Steven Anderson Embroiled in Fight Over Stedfast Baptist Church Jacksonville

Steven Anderson Embroiled in Fight Over Stedfast Baptist Church Jacksonville January 6, 2019

Today’s post started at 6 am this morn. I added to it all day long as I kept checking back on the rolling cluster you know what going on in Steven Anderson’s ‘New’ IFB. Someone called him the Pope of the New IFB, he seems more than the Enforcer from here.

It seems that there is a great deal of infighting right now in Donnie Romero’s church spin off, Stedfast Church in Jacksonville, Florida. Steven Anderson, head of their hate-cult ‘The New IFB”, is fighting with Adam Fannin, the pastor of Stedfast Baptist of Jacksonville.

Romero was the head pastor of the church, and that of Stedfast in Texas. There’s a ‘Pastor Shelley’ involved in the mess. It smells like a nasty church split from here. Turns out that Pastor Shelley is anti-vaxxer and anti-medicine and will be taking over Stedfast Baptist in Fort Worth very shortly.

Fannin is claiming that there is a great deal about Romero that has not be exposed. Would not be surprised at all. Fannin is claiming that the decisions being made by Anderson that are ‘creating jerks in the movement.’ In other words they are starting to fight over who exactly is in charge. Plus there are all sorts of accusations over money. Fannin is saying that Steven Anderson has his hands in the church cookie jar, has been taking and using their money for God himself only knows what. That’s all I know.

Here are their competing videos complaining about each other.

First Anderson:

…and now Adam Fannin. Somehow he seems like a more reasonable and less bizarre option than Anderson, but that would not take much:

I don’t know much about these guys disagreement. I do know that Anderson is over the top sick. But here’s another detail I am hearing about the situation. Lesley Romero is being blamed and accused over her husband’s sins, yes, a woman is being blamed yet again for what her husband does. Typical. We knew this would happen because it always does sadly enough.

Not sure it’s a church if the church name is a misspelled word.

In the confusion over who is and isn’t a pastor involving Anderson he has been preaching at Stedfast Baptist in Fort Worth. On what subject? Making fun of pastor Jeff Durbin visiting Ireland and the Guinness brewery. Classic make fun of people he thinks might be gay. Most childish pastor of all time.

Hmm, interesting. Here was are at 11 am on a Sunday at Mountain Time and someone else is in Anderson’s pulpit back in Faithful Word Baptist Church in Arizona. Why is that? Is there going to be more machinations at Fort Worth?

Turns out Steven Anderson is still in Fort Worth, Texas abusing folks and singing some awful old hymns. If your stomach is strong enough  here’s his service today:

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  • Friend

    I feel conflicted. On the one hand, I wish the whole IFB tradition would shut down: too many scandals, too much cruel teaching. The New IFB sounds even worse.

    On the other hand, I don’t believe that all IFB members are hateful jackwagons who deserve what they get. I am guessing that many adults and most children want church to be steady and comforting, dare I say loving. Schism and scandal wreck all of that. Fights over control are tremendously upsetting to church members, who often feel forced to pick a side.

    Church is optional. Belief in God is optional. If I could say anything to the poor pawns on this chessboard, it would be: Run away, love one another, free your minds, and take your kids to the doctor.

  • Harold Gaines

    FYI, “stedfast” is used in the King James version of the Bible. It’s a “dog whistle” to other fundies.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    I wondered since it’s coming up as a misspelling on Spellchecker

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    One of the other pastors seems perfectly nice and normal, so I know it’s not everyone in the IFB. This is tragic, but at the same time it’s good to see him have a comeuppance.

  • paganheart

    Good grief. I’ve seen fights between 13-year-old girls over who runs their cliques, and they weren’t as petty as the fights between these supposedly grown-ass “men.”

  • Peg

    I am completely distracted by Anderson’s man boobs in the first image. Why does he have bigger breasts than I do? Too much estrogen?

  • Jim Jones

    > As a Dog Returneth to His Vomit

    Sounds like most Christians these days.

  • Jennny

    What a horrible start to my day, reading that the wife is to blame. I think they have 7 children, my heart bleeds for them, they’re very young I guess and are being put through unimagineable trauma with no sensible support and being told their mother is at fault.

  • Iain Lovejoy

    There is nothing new under the sun :
    1 Corinthians 1:10-13:
    “Now I plead with you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same opinion. For it has been told to me concerning you, my brothers, by Chloe’s people that there are contentions among you, I mean that each of you says, “I am of Paul,” or “I am of Apollos,” or “I am of Cephas,” or “I am of Christ.”

  • SaintMike

    burn it all to the ground #FakeChristians

  • Mark in Ohio

    Not sure it’s a church if the church name is a misspelled word.

    This line resonates for me, as there’s a church facility near me named ROC. I’m not sure if they were too cheap to buy a “K”, or if they worship mythological prehistoric birds. I have often had the urge to pick up a dictionary at a used book sale and leave it on their front door with the appropriate words highlighted, but doubt that the gesture would be understood.

  • Nea

    To be fair, this isn’t just over power. Sounds like someone’s helping themselves to money.

  • Jennny

    Just read, over on Bruce Gerencser, his description of the spat as ‘junior-high lunch room food fight’ and he calls them ‘bickering children’. Women members weren’t allowed at the meeting pope Stevie called, but guess they’ll still get the blame.
    When some childish protestors entered a supermarket a year or two ago to rant against its transgender bathroom policy, a couple of cute shoppers dropped pacifiers and baby-rattles into their trolleys…would love to start a campaign to swamp these pathetic baby-men with those items! Seems to me that’s exactly the level they’re operating at.

  • Mel

    But unless the church has some sort of guidelines that separates Anderson’s pay from the monies given to the church, he may well be legally allowed to.

  • Mel

    I don’t know – but once you see his man boobs, you can’t unsee them no matter how much you try.

  • jkarov

    Stephen Anderson is one of the most hate filled and prejudiced bastards on the face of the earth.

    His nasty screeds against anyone not of his own religious persuasion are legendary, cruel, absurd, and stretch the boundaries of decency..

    Now it seems he sees himself as the ultimate arbitrator on earth as to what “god” wants, and no other human
    being is as good or holy as the High Priest of Hatred and Bigotry of IFB

    I would bet that he has been helping himsellf to church funds, and given how strident and disgusting his
    ravings are about sexual sin, it would not be suprising to find out he has a mistress.

  • Nightshade

    Or a boyfriend. I’m not saying that anti-gay fundies are necessarily dealing with same-sex attraction in a very destructive manner, but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility either.

  • Friend

    I agree. At the same time, nice people lend their reputations to whatever church they join. A kind family that puts up with hate runs the risk of ingesting the hate, passing it to their children, and whitewashing it. Meanwhile they have no idea that there are better churches in the world (as well as staying home).

  • Friend

    I looked up a couple of ROC churches, and they seem to be acronyms. Redeemers on Courtright is in Columbus, OH. Richmond Outreach Center in Richmond, VA, was renamed Celebration Church, apparently in wake of clergy sex abuse scandal… gotta wonder about that new name, as I’d think Sackloth and Ashes might have been more fitting.

  • Friend

    Oh, you’re too right. “I’m Catholic.” “Well, I’m a Christian.”

  • Friend

    Do you agree with all of Anderson’s teachings?

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Welcome to ban and enjoy your stay on Jerks 4 Jesus. Going thru life stupidly following Anderson is not good for you.

  • Plain English

    Bully Pope Anderson cannot stand any other control but his own! Listen to the Christian pastor calling ‘liar’ towards all who question him…. Jesus seems to have withdrawn
    that peace that passeth understanding in the IFB! Evangelical Christianity when transparence occurs: All Hell breaks loose!

  • Plain English

    Well, now, are you suggesting
    God can’t be paid to furher his work!!!

  • B.E. Miller

    I wouldn’t be surprised at the church funds, but I’d bet they went to that house restoration. They’ve been having walls torn down and replaced at his house due to mold in the walls. And they’ve been staying in AirBnBs quite a bit while the house is being fixed up. All that is pretty expensive, and Szuszanna mentioned something about ‘help from supporters’ enabling them to do all that.

  • B.E. Miller

    Good point.

  • It gets even stranger (perhaps). I keep a local database of the IRS Business Master File which is updated monthly. The BMF includes every nonprofit entity recognized by the IRS regardless of type or filing requirements. The only Stedfast (with front and ending wild cards) in the BMF is Stedfast Church of God in McMinnville, OR.

  • Suzanne Harper Titkemeyer

    Somehow I am not surprised at all. Anderson spends a lot time and energy ranting against the government.

  • persephone

    Does this mean Anderson hasn’t filed for a 501(c)(3)? Or has his application been rejected due to his hate group behavior?

    I would not be surprised if he works to get himself arrested so he can make a big show out of it.