More Goodies from Faith Builders!
Oh crikey. Now Faith Builders’ Terry Morehouse is blabbing about his close, personal ties to Danny Gokey.
Terry Morehouse is the business guru and music pastor in Milwaukee’s most beloved bullshit church. We first learned about him in my first Danny-Gokey’s-Church-Sucks-Ass post.
During this time, Terry Morehouse was hired to run the business aspect of the church. Morehouse came in after being a top regional manager of Gander Mountain, one of the nation’s largest sporting goods retailers. Terry was also an experienced motivational speaker, often speaking to executives at large corporations, including Microsoft. It was clear at that time that the church was setting them up to be a “mega-business” and they needed a business acumen to support and achieve these goals. A year after being hired as the Business Administrator, the 43-year-old Morehouse married the sweet 19-year-old keyboard player. Nowhere was the thought was given to the lack of appropriateness, even though Morehouse and the young Rachel had known each other for 3 years prior to their marriage.
Lovely. Wonder how old she was when they got romantically involved? Nice to see this church supporting such winning morals.
Here is a photo of Mr. Morehouse at that “Urban” event held at Faith Builders a few years ago. Classy.
Today, Morehouse and his young wife are still involved full-time with the church. And in light of the church’s recent financial woes, it seems Morehouse takes his best-practices cues from AIG executives. Here is a quote from that former employee who recently contacted me:
Terry Morehouse also said he was going to be the first person to not take a salary. Well, to this day, he is still full time and all of those other people are gone, even though I do not feel bad for them.
The Morehouses also run an Aveda hair salon called Vivid in Janesville, WI — where, OBVIOUSLY, Danny Gokey gets his hair cut and styled. So why not pimp your Gokey-connection in a local paper to drum up customers for your business, right?
Gokey is the praise and worship leader for Faith Builders International in Beloit and its sister congregation in Milwaukee.
His hairstyle—that swooping, spiky cut that sets off his face—comes from Vivid Hair & Skin Co., 2900 Deerfield Drive, Janesville.
Terry and Rachel Morehouse of Roscoe, Ill., own the salon, and it’s Rachel who styles his hair before tryouts.
“We’ve known him for years,” Terry said.
Terry is the business administrator and music director at Faith Builders International in Beloit.
“He is the most talented person I know,” Terry said. “And he’s absolutely like you see him on television—he’s a very fun loving and social person.”
Initially, Gokey didn’t want to go to the tryouts in Kansas City. His wife, Sophia, had recently died during surgery for a heart defect.
“He was just too grieved,” Terry said. “But our pastor encouraged him to get out and just do it.”
A modified Wednesday service at Faith Builders International includes tuning into “Idol” after prayer.
Gokey’s pastor, the Rev. Jeff Pruitt, said Gokey’s faith—as much as his talent—has propelled him to succeed in the competition after his wife died four weeks before auditions.
Pruitt also said how far the husky voiced singer goes in the competition isn’t really up to the viewers.
“Honestly, we believe it’s in God’s hands, and that God is in control of all of our lives,” Pruitt says. “Danny is in a place in his life that he is trusting the Lord with everything that’s placed in front of him because he never dreamed any of these things—good or bad—would happen.”
Pastor Rolex and Terry Morehouse are thick as thieves, and Morehouse is pretty much the financial brains behind the operation. And speaking of finances, It’s no wonder Pastor Rolex pushed for Danny Gokey to try out for American Idol in the immediate aftermath of his wife’s death. Was this advice from a wise man of god or a businessman seeking a big return on a valued “investment”?
The former employee I chatted with might lend credence to it being the latter, since this person’s account insinuates money — not health or well-being — has always been first and foremost on Pastor Rolex’s mind.
During my employment, I was told from my friend who was in the top 20 [the Top 20 referring to the Faith Builders’ innermost circle] that Pastor Jeff was arguing with Dan [Gokey] a lot and they were minutes away from firing him. Something to do with Sophia’s insurance being too costly for the church since she had heart problems since she was a child. I wonder if Dan knows he was minutes away from getting canned because of how expensive his wife was to the “church”. I bet Pastor Jeff today will never admit to almost getting rid of precious Dan.
Damn. That kind of turned my stomach. Harsh. Sure, this is one person’s word but it pretty much makes sense in light of everything else we have read. And I’m sure others may have heard similar rumblings within the inner circle. I would imagine that at some point during his employment, Sophia Gokey was on her husband’s insurance plan as his spouse. Perhaps this changed at some point, helping to smooth things over between Pastor Rolex and Danny Gokey?
Danny Gokey could very well win American Idol. Granted, he’s not my favorite performer, but I don’t have any reason to hate the guy. I don’t personally know him. I certainly don’t share his beliefs but hey, its a free country and the guy’s entitled to have Jesus drive him everywhere. I just don’t know if Jesus would take the wheel of an Escalade.
Whatever happens with Gokey, I just hope he’s smart enough to distance himself from this shit show of a church. And I hope the other members, those who are just regular people, wise up and get out of this place more than anything else. I’m sure FBIB and FBIM have seen a slight jump in attendance since their beloved Gokey got on Idol. But in all seriousness, do you think they’re just voicing their support of him to everyone from the Janesville Gazette to Ok! Magazine because they want him to succeed solely for himself?
Hmmm. For some reason, I kind of doubt it.