Leslie White, 77, a former overseer who lost his position of overseer due to serious character issues, has finally been removed from the 2x2 ministry
due to allegations surrounding his behavior towards women, including but not limited to sexual harassment.
There was an investigation conducted by law enforcement in Colorado about
an alleged incident that took place on a convention ground during preps in which the victim was also a worker.
White had a reputation for dropping in at homes where the wife was alone while her husband was at work.
He was known for asking inappropriate questions of wives regarding the sex life in the marriage. Some examples
cited by witnesses include the following:
Did she ever have pleasure with her husband?
How often did they have sex?
Could her husband get an erection?
Did he ejaculate?
What did she do to excite him?
Did she get him to masturbate?
Did he think her body was attractive?
Did he look at other women?
In the times they did have sex, was he able to get her wet?
And this was while he was an overseer.
Other events concerning Leslie White include:
Five sisters workers in Minnesota told Lyle Schober that if Leslie White showed up at their convention, they would leave! (several years ago)
A mother from Indiana related that she was asked explicit questions by Leslie White over the phone, specifically...
How is your sex life? Does your husband ask you to dress sexy to turn him on? Does your husband look at other women? (Jan. 2008)
A woman in central U.S. was receiving professional care due to an experience with Leslie White.
This was reported to Barry Barkley twice, but nothing was done. (Oct. 2009)
In 2009, Leslie White was ordered by Barry Barkley to no longer travel by himself; that he was to remain with his companion at all times. Leslie White ignored that order
and continued to travel by himself, in one instance driving up to 200 miles by himself to "drop in" on a woman at her home.
It has come to light that there were some trust fund
accounts to which White had access, and those accounts allegedly have been emptied out. It is not known
what happened to those funds, or where exactly the funds came from. Based on typical 2x2 operation,
most trust funds are where the workers stash money that is given to the ministry. If the trust funds
were emptied by White, then it would certainly beg the question of what laws may have been broken.
White claims to have been falsely accused. He wrote:
"...There has been a serious and grievous false accusation made against me and because of the
seriousness of this accusation and because of the place of trust and responsibility I have in this
family of God the older brothers have requested as of 23 May 2012 that I remove myself from
the ministry while this matter is being resolved. This I willingly do for the sake of Christ and for
the sake of His Children and for the sake of any outside of our fellowship who may hear of
Clearly he thinks he is making a great sacrifice in having to leave the work. He apparently thinks this is temporary.
His letter continues...
Please bear with us while we are in this process of trying to determine the justice of the accusation and to free the guiltless.
I am very sorry for the pain this is going to cause all of you.
Your friend and brother, Leslie
If Leslie White is innocent, then why did he leave and run off to another part of the country? Why were the trust funds emptied?
Who exactly does he think is guiltless? Himself?
Interesting further is his weak apology to "all of you." Is that the best he can do? Probably. It doesn't seem likely that true contrition is in his skill set.
There are none so blind as those who will not see, and in these events it were the other overseers whose duty it was
to protect the friends. Those overseers who repeatedly turned a blind eye and allowed more women to be victims
should also be removed from the work immediately. If they had the slightest shred of honor and decency, they would step down now.
But, no surprise, they do not.
How many victims did it take, Barry Barkley, before you were willing to fix this problem? You knew about this, but you let it continue.