18 September 2017 read more
The various investigations are continuing and it is still expected that the members' meeting previously referred to will take place in October 2017.
At the current time, the charity has two trustees who are suspended. Going forward, further trustees may be required to act with or in place of the existing trustees.
The Interim Manager invites expressions of interest for the position of trustees from members and non-members of the charity. Such expressions should be in writing and sent by post to the address below. Please state your full name, address and set out why you believe you would be suitable for the role of a trustee.
Trowers & Hamlins LLP
10 Colmore Row
18 August 2017 read more
Due to the issues that the Interim Manager is currently investigating, and the failure/refusal of certain employees to hand over keys to the charity's properties, we have had no choice but to change the locks on the charity's premises (including Spencer Place).
We appreciate that this may cause inconvenience for members in the short term. If anyone is holding or is planning to hold church meetings at Spencer Place in the near future, we respectfully ask that you make alternative arrangements until further notice.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
In addition, the Interim Manager has received a number of emails from concerned members, raising issues, questions or providing information to assist in the investigations. This has proved most helpful. Unfortunately, the Interim Manager is not able to respond to all individual communications.
Messages sent by social media and/or email purporting to be from Rhema Church London are not authorised by the Interim Manager and in many instances contain misleading information and details. Authorised communications will be by direct email from the Interim Manager or posted on the Rhema Church London website.
In terms of future communications with members, once the investigations have been completed, a meeting will be held with members in order to address any queries and concerns. We expect this to take place in late September/early October 2017 but will confirm arrangements as soon as we are able to do so. The Charity Commission supports this approach and will be present.
Rhema Church London
27 July 2017 read more
Further to the Notice which was posted yesterday, Rhema Church London has become aware of various circulars which have appeared on social media. These notices contain misinformation and have not been authorised by Rhema Church London.
Rhema Church London has also received a number of emails concerning the Notice, some in support and some raising issues and questions. The concerns of the congregants are taken extremely seriously by Rhema Church’s interim management.
However, in view of the pending investigations, it is simply not possible to go into any further detail or to reply to each email individually. This is to protect confidentiality and so as not to prejudice the investigations which must be allowed to run its course.
The investigation will be conducted as quickly as possible. All interested parties are asked to please be patient until it has concluded.
Rhema Church London
26 July 2017 read more
As you will probably know, I was appointed by the Charity Commission as Interim Manager of Rhema Church at the end of 2015. I was asked to take control of it and investigate a number of potential issues and irregularities.
Since that date, I have been endeavouring to work with the Pastors and other employees of the church to ensure the charity was put on a good and proper financial footing and complying with all rules and regulations.
Unfortunately, there were a number of issues and difficulties with the Church. This has required me and my team to carry out considerably more work than we had expected. During this process, Jonathan Morris was dismissed and Sandy Phelps voluntarily resigned. I refused to reinstate her when requested to do so.
The current situation is that, until an investigation is completed, Martin Phelps remains employed but has been suspended and is not able to take any part in the running of the Church.
I am aware that this interruption to Rhema Church is frustrating and will create difficulties for many of you. Please rest assured that I am doing all I can to rectify the situation and return things to normal as soon as possible.
In the meantime, Sandy Phelps and Martin Phelps have no authority to speak on behalf of the Church or hold themselves out as representing the Church. Should you be aware of any instances where they are doing so, I would be grateful if you could please let me know. My email address is below.