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Calvary Chapel Green Valley Henderson, Nevada…a safe church or a spiritually abusive group?

The following is from someone who suffered from severe emotional, verbal and spiritual abuse from this church’s leadership (permission to share):

“In my twenties, I was severely emotionally and verbally abused by a pastor at the church (I will keep his name private), in two meetings he called me to, which resulted in very severe PTSD which lasted a long time.  My trauma included severe trauma which included nightmares, flashbacks, intrusive memories, an exaggerated startle response, etc.  The things he said to me were the most untrue, wicked and ugly things I have ever heard anyone speak in my life, and I never expected this from him since he seemed so nice when preaching.  I thought for sure God hated me, I felt so condemned.  I started to view God as punitive and angry.  I felt hopeless because of the leaders’ treatment.  I could not reconcile the concept of the loving God with the behavior of these leaders.  It was a severe emotional beating, which Jesus warned about in Luke 12:45,46.  He used a lot of gaslighting in the meeting, which is also a psychological tactic for abuse.  He told me sternly as he leaned over his desk and stared into my eyes as I was weeping that God says discipline is painful.  I know what healthy ‘church discipline’ is and is not.  I know the difference between loving, godly discipline/correction and abuse.  My only ‘sin’ was that I had visited another Christian church down the street for Bible study and read a book by a Christian author which was not on their “approved list” (they called me ‘divisive’ for doing this).  I had also questioned another leader about a harmful practice/teaching I saw (also, I noticed a few lies at the church).  After this stern shaming, I was warned in writing to never step foot on property again.  I have heard the same happen to others in Calvary Chapels; it’s the same pattern of abuse.  These leaders also use the psychological tactic of the silent treatment, which is a documented form of abuse and shunning.  This church is hyper-authoritarian, the teachers twist scriptures and misuse their ‘power’.  This is spiritual abuse.  They believe they are ‘above’ being confronted for their own sins and abuse.  They look down on others who are ‘vertically below’ them (yes, this is the exact wording they use repetitively when speaking of members).  They set themselves on pedestals.  Sure, all looks fine on Sundays and to the public view.  This is neither a false accusation nor slander…it happened to me and bad things happened to many.  This is the unpleasant truth, but it needs to be said.  Please don’t take these church leaders at face value.  I have left the church and have prayed for them.  This is not a loving church that reflects Christ…especially, behind the curtain. Research narcissism and spiritual abuse in the pulpit.  There are some great books on the topic, including one by Dr. Darrell Puls.  Today, I am a survivor of church abuse and I am still strong with my faith in God.  I have found that God has absolutely nothing to do with spiritual abuse or prideful, abusive leaders.” – Anonymous

The written content of this post is now password protected as well as the previous article entitled, “Protect our children and God’s people: Warning! False advertising about accreditation at Calvary Chapel Green Valley Christian School in Henderson, Nevada and a helpful article on spiritual abuse written by Dr. Darrell Puls”.

Please make contact if you would like to read about the peculiar teachings of this unsafe group in the password protected post.  We have quite a bit of information on file, eye-witnesses, etc.  Please also consider leaving an anonymous comment on this post so that others can be warned.  Here are some of the personal testimonies of those who left, written by a group of several individuals (more than a dozen, if I recall correctly).  These were public photos of a public debate, and this is a public concern.

I strongly encourage you to research spiritual abuse and the helpful articles on this site pertaining to Calvary Chapel and spiritual abuse (please see the drop down menu on the right side of the page).  There have also been many negative Yelp reviews removed.  Please see the helpful comments at the end of this post, and please look up Rick Ross’s “Warning Signs” list for unsafe groups.

Please note that none of the following testimonies were written by this ministry, and please also note that there are many more testimonies not shown here.

4 Comments on “Calvary Chapel Green Valley Henderson, Nevada…a safe church or a spiritually abusive group?

  1. Here is a comment left in March of 2014 on this website in another page:

    I just came across your site through my occasional search on Calvary Chapels. I clicked on because of your being in Las Vegas as I am. I looked at you articles on the local Calvary chapels here and was wondering if you had an affiliation at one point. I want to keep this brief for now and wait for your correspondence. My history with CC’s in Las Vegas consist of being on the worship team for a brief time at Green Valley, worship leader for a period at Spring Valley, covering lead for David Medina at Lone Mtn. and Worship leader for Mike Wilte’s church plant “Meadow Mesa” for 3 years. My wife and I left when the Holy Spirit opened our eyes to the apostasy that is in all four of these “churches” and we confronted it to no avail. We, with several other families tried to get help from Costa Mesa but now realize in hind sight how futile that attempt was. Anyway, after much hurt, mending, prayer and the amazing truth and comfort of God’s word we are stronger in our faith than we ever were under what I can only call ( as God’s word does ) heresy. Our story is long so I’ll stop here and wait for your reply should you desire. I would like to know who you are.

    In God’s love and truth
    Brian Montagne
    alternate e-mail

  2. This comment was recently left by Rob Pineda on another Calvary Chapel article by LVAE:


    While I do not live in Las Vegas (I live in Central Florida), I do share with many here on being on the receiving end of abuse at the hands of Calvary Chapel. I served for a few years as a Youth Pastor, then as an Associate Pastor at a Calvary Chapel. We were a newer congregation meeting in a store front in a small beach town. I love the people, and I loved the small atmosphere.

    As time went on, I began more intensive Biblical Study which led to a heightened level of discernment. The ‘small’ issues started to get a bit bigger. The Sr. Pastor began looking to see who was giving, and how much. When confronted, he simply said he was the Sr. Pastor and felt he had the right to make sure people were giving, especially his leaders. I found this troubling. He threw around his title in very inappropriate ways, and his extreme anger issues surfaced often. Another serious issue was the elevation of music over everything else. The music was, and is, the golden calf within the church. Music is so sacred, it takes precedence over anything, and is militantly guarded. To have any concern over the music is to bring the wrath of the Sr. Pastor upon you. The real issue seemed to be that of a severe pride. He would throw around statements like, “I have been told I’m the best preacher in the whole county.” While his ability to teach wasn’t bad, his messages were nothing more than personal stories and jokes…hardly strong Biblical teaching.
    So, over time, I felt more and more distanced from this little CC. I could no longer stand in agreement with CC as a whole, and more instances of persecution of those who didn’t agree with the Sr. Pastor became more and more prevalent. I began a discussion with other pastors in my area who are friends, and they counselled me over a time. Thankfully, doors to plant a church started to arise, and in June of this past summer (2014), I gave a two month notice to the Sr. Pastor. Well…things went from bad to worse. The level of anger and unbelievable nastiness from the Sr. Pastor towards me was staggering. Rumors started by him and his family were rampant. He told me, “Why would God open the door for you to plant a church without telling me first?” Yeah…my jaw dropped too. He then lectured me that I didn’t ask his permission to plant a church. His viciousness continued until I left, and then continued after for a few months until I had to tell him that he is a bully and to leave me alone. He has been quiet since, thank the Lord of all!

    I am now a pastor with Grace Church of Flagler, and what an unbelievable blessing it has been to be with such wonderful people. I learned much from CC…specifically, what not to do.

    If you are in a CC somewhere, and are seeing anything that resembles what has been written on this site, its time to get out. Don’t stay in a cultic situation because you are being bullied into staying…they are good at guilt trips. Pray long and hard, and let God, not the ‘most high Sr, Pastor’ decide your journey.”

  3. This comment is from Laurie.

    Thank you and God bless you for sharing your experience about CALVARY chapel. The truth needs to be exposed about this false doctrine. I have attended Calvary chapel in the city for 10 years. It was there that I did learn how to have a relationship with Jesus, but like so many other churches it began as a spirit lead church but then changed to a works based church(legalism) I new something was not right about the church but could not put my finger on it. I could see that their was a division within the body that grew worse and worse over time. People woukd say they love you but I knew it was not genuine. I sought the Lord about what I was experiencing and about the truth. My eyes were opening to what was really going on there and winthin myself as I was taught there. I noticed their rules and regulations were more important than just allowing the Holy Spirit do His work there. The Holy spiritual was retrained from doing his work in the body. Grace was taught but not present not practiced. If you did not speak or act in an holy way, you knew it because all became silent and woukd not speak to you. There was no room for growth you were looked down upon if you were not like them. There were also so many unspoken expectations. Even though I was there for 10 years I did not feel like I was trusted. Always feeling like I was being watched, there was a lot of behavior modification. I began in a heart felt loving relationship with Jesus and in the end I noticed that when I became a leader, I was cold, judgemental hypocrital and far away from Jesus. It reminds me of that scripture that says there will be a time when false teachers will speak perverse things to draw you away from the Lord. I had the fruit of the Pharisee and no longer had fruit of the holy spirit. These people were very well meaning and caring so I thought, so it’s very easy to be decieved. I asked for discernment and Jesus gave it to me and He will give it to anyone who seeks Him. Since then I repented I my false way and doctrine I was following, to follow Jesus alone. After a careful study of the word I see that the church today is a spiritual one not a physical one made with hands. Jesus says I am the church- His people are the church. Come out of Babylon revelation 17-18. Do not share in her sins. Be careful my brethren- Satan came to decieve the world and he is decieving many in the church today. They think they are following Jesus but it’s not Jesus it’s another Jesus ( Satan himself disguised as Jesus) Satan does not come dressed as the devil but as a bright light and he is beautiful. God be with you all and may you seek to be true worshippers of God that worship Him in SPIRIT and in TRUTH

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