We were disfellowshipped by The Watchtower in 1988. Vivian had been one of Jehovah’s Witnesses her entire life, David for 17 years. We had both pioneered and David had served as an elder for 7 years before he resigned in 1986. We didn’t want to leave, but finding out the truth about “the Truth” made it impossible for us to stay.
Vivian lost all her family and we both lost virtually all our friends. And since we both worked for Witnesses, we also lost our income. Since books by long deceased Christians had not only helped us find that there was ample food outside “God’s organization”, we quickly decided to head into the book business. That decision, in turn, led us into book ministry which supported an office and resource centre in Mississauga, outside Toronto. The ministry specialized in cult apologetics and other discernment issues. The office library eventually housed 10,000 books, including original materials from cults as well as resources about dozens of controversial issues connected to the Christian faith. The ministry became well known across Ontario, especially after participating in several debates, television and radio documentaries and talk shows, and arranging cult outreach events in the Toronto area.
After our son Max was born in 2001, we scaled back our participation in cult outreach, even closing the book business in 2013. But in the past 4 years, with the arrival of YouTube, our passion for Christian outreach has been rekindled. For 30 years, we’ve been praying that the Watchtower would be shaken, our loved ones delivered from its grip. The first part of that prayer is now being answered. We trust that more answers to prayer are not far off.