured by some means.
The "elders" are provided for by "love offerings."

» The leaders are college- and trade-educated, ranging from business and arts degrees to computer technology, web design and film/music production. Women were in college or graduated. Degrees include nursing, psychology, social work.

» Rigid gender-specific roles. Men are the "head," women are subordinate. Men are to lead and teach; women are to be submissive and obedient in all things.

» Men have a well-groomed appearance and wear contemporary clothing styles, good suits and nice shoes. Women and girls are casually-groomed, long unbrushed hair, no makeup. A few affect Amish/Mennonite/FLDS-type clothing: dark-colored Puritan dresses with pinafores and hair coverings. More contemporary clothing is long skirts paired with rummage store t-shirts, sweaters, knitted hats, sandals. The "elders" consider women wearing pants to be a doctrinal direction that women are usurping male authority.

» Children don't attend school. Births are home births, but this has changed recently. They have been going to hospitals for some births.

» Consider Christmas celebration to be pagan devil worship and dangerous.

» Believe in divine power to resurrect life after death. Rationalization of whatever happens as 'God's will'. The group doesn't actually say they believe in faith-healing and in fact, don't believe in death either. They celebrate death and look forward to it as a means to a beautiful end - to be in Heaven with God.

               What they do or believe                                                                 Why

• 17th-century Early Modern English speech and syntax.                       →   I don't know. To create physical and emotional distance. To make themselves special and unique.

• Everyone is born sinful, without possible redemption [/size]until one joins Church of Wells.   →  Interpretation of Biblical command to exist as 'the Remnant', the 'Chosen Ones', seperately from the sinful and unsaved to avoid contamination.

• Separation from the world.                                                                →   Interpretation of Biblical command to prove loyalty to God.

• Separation from family and friends; sacrifice of mother and father.        →   I don't know.

• No one who thinks they are "saved" really is.                                     →    I don't know.


7/14/2013 2:44 am  #2

Re: What they are now

Church of Wells is a Texas for-profit corporation, "Charity Enterprises Incorporated." June 2012.

Jake Gardner
Masao Gonthier
Cory McLaughlin
Jesse Morris II
Sean Morris
Daniel Pursley
Ryan Ringnald
Richard Trudeau
Tanner Trudeau


R&R Mercantile - grocery, Texaco gas station #351955 (Chevron), laundromat, Crafted Precious Metal Dealer (gold buyer). The headquarters of Church of Wells. 502 Rusk Ave / PO Box 861, Wells, TX 75976. 936-867-5300.

Green Texas Lawn and Landscape
3Fold Construction
Trudeau Tree Service
Charity Construction
Custom Cut Lumber
Cory James Art
MannaMedia - a website development company. Web hosting, website building and maintenance. The website is now dead and has not been renewed.


     Thread Starter

7/29/2013 1:56 pm  #3

Re: What they are now

Is GreenTexas still one of their companies?


7/30/2013 12:37 pm  #4

Re: What they are now

Kjdean49 wrote:

Is GreenTexas still one of their companies?

Yes. Good catch.

     Thread Starter

8/11/2013 8:15 pm  #5

Re: What they are now

New addition to Church of Wells websites -

Privacy-protected through Domains By Proxy.

Admin Name: Registration Private 
Admin Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC
Admin Street:
Admin Street: 14747 N Northsight Blvd Suite 111, PMB 309
Admin City: Scottsdale
Admin State/Province: Arizona
Admin Postal Code: 85260
Admin Country: United States
Admin Phone: (480) 624-2599
Admin Fax: (480) 624-2598
Admin Email:


8/12/2013 9:26 am  #6

Re: What they are now

so, is this the book?


8/30/2013 10:08 pm  #7

Re: What they are now

Call me naive, but does all the money these business make, just go back into one main account.  Are the elders just giving the members what they need to live? I'm not suggesting that the members are going without, food, water or shelter. A few have lived in tent for a little bit, though. I wonder if the individuals own the homes, or does the business, Church of Wells, own them.  Just curious I'm wondering if we have a bunch of new, young home-owners in town, or has this one business purchased them all.


9/10/2013 3:37 pm  #9

Re: What they are now

From Jake's Facebook


9/10/2013 7:42 pm  #10

Re: What they are now

I concur with Erin's comments!


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