About us and this site...

Brent T. launched the original website The Geftakys Assembly.com in November, 2002, to expose corruption in the Geftakys Assembly ministry and to publicly call the leaders to take action. The site was hard-hitting and didn't pull any punches. Within a few months enough information had come to light that George Geftakys was removed from the Fullerton Assembly. The website had accomplished its initial purpose.

In 2003 Brent handed over the site to Steve and Margaret Irons to take it in the direction of understanding and recovering from spiritual abuse. We renamed it Reflections... on the Geftakys Assembly and Spiritual Abuse. Margaret became the editor/webmaster.  You can contact me here.

We were former leaders in the Geftakys ministry. Our story tells how we got involved with George's ministry and how we left. It is crushing to realize that for twenty years we gave our lives to something that was wrong on so many levels. We are deeply grieved for the damage we perpetrated on others (more about that here.) Our work on this website is part of our effort to try to make amends in some small way.

Within a few years a majority of readers on the site have been coming from a host of other harmful Bible-based ministries. In the meanwhile, it has become evident that several former Geftakys Assembly leaders are trying to grow their own groups and ministries. The decision was made to change the name of the site to High-Demand Church, in order to shift the emphasis from the specific problems of the Geftakys group to the problems authoritarian Bible-based groups have in common.

This site is the main repository for information on the Assembly ministry of George and Betty Geftakys.  It is also an extensive library of information on abusive dynamics that develop in other Christian settings. Print copies of Geftakys Assembly publications have been archived by the History Department at Cal State Fullerton in the Center for Oral and Public History.

The divisive and inflammatory words 'cult' and 'cultic' appear in some articles and links. On this site they are used in the sociological sense, to describe the way a group functions, not to imply heresy. The point is not to label or attack Bible-based groups, but to shed light on groups dynamics to help hurting people.

Some people will disapprove of the secular content on this site, feeling that people who've been caught in a spiritually abusive situation need spiritual help only. Our view is that both the Biblical and the psychological perspectives are necessary in order to recover from high-demand groups. We agree that spiritual damage will only be healed by God's grace, but in our own recovery we were helped by information from a variety of sources. Secular wisdom is not complete, and much is erroneous, but we believe that some of it derives from ultimate Wisdom, is compatible with it, and gives much-needed tools to disentangle reality from deception.

"The AssemblyBoard" linked from this site is an archived forum on the Geftakys Assembly that was active from 2002 through 2010. Over a thousand topics related to the Assembly and aberrant Christianity were discussed with fervor. There was never any administrative connection between the AssemblyBoard and this site.

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