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MarkTab Ministries has been providing information on the web since 1995. MarkTab Ministries holds to orthodox Christian beliefs, and became the first Internet-based ministry associate of Willow Creek Association in 1998. ... more

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Church of God Big Sandy

Board Member
Church of God Proclaiming

United Church of God of Alabama

Founding Member
United Communications Group

Worldwide Church of God

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This webpage deals with Ray Wooten's resignation from UCG (in three letters).

David Hulme's Response to Ray Wooten (December 29, 1995)
Ray Wooten's Response to David Hulme (January 12, 1996)
The first letter below followed the December 1995 UCG-AIA Ministerial Conference in which Ray Wooten was not voted to the Board.Also at this conference, there was a document with more specific doctrines ratified by 94% of the attendees (which were ministers only, either full-time or lay ministry).
Ray Wooten had previously come to understand some divergent views of church governance prior to the conference.These views contrast with an emerging UCG-AIA, which will tend to retain centralized doctrinal authority, much like the former WCG.
In the end, Ray Wooten and David Hulme are unable to resolve irreconcilable differences in governmental structure and organizational affiliation; as a result, a new UCG-AIA pastor was sent to Birmingham as of January 1, 1996, with Ray Wooten accepting a financial severance from UCG-AIA.In the end, Ray Wooten and David Hulme are unable to resolve irreconcilable differences in governmental structure and organizational affiliation; as a result, a new UCG-AIA pastor was sent to Birmingham as of January 1, 1996, with Ray Wooten accepting a financial severance from UCG-AIA.
The second letter is David Hulme's dismissal of Ray Wooten from the UCG,AIA organization.The third letter was written in final response to David Hulme in order to clear up certain misunderstandings David Hulme had regarding the UCG- Birmingham and Ray Wooten.
Ray Wooten
1. He states: "What we hope for, since it is essential to our beliefs as a congregation, is freedom to fellowship with, and even support, individual ministries as well as other organized efforts by crossing organizational lines."This comment reflects the reality that many former WCG members are coming to realize: there are members of different organizations who support similar if not identical doctrinal positions.Efforts by UCG-AIA to build one organization falls under the following paradigm: the body of Christ must be completely contained within one religious organization.Ray Wooten is more flexible on this point.
2. He continues: "This is my personal conviction as well.I don't intend to put demands on others."However, he does not consider that the ratified doctrines of UCG-AIA define demands to be put on others, and specifically the types of things that the organization would expect from new and continuing members (and certainly of its leadership).Now these things, again, do not seem like demands when you've been doing them for 20 years; however, the entire package can represent a major lifestyle change for a new UCG-AIA member.So, the UCG-AIA leadership should be willing to teach these demands to new Christians, and in this point Ray Wooten takes a step away from UCG-AIA.
3. He continues: "I am not preaching false doctrines.
That Ray Wooten would not agree with this governing fact, is itself, a demonstration that he believes in a false doctrine from the UCG-AIA point of view; however, on the other hand, what he says is the truth from the new WCG point of view.
David Hulme's Letter to Ray Wooten (12/29/95)
Mr. Ray Wooten6111 Valley Station DrivePelham, Alabama 35124
Despite our differences, Ray, we certainly wish you well in your future endeavors.
Later, Ray Wooten will come back with the comment that even the group of ministers present is STILL a small group.
Ray Wooten's Response to David Hulme (1/12/96)
Finally, you say, " ... despite our differences Ray, I wish you well in your future endeavors and if the truth of God's words is furthered by your efforts, we will rejoice with you.
Ray Wooten
Ray Wooten invokes this freedom in choosing not to merge his already existing church fellowship, UCG Birmingham, with the newer UCG-AIA.
2. He continues: "I reject the concept of the ministry functioning as a priesthood which has the sole authority and responsibility to preach that gospel from just a central location.
4. Ray Wooten concludes: " I would also like to extend this same wish to all faithful brethren regardless of their affiliation."
by Ray Wooten
Below is a letter from Ray Wooten which explains his stance regarding church government and "the work".He is a former regional pastor of WCG and is currently pastor of the United Church of God in Birmingham, Alabama and also currently serves as a director on the interim Board of Directors of the United Church of God, an International Association.
Ray Wooten, Pastor
Ray Wooten
Comment: I agree that faith is critical to making government work.Accepting and working with a governmental structure is also a matter of faith also.However, Ray Wooten did not discuss the assumption is that the organized board and/or leadership have the biblical power and authority to make and enforce doctrinal decisions.

Celebration of Faith [cached]

Pastor Ray Wooten

United Christian Ministries

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United Church of God (David Hulme, Denny Luker, Vic Kubik & Ray Wooten) 1995

United Church of God, Birmingham (Ray Wooten) 1995

SN9901: News from Local Congregations [cached]

An optional Video Bible Study presentation from United Christian Ministries by founder, Ray Wooten follows shortly after services.

OIU Volume Three - Pt. 3 of 5 [cached]

Way back on March 18, 1995, Pastor Ray Wooten held his first meeting with 195 members newly transferred from the WCG. In a letter to the ministry of the Church of God, Ray Wooten states:

[Note: The words "God's people" as spoken by Ray Wooten is a buzzword used often by those who were in WCG.]
He goes on to say:
Mr. Ray Wooten's assistant, Mr. Mercer, spoke at length with the ESN regarding the initial start-up of the UCG.
Mr. Wooten was fired on March 1st and agreed to Pastor the congregation shortly thereafter. He was not involved in setting up the corporation.

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