OH--Abuse victims blast Canton-based church group

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 23

Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790[email protected])

Officials at a Canton-based church group apparently erased the name of one of their treasurers after he was arrested in Indianapolis for paying for sex with a prostitute and intimidating her.

According to the Indianapolis Star, “In a biography that has since been deleted from the group’s website, “John Robert Fiers, 53, Indianapolis, was “credited as a founding member and the treasurer-general” of the Worldwide Fellowship of Independent Christian Churches (330 354 5963).  


Shame on the Worldwide Fellowship of Independent Christian Churches and its top officials (including Rev. Everett Lee Caldwell, Rev. Victor Allen Brown, Rev. Irvine Alafia Bryer, Rev. Kristten Nicole Caldwell).

Instead of acting like caring shepherds, they acted like shrewd corporate CEO's. Instead of being honest, they are being deceptive. Instead of helping police with prosecution, they’re hindering prosecution. Instead of aggressively seeking out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered Fliers’ crimes, they’re aggressively erasing facts and seeking only to protect their comfort and reputations.

We hope that anyone with information or suspicions about Fliers, or any other known or suspected wrongdoer in the Worldwide Fellowship of Independent Christian Churches will find the courage to report abuses and cover ups to law enforcement.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)

Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Dorris (314-503-0003 cell, [email protected]), Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747,[email protected])  

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