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Judge grants restraining order against Andrew Wommack Ministries

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WOODLAND PARK, Colo. (KRDO) -- A District Court judge granted a temporary restraining order against Andrew Wommack Ministries early Friday morning following a contentious legal battle between the ministry and the government.

This comes at the tail end of a week-long ministers conference that started Monday. Hundreds of people were expected to be in attendance, according to an attorney for Andrew Wommack Ministries. A state public health order handed down by Governor Jared Polis limits indoor gatherings to 175.

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The judge granted an injunction but emphasized that the order does not halt the conference, it only prohibits the violation of public health orders.

The judge said the government's exhibits showing conference attendees not social distancing or wearing masks presents a danger or real, immediate irreparable harm in the light of the pandemic.

Attorney General Phil Weiser's office, along with Teller County Attorney Paul Hurcomb, filed for the emergency injunction late Thursday on behalf of the Colorado and Teller County departments of public health and environment. The government claims that Andrew Wommack Ministries has repeatedly disobeyed a public health order and hasn't provided any proof to the court that its Bible conferences are following public health guidelines amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

13 Investigates reached out to Andrew Wommack Ministries for comment on the recently granted restraining order. A spokesperson told us they are reviewing the order at this time but did not say if the ministry intended to comply with the 175 capacity limit for the final day of the minster's conference in Woodland Park.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Investigations / Local News / Teller County

Chelsea Brentzel

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



  1. 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.

    Can someone please point out where in the Constitution it lists the exceptions to the First Amendment? I don’t agree with what they did nor am I a religious person, but I stand behind their right of religion and their right to peacefully assemble. The judge, by granting the restraining order, violated two Constitutionally protected rights of the hundreds of people in attendance. If the government can take away these rights, what other rights will they be able to take away in the future?

    The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, Pub. L. … § 2000bb-4 (also known as RFRA), is a 1993 United States federal law that “ensures that interests in religious freedom are protected.” The bill was introduced by Congressman Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on March 11, 1993.

    “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

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