A recent comment about the EFCA’s North Coast Church in Vista, California deserves to be turned into a quick post. It says some interesting things about the culture at Larry Osborne’s church. If there are people who want to tell their stories of North Coast this blog can give you a platform.
“There’s so much grey to every story – nothing is so black and white.”
But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress.
Psalm 59:16 ESV
There was a fascinating comment recently about North Coast Church and the Paige Hilken situation. Paige committed suicide in a mental health facility on July 31, 2021. Allie who was a former attender left an interesting comment about North Coast Church. To answer Allie’s question I believe there is a lot to write about North Coast Church. This blog wants to do it, but to dig into the church I need sources and stories. So if there are people who once attended North Coast who want to share their experience this blog would love to speak to you. This blog likes to write about the EFCA, and North Coast is a very important church inside the EFCA because of Larry Osborne’s influence. But if you attended this church and want to speak please email me at email@example.com.
Has there been any updates on this? I’ve been interested in this story because I used to go to North Coast Church. My mom used to make me and my sister go until we were around 16 and she made us stop going, and later I found out why. They basically start grooming the girls to be wives; the men there who were in their later 20’s or even early 30’s would suddenly “start” dating the girls when they turned 18, but really they start when the girls are about 15 or 16 and don’t go public with it until they’re 18. My mom realized this and yanked us out of there. These girls get married around 19 or 20 and I noticed they’d all either drop out of college or don’t bother attending and just become mothers. If they did go to college, it was always a bible college, so basically they’d set it up to where these girls really didn’t have a back-up plan and had to rely on their men. It was a creepy environment, almost cult-like. There was just something off about the atmosphere. I remember getting into an argument with the of the pastor’s sons because the news was on and they were talking about a girl who got raped and he made these sexist comments about how the girl had no one to blame but herself because of her outfit. Then he started saying how it’s a woman’s job to satisfy men in any way they please and I remember a bunch of the men agreed with him. So there’s definitely something off about that church and I wonder if Paige got sucked into that cycle. Makes you wonder what really caused her PTSD; I don’t think it was a medical procedure alone that caused it.
I also think it’s strange that they make this constant effort to emphasize that Chris put her into this “top notch” mental health facility but never say the name or give details. Wouldn’t they want to expose the place that clearly didn’t put enough precautions in place to prevent her from killing herself? Also did they ever state exactly how she committed suicide? Too many unanswered questions. And I’m sorry this gofundme seems sketchy too. $600,000, really? I get trying to raise money for a nice funeral and burial but why such an excessive amount and where is the money going? And what’s with Chris making every post about being a single parent of 5 and barely talking about his wife? Something is off here. And please miss me with this whole “don’t judge, that’s not Christian of you!” b.s. that I see in some other comments. Hiding the truth about Paige’s death isn’t very Christian either. RIP Paige, I hope you found the peace you deserve. ❤