Glad Tidings of Austin, GT Austin
Glad Tidings of Austin, GT Austin
Pastor Kermit Bell of Glad Tidings of Austin, GT Austin, has denied church attendance to a faithful church member. Bell threatened Brion Domman to immediately cease attending GT Austin. If Domman attended worship service at Glad Tidings of Austin, the police would be called and Domman would be arrested for trespassing. Domman missed attending one Sunday in seven months. Domman was present more Sundays then Bell at GT Austin,
Bell phoned Domman on the afternoon of November 17, 2011 and asked for an immediate meeting in his office at Glad Tidings of Austin. No reason for the meeting was cited by Bell. Upon arrival at Glad Tidings, Domman was met by Bell and two staff members, Steve Van Winkle and Minton White. Bell verbally communicated to Domman, a wealthy mother and daughter threatened to leave Glad Tidings unless Domman was immediately removed. Domman could no longer attend “their church.”
Domman was verbally threatened by Bell. If Domman entered the church property, the police would be called for an arrest of trespassing. Domman dated the daughter for seven months. According to Bell, the family attended the church for 27 years and donated large sums of money over the years. “You were clearly told that following our meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2011, your presence on the Glad Tidings campus at 2700 Northland Dr., Austin, Texas would constitute trespass. Please do not force this issue. Kermit Bell.”
The daughters parents donated large sums of money to GT Austin over the years. They did not want to loose their largest financial supporter in a small church. Bell was asked if the woman and her mother would be asked to leave the church. Bell responded, “No. This is their church, not yours.”
According to sources on the Internet, Glad Tidings of Austin has a membership of 750-1000. Glad Tidings is associated with the Assemblies of God. Glad Tidings is not listed among the larger churches in Austin. Shoreline, Hyde Park Baptist, Riverbend Church, Great Hills Baptist Church, Christian Faith Center and several Catholic congregations have membership exceeding 5,000.
According to Bell, no church members have been dismissed over the years from Glad Tidings Austin.
Glad Tidings website communicates “GTaustin (The Church Glad Tidings in Austin) is a biblical community made up of people just like you learning to love each other where we are, while we become who God wants us to be.” The church bulletin further communicates “here at GTaustin we practice “open” communion. This means that anyone who has trusted Jesus Christ for their salvation is welcome to receive communion.”
The Assemblies of God Bylaws’ under ARTICLE VI. MEMBERSHIP list the following:
Active voting membership in this assembly shall be open to all those who possess the following qualifications: a. A testimony to an experience of the “new birth.” b. Having been baptized in water by immersion. c. Evidence of a consistent Christian life (Romans 6:4; 8:1-4; 13:13, 14
Ephesians 4:17-32; 5:1, 2, 15; 1 John 1:6,7). d. An indication of a willingness to contribute regularly to the financial support of the church of which he is to become a member. e. Acceptance of the Tenets of Faith as set forth in Article IV of these bylaws. f. Having reached at least 16 years of age. g. Having regularly attended services of, and supported, this assembly for a period of at least three consecutive months prior to the date of application for membership.
h. Agreement to being governed by the bylaws of this assembly, and of the Southwest District Council of the Assemblies of God, as both may be amended from time to time.
GT Austin is composed of families that have divorced, separated or dissolved relationships. No one is asked to leave the church based on marital status or relationship status.
Bell recently held a wedding shower for his daughter hosted at the mother’s multimillion dollar house in Austin. The 52 year old daughter resides with her daughter, a high school senior, at her mother’s house in Austin the past three years.
According to the GT Austin website, Bell recently preached a series entitled The Great Divide and Breaking Down Walls. In the series Bell says “God cares about justice. Injustice is not ok with God.” In a later sermon he is quoted “greed and the love of money is a sin. Power and authority is what people are seeking with money.”
Domman and the daughter had their picture posted together in the Austin American Statesman on the National Day of Prayer in May.