Abusive or intimidating

He fears people will think he’s delusional if he discusses his experiences in Word of Faith because the stories seem unbelievable.

He missed a lifetime of pop culture, which makes it difficult for him to build connections with his peers.

Anderson’s mother, Patricia Dolan, did not respond to phone and text messages from the AP. Forced child labor was another staple of life, several former members told the AP.

Former congregant Danielle Cordes said it was common for adults to hold children down by their arms and legs during attacks. Anderson said his work details began around sixth grade — sometimes during school hours — on construction and real estate projects performed for church members.

Jamey Anderson says his time in Word of Faith Fellowship was a hell of physical and emotional abuse. Throughout his adolescence, Anderson says he was singled out as a rebel and suffered some of the most brutal treatment in the church. — Jamey Anderson vividly recalls being a skinny kid trembling on the floor of a dank, windowless storage room, waiting in terror for the next adult to open the door.

Now, he’s determined to speak out about the North Carolina-based church so no more kids go through what he says he suffered. 13) Jamey Anderson holds a photo on his phone of himself, bottom left, at the Word of Faith Christian School with classmates, from left, Liam, Risa Burgeson Pires, and Christopher Davies, and teachers Lisa Brown, top left, and Marty Roper, top right, during an interview in Charlotte, N. Among his transgressions: making a funny face at a classmate. He was bruised and exhausted after being held down while a group of Word of Faith Fellowship congregants — including his mother and future stepfather — beat him with a wooden paddle, he said.

Among his transgressions: making a funny face at a classmate.He recalled being diagnosed with asthma in middle school, a condition aggravated by the outdoor work, and being rebuked for “laziness and foolishness.”Over the years, he said, the work increased.Anderson said he cleaned the Whaleys’ house, sometimes working until after midnight, then would return in the morning to mow their lawn.Founded in 1979 by Whaley, a former math teacher, and her husband, Sam, the church has grown to a congregation of nearly 750 people in rural Spindale with hundreds more followers extending to Brazil, Ghana and other countries.Jane Whaley is the unquestioned leader, presenting herself as a prophet.

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