1 03-01-88 10:16 aps ill., texas, n.j. SPOKANE, Wash. (UPI) _ A controversial church has d
1 03-01-88 10:16 aps ill., texas, n.j.
SPOKANE, Wash. (UPI) _ A controversial church has disbanded in
the wake of the death of the 10-year-old son of one of its
members of untreated juvenile diabetes, a church elder has
The so-called No-Name Fellowship in Spokane had formed in 1981
and boasted about 40 adult members, but it decided recently it
would no longer meet.
"We are not meeting any longer," Elder Mark Roloff said
Monday. "I just don't have any more to say to you than that."
Spokane County Sheriff's Detective Jim Hansen has been
investigating the Dec. 20 death of Aaron Norman, son of church
members Bob and Judith Norman. The boy died of juvenile diabetes
at his suburban Mead home, and the couple's 8-year-old boy has
been placed in foster care.
The county prosecutor plans to review reports from the
sheriff's department to determine if criminal charges should be
The fellowship, which was founded by former college football
star Doug Klever in Champaign, Ill., had been called a
destructive cult by the National Cult Awareness Network in
Church leaders reportedly told members how to live their
lives, how to dress, where to work and what to eat, and some
children were allegedly subjected to excessive discipline.
Because church leaders have stressed the power of prayer, the
Normans did not take their son to a doctor before his death.
Church officials have contended that the Normans had no idea
their son was seriously ill.
The boy was spanked on the advice of church leaders a day
before he died, but the spanking was not a factor in his death.
The group, which was dubbed the No-Name Fellowship because it
has no official name, claimed about 200 adult members in churches
in Spokane, Champaign, Plano, Tex., and Passaic, N.J. The status
of the other churches was not immediately known.
Elders of the Spokane church reportedly have moved to
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