Former Cult Member Contacts

The following are former members of various cults and isms who have made themselves available for support and consultation via the Internet.

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Contacts for:


JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES

MORMONS (LDS)

INTERNATIONAL CHURCH OF CHRIST

OTHER BIBLE-BASED CULTS & ISMS

* Unification Church (Moonies)... * Bruderhof... * Children of God/Family of Love... * Christian Science... * Local Church of Witness Lee... * Way International... * 2X2's,..Workers, ..NO NAME..Church,.(aka Cooneyites)... * Seventh Day Adventism ... * United Pentecostal Church ...* ETC   ETC

POLITICAL - THERAPY - COMMERCIAL CULTS & ISMS

*Scientology * Amway * EST/The Forum, Landmark Education * ETC

EASTERN CULTS & ISMS

*Transcendental Meditation * Syda Yoga * Hare Krishna * Rama/Lenz TC

MISC CULTS & ISMS

* Eckankar * ETC ETC

SPIRITUAL ABUSE IN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES

FALSE MEMORY SYNDROME

EX-JEHOVAH'S WITNESS

Randall Watters
Former Jehovah's Witness and worker at their world headquarters for many years, Randall has been providing counselling and support since 1981. He runs Free Minds incorporated and you can see his web page here.

Larry Ingram
Larry says " I got involved with the JWs while in the military, gave up the military for the WT, helped with promoting the panic around the events foretold about 1975 , loosely hung around 11 years after the "end of the 6000 years", JW wife divorced me because she didn't "love me anymore". Since then I have married a wonderful woman and now have twin two year old daughters to go along with the three "confused" JW raised kids already had and now am just happy as a "fly in the pie" down here in Conyers, GA...." Larry and his wife are both Christians who have a deep love for those left behind in Jehovah's Witnesses and those who have been burnt by this organization. You can find Larrys home page at Answers to Jehovah's Witnesses

Gary Busselman
Voice: 605-334-5692.
I was raised by parents who were associated Jehovah's Witnesses. I walked away from the group in 1974 at 30 years of age and tried living the life of a believing walkaway for about 18 years and failed miserably. I have had control of my Watchtower recovery since 1992. I am open to talking about my experience. Gary's story can be found
Here

David A Reed
David is a former Elder of Jehovah's Witnesses. He has published many books to help others, the latest being "Blood on the Alter" which is the confessions of a JW Elder. He and Penni are a lovely couple. See David's homepage here.

Jan and his wife Kristen in Norway have had an interesting experience with Jehovah's Witnesses. Their homepage can be found here

Kent Steinberg in Norway also has an interesting history with Jehovah's Witnesses. His homepage can be found here  

 Becky Turner in Alaska is happy to support to anyone who contacts her.

JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES, BIBLE-BASED CULTS AND FALSE MEMORY SYNDROME


Rick Ross
Although I have never been in a destructive religious group it has touched my life painfully. My cousin is an elder in the JWs. He has been a "witness" for about 20 years. He will not attend family funerals and has broken his parents hearts. When my grandmother died, who he was very close to, he did not come. When our aunt died recently again he did not come. When his mother was having very serious open heart surgery (she made it) he did not show to comfort his sister. Now another cousin (I have about 35) is involved in a "Charismatic" "church" in Arizona that is linked to False Memory Syndrome counseling. This church is widely shunned by the Chrisitian community. I have been involved in several cases that brush against this group, their counselors and so-called professionals (one is a Ph.D psychologist) who offer "repressed memory work."

MORMONS (LDS)

Al Roy

Bonnie Ricks
A former Temple Mormon (since 1977), living in southern Missouri, USA. My husband and I have an active ministry working with Christians to teach them the truth about Mormonism and with people leaving Mormonism to help them overcome the trauma of leaving the LDS Church

Maralyn & Carl
I held many positions of leadership, Primary Prs. teachers of both RS, SS, MIA, etc. I have been out of the church for 23 years. We requested name removel about 9 years ago. I am 67. I was born in Canada, my mother died when I was born. My father was LDS. When I was 2 he remarried and went to CA. His wife became a very strong convert. I married a Mormon who became an alcoholic. After three daughters and 22 years I divorced him. I later remarried, have been married for 25 years. Carl and I married in the Ok. CA temple in 1974. We have NEVER regretted leaving.

EX-INTERNATIONAL CHURCH OF CHRIST

(Boston Movement)

Martin Hinves
 Martin is from Sydney, Australia. He wrote "I am happy to help out not only ex-ICC people, but also ex-Mormons."


Dave Anderson

Ayman Akshar
Ayman is the Executive Editor for the newsletter Close To the edge, a production of the Triumphing Over London's Cults TOLC
TOLC's Voice: +44 (0)181 646 7477 \ FAX: +44 (0)181 646 8151

MISC BIBLE BASED

EX-MOONIES - UNIFICATION CHURCH

Steven Hassan
Steve runs the Center for the Freedom of Thought and counsells people from many different cults, including most of those named on this page. He has written several books on exit-counselling and cults, including "Combatting Cult Mind Control". His home page ishere

Ingo Michehl was involved in the Moonies. Ingo's homepage can be foundhere

EX-COG/FOL


Rick Seelhoff
"...the word of God is not bound." 2 Tim 2:9

Ex-LOCAL CHURCH /Living Stream Ministry


Daniel Azuma

Ex-BRUDERHOF

Mike LeBlanc
Mike's web site is: Children of the Bruderhof International

Ex-CHRISTIAN SCIENCE

Kathleen C Bretz

Ex-2x2's, WORKERS, COONEYITES


Joan Daniel
Their homepage can be found
here

dennisj@kalama.com

ian@thenet.co.nz

Ex-WAY INTERNATIONAL

Ex-Cultworld Magazine

EX SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS

Rolaant McKenzie
I used to be in this cult for most of my life and I have much valuable, helpful info
here

UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH

J. Peeters
6408 Old South Ct.
Charlotte, N.C. 28277
I was a member of this group for four years and I know it is a cult.

EASTERN BASED CULTS & ISMS

EX-TM


X.- Patrick Ryan
Ex-member TM 10-years and "Thought Reform Consultant" (exit-counselor) 12-years. Pat does extensive work with members of eastern groups, new age groups, and LGATE's (large group awareness trainings). His focus is on "recovery issues" - specifically trance states, the adverse effects of meditation, and false memory. He is the Editor of AFF News

Joe Kellet
"I'm a former TM teacher living just south of Oakland CA. I'd be willing to be a support contact for TMers and ex-TMers. --Joe"


John Knapp
John is a former member of TM and has a home page at Trancenet . He also runs a mailing list for former members of spiritually abusive groups.

Ex-Syda Yoga


Pendragon
Pendragon's homepage can be found here

"Dissent" is a certified psychotherapist, and a former SYDA member (10 + years). He located on the East Coast, USA. Dissent is also the principal author of the recent Open Letter about SYDA and the essay on Traumatic Abuse in Cults.

Jim Phoenix is also a former member of Syda and willing to discuss the issues with those who need answers.

Ex-Hare Krishna - ISKON

VOICE
This has been started for people who were raised in the Hare Krishna's but I am sure that you will find support there even if you were recruited as an adult.
Their homepage can be found
here

Rama/Lenz


Jim Picariello

POLITICAL - THERAPY - COMMERCIAL - MISC

EX-LIFESPRING


John Ruth
John also has a Web page HERE

EX-EST/HUNGER PROJECT


Carol Giambalvo
Voice: 904) 439-7541 \ Fax: (904) 439-7537
Carol has been doing exit counseling and working with former members of cults since 1984 . Carol is author of: Exit Counseling: A Family Intervention(AFF, 1995) and co-editor for: The Boston Movement: Critical Perspectives on the International Churches of Christ (AFF, 1996]

Ex-Amway


Sidney Schwartz
Their homepage can be found here

Ex-Scientology


Monica Pignotti
Monica was a Scientologist for 7 years and now works as a Social Worker. She counsells people from many different spiritually abusive groups.

Ex-Political & Therapy Cults

X. - Janja Lalich
Voice: 510-522-1556 / Fax: 510-522-1021
Janja is a former member of a political cult, and coauthor of "Captive Hearts, Captive Minds," "Cults in Our Midst," and "Crazy Therapies." Janja runs a local support group for former cult members, and for women who were sexually abused in a cult or some type of authoritarian relationship (e.g., therapist, pastor, teacher).

MISC CULTS & ISMS

Ex-Eckankar


David Rogers
David's homepage can be found here

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