THE MOVERS AND SHAKERS AT BETHEL
When I was at Bethel these were the folks who were often known as BETHEL HEAVIES - while we were known as bethLITES
The Freedom to Think means:
"I'd rather have Questions that I can't Answer ----Than Questions, I can't Ask.
(or Answers that I can't Question)."
WRITING DEPT. & OTHER PERSONNEL
at Watchtower Headquarters as of 8/15/00
(Does not include many support persons)
John (Jack) Barr: Writing Dept. Overseer
Karl Klein: Assistant Writing Dept. Overseer
Writing Correspondence Personnel, Patterson, NY (Incomplete)
J. R. Brown
Executive Office Personnel, Brooklyn, NY
Service Department Personnel, Patterson, NY
Charles Woody: Coordinator
Wm. Van De Wall: Asst. Coordinator
Legal Department Personnel, Patterson, NY (Incomplete)
Philip Brumley: Coordinator
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Thanks for the info... I noticed only one woman in all that....
My cousin works in the legal department directly under Don Ridely I think. When where you there? How long and why did you leave?
I know, or should say Knew Lee Waters, served in the same congregation with his moms, Corine who died some years ago!
Religion is man's attempt to reach God,
Jesus is God's attempt to reach man.
I would like to welcome you to this board- hold on tight for the ride can get rough at times- but if you do your research you will find some very interesting things here that you will never find at the Hall
the key thing you will find on the net is if a statement is made it can and will be challenged unlike at the hall the avg bro simply says
"Cause the Society says so"
well I hate to be the one to break the bad news here that doesn't work to well
instead well documented points are ones key to either standing or falling here
now to address your questions
My cousin works in the legal department directly under Don Ridely
#######I just might know him- smile######
When where you there? How long and why did you leave?
I was there doing the most of the 80's and i left to get married
i would like to welcome you to the board-
i enjoyed your post on dunlap, but i will share a couple of things with you that you may want to consider as well
i'll put it under that post as soon as i get a chance perhaps tonight
"I'd rather have Questions that I can't Answer ----Than Questions, I can't Ask.(or Answers that I can't Question)."
Hi JT thanks for the info. Would the John Wiegel in the writing be the brother of Stan Wiegel..nojw
Two close personal friends, who served at Bethel in the 50's discouraged me from making Bethel my goal.
Charlie M. was a "Grizzly Adams" sort, who at the age of 14 would spend a whole week in the woods, tenting, hunting and fending for himself. He was soft-spoken, intelligent and a deep lover of Jehovah. His parents were Regular Pioneers, although his dad was legally blind.
Charlie resigned from Bethel about 1959 and returned to the northwest. He said very little about Bethel life, but simply said: "This is an organization of imperfect people." He told me: "XXX, you can do a lot more good at people's door with the Bible in your hand."
Another close friend, George P., was at Bethel in the early 50's, suffering a breakdown. Today, he would be called bi-polar. He remained an intermittant witness for a number of years, but did not recommend Bethel service to me.
My impression was that serving at Bethel de-mystified the organization to young men, putting everything on almost a secular level. I believe, subconsiously, this was why I never wanted to visit Bethel,(although I did stop briefly as a teen-ager after the 1958 assembly.)
The stories, anecdotes, juicy tidbits(Harley Miller's colored shirts in the 70's)flowing out of the Society's headquarters made we wince.
Let the Bethel boys print the books. I'll just place and explain them.
jt, thanks for the list, One on the list stands out in my memory, he,s in Service Dept.
Some 23 years ago at bethel a bro. who worked with him told me how Bro.X told him how he wished he could leave Bethel but felt he was too old to find a job on the outside. Now its some 20 years later and he's still there.What a waste.
JT- Do you know how many on the writing dept. are
of the so-called FDS? Or if anyone else here has that
info could you relate it.
I've met one on the writing commmittee, Jim Pellechia, and he does not profess to be one of the anointed.
He was/is an elder in my inactive friend's congregation in NJ. When she became inactive and discouraged after her daughter was disfellowshipped for smoking, I called him out of desperation because she had deep respect for him. He was very sweet and asked me what I'd like him to do. I asked him to call on her, because she viewed him with great affection. I am pleased to report that he did so. A few weeks later he visited her, and the result was that she began attending meetings again (I considered this a 'success' at the time!).
During the course of our conversation, he asked how I "came into the Truth." Came to find out that the sister who studied with my fleshy sister was a good friend of Jim's. She was now living in California, could he give her my address? I said yes. (She did write me later.)
A few months later, perhaps, Bro. Pellechia invited my girlfriend to attend a party he and his family were holding for a niece (I believe) who had gotten her nursing degree. The party was at Bethel at a time when I was back East for a visit. Who do you think my girlfriend asked to come along for the evening? Me. I went. It was at the Bossert -- beautifully restored. Bro. Pellechia & I never let on that we had ever spoken by phone.