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March 21, 2009

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.

Terry Morehouse REPRESENTS

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.

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29 Comments leave one →
  1. GeTaLife permalink
    June 13, 2009 12:22 pm

    are people still posting crap about this?? Lets move on! so much more fish to catch out there- dont slander one another. wifekiller- i would love to see you in person and just….. tell you whatever you have gone through, God saw it. it’s not your fault. Let it go. read the WORD. God bless.

  2. Favored permalink
    May 27, 2009 1:21 pm

    No Weapon Formed Against Pastor Pruitt and the ENTIRE FBIM FAMILY SHALL PROSPER…..IT WON’T WORK!!!!

  3. Amelia permalink
    April 27, 2009 6:55 am

    At this time in his life it looks like Danny really needs the support & care of his friends from the church and his pastors.

    It sounds like there are some very big problems within Danny’s church, particularly within the leadership, and these have been going on for many years. There are also some theological problems with the church, it seems to advocate “covering” (which I think means one man directly hears from God & is a leader with a lot of authority/power) and also the prosperity doctrine.

    But it is also clear that some of the church members are like a family to Danny (and to each other). I think there is a lot of love and support. It sounds like Danny is happy there. Personally, I hope he comes to see the problems that are within his church and its leadership and eventually leaves that church for another church. But I don’t think it is a good idea for him to do it now. Those people are like his family. And as many Christians know (including my family) who have exited a church, it can be very difficult to remain friends with those in the church after you go (you can be viewed with suspicion; seen as disloyal; or seen as a ‘back-slider’). If Danny left his church now he would almost completely lose that support net of friends. Right now I think they are providing him with what he needs. In the future it may be time for him to move onto a better church.

    Many churches, particularly megachurches, have significant problems within them. But most of them also have a huge amount of genuinely loving, humble, caring & inspirational members. Whatever Danny’s church is like I am sure it has a number of truly good and loving people within it. I also think that Danny is one of these people. He runs a charity (“Sophie’s Heart”) dedicated to providing music instruments and music lessons to poor children in the USA. Danny’s previous job was at Journey House, which works in poor communities with families to help reduce crime and increase education.

    Comparing the church websites for American Idol contestants Kris Allen (New Life Church, Conway – http://www.newlifechurch.tv/) and Danny Gokey (Faith Builders) there are some similarities and some differences.

    SIMILARITIES:
    1. Both are nondenominational megachurches with a focus on attracting youth (through for instance having modern music & a big band).
    2. Both look like very ‘wealthy’ churches (big, costly church buildings) so their members are probaby fairly well off. I would suspect that both churches advocate to some extent the “prosperity doctrine” (God wants you to be rich & if you obey him will bless you financially; and it’s okay not to give very much to the poor). Kris’ church website has several pictures of it’s magnificent and hugely expensive church building & garden, and of the spacious church auditorium where services are held. Danny Gokey’s church website does not have similar “look how cool (aka ‘expensive’) our church building is!’ photos.
    3. neither church has any obvious charitable missions that it supports or acts that it does. [Contrast this with the many Baptist or Methodist churches that financially support evangelical & aid mission works overseas]. There were also no soup kitchens or ‘toy collections for the poor kids’ or anything like that on either website. To be fair, there was a Golf Tournament even coming up at Kris’ church where the proceeds would be donated to some orphan organisation. That is great, but it looks a lot like a token gesture to the poor (rich people pay $10 odd each for this fun event and the profits get donated; that’s hardly a drain on anyone’s pocket!). On Kris’ church website I typed a few words into the search engine = “Charity” returned 0 results; “poor” returned 0 results; poverty returned one trivial result; “missions” returned no results that had anything to do with the poor/overseas missions, and “international” returned just one result. [There is another church called “New Life Church” – http://www.newlifechurch.org/ – but I searched it’s search engine for “Conway” and there were no results, so it doesn’t look connected to Kris’ church. That is a huge shame, because that New Life Church has a fantastic heart for the poor. On the front page is a link to the Compassion Child Sponsorship Organisation, and also a link to notes from the latest sermon which was on “the widows, the fatherless and the poor”. Kris should go to that church!].
    I know that Kris Allen has been on several overseas Mission trips to very poor countries so it surprised me that his church doesn’t seem involved in this type of thing. I know that Kris impulsively gave away his $700 guitar to a worship leader in a church in Thailand on one mission trip, as her guitar was rundown and had just 4 strings. Kris seems to have a compassion for the poor and for people in poor nations that extends to his lifestyle and his wallet, and I am very impressed by this. Danny Gokey does too (his charity Sophies Heart provides instruments and lessons to poor children and his previous job was at Journey House which worked to help families within poor communities).

    DIFFERENCES (I could only really see one):
    1. Danny’s church website is heavily focused on the 2 leading pastors Mr & Mrs Pruitt. The website goes on and on about how God told them to do this and that and how God has gifted them in this and that way which is how they have been able to reach the masses. The website front page also has 2 photos on it – both of them are of the Pruitt couple. In a huge contrast, Kris Allen’s churches website has no pictures of the pastors on the front page. You may find several pictures of other church members before you come across one of the pastors Mr. & Mrs. Bridges. Also the wording on the website promoted the idea that the church was run by a leadership team – not solely by the leading pastor couple.

    CONCLUSION
    – My critique of Kris Allen’s church may sound harsh. I have no doubt that his church is doing many very good things in his community and that it is full of people have a genuine love and passion for God and a selfless love for others. The pastors and church leaders also seem very down to earth and fairly humble (Danny’s pastors seem less humble and more controlling; however I’m sure there are many good things about them also and that there are a lot of genuinely loving and supportive members within his church).

    Kris Allen’s church is no different from most other megachurches (it could even be better than most, I don’t know). I think one thing megachurches often forget is how much Jesus loved the poor. Megachurches seem to have a very limited focus on (or heart for) the poor. Smaller churches and housechurches usually do this much better (and their church buildings and programs also cost a lot less to run). One thing that may appeal to the singers/musicians Kris & Danny about megachurches is the chance to be a part of a big & dynamic worship team with some great equipment. I just hope that both Danny & Kris can be both supportive and analytical/critical of their churches. I hope that they can take everything their churches do with a grain of salt. I hope they don’t accept without thinking everything that their church leaders might say. There is no perfect church. I hope that both Kris and Danny can freely critique aspects of their churches leadership/theology/programs when appropriate without their leaders frowning on them. I really hope both of them will keep an outward focus, thinking about how they can best reach and help members of their communities and people overseas (both with Jesus & with money/practical things), particularly remembering people who really need help (eg. the poor). Jesus said the 2nd greatest commandment was to “love others as yourselves”, and he means love them in every way – not just sharing the gospel with them, but loving them with your finances, with your ears, & with your time. I am impressed by what I’ve heard about both Kris Allen & Danny Gokey, and I hope they both do well on American Idol. Kris Allen is my favourite. There are 5 contestants left on Idol, I don’t know much about the other Christian one – Matt Giraud – but he seems like a very solid guy too. He has released 2 Christian music albums and he leads worship at his housechurch. I really love that he is part of a housechurch because after leaving a megachurch 5 years ago, I have also joined a housechurch! Some people prefer bigger churches but I think housechurches are great because everyone can discuss things together, ask questions, have a say, and decide how to run things and what topics to cover. It’s also a great environment for forming deep, supportive friendships and getting to know each other. Small groups within a big church act very much like housechurches do.

  4. Matt permalink
    April 24, 2009 5:04 pm

    Madden, you mentioned slander. I just want to correct you. When ‘untruths’ are in written form, as on this blog, and yes, even when they are annonymous it’s called libel. I think these statements are very close,if not over the line in committing libel. I am not connected with this church or the salon in any way. Just cruising thru the blogs, and thought ‘a word to the wise is sufficient. I do know the church forgives, but if it has a legal rep, they may want to read this blog. To the rest of you… Have a nice one 🙂

  5. idolisforstupids permalink
    March 26, 2009 11:18 am

    wifekiller, you are too funny. Yeah the church is trying to get props for DWD success. Danny lost his wife and then 3 weeks later he is on idol? Riiiight. Danny is no more or less than anyone and just because he is on AI for godsakes means nothing. He has been pimped since the beginning and the producers pick who they want to. They eat anyone up that has a sob story and it isnt a coincidence that all the fundies get on AI is it?

  6. Madden permalink
    March 24, 2009 3:38 pm

    Bob-
    That wasn’t my point at all! I was trying to help out a brother.
    Sorry man! God Bless!

    • bob permalink
      March 25, 2009 8:31 am

      Madden,

      It was your point. I see no where in any of your posts where you take one second to look at ALL the poeple who have come out of that ministry and say “Maybe there is something to waht these people are saying”. It’s always that the person is offended or angry or disgruntled. These stories you are reading are pretty much the same and the one constant in all of them is : FBIM and the Pruitts. But yeah, the rest of us are offended. Ok.

      • Outsider permalink
        April 9, 2009 11:14 pm

        if someone offends me, I let them know and fix it. If its not fixable, then I move on. If you served in that ministry for so long as you say, then what caused you to leave? did you sit and talk to Pruitt?? I mean, people leave and carry that garbage with them to the next church. Wouldn’t you feel more at peace not having rescentment? I dont know. Just my view. Thanks.

  7. Madden permalink
    March 24, 2009 12:11 pm

    Bob-
    Based on your involvement in that ministry and your willingness to serve in a ministry, I do wonder even more if your bitterness towards that church is more personal than anything.
    People don’t go from one extreme to the other in ministry unless they’ve been offended by someone.Believe me, people get offended all the time in ministry! You obviously spent many years with this ministry!
    My point is simple Bob, forgive and move on with your life! You seriously are only hurting yourself. Slander is not biblical and even if it were all true, you are sowing discord. God says it’s an abomination to Him!
    I’ve been to FBIM in Beloit many times and even the Milwaukee location a couple of times. I can’t say I’ve been to the church in Arizona but I don’t see any of what you are saying! I’m not a kool aid drinker at all, I can assure you of that.
    I just simply see the fruit from that church and peoples lives changing for the better. Sorry so long! God Bless you!

    • bob permalink
      March 24, 2009 1:52 pm

      Ah yes, I am offended. It is all personal. I am sowing discord. You are right. The problem is all with me. It’s all my fault. You are right. Thanks for setting me straight. I’m the one who has been hurting all these people at FBIM. You are right. I’m the one all these people have issues with. Yes, I’m the one. Thanks for setting me straight. I wish I could write to all the people that FBIM and the Pruitts have used and hurt and tell them sorry. That is was all me. We are all crazy. You are right. FBIM and the Pruitts have a right to treat people however they want. If they hurt you, use you or manipulate you then it is all YOUR fault. You are right. Some of your posts say that the people can’t know because they weren’t there. Then when people, like me, who were there support their experiences you say the problem is with us. Either way the problem ALWAYS stays with the people who left I guess. Let’s NEVER hold the Pruitts or FBIM responsible for anything. Typical. I guess I go back to reside in my offenses.

  8. WifeKiller permalink
    March 23, 2009 4:00 pm

    Cool. We’ll wait patiently for your proof.

    Please bring it to us soon. And if you can, wear blackface when you bring it. It’s kinda sexy.

  9. March 23, 2009 12:18 pm

    I hear most of you people saying that you dont know Pastor Pruitt and/or Danny Gokey. So why would you post opinions and comments if you really have no true understanding as to what goes on at the church? As a FAITHFUL member of the church, I can prove that this information is not acurate whatsoever. Not trying to step on anyones toes, just stating that the information provided in these blogs is not completly accurate. God Bless.

    • bob permalink
      March 23, 2009 5:08 pm

      Another guy,

      I was a FAITHFUL member of the church (In Leadership, pledged money to the building fund, gave over and above my tithe, served in four different ministries, gassed up the pastor’s car, etc.). I personally witnessed alot of what has been written in these blogs at the FBIM location in Beloit, at the FBIM AZ location as well as the FBIM Milwaukee location. You can try and say alot of this isn’t true but for me and what MY eyes saw and MY ears heard, it’s all good.

  10. WifeKiller permalink
    March 22, 2009 11:32 pm

    If you don’t like our comments, why respond to them? We can post what we want and that’s all that matters. If you don’t like us, don’t respond. If you don’t like this blog, don’t read it or check out other websites with hearing-enabled people.

    WifeKiller

  11. Pademe permalink
    March 22, 2009 9:44 pm

    If u don’t know Danny,why talk ill about him? Danny can sing and that’s all that matters. If you don’t like Danny, then don’t vote for him. If you don’t like his church, then don’t attend and/or don’t check out their website.

    Pademe.

  12. EhudtheLeftHanded permalink
    March 22, 2009 7:45 pm

    wow! Just chiming in to say I had a wonderful day of not walking in offense.

  13. Madden permalink
    March 21, 2009 9:45 pm

    wifekiller-
    Dude, you are brutal man! This is so sad! “exploiting Sophia’s corpse”? Wow!
    The pain that this man went through was beyond words. She was 27 years old! She was his high school sweetheart. He’s known her for most of his entire life.
    Have you ever met Danny? Have you ever been to Faith Builders? Have you ever met Pruitt or Moorehouse? C’mon man! Let it go! It’s just simply not worth it

    • March 22, 2009 12:26 am

      I’d love to meet Dorkey Gokey and ask him if necrophilia is his bag. Could you hook me up? How much is the cover charge for a ‘church’ night?

    • WifeKiller permalink
      March 22, 2009 5:37 am

      I haven’t met Pruitt, but I have watched his wife’s ‘How To Be A Playmate’ video. Very Christian little movie. I give it 3 out of 4 squirts.

    • bob permalink
      March 22, 2009 3:48 pm

      I have met Pruitt, both the son and the dad, Jeff and Jerry. I have also met Terry Morehouse. TopIdol is right: It is ALL about HIM, HIM, HIM! By HIM I am referring to Jeff. Been there, seen it and have talked to TOO many others to know it’s not just one or two disgruntled former church members. That sounds like the company line to me. All these people who left, yeah, I’m sure ALL of them are disgruntled fromer church members. ALL of them did something wrong and have issues. Yeah, right. All the people who had problems there and left, THEY are the ones with the problems. RIGHT. Even though story after story after story is told and they all have the same issues in all of them. Yeah, the problem isn’t Jerry, Jeff or FBIM, it’s with the people who left. Right.

    • Former Member permalink
      May 30, 2009 11:48 pm

      I also was a former member and have my own negative feelings toward the church! I left after a confrontation by a church leader and “leading lady” who informed me that I was sinning and was interfering with a prophecy! It was the best move of my life and I have been blessed a thousand times over since my departure! May God Bless those still there and lead them away…..

      In regards to tithing…I remember they had a program where you could give beyond your 10%. You had to give them a signed for stating what your monthly/or weekly contribution would be….they sure did come after you if that extra money promised to them wasn’t received, even if you were struggling with day to day finances…where’s the compassion? Again, best move I made was leaving!!! Any details you have about my confrontation, I will disclose anonymously…just give me the specifics how!!!

  14. Madden permalink
    March 21, 2009 7:04 pm

    It is so sad to see all these arrows flying at Pruitt, Moorehouse, and the church!
    It’s little truths that are twisted to make these guys look like the Devil! It’s such hatred! You need to ask why?
    These are good people and you are listening to a former member or staff person that obviously has an axe to grind!
    Moorehouse married Rachel when she was 23 years old! Not 19!
    In addition, the claims on Sophia and insurance are so ridiculous that you should be ashamed of yourself for even posting it!
    In regards to having Danny as a marketing avenue to generate business, so what! It’s one of the most used forms of marketing! Famous people representing a business or a product to bring increased traffic to their business (in this case a Salon) is not out of line at all.
    Please don’t give this person any credibility! I would just simply ask him to please let it go. It’s just worth it. Forgive and move on!
    God Bless!

    • TopIdol permalink
      March 21, 2009 7:17 pm

      Everything we have seen of Pastor Rolex is about him, him, him. HE got Gokey to try out for Idol. HE is responsible for his success as a musician. HE convinced him he had to go try out only a few weeks after his wife died.

      I don’t agree with the preaching of ANY evangelical church, but I haven’t seen Kris Allen’s New Life Church or Sarver’s Harvest Church using those guys so blatantly to promote their beliefs and their congregation. They simply say such things as “they’re talented young men, we’re praying and voting for them.” They don’t give themselves credit for them auditioning and successfully making the Top 10 of American Idol.

      Big difference.

      • bob permalink
        March 22, 2009 3:48 pm

        Right on TopIdol. It is all about Jeff and the church.

        • Outsider permalink
          April 9, 2009 11:06 pm

          I agree with Madden. Maybe you dont see much on the other churches because you are not researching enough. I ran through an article that stated different! Idol already knows from when the auditions start, who will be making it to the top 10! thats why the scandal with Adam also, cuz he is dang good! People want to know more and more about the idols, and are envious at their talent. Danny Gokey has talent. Jeff Pruitt was like a father to Danny. From what my friend tells me (she is great friends of Danny’s and Sophia’s) I guess Pastor Jeff was always there for them through good and bad times. Danny loves and respects him. They spent more time with their “church” family. So you cannot judge the joy this pastor feels to see Gokey be a top idol. Think about it. I also like Kris. Danny, Adam and Kris are totally cute!

    • WifeKiller permalink
      March 21, 2009 8:02 pm

      Exploiting the guy on a reality show who is exploiting his dead wife is “one of the “most used forms of marketing”? Wow. Maybe for JebusTards. Not for real people. And don’t try to pretend he wasn’t exploiting Sophia’s corpse. Even Jamar admitted he was.

      • TopIdol permalink
        March 21, 2009 8:05 pm

        Yeah, it’s a lot like getting famous and then getting your photo posted at your dry cleaners, right?

    • March 22, 2009 12:26 am

      In regards to having Danny as a marketing avenue to generate business, so what!

      Normal churches who don’t view their parishioners as walking ATMs don’t appear to whore someone out for attention, AFAIK.

      Why not sell billboards with his fat face on it? Why not start selling Jeebus Dorkey bling? I bet Pastor Rolex is pumping out some merch right now, that he’s selling outside the Idol theatre. KACHING BABY!

  15. WifeKiller permalink
    March 21, 2009 7:00 pm

    So keeping Sophia alive was proving too costly for Pastor Rolex, but he didn’t have a problem with Gokey’s 100,000 designer frames?

    Figures.

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