Newshub – Former Gloriavale members say they were called ‘too fat’, ‘talentless’ by leaders
By Kaysha Brownlie – Newshub – 07/09/2022
“No talent” and “too fat” to be a Christian – this is what a former Gloriavale member says leaders told her.
Rebekah Kempf was giving evidence at the Employment Court case in Christchurch, where current members deny the work is not forced.
“I was not given a choice,” former Gloriavale member Sharon Ready said.
When Ready signed Gloriavale’s declaration of commitment she said she “was just obeying my husband”.
Ready said she was also obeying the Christian community’s leaders.
“I was following blindly in obedience it was not something I embraced willingly.”