Remembering a Dark Anniversary in Elverson, Pennsylvania

Tonight The Wondering Eagle remembers a dark anniversary. Two years ago a profound act of injustice took place against Hurit. This is a quick post that remembers this tragedy. Plus The Wondering Eagle is calling for the resignation of Steve Estes. There will be two additional posts in the near future.

“Injustice never rules forever.”


“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

Harper Lee  -To Kill a Mockingbird.

No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 NLT

CEFC Bulletin

Two years ago tonight in Elverson, Pennsylvania a profound act of injustice occurred in that small town. In Community Evangelical Free Church Steve Estes had coached and allegedly arranged the excommunication of his former daughter-in-law. He protected his son, Brock Estes, who allegedly raped his wife while intoxicated and allegedly pointed a loaded gun on her. Two years ago tonight Mike and Kelly Culbert prayed an alleged rape victim over to Satan. Two years ago tonight Dave Stott carried a bag of rocks on the stage and said “let he who has no sin cast the first stone against Brock.” Tonight two years ago a rogue church in the Evangelical Free Church of America abused its authority. This was all done I believe to protect Steve’s job and Brocks’ job at the Berks County Jail.

On December 4, 2016 Community Evangelical Free Church rescinded its excommunication of Hurit. The church did this not because they were wrong but because of how the church congregation is divided and they are bleeding members. Community Evangelical Free Church admitted no error, made no apology and didn’t invite former members or even Hurit’s family for the roll back of the excommunication.  The act was horrific and in a few days time I will have a detailed post about the meeting and what transpired.

But due to how Steve Estes allegedly pulled off the excommunication and retraction without admitting error;  on the second anniversary of what happened to Hurit The Wondering Eagle is calling for the resignation of Steve Estes as the Senior Pastor of Community Evangelical Free Church. Steve is no longer qualified to lead. I had hoped that Steve would admit his error and do the right thing. After all I would prefer to see him remembered for his influence on Joni Erickson Tada; and not be remembered for practicing church discipline on an alleged rape victim. The Wondering Eagle is calling for Steve’s resignation to take place for the sake of Elverson, Pennsylvania. In the near future I am going to write a stand alone post explaining why Steve Estes needs to resign. This blog still stands with Hurit, the former members of Community Evangelical Free Church and those outraged in the community.

One final note for those of you in Elverson, Pennsylvania who are frustrated with the situation in the town, this blog is celebrating Festivus a week from tonight. For those of you familiar with Seinfeld on December 21, (which is designed to correspond with D.A. Carson’s birthday) we will have the annual airing of grievances. You can see last year’s post right here. This is an opportunity for you to speak your mind about Merle and David Stoltzfus, Steve Estes and Community Evangelical Free Church. That’s it for tonight Elverson and Morgantown. More posts will go up soon and please know I love you.


11 thoughts on “Remembering a Dark Anniversary in Elverson, Pennsylvania

  1. I think asking for grievances/complaints against Stoltzfuses and Steve Estes is opening up the rumor mill big time and what purpose does it serve? People will just vent and who knows whether they speak the truth. This is a very Holy and Sacred time for Christians and to have this kind of post just seems wrong. If you truly love people? Then you will love all and forgive all instead of asking for negative comments from people. At least the church took one small step forward by reversing the excommunication. Who cares how or why it was done, at least it was done. Little steps!

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    • Jen, Festivus is satire. It will be more than satire on Merle or Steve. There will also be other players I have written about. People and organizations such as C.J. Mahaney, Mark Driscoll, Mark Dever and others. This is about humor and not gossip. Laughing about totaliterian theological dictatorships is one way to deal with them. People give Steve Estes authority because they let him.


  2. What about the prayer that turned Hurit over to Satan?Perhaps that could be retracted also? However,I am not a theological/philosophical giant. Just not sure how that is done?

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  3. They only rescinded to “maintain unity” at CEFC. Members continue to leave, so they needed to do something. The rescinding of the excommunication serves them only. No apologies to Hurit. No public restoration, although the casting her over to Satan was very public. Wonder if Brock is still allowed to remarry since they declared her an unbeliever? Oh, now she is declared a believer for the sake of our $5 million building that opens on Sunday.

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    • Brock is Highborn of House Estes, Heir to the Pulpit of CEFC.
      House Estes is Vassal to the Great House of Stoltzfus.
      That’s all you need to know.


  4. Slow death for sure and in time the Stoltzfus families will be the only ones attending the church in their 5 million dollar building. Hope they will enjoy placing their dollars into the slots in the walls!!!

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