Bradlee Dean's ministry is a cult and Dean is a crook, ex-employee says
"[T]he ministry abuses donation money by its administrators taking large housing allowances when many of its employees struggle to pay their own bills," Dagel says.
:::: UPDATE :::: Jake Dagel, former Bradlee Dean employee, discusses working for his "cultic sham ministry"
Today, Jake Dagel, a 20-year-old Iowa college student who worked for Bradlee Dean's "You Can Run But You Cannot Hide" ministry until late last month, went public with allegations the ministry is a cult and that Dean is a crook.
So yeah, you probably shouldn't apply for this job.
In a press release, Dagel alleges Dean's ministry took all his money, barred him from reading the news, and ultimately kicked him out of a vehicle he and other ministry members were riding through Tennessee at 3 a.m. after he couldn't pay for gas.
Here's Dagel's entire press release. We've been in touch with him and will publish an exclusive interview about his experiences with Dean Monday morning, so check back then for that (Update -- you can read our interview with Dagel here):
FORMER EMPLOYEE OF BRADLEE DEAN'S MINISTRY SAYS MINISTRY IS A CULT
***Former employee of You Can Run But Can Not Hide International says ministry is a cult and donations are being abused***
Jake Dagel, a former employee of Bradlee Dean's Minnesota based ministry, You Can Run But Can Not Hide International, is publicly coming forward today to share his experiences while working with the ministry. Dagel believes the ministry is a cult who manipulates and controls the minds of its employees. Dagel has also found through investigation that the ministry has abused donation money.
Dagel, a 20 year old student from Iowa first came into contact with Dean's ministry when he invited him to speak at his community college in Iowa. Two weeks after the presentation Dagel became an employee of the ministry and joined the street evangelism team. While on the team Dagel traveled the country with the ministry to share the gospel in public locations.
Dagel reports that while working with the street evangelism team he was belittled and told he knew little about how Christianity worked, there was little for him back at home, was forced to tithe to the ministry, and that not talking to his family was normal. Dagel was also not allowed to watch television and was told to not pay attention to any media.
While traveling back from Florida on Saturday, June 29th the evangelism team made a stop around 3:00 AM in Pulawski, Tennessee to get gas. Dagel was told it was his turn to pay for gas but did not have the money to do so. Dagel was then instructed to either pay for gas or grab his belonging and get out of the vehicle. Because Dagel was without money to pay for the gas he got out of the vehicle while members of the ministry drove off to their destination.
Upon further investigation Dagel has found that according to You Can Run International's 2011 IRS Form 990, President Bradlee Dean was paid $80,261 in compensation and $41,860 in housing allowance in 2011 for a total of $122,121. This is an increase of a $24,931 from the 2009 IRS Form 990. Secretary Jacob MacAulay was paid $55,604 in compensation and $25,678 in housing allowance for a total of $81,282 in 2011. This is an increase of $14,385 from the 2009 IRS Form 990.
"This so called ministry is clearly a cult due to the way it manipulates and controls its employees," said Dagel. "It is also clear that the ministry abuses donation money by its administrators taking large housing allowances when many of its employees struggle to pay their own bills. I am making this information public in hopes that others will reconsider being employed by the ministry and giving them any money in donation."
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