8 episodes

Worldwide: The Unchosen Church shares first-hand accounts of growing up inside of a doomsday apocalyptic cult. It's a series about the costs and rewards of high-demand religious group, dispels many of the myths about what types of people join cults, and showcases the beauty, comedy, and tragedy of life inside Herbert W. Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God (WCG). Hosted and created by a former WCG member.

Worldwide: The Unchosen Church Tricia Jenkins

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 152 Ratings

Worldwide: The Unchosen Church shares first-hand accounts of growing up inside of a doomsday apocalyptic cult. It's a series about the costs and rewards of high-demand religious group, dispels many of the myths about what types of people join cults, and showcases the beauty, comedy, and tragedy of life inside Herbert W. Armstrong's Worldwide Church of God (WCG). Hosted and created by a former WCG member.

    Ep. 1.5 The Closet, the Cult and the College: An Interview with DJ Grothe

    Ep. 1.5 The Closet, the Cult and the College: An Interview with DJ Grothe

    DJ Grothe is the former host of the podcasts Point of Inquiry and For Good Reason and the past president of the James Randi Educational Foundation.  While he has interviewed hundreds of skeptic and scientific leaders, he rarely tells his own story of how he attended a little Bible college in the piney woods of East Texas, called Ambassador University.  In this episode, I sit down to ask DJ why he joined the homophobic Worldwide Church of God when he was 14 years old - the same year that he came out as gay and the same year he started getting into magic. We also talk about how his background in magic and a magazine housed in Ambassador University's library helped to lead him out of the doomsday apocalyptic cult he had once joined, and why today, he says he's grateful for the entire experience.

    If you'd like to support Worldwide: The Unchosen Church, feel free to buy us a beer. It's  super easy:  https://www.buymeacoffee.com/worldwidepod

    • 35 min
    Bonus: An Interview with Dr. J Gordon Melton

    Bonus: An Interview with Dr. J Gordon Melton

    In this brief bonus interview, we're joined by American religion scholar Dr. J. Gordon Melton.  

    • 6 min
    Ep. 1.4. "Blessed And Happy is the Man," But What About the Woman?

    Ep. 1.4. "Blessed And Happy is the Man," But What About the Woman?

    In this episode, we talk with Heather, Dawn and Lisa about how the expectations set for women by the WCG and its offshoots affected their future careers, marriages, parenting, and relationship to sex. An honest and authentic look at how conservative churches often affect women, this show is not to be missed. 


    If you'd like to support Worldwide: The Unchosen Church, feel free to buy us a beer. It's  super easy:  https://www.buymeacoffee.com/worldwidepod
     
    Hosted, written and produced by Dr. Tricia Jenkins.  Sound design and editing by Thirteen Media.


    A special thanks to these women for contributing to this episode.


     


     

    • 40 min
    Bonus: "Oh Give Thanks"

    Bonus: "Oh Give Thanks"

    A special  message  for our listeners. 

    • 1 min
    Ep 1.1. “God Speaks to Us:” An Insider’s Guide to the Worldwide Church of God

    Ep 1.1. “God Speaks to Us:” An Insider’s Guide to the Worldwide Church of God

    Before Joel Osteen, Brian Houston, or even L. Ron Hubbard, there was Herbert W. Armstrong and his Worldwide Church of God (WCG).  A doomsday apocalyptic cult active in roughly 70 countries around the globe, the WCG lured its members in with the promise of protection from an impending World War III and a place of leadership in the utopia to follow.  

    Who exactly was Herbert Armstrong and who were his followers? What was it like to grow up believing that you were one of only 144,000 people that God called in all of human history to lead his new world order?  And how has Armstrongism survived in the 2020s? Find out these answers – and so much more -  in this introductory episode, “God Speaks to Us,” narrated, written and produced by a former member of the church itself, Dr. Tricia Jenkins.  Sound design and editing by Thirteen Media.
     If you'd like to support Worldwide: The Unchosen Church, feel free to buy us a beer. It's  super easy:  https://www.buymeacoffee.com/worldwidepod
    Special thanks to Dr. Steven Hassan, Lisa Metzel Bonnet, Nathanael O’Reilly and D.J. Grothe for their contributions to this episode and to Joel Kramer, who gave us permission to use clips from his documentary Called to be Free, which can be viewed on YouTube.

    • 31 min
    Ep. 1.3. “The Worldwide Church of Pod:” An Interview with Glynn Washington

    Ep. 1.3. “The Worldwide Church of Pod:” An Interview with Glynn Washington

    Glynn Washington is a highly successful podcaster, hosting shows such as Snap Judgment, Spooked and Heaven’s Gate. But I bet you didn’t know that his storytelling style is highly influenced by cult leader, Herbert W. Armstrong of the Worldwide Church of God. How did Glynn end up in this cult?  What did he take from Armstrong? And what was it like to be in a black family that joined a “white supremacist Jesus cult?” Glynn Washington takes us through the answers to these questions on episode three of Worldwide: The Unchosen Church. 

    If you'd like to support Worldwide: The Unchosen Church, feel free to buy us a beer. It's  super easy:  https://www.buymeacoffee.com/worldwidepod
    Hosted, written and produced by Dr. Tricia Jenkins.  Sound design and editing by Thirteen Media.
     
    Special thanks to Glynn Washington for his participation in this episode. Glynn is the host of his own podcast Snap Judgment, which can be found on Apple podcasts, or wherever podcasts are hosted.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
152 Ratings

152 Ratings

Lis Populo ,

Thorough & Thoughtful

Excellent work covering the impacts of the dark elements in the history of this church which has left a legacy that corresponds so many destructive ideas like British Israelism which is a concept that can be seen in ideas around manifest destiny and American exceptionalism that we still deal with in society today.

gercules ,

Hmmm…

I have mixed feelings about this…. What’s the purpose? To “beat a dead horse”?
Is the host coming from a Liberal/Progressive Christian perspective?

red1236 ,

Former PCG Member

I was a 3rd generation member of the church & was raised in the PCG. I spent 3 summers at the PYC camp in Oklahoma. This podcast is so spot on. Listening to it has really allowed me to reflect on my experiences. From the hymns that I found myself singing along to, to the talks about how inclusive the FoT felt, to being so incredibly grateful that #IGotOut when I did.. This podcast has done a wonderful job of shedding light on the terrible realities of the church while recognizing the members as normal human beings. I can’t thank you enough for this

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