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Rev. Ralph Gordon Stair

Wrong Rev. Ralph Gordon Stair?
 
Background

Employment History

  • Founder and Pastor
    Overcomer Ministers
  • Erring Minister
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www.ctdispatch.com, 12 May 2005 [cached]
Rev. Ralph Stair, founder and pastor of Overcomer Ministers and Faith Cathedral Fellowship, is facing new charges by former members of his church.
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The money was supposed to be used in the ministry, but the people are charging that Stair used it for other purposes.
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Chaplin denies that Stair used the money for any purpose other than the church.
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Stair lived on the farm with them, in the same type home they lived in.
Ralph Stair: Erring Minister ...
www.kennethbillings.org, 12 Mar 2011 [cached]
Ralph Stair: Erring Minister Caught Seducing Women
Stacey was obligated to scream to prove she did not consent to having sex with Mr. Stair. (Ex. 22.16) From the testimony in the newspaper1, she failed to do this (perhaps indicating unwanted seduction because of her ability to call for help). Unfortunately, merely raising up a girl to maintain her chastity in itself is not enough moral protection, parents must teach their children the law (Torah) so they may understand the consequences and know how to respond among rebellious, harmful, lustful and rapacious people.
Nevertheless, realizing her father did not give her to Stair for a wife (which reasonably would have been a commission of polygamy), she is obligated to remain single so as to prevent fornication or marital uncleanness . (See the Billy Graham Heresy .)
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However, Ralph spent "77" days in jail after taking advantage of the poor girl "56 times" 1. That means he spent in jail about 1.38 days per assault upon her ignorance (although she was not guiltless for having sex and remaining silent), but he assaulted other women also and has the audacity to whine about being mistreated by his opponents and the legal system!
If he had not defiled the virgin and committed the other evil deeds, he could have expected not to be punished. But he destroyed the possibility of marriage for her as long as he lives. (Since he is her first man, she has a fornication deterrent obligation.) I wonder if either of the two indulgers had the due respect to notify Sean, Stacey's boyfriend. What a brotherly and loving counsellor Stair was to him! He must have really been thinking about developing and prospering his future, huh? He also hurt others, and received less than three months jail time--how sad, poor Ralph--I have heard of chicken thieves getting a year for every chicken.
As of today, Stair has not put away his present woman, and he gives no sign of repentance of fornication.
SPLCenter.org: Extremist Cults
www.splcenter.org, 3 Mar 2003 [cached]
Ralph Gordon Stair
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Ralph Gordon Stair, the 69-year-old founder and leader of the Overcomer Ministry, was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in May.
After two young women claimed that the preacher forced them to have sex with him over 70 times, police charged that he "used coercion to accomplish this battery by enforcing his religious/personal beliefs with the victim."In other words, they said, Stair told the women that God wanted them to do his bidding.Bond was denied.
Stair was also charged with two counts of breach of trust.Police say he took a total of $29,635 from an unnamed man's retirement investments.
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For years, Stair has asked Americans to sell their possessions, leave the cities, and come join his community, which until recently had about 100 members, in Canadys, near Walterboro, S.C.Now, former members, who have reportedly turned over amounts ranging up to $500,000 to Stair, are saying they were deceived.
The former members describe a world in which sex between married couples is allowed only if specifically authorized by Stair.Television, alcohol, tobacco, sugar and profanity are outlawed - as is laughter.Members are allowed no money, and are discouraged from communicating with outside friends or family.Many have accused Stair of engaging in numerous sexual liaisons with young women.
SPLCenter.org: Extremist Cults
www.splcenter.com, 1 Oct 2002 [cached]
Ralph Gordon Stair
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Ralph Gordon Stair, the 69-year-old founder and leader of the Overcomer Ministry, was charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in May.
After two young women claimed that the preacher forced them to have sex with him over 70 times, police charged that he "used coercion to accomplish this battery by enforcing his religious/personal beliefs with the victim."In other words, they said, Stair told the women that God wanted them to do his bidding.Bond was denied.
Stair was also charged with two counts of breach of trust.Police say he took a total of $29,635 from an unnamed man's retirement investments.
Stair is ordered to pay ...
www.w4uvh.net, 14 Nov 2007 [cached]
Stair is ordered to pay $731,679 Glenn, mention of Brother Stair in Contact led me to check about his ongoing court cases, found this which I don't think you have had in DXLD: OVERCOMER MINISTRIES MISLED ITS FLOCK, SAYS COLLETON COUNTY JURY The Press and Standard, South Carolina/April 27, 2007 By Jared Goyette Full article: http://www.rickross.com/reference/rgstair/rgstair22.html (via Mike Barraclough, DXLD) Viz.: A jury has found that minister Ralph G. Stair and his Overcomer Ministries misled 11 former members concerning how their donations were to be used.
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Stair is ordered to pay $731,679 Glenn, mention of Brother Stair in Contact led me to check about his ongoing court cases, found this which I don't think you have had in DXLD: OVERCOMER MINISTRIES MISLED ITS FLOCK, SAYS COLLETON COUNTY JURY The Press and Standard, South Carolina/April 27, 2007 By Jared Goyette Full article: http://www.rickross.com/reference/rgstair/rgstair22.html (via Mike Barraclough, DXLD) Viz.: A jury has found that minister Ralph G. Stair and his Overcomer Ministries misled 11 former members concerning how their donations were to be used.
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If a planned appeal fails, the verdict will cost Stair $731,679.64. The jury unanimously awarded the plaintiffs $274,163 in actual damages and charged Stir another $457,516.64 in punitive damages. "Every single one of them is a liar," said Stair when asked about the verdict. "It's all in the Lord's hands. Stair and his lawyer Mathias Chaplin, who has offices in Columbia and Walterboro, plan to appeal the decision.
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According to the organization's rules, new members can only move to the community after they accept Stair as the "last day prophet," take a vow of poverty and donate all their property and financial assets to the ministry. The former members allege that they donated their money because they were told that it would only be used to fund Stair's internationally popular [sic] evangelical short-wave radio program. After leaving the church, the former members say, they realized that the money had been directed to other purposes, and filed suit in 2002. Several of the plaintiffs left Stairs' ministry after he admitted to committing adultery in 2001. At the time he was charged with raping two women, but the charges were later dropped, and Stair pleaded guilty to two counts of assault and was sentenced to 30 days in jail.
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"Mr. Stair was not able to pull the wool over their (the jury) eyes like does with a lot of people," [one plaintiff named] Pearl said.
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