Great Bible preaching church old school King James Bible and Choir. Love it. Family bible time is great. Don't let the other reviews make you question coming to check it out. Come see for yourself.
When my daughter’s family began attending this church I was somewhat concerned. I noticed her family becoming isolated from our extended family and outside friends. They appeared to have a blind obedience to this churches authorities. The pastor and authorities (yes men) practice and promote group thinking. They seems to relish in their importance in the church and the exalted greetings each receives from members. This church is extremely demanding and rigid. Demands of total submission to men (not God) without questioning is required. Challenging results in chastisement. Scolding usually used narrow doctrinal stresses, designed to reinforce the doctrine of these men. This church hides its inadequacies instead of dealing with them. It is a culture of secrets. I am so grateful that my daughter and family were asked to leave this church. They can now step out in faith and let the Lord direct their path.
My family was a part of Elmwood “Church” and School for seven years. They call themselves a “family,”you are treated as such until you disagree or attempt to address problems. Anyone who raises issues is kicked out and called evil. No members can have contact with those who are removed from the church. (Copied from Elmwood’s website ‘laws” … If a party is removed from the church membership, all fellowship with unrepentant offending party from that point forward must be discontinued for the sake of restoration.)My husband and I were teachers at Elmwood. The teachers and staff are not trained or educated in childhood education, I observed situations that needed to be dealt with. The admin.dismisses situations in an attempt to “save face’ and enrollment numbers. any other school would have addressed and brought to parents. I was repeatedly told to “submit to authority and “let go and let God”. 5 men showed up to my home (including the school admin.) unannounced. Mr. Randall (the Sr. pastor) asserted it was not a “friendly” visit they were there to “rebuke and reprove” us. We were told we were no longer employed and were not to come back(all recorded) The next day he told church members we were “evil”, “rebels”, “wolves,” He directed people to unfriend us on social media and have no contact with us.I am posting this review in the hope that other families will avoid placing themselves in harm.It is a cult. some of its beliefs “laws’. No Movie theater, dancing, swimming (bc of immodesty) or music (other than old gospel), do not teach children about any fictional figure, women wear skirts,submissive to all men,shame and shun people removed from the church and Pastor Randall stated “ 90% of the problems in church are caused by women They believe,"God commands His people to separate from all religious apostasy, all worldly and sinful pleasures, practices, and associations, and to refrain from all immodest and immoderate appearances, piercings, and bodily markings."BEWARE STAFF HAS BEEN TOLD TO POSE AS PARENTS LEAVING POSITIVE REVIEWS.
My children have gone to Elmwood Baptist Academy for years. It is a wonderful school. The teachers all care about the students. The principal himself has even tutored my children. They will even stay late or come in and help a child on days off to help them succeed. I love the teachers, principal and Pastor. Great Godly school. I love this school and can not see having my children any where else.
Avoid this so called Christian church. It is nothing more than a very legalistic organization with a tyrannical leadership team. I agree with others who posted this group as a cult. It has all the characteristics of a cult. I was kicked out because I disagreed with the so called senior pastor, Gary Randall, on certain points of doctrine and for addressing him as Mr. Randall, one occasion, rather than Pastor Randall. Don't believe that? It's true. I have witness testimony that can account for it. I was issued a trespasses warning by Randall, after they called the police to escort me off the property, for not repenting of my so called sin of not giving him the respect of calling him Pastor. They once threatened me with ex communication for believing that it was ok to drink wine and not get drunk. They were willing to let my wife stay in the church but for me to leave. Don't believe that? I have e mail communication between me and Randall to prove it. This Bible cult has violated so many biblical teachings and even the law. However, this is the way they lure you in. Once they have you emotionally attached, that's it. Your their slave. They believe the only true Bible version is the King James Version. They teach all other versions are inspired by Satan and that if you abide by a modern translation, your not saved! Randall teaches that women are 99% of the cause of all church problems . Don't believe it? They believe going to the movies is a sin, even if it's a wholesome Christian film. They belive it's a sin to attend a secular college and that the only valid work is in the Christian ministry. They teach that modern worship music is Satanic and that churches who play this music are Satanic. Avoid this place like you would any other cult. This is only an organization who play the confidence game with members and sway you to give more than ten percent of your income. The leadership is brutal and harsh and spiritually abusive if you disagree with them.