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.
Check out these books about the 2x2 church!
Click on the book covers to learn more about each book.
Cult to Christ: The Church With No Name and the Legacy of the Living Witness Doctrine
Elizabeth was born and raised in a nameless and secretive worldwide cult that claims exclusive origin from the New Testament apostolic ministry and blatantly describes all other churches as 'false'. A fourth generation member, she professed faith at the age of sixteen and fully intended to remain there, even when she discovered that the system she believed in was based on a lie. A love story both human and divine, a journey from spiritual bondage to freedom in Christ; this confronting and deeply personal account gives an inside perspective into the mindset of cult members, and reveals the fear and trauma associated with being forced to investigate your own beliefs even if it could mean destroying the very foundations of everything you believe.
The author, Elizabeth Coleman, is one of our moderators at the TLC Forum!
Reflections: The Workers, the Gospel and the Nameless House Sect
This is the first of a series exploring the varied experiences of those who have come out of a supposedly nameless, world-wide religion
which has managed to elude the attention of outsiders for much of its history. The accounts collected here have been written by
former members, worker/ministers, and relatives. Together, they present a fascinating and rare glimpse into a religious system all
but unknown to outsiders. Most of the former members who have written here were passionate believers in "The Way," before being
jarred into reexamination by encounters with serious issues and inconsistencies.
Far from being a clinical examination, these accounts are sometimes stirring, even heart-rending, and always bear the stamp of genuine personal experience.
Reinventing the Truth: Historical Claims of One of the World's Largest Nameless Sects
They meet in homes and in rented halls, presided over by itinerant preachers known as "Workers." This religious fellowship usually goes under the
names listed above, although its members vigorously deny that the group bears any name. As to its origins, the group positions itself as being a
direct continuation of "the New Testament Church." And even though they deny having any organizational structure, the activities of this nameless
sect are world-wide in scope.
It is often very difficult for the outsider to gain any concrete knowledge of this group's doctrine, structure, or history.
Reinventing the Truth
examines these issues, focusing on the historical explanations the group has offered for its origins.
The Church Without a Name
This secretive group has been called by various names over the years: The Two-by-Twos, White Mice, Black Stockings, Pilgrims, The Meeting, The Workers, The Truth, the Secret Sect, Die Namenlosen, Les Anonymes and many others.
But they claim no name of their own. Outside of the group, little has been known of the ways and the diverse belief found among believers in this homespun religion.
Here is a book that exposes the origins and the unwritten traditions of the Two-by-Twos.
The purpose of this book is to summarize the teachings of this religious group in order to encourage people to draw nearer to and obey God.
It is an attempt to bring to light what the workers have tried to hide from the public for over a century.
These are doctrines and behaviors that have been observed and learned by an ex-member whose family has been part of the group for five generations, since the founding of the religion in the late 1890s.
Reflected Truth: Former Workers and Followers Unmask Life in a Large, Little-Known Sect