Update 16 Feb: Considerably more information is coming in about the Reno situation.
- Aaron Creech had nothing to do with this situation which began before Aaron arrived in Reno.
- The Feb 13 update below was information supplied by Aaron Dean who insisted to me that no doctrinal changes were being made.
- Aaron Dean may have regarded the issues as minor non doctrinal issues because they were not on the list of beliefs and saw Mark as politicking, but the issues were in fact doctrinal even though they were not listed in the list of beliefs.
- In reality doctrine is the Word of God and everything in it, not some humanly devised list. The UCG list is in fact a fake security blanket to deceive the brethren since items on that list can be reinterpreted, and other items not on the list can be changed at will.
- Several persons sent their concerns through the proper process right up to the CoE where they were rejected.
- The COE rejection of the different appeals at the same hearing resulted in people leaving at about the same time.
This appears to be a disagreement over doctrine that the sides failed to resolve as I first posted. Among issues:
- Praying directly to Jesus instead of to the Father, which Denny Luker introduced into the CoE.
- The Mario Seiglie doctrinal committee position that Christ didn’t fully die, He existed in an “unconscious state” for 3 days and 3 nights.
- But above and beyond these, there has been an increasingly mainstream perspective of grace, making it increasingly apparent that UCG either desires to be more mainstream, or to appeal more to the mainstream.
Update 13 Feb: More information has been coming in and it now appears that Aaron Creech was the victim of a long conspiracy by the local elder Mark Fike who was working to gain a congregation for himself in Reno. It seems that in this case doctrinal issues were largely blown out of proportion or invented. That does not mean that there are no doctrinal issues in UCG.
Mark seems to have made big issues out of every little thing for a very long time including while Joe Horchak was there in an effort to gain a following and congregation of his own. When Aaron Creech was assigned to take over Reno a great effort was made to undermine him. When only a few would agree with Mark he opted to lead those who would follow him to leave UCG and join COGWA.
Update 11 Feb: Gerald Coleman the website manager for Sacramento wrote to say that no sermons by Aaron Creech were ever uploaded or removed from Sacramento.
Update 9 Feb: After this post was published all of Aaron Creech’s sermons were almost immediately removed from the UCG Reno site.
The sun has set on the Sabbath almost two hours ago so I will post this by popular demand.
After Joe Horchak was fired from UCG for the second time, Mark Fike was made interim pastor of Reno and served from August until Aaron Creech arrived as senior pastor in Sacramento / Reno last November.
For several years the clique now running the CoE in UCG has been slowly and subtly conditioning brethren, especially in their home areas and areas run by their close associates, to accept various doctrinal changes.
Once Aaron Creech was established in Sacramento / Reno, 25 people have left UCG-Reno due to claimed doctrinal / false teaching issues. One should remember that these are strong UCG loyalists who refused to follow Ken Geise in 2010.
Not counting the Creech family that travels from California to Reno twice per month, only 12 UCG members remain and that could change.
Pastor Mike Fike resigned last Wednesday and all local speakers, song leaders and the area elder have chosen to exit. 25 persons have chosen to affiliate with COGWA. The 25 new COGWA members left UCG within the past month.
UCG is trying hard to put a lid on this news, but rumors are swirling across UCG and COGWA. In fact UCG/COGWA people in Sacramento know what is going on with Aaron Creech and in Reno; and the information is spreading as people tell their friends. Is this a taste of what will happen after UCG reinvents itself in May?
This memo to the new Reno COGWA members was sent from their new COGWA Reno Pastor- Dave Register:
We had a wonderful first “official” Sabbath service in Reno last Sabbath with 24 attending!
Thank you to everyone who had a part in putting the service together! A special thanks to the Yutzys for finding a meeting room (and guest room for parents/children) at the Hampton Inn, and hosting our first “pot luck” Saturday evening at their home! I hope you all got to taste Craig’s “award winning” chili! Everything was delicious! Thank you all, again!
I am also pleased to announce we have made arrangements to meet each and every Sabbath at 2:30 pm in the conference room (and guest room down the hall for parents/children) at the Hampton Inn Reno West! I hope you will make every effort to be there each Sabbath for important fellowship and worship together, as we establish our new congregation!
You will also be receiving the Pastors Weekly Update that I send to everyone on my NorCal email list. But, I wanted to let you know that Mr. Clyde Kilough, Mr. Doug Horchak, and Mr. Jim Franks are all enthusiastic about the start of our congregation in Reno, and they have all agreed to come and visit in the near future! Mr. Clyde Kilough (Media Operations Manager and previous Reno Pastor) is scheduled to visit Reno on the Sabbaths of March 7th, and May 30th, Mr. Doug Horchak (Ministerial Services Operations Manager) is planning to come to take the Passover service on April 7th, and Mr. Jim Franks (COGWA President) is tentatively scheduled to visit on Sabbath, June 13th!
The meeting hall information is:
Hilton’s Hampton Inn & Suites — Reno West
900 Ambassador Drive, Reno, NV 89523
Time: 2:30 pm on February 1st
Linda and I are looking forward to seeing all of you again in a couple of weeks, on February 29th!
David Register, Pastor
Church of God, aWA”
Disclaimer: I am not a member of, nor a supporter of any one group. I am a servant of Almighty God and I am calling all of the brethren to a genuine revival of passionate zeal to live by every Word of God!