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Large ministry conference continues in Woodland Park, despite public health order

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WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (KRDO) -- A four-day Andrew Wommack minister's in-person conference with as many as a thousand people is underway at Charis Bible College in Woodland Park, despite a state public health order prohibiting indoor gatherings of more than 175 people.

But now Teller County is calling on the court to bar Wommack from hosting any more large gatherings at the ministry's compound.

Andrew Wommack Ministries moved forward with the conference after a federal appeals judge denied the group's request for a restraining order against the state to hold the conference which began on Monday.

The church alleges that the state public health order limiting large gatherings to 175 people in unconstitutional and discriminates against religious events.

Sheryl Decker with Teller County told KRDO that the department is "pleased and relieved that the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied Andrew Wommack Ministries' request to enjoin Colorado's public health laws to hold a large conference in Teller County during a pandemic."

However, Andrew Wommack Ministries sent KRDO a statement saying the organization "intends to exercise our First Amendment rights and hold the conference." The group says it put in extensive safety protocols, including social distancing.

In response, the Teller County Public Health Department filed a motion to the district court late Tuesday asking for an injunction against Andrew Wommack Ministries. The motion asks the court to issue an official order barring large gatherings.

The motion filed by Teller County and Colorado public health representatives also calls on Andrew Wommack Ministries to provide a reason why it shouldn't be held in contempt for disobeying the public health order and subsequent cease and desist order.

Local News / Teller County

Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.

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11 Comments

    1. It’s a wildcard, this isn’t actually in WPPD’s jurisdiction, this is actually in Teller County’s jurisdiction. And it really all depends on where Sheriff Jason Mikesell stands on this topic. Like I said, a wildcard.

      1. Sheriff Mikesell has made it perfectly clear where he stands on mask wearing and following COVID safety protocol. Hanging out shaking hands with the Covid protesters, without a mask, of course. Stating publicly that he won’t enforce the “orders.”

        But, hey, he’s busy running his million dollar private detective agency on the side, getting LEO in trouble all over the area. You won’t be reading about that at KRDO, the Gazette or any place where anyone might think twice. Go to csindy.com and look it up: “CSPD and other officers disciplined for moonlighting for Teller County sheriff’s private investigations company”

        Expect this whole article and thread to disappear in 10, 9, 8, 7….

  1. “The motion filed by Teller County and Colorado public health representatives also calls on Andrew Wommack Ministries to provide a reason why it shouldn’t be held in contempt for disobeying the public health order and subsequent cease and desist order.”
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    I’m betting they’ll claim they answer only to a higher authority . . .

  2. stupid people counting on the constitution to spread the virus!! Cmon man hasn[t the white house spread taught you anything How bout the Teller County Sheriff do something or is he a Trump supporter?

  3. “The motion filed by Teller County and Colorado public health representatives also calls on Andrew Wommack Ministries to provide a reason why it shouldn’t be held in contempt for disobeying the public health order and subsequent cease and desist order.”

    Because not allowing them to hold they conference is a clear violation of their 1st Amendment rights.

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    What would make this easier if someone can point out where in the 1st Amendment is says, “unless there’s a pandemic”.

    1. “Congress shall make no law…”

      Was this order put out by Congress? Or was it an executive order at the state and/or national level and/or from the “state public health order”.

      Based upon the verbiage you quoted, the order didn’t come from Congress, or am I mistaken? Not trying to be argumentative, but one has to read the law to the letter of the law. Decisions like this that question the intent versus the letter of the law is to be heard in an apelet court if I am not mistaken to question the validity and provide further clarification.

      This is interesting as it also points out that if this order didn’t come from Congress, was these orders ever legal in the first place because they didn’t come from Congress?

      Down the rabbit hole.

  4. It’s about time somebody said enough is enough! Now all the restaurant owners and bars need to band together and do the same! At this point the only freedoms that will be given back apparently will need to be taken back! If you’re old or sick take whatever precautions you deem appropriate. The rest of us should not be impinged upon to protect you! It’s time to say we’ve had enough!

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