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January 2, 2019 Shiloh will continue as independent church
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

A local church will remain in operation after the dissolution of its parent organization.

In a Dec. 21 press release, Shiloh church announced that it is ending its affiliation with The Living Word Fellowship.

“The Shiloh church is ending its formal legal relationship with The Living Word Fellowship,” the statement read. “Shiloh has always been a separate nonprofit corporation and will continue to gather and serve the local community of Kalona.”

Shiloh, a church built in the mid 1970s by John Robert Stevens, will become an independent operation.

In addition to the church, Shiloh is home to a conference center and Shiloh University, an accredited online Christian university for The Living Word Fellowship congregants.

School President Chris Reeves was out of town last week, but said he would give an update later this week on the school’s plans.

The Living Word Fellowship – also founded by Stevens – announced in late November that, in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, it is closing down the organization and its central governing body.

“This step is being taken in response to recent reports of misconduct by a former leader in The Living Word Fellowship as well as a determination that Shiloh church can better serve the Lord and our community under local oversight,” the statement continued.

The Living Word Fellowship’s decision to disband comes on the heels of allegations of sexual misconduct made public by former member Shalom Abrahamson Caples on Facebook in October.

Caples claims that she was sexually abused by a church leader, Rick Holbrook, while she was a teenager in the 1990s at the Shiloh church and later at another The Living Word Fellowship church in California.

Caples’ post has received more than 500 comments, some of them from others saying they experienced similar abuse while members of The Living Word Fellowship churches.

In an undated statement on its website, The Living Word Fellowship acknowledged it had “received credible reports of such inappropriate behavior” and that actions have been taken address the allegations.

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