Tell the truth

CBC reports…

A man was forcibly removed during an Edmonton church service after yelling at the pastor to “tell the truth” about how it came to be in such dire financial straits — an outburst related to a controversial land deal that could result in the closure of the 30-year-old Victory Christian Center.

Pastor Cal Switzer was telling his congregation Sunday how it was dealing with its financial troubles when a middle-aged man leapt to his feet and began yelling

“Tell them the truth,” Wally Glimm yelled during the service.

Switzer immediately called for security and several men rushed across the cavernous church to grab Glimm by both arms and remove him as he continued to yell.

The Victory Christian Center at 11520 Ellerslie Rd. is now listed for $14 million under a forced judicial sale, and could be sold any day. The church has no tenant rights and would be forced to close, also shutting the school and daycare.

Switzer, who owns 98 per cent of the incorporated company that operates the centre, signed a real-estate deal in 2008 with Kevyn Frederick, a controversial developer and condo flipper with a lengthy history of failed real-estate dealings.

During Sunday’s sermon, Switzer told about 250 members of his congregation that, just as Jesus faced enemies sent by Satan, so too did the church as it tried to spread the word of God.

Switzer said it was only discovered last week that there had been “some wrongdoing related to the acquisition of lands.” He said an enemy “has tried to make a victim out of us and victimize us.”

But Switzer said the church was standing up to the enemy.

“The church has said, ‘Hold it. You have not done right,’ and as a church we should go after what is ours.”

To that end, Switzer said the best lawyers in the city from one of the best law firms in the country have been hired. The lawyers, he said, “are making supernatural progress.”

Switzer then read directly from a letter he said he received from their lawyer, Lyle Brookes.

In the letter, Brookes said Kevyn Frederick had acted “wrongfully, unconscionably and completely without regard for the law.” The letter also said, “we have done nothing wrong legally or ethically.”

As the congregants cheered and clapped, Glimm leapt to his feet and began yelling.

Outside church, a still-agitated Glimm told CBC he interrupted the service because he couldn’t stand to listen to Switzer any longer.

“He is blaming everything on Mr. Frederick. [Switzer] was the one who made the deal without anyone else’s knowledge. He has to take 110 per cent of the blame for what he did. Not pass it on.”

Glimm said he had been a member of the Victory Church congregation for four or five years, and gave it hundreds of thousands of dollars.

“When I was down and needed a little help, they said, ‘We don’t do that,’” Glimm said. “Then I started figuring out that, ‘Hey, this isn’t right.'”

Glimm said he consulted a lawyer who told him there was nothing he could do to get his money back.

“But [the lawyer] said, ‘Give him enough rope and soon he will hang himself,’ and you know what, there is a God, a God who can use evil to bring about good.”

After the service, several congregants voiced support for Switzer, and said they believed his claim that God will save their church.

“God will make do for us,” one elderly woman said. As for Switzer, she added, “Everybody makes mistakes.”

Another congregant said she supports Switzer because he and his wife, Jan, were there for her during some difficult times.

“I stand behind my pastor because this man has helped me a lot with my prayers,” she said. “I believe in the strength of the compassion and the ministry that has helped me. It has made me strong. It has made me who I am. And I support them.”

As CBC first reported, court documents show Switzer sold the Victory property to Frederick in August 2008 for $18 million.

Frederick transferred the land to a numbered company he controlled, but didn’t register the mortgage, which would have guaranteed the property reverted back to the church if he didn’t make his payments.

The documents show Frederick made a down payment of $2.8 million but paid nothing more. The property fell into foreclosure and earlier this month, at the behest of Frederick’s other creditors, a court ordered a judicial sale of the Ellerslie Road property.

As part of the deal, Frederick was supposed to provide the church with land in Leduc for a new church. But documents show he also reneged on that deal.

Court documents show Switzer cut the deal with Frederick without any independent legal advice.

An affidavit sworn by church adviser Clayton Rayner states that, “The Ellerslie Road Lands are in foreclosure proceedings and it appears likely that Victory’s operations will come to an end if the lands are sold in the foreclosure proceedings. Victory owns no other buildings from which it can conduct its operations for the church, children’s daycare and school.”

It’s not known how Switzer came to be involved with Frederick.

Sources say the 41-year-old Frederick, also known as Kevin Frederick, Kevin Sheldon Frederick, Kevin Ronald Frederick and Portia Frederick, got his start in Edmonton’s hot real estate market as a condo flipper, buying apartment buildings and turning them into condos for a profit.

Frederick is the subject of numerous legal proceedings related to real-estate deals in which he borrowed huge sums to finance purchases, only to have the deals collapse when he defaulted on mortgage payments.

Frederick is scheduled to appear in court in Edmonton in November to face two counts of uttering forged documents.

It’s alleged he used those documents in 1997 to obtain aliases from Alberta’s registry system. In January, he is expected to appear in court in Leduc for a trial on an assault charge.”


12 thoughts on “Tell the truth

  1. Yep Calvin Hugh / Janis Lea SWITZER’S are going more down hill with another HOUSE Lost and Now this time it was a Forest Fire in August 2020 and Out of 5 Houses the only One that BURNT DOWN was theirs and I guess the Prosperity gospel FAILED them or they didn’t have enough FAITH with loosing 98% of their ministry , houses etc


  2. Yes Calvin / Janis Switzer go too JAIL already for Stealing Our $ for 37 Year’s since 1982 till your Studio “Church” ( Victory Christian Centre ) was Shut Down since September 2018 what Brian told us the Truth that You all are CROOKS and Couldn’t Pay the Rent for the Places You Rented and Yes You all are CROOKS like Rodney Parsley that will one day see the TRUTH too that he is Misleading Staff , Members and Non at World harvest Church and Yes Look at some other QUACKS that got Caught like Bentley , Copland , Swaggart , Tilton and Many others for Stealing $$ for their own Wealth and Even Worse having Your Houses go into Forclosure like Switzer’s !


  3. Yep and Since 2019 Calvin and Janis Switzer’s House is in Forclosure 3x and Still Not Sold and Yes Switzer’s we want our $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ Back since 21982-Present ! Maybe Your buddy Rodney Parsley can pay back Everyone’s $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ But Wait didn’t his mother Ellen Put a Curse on You all since Camp Meeting days in the 1990’s when She was in Edmonton with Rodney ( Hwer Son ) Another Prosperity / Health -Wealth New age ” Pastor ” says EX World Harvest Team Members since 2017 !


  4. Well $$$witzer’s yes Switzers are CROOKS since 1982-Present and We are finally seeing the TRUTH in February/March 2014 and with the new name victory Edmonton more of our FRIENDS and ourselves are finally seeing the TRUTH that Switzer’s are FRAUDS and a while ago they Renovated their kitchen for $80.000 and that’s where our church offerings went a while back and Switzer’s EX Secretary told us this TRUTH and Now wonder why the church #’s are still dropping like 22 people and last Summer was around 100 at one time it was over a 1000 and WOW people are being shown the TRUTH by GOD/JESUS since 1997 !!!!!!
    We are PRAYING that Young adults ( kids ) William Robert ( Nick name Rock ),Hunter-Hannah,Taylor-Ruth and Jan Switzer WAKES-UP in their Sleeps and Sees the TRUTH too and says SORRY to ALL the former Office Staff/Members/Non and Day Care Staff,Former Pastor’s too from Music,Youth,Seniors etc


  5. YEP We See It Now Calvin/Janis ” Janice ” Switzer Are CROOKS And It’s TRUE What Ex Pastors/Members/Non Told Us Since October 1982 !!

    With Our $$ Being Used To ADD On To The HOUSE In Westpoint Estates And Their Other Houses Around The WORLD !!!! Why Didn’t We See The TRUTH Till They Were Away Setting Up The Football Program For Rock ” William Robert ” In The United States !!!

    So YES I Wish This ” Church ” Does CLOSE DOWN And If It Last They Will Just CHANGE Their Name Of The ” Church ” And Still Mislead And STEAL OUR OFFERINGS ” For Their Own Wealth !!!!


  6. I am associated with God’s Squad Motor Cycle Club and I know that even outlaw mororcycle clubs look after their own better than that…and they don’t get anywhere near the money these churches get flowing in…unless of course you want to believe the press.

    A lot of the clubs have collection tins at their bars for ‘brothers locked up’, these churches look after the pastors and nothing else.


  7. YES It’s True !!! You Should See Their HOUSE They Added On 4x With The Offerings From The Members Of The Church And They Have LOTS Of Houses Around The World And The One In Edmonton Has A 3 Carport ” Garage” And A Trampoline For The Kids Etc

    Has Lots of Cars,Houses,Houseboats,Airplanes,Security”Usher” To To Protect Them In ” Church ” Etc


  8. He told you, he had a spirit of begging that stopped the riches pouring in. Instead of asking for help he should have put his last dollar in the plate.

    Seriously now, after putting in that much money, even a worldly club would do something. But a Church club not helping out the needy, that’s bad.


  9. lack of faith – probably had secret sin in his life or hadn’t worked out the curse from all those years of not tithing


  10. Glimm said he had been a member of the Victory Church congregation for four or five years, and gave it hundreds of thousands of dollars.
    “When I was down and needed a little help, they said, ‘We don’t do that,’”

    How come he was down after planting all that seed?


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