Pirates of Privilege by Walter Rea






It was very clear to me by the time of Emmerson's letter in 1979 to my President, Elder Harold Calkins, that neither he nor Wilson nor the General Conference committees would do anything effective to stop events in the Davenport matter. The reason was that I had discovered direct evidence of corruption in the church. It was on such a large scale that it was hard for me to comprehend it.


At the first of the year of 1976 I had been appointed pastor of the Long Beach church, although it would be more accurate to say I had been exiled by Elder Calkins to that position. My name had been put in nomination in the constituency of 1975 for three positions, President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Conference. The nominating [publicly to accept it. 1 After talking with the Union President, Cree Sandefur, and his treasurer, Robert Cone, I came to the conclusion that they did not want me to accept the position and were not willing to give me their support. It wasn't until the following year and after the move to Long Beach that I learned the reason why.


After the nomination, and public refusal by me, of the position of treasurer of the Conference, Harold Calkins decided that I needed a move. As was his custom he tried to shift me from the center of political activity in the metropolitan area, but I kept refusing the calls he offered. Calkins, a very insecure leader, had managed to rid himself of most of the strong men in the conference he felt threatened by. He was trying to make sure I was the last to go. My name had appeared along with his in almost every election, and this he felt should be changed. Long Beach was open, a church that had once been a strong center but was on the decline and had been for many years. So I was exiled to the border of the conference where he felt I would have less influence in Conference affairs. What he did not anticipate was that Long Beach, the former home of Dr. Davenport and Elder Cree Sandefur, was to be the beginning of the end for me and also the opening of Pandora's Box of fraud, deceit cover-up, corruption and crime for the church.


I had only been pastor a few months when there came to my attention a copy of the divorce proceedings of one of Long Beach's most illustrious members, Donald Davenport. It was the property settlement between Donald Davenport and his former wife, a lady I had met, admired and worked with in youth work in the Conference. The agreement, dated May, 1972, was a petition for dissolution of their marriage in the Superior Court of the County of Los Angeles, case number D795614.2


What became clear to me after reading the evidence contained in the settlement was the way Dr. Davenport had understated his assets and liabilities, especially his liabilities. As a member of the Conference committee, I knew that Dr. Davenport had a great many dealings with the Conference, but the evidence of some of his many participations with the church was lacking in the divorce settlement. Yet in the agreement it was stated:


Each of us warrants to the other that neither of us owns any property of any kind, other than the property referred to in the preceding paragraph, and that listed in the schedules attached hereto and made a part of this agreement. If it later appears that either warrantor now owns any other property and that the warrantee has an interest in this other property, the warrantor agrees to transfer or pay to the warrantee, at the warrantee's election (i) an amount of the other property equal to the warrantee's interest therein, if it is reasonably susceptible of division; (ii) the full market value of the warrantee’s interest on the effective day of this agreement; or (iii) the full market value of the warrantee's interest at the time the warrantee discovers the warrantor's ownership of the property. 3


After seeking expert legal counsel I informed Betty Davenport that I felt she and her children had additional benefits coming their way and that, if she wanted, legal counsel could be obtained that would help her redress the inequity. She felt she could not do this because her name was contained on some of Dr. Davenport's properties and he might create problems for her in the future in that direction if she re-filed for redress. However, the divorce record and settlement of the Davenports was not the important item that shocked me. It was the long list of names of people and conferences of the church that were involved with the Doctor that blew my mind. It showed a web of conspirators from one end of the country to the other who were consistently and systematically emptying the coffers of the church into their own pockets through the Davenport program. It showed men in groups of small committees in select places and positions who were not only voting the church's money out, but were sometimes in those same committees voting themselves in financially by their connection with that church. This, any school boy or girl would know, was a conflict of interest, and thus a crime.


The list also made it clear why Cree Sandefur, the Union President, did not want me as a reformer in the business of the church. He was really in business with Dr. Davenport. In fact, the list was a virtual list of who's who in Adventism. But revealing enough, it did not include any blacks, Hispanics or downtrodden whites. It catered to the upper financial group of the church, the elite, the group that already enjoyed more of the privileges of the church than most. Here is the list.


Allborg, Don L.



Dittberner, Jess L.


Adams, Clinton E.



Dombrosky, Stanley


Adams, W. Melvin



Duffield, C. L.


Ash, Connie M.



Dunham, Phillip W.


Ashlock, Thomas M.



Eden, Nettie


Ayers, Leoard



Ellstrom, Gordon L.


Baker, Frank



Erickson, Melvin E.


Baldwin, Dalton D.



Fagal, Anna


Baldwin, Lela



Fagal, William A.


Baldwin, O. C.



Hackett, Arlind E.


Baldwin, Ruth



Hackett, Willis J.


Becker, V.W.



Hagele, Emil M.


Bennett, John G.



Hardy, Gerald R.


Berry, Vernon E.



Hardy, H. G.


Bethel Sanitarium



Harlin, Martha E.


Bigger, Forest W.



Hartzell, John M.


Berry, Vernon E.



Hardy, H. G.


Bethel Sanitarium



Harlin, Martha E.


Bigger, Forest W.



Hartzell, John M.


Brockett, Miller



Hartzell, Judith V.


Burke, W. J.



Heppenstall, Edward


Burkett, Elden E.



Hoffman, J. Reynolds


Carey, Wells C.



Huey, D. P.


Carle, Gordon H.



Iversen, J. O. and Mrs. P. M.


Caslow, Daniel



Jesske, W. S.


Caslow, Irene





Caslow, Louise



Johnson, Norman


Clements, William V.



Johnson, Lila V.


Comrie, Lillian M.



Jones, William E.


Cronk, Ramon R.



Karmy, Robert J.


Crooker, Luther W.



Karmy, S. D.


Cumbo, Everett E.



Krause, Marvin J.


Cummings, Desmond



Kuiken, Louise et al


Daniels, Gertrude



Ladd, W. M.


DeBooy, Paul M.



Lampson, C. P.


Lanham, Helen E.



Sandefur, Charles C.


Lauda, C. H.



Sauder, Harvey


Lew, John M.



Schleenbaker, S. E.


Libby, John E.



Schoepflin, W. L.


Lindgren, Clarence R.



Schwartz, Rhonda G.


Liscombe, George W.



Simonsen, J. A.


Lowe, Darlene



Smith, Grover C


Martin, Gudrum



Spangler, J. R.


Martin, Myrtle or So. May Jr. Acad.



Steck, Margaret E.                                      





Stewart, Alvin J


Massengill, Otis



Streifling, Walter


Massengill, Robert



Suhrie, Frank


Massengil, Thomas



Thurmon, James E.                       


Miller, Amy Ann



Thurson, Rachael D.


Mogis, Ruby



Tribby, Albert et al


Mote, Frederick



Trimble, Vada


Murrill, W. L.



Turpel, W. P.


Nelson, John



Unruh, T. E.


Nettleburg, L. H.



Wagner, William J.


Neufeld, David A.



Walde, E. R.


Oakes, Lois B.



Walters, T. W.


Olsen, Dolores E.



Watts, Emmett


Olsen, V. Norskov



Webb, Ed H.


Parks, R. E.



Wheeler, R. A.


Pearson, Ralph W.



Whitaker, Anne


Pease, Norval E.



Whitaker, Susan & Deborah


Pierson, Robert H.                          





Porter, J. T.



Whitaker and Smith


Porter, Thomas



Wottlin, Beatrice L


Preston, B. M.



Young, H. A.


Price, Jack L.



Rasmussen, Lowell


Purdey, Lorie



Frank, Albert J.


Purdey, Esther



Callicott, O. H.


Radke, Elford D



Cowles, S. D.


Reed, A. C.



Hansen, Eula                                 


Reed, H. V.                                    



Jankovsky, Mrs. F. O.   


Reile, Ellsworth



Little Creek Sanitarium


Retzer, Darold J.                                



Lutz, Mary J


Retzer, Helmuth C.



Ross, Rosalie


Robertson, Mrs. James



Thompson, Gary


Robertson, John J                            



Tufte, Chester


Rue, George H.                                              



Wood, Verna




              Name of Joint Venture                                  Assets                     Encumbrances    


Davenport \ Donaldson



Davenport \  Eyer



Davenport \ Gibson



Davenport \ Harris



Davenport \ Harris \ Boucher



Dav./ Harris/Morehead (Mary Lou)



Davenport \ Ludders






Davenport \ Moorhead (Jay)



Davenport \endash  Potts



Davenport \endash  Potts \ Eyer






Davenport \  Ramer



Davenport \  Sandefur



Dav./Sheppard (1 Hr. Martinizing)



Davenport \  Taylor



Davenport / Taylor






Bryant, Albert C and Anne S.


Bukhdud, Joseph & Jean Yvonne


Buss, William C. (MD)


Buss, William C. (MD)


Courdy Lighting Fixtures


Cummings, Desmond and Lois


Donaldson, Earl D.


Eyer, R. Wayne and Arlene


Freeman, Rhoda


Gershman, Harold & Julia


Gershman, Harold & Julia


Gershman, Harold & Julia


Goldsmith, Dr. Stephen R.


Gregory, Allison


Harris, Dr. John & Nina


Ikerd, Lloyd R. and Darlene G.


Johnson, David R. & Odette


Mehler, Mrs. Ruth


Meier, Rudy H.


Murchison, Donald




Ryan, R. I. and Dorothy


Sheppard, Thomas and Gloria


Sheppard, Thomas and Gloria


Sparks, Clarence and Jane






Of course the list changed. Some got in at the first and then were able to exit. Others were encouraged to come along with greater accounts of money and interestingly enough received greater rewards, always, it seemed at the expense of the church. When the list is compared with a later list of people and institutions it makes a better picture, but not necessarily a healthier one.


Coral Aalborg or Don L. Aalborg

Able Plumbing

P. O. Box 804

325 Cherry Ave

Calhoun, GA 30701

Long Beach, CA 90805



W. Melvin and/or Olive Adams

Adventist Retirement Community

7810 Carroll Ave

6015 Kratzville Road

Takoma Park, MD 20012

Evansville, Indiana 47710



American City Bank

American United Life Ins

9601 Wilshire Blvd.

One W. 26th St.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Indianapolis, IND. 46206



Andrew Drain Service

Bender L and Frances V. Archbold

2983 Bautista

6540 S.W. 28th Street

Riverside, CA 92506

Miami, FL. 33155




Thomas M. and Betty C. Ashlock

1000 West Temple

2400 Mistletoe Place

Los Angeles, CA 90074

Philadelphia, MD 20783



Associated Surgeons Medical Group,

Orvin Atkins, Trust Account A

8337 Telegraph Road, #315

8530 Wilshire Blvd., #500

Pico Rivera, CA 90660

Beverly Hills, CA 90211



Robert H. or Ota S. Babcock

Robert H. or Ota S. Babcock

719 Claret South

719 Claret South

Calistoga, CA 94515

Calistoga, CA 94515



Boena Mar, SA c/o Mr. Phillip November

Johnie Bailey

10520 Magnolia Blvd.

516 Bellehaven Ave., N.E.

N. Hollywood, CA 91601

Albuquerque, NM 87112



Franklin or Wylodine Baker

Dalton D. and Barbara Baldwin

3014 N.E. 160th

11581 Richardson

Portland, OR 97230

Loma Linda, CA 92354



Bank of America

Bank of Beverly Hills

PO O. Box 490

250 North Canon Drive

W. Covina, CA 91793

Beverly Hills, CA 90210



Bank of Palm Springs

Bankers Life Company

789 E. Tahquitz-Mccallum Way

711 High Street

Palm Springs, CA 92263

Des Moines, Iowa 50307



Leon Beck

Vernon W. and Evelyn P. Becker

P. O. Box 2225

4139 Indian Lakes Circle

Palm Springs, CA 92263

Stone Mountain, GA 30083



Bell Associates (Hanaco)

Alan L. Belinkoff,

433 N. Camden Dr., #1099

Trustee to Burdman

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

4672 Ariba Dr.


Tarzana, CA 91356



Vernon E. and Lois Berry

Bethel Sanitarium

567 Linda Falls Terrace

6015 Kratzville Road

Angwin, CA 94508

Evansville, IN 47710



Leo Bialis

Sol Bilgrei c/o Rabbi E. F. Fisher

2902 Alta Loma Drive

12758 Lakeland Road

Palm Springs, CA 92262

Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670



Helen H. Black

Tobi Blaustien

or the North Pacific Union Conf. Assn. of SDA

415 Buena Vista Avenue

8711 N. Hill'n Dale

Mill Valley, CA 94941

Spokane, WA 99218




C. E and/or Arline J. Bracebridge

Miller and Lauretta Mae Brockett

160 Normandy Road

35043 Persimmon Ave

Columbia, SC 29210

Yuciapa, CA 92399



Mrs. Mabel A. Brody

Kenneth or Marion Brown

Rte. 1, Box 38B

10225 E. Burnside

Milton-Freewater, Or 97862

Portland, OR 97216



Budget Financial Corp.

Cheryl E. Burkett

Mr. Ickes

Elder E. Burkett, Trustee

6420 Wilsire Blvd., S1500

U/Cheryl E. Burkett Trust

Los Angeles, CA 90048

1815 Petaluma Ave


Long Beach, CA 90815



Widen E and Irene A. Burkett

Benjamin G. and Elsie B. Butherus

1815 Petaluma Ave

1510 Moccasia Trail

Long Beach, CA 90815

Berrien Springs, MI 49103



Dan E. Butherus

Oakley H. Callicott

4712 E. CreSent Ave

P. O. Box 613

Mesa, AZ 85206

Keene, TX 76059



Max Candiotty

Louis Canosa

10100 Santa Monica Blvd.

1040 Brasburn Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Charlotte, NC 28211



Carolina Conf. Assoc. of SDA, Inc.

Daniel and Olive Caslow

Box 25848

14343 N.E. Siskiyou Ct.

Charlotte, NC 28212

Portland, Oregon 97230



Central Union Conf. Assoc. of SDA

Century Bank

P. O. Box 6127

6420 Wilshire Blvd.

Lincoln, Nebraska 68506

Los Angels, CA  90048



Chevron USA, Inc.

Chicago Title Insurance COO

P.O. Box 2001

17671 Irvine, Blvd.

Concord, CA  94529

Tustin, CA 92680



Christian Record Braille Foundation

City National Bank

4444 S. 52nd St.

400 N. Roxbury Drive

Lincoln, Nebraska 68506

Beverly Hills, CA 90210



Eliza E. Lewis or Pearl Z. Cleveland

Clyde C. and Pearl Z. Cleveland

or Clyde C. Cleveland

15910 SW Century Oak Circle

15910 SW Century Oak Circle

Tigard, OR 97223

Tigard, OR 97223




Coachella Valley Savings and Loan Assn.

Coast Federal S&L Assoc.

P. O. Box 807

Box 44522

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

San Francisco, CA 94144

Millie Miller, Asst. Mgr.




Coldwell Banker

The Collegedale Credit Union

950 W. 190th St. #100

P. O. Box 296

Torrance, CA 90502

Collegedale, TN 37315



Columbia Union Conf. Assoc. of SDA

Commonwealth Bank

771Q Carroll Ave

3900 W. El Segundo Blvd.

Takoma Park, MD 20012

Hawthorne, CA 90250



Continental Service Corp.

Continental Assurance Co

P.O. Box 500

Mort. Loan Dept

Phoenix, AZ 85001

310 SO Michigan Ave


Chicago, Ill 80804



Jack Cooper

Daniel Cole, M.D., Bennett E. Roth, M.D.,

L30 Vista del Campo

and Michael J. Albertson, M.D.

Los Gatos, CA 95030

2625 w. Alameda Avenue


Burbank, CA 91505



Everett F. Coleman, M.D.

Cheryl Crane c/o Violet Crane

208 S. 35th Avenue

212 N. Maple Grove

Yakima, WA 98902

Hudson, MI 49247



Violet Crane

Creative Art Images, Inc. c/o Herbert A. Reznikoff

212 N. Maple Grove

3620 Sepulveda Blvd.

Hudson, MI 49247

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403



Crocker National Bank

Ramon R. or Lela Cronk

190 Broadway

1007 N.W. Scenic Drive

San Diego, CA 92101

Albany, OR 97321



Luther or Rose Crooker

Desmond D. and Lois I Cummings

PO O. Box 505

Rte. 2

South Lancaster, MA 01561

Calhoun, GA 30701



Gertrude A. Daniels

Gertrude A. Daniels

P. O. Box 16677

Rte 2, Box 458

Portland, OR 97216

Yamhill, OR 97148



Esther Naomi Darst or Lori Purday

Clarence C. Davis

10225 E. Burnside

10261 Sterling Avenue

Portland, OR 93221

Villa Park, CA 92665



James M. or Marjorie I Davis

L. G. Diamond or Helen M Diamond

South 815 Montavilla Dr.

3908 N.E. Couch

Spokane, WA 99204

Portland, OR 97232



Zelma Dickerson


837 Murphy Rd.

P. O. Box 9100

Medford, OR 97501

Bridgeport, Conn. 06602



Blanche Dixon

Stanley Dombrosky

18008 N. 20th Place

112 Wilkinson Stree.

Phoenix, AZ 85022

Orlando, FLA 32803



John F. and Mildred E. Duge

Roy Eckerman

1325 Ink Grade Road

Box 381

Pope Valley, CA 94567

Bryn Mawr, CA 92318



George Elkins Co.

William A and Virginia M Fagal

499 N. Canon Dr.

199 W. Didlee

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360



Farmers New World Life Insurance

Clarita M. Fazzari

Box 76896 Sanford Station

750 Powell St.

Los Angeles, CA 90010

San Francisco, CA 94108



Federal Express

Mae Ferraro or Mary Ferraro

P. O. Box 727, Dept. A

Rte. 5, Box 64-F

Memphis, Tenn 38194

Hendersonville, NC 28739



Dave Finkle

First Evangelical Church

125 Montana St.

2067 S. Hobart Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90403

Los Angeles, CA 90018



First Los Angeles Bank

First Women's Bank of California

2029 Century Park East "B" Level

12301 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Los Angeles, CA 90025



Florida Conf. Assoc. of SDA

F.M.E. Leasing

Box 1313

P.O. Box 7777-R0910

Orlando, FLA. 32803

Philadelphia, PA 19175



B. D. Fortner

Albert J. (Evelyn) Frank

Route 2, Box 75

Box 118, Rte 1

Happy, Texas 79042

Floodgate Road


Swedesboro, N.J. 08085



Albert J. (Evelyn) Frank

James P. Garity

Box 118, Rte 1

9601 Wilshire Blvd., #340

Floodgate Road

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Swedesboro, N.J. 08085




General Conf. of Seventh Day

Georgia Conf. Assoc of SDA

Adventist, Inter-American Division

Box 12000

P. O. Box 340760

Calhoun, GA. 3Q701

Coral Gables, FLA 33134




Harold Gershman

Steven Glazer

215 S. LaCzenga Blvd 4202

1253 W. Mendoza

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Mesa, AZ 85202



Golden State Sanwa Bank

Grant G or Erma Graham

626 Wilshire Blvd.

35218 Fir Ave. #153

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Yucaipa, CA 92399



Dewain Grattan

Alice B. Gregory

2220 Lynn Road

245 Coast Blvd., C-1

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

La Jolla, CA 92037



NT. Trust #2

Emil M. Hagele

Maurice Gross, Trustee

3 Baldwin Drive

4481 S. Durango Ave

Staunton, VA 24401

Los Angeles, CA 90035




C.H. Hamel

Gary A and Karla J. Hann

Box 62

3212 Orlando Rd.

Grand Ronda, OR 97347

Los Alamitos, CA 90720



W. Wayne or Ethel M. Hanson

Eula Hanson

11233 5. E. 325th Ct.

7540 Hollywood Blvd.,

Auburn, WA 98002

Hollywood, CA 90046



G. Hardy, M.D.P.A., Pension Trust

 Sybil Hardy

3304 Sellman Road

1815 Orchard Ave

Adelphi, MD 20783

Glendale, CA 91206



Donald E. Gray, MD

Walter J. & Doris L. Hard, c/o "Jasper"

And Paul Goldgerg, MD, Inc.

5 Elm Close

1330 West Covina Blvd. - Suite 205

Wells, Somerset, England  BA5ILZ

San Dimas, CA  91773




Great American Bank

Greater New York Corporation SDA

1801 Century Park East

85 Long Island Expressway North Hills

Century City, CA 90067

New Hyde Park, N. !.,N.Y.



John A. Harris

Nina C. Harris

633 Pine Ave

320 WO Bixby

Long Beach, CA 90812

Long Beach, CA 90007



Milton K & Kathleen L. Hartzell

R.E. &/or Minnie L. Hendershot &/or

Valley River Center, Suite 2

Ralph M. Hendershot (son)

Eugene, OR 97401

P.O. Box 466


Collegedale, TN 37315



Edward and/or Margit Heppenstall

Hertz System, Inc

Box 142, San Remo Road

P. O. Box 25485

Carmel, CA 93921

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73125



Robert J. Holmes, MAI

Harold Hopple or Dorothy Hopple

41311 East Florida Ave

4909 O/nthega Road

Hemet, CA 92343

Evansville, IN 47712



James K. Hopps, Attorney

Joseph N. or Bonnie L. Hunt

10225 E. Burnside

3916 Pitcairn Place

Portland, OR 97216

Laurel, MD 20810



Idaho First Nat'1 Bank Trust Dept

Imperial Bank

Box 7928

9920 La Cieneqa Blvd

Boise, ID 83707

Inglewood, CA 90301



Indianapolis Life Ins. Co.

Mary Opal Ingram

Box 1230-B

9740 Dollyshore Place

Indianapolis, IN 46206

Charlotte, N.C. 28215



Internnational Union of Op. Engr., Local 302

Investors Guaranty Life Ins. Co.

Western and Clay Streets

Sunset Highway

Seattle, WA 98121

Mercer Island, Washington 98040



Investors Realty Funds, c/o Ted Bolduc

Investors Thrift

P. O. Box 9546

1 City Blvd., West Suite #1617

Marina Del Rey, CA 90291

Orange, CA 92668



William and Ada Jarvis

W.S. and Dorris F. Jesske

25015 Tulip

11964 Midcake Drive

Loma Linda, CA 92354

Dallas, TX 75818



Lester C. and Mildred T. Johns

Norman and/or Alvina Johnson

Greentree Road

810 Jackson Ave.

Glassboro, N.J. 08028

Takoma Pk, MD 20012



Lila V. Johnston

William F. Jones

15017 S.E. Phone

P. O. Box 22

Portland, OR 972 36

Berrien Springs, MI 49103



E. N. Judson

Morton and Rosylyn Rale

8717 Venice Blvd.

5838 Ranchito Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90034

Van Nuys, CA 91401



Kansas-Nebraska Assoc. of SDA, Inc.

Shokry D. Karmy or Anna B. Kasmy

3440 Urish Road

2156 Scheuber Road

Topeka, Kansas 66604

Chehalis, WA 98532



Lloyd B or Elizabeth L. Kidder

Peter Kompaniez c/0 Loeb & Loeb

12413 Ellen Court

10100 Santa Monica Blvd.

Silver Springs, MD 20904

Los Angeles, CA 90067



Marvin J. or Marjorie C. Krause

Kreedman Mgmt. & Rlty Corp.

Box 1065

9601 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 812

Sitka, Alaska 99835

Beverly Hills, CA 90210



Louise Kuiken (or Wayne Massengill, Trustee)

Ky-Tenn. Conf. Assoc. of SDA

6015 Kratzville Road

Box 459

Evansville, IN 47710

Madison TN 37115



C.P. and/or Lorena Lampson

Dr Landgarten

24412 University Ave #104

(no address available)

Loma Linda, CA 92354




Eda Lang, Yale Diversified Rlty.

Lois E. Laybourn & Norma J. Reile

17133 Ventura Blvd.

Peniel Road, Rt. 1, Box 63

Encino, CA 91316

Tryon, N.C. 28782



Layman Foundation


Box 1272, Madison College

Desert Lake Drive

Madison, TN 37115

Palm Springs, CA 92264



L. H. T. Properties

John E. and Phyliss L. Libby

2450 W. 3rd Street

Box 212

Craig, CO 81625

Dillingham, AK 99576



Life and Casualty Co of TN.  c/o Jenkins and Perry

Lincoln Nat'1 Life Ins. Co.

1900 Central Federal Tower

1300 S. Clinton Street

225 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101

Fort Wayne, IN 46801



Clarence R & Rubie F. Lindgren

George W & Eunice Ruth Liscombe

1800 Lakewood Ct. 131

612 N. Poplar Street

Eugene OR 97402

Pierre, South Dakota 57501



Loeb & Loeb

Long & Levit/ Barry D. Brown

1 Wilshire Blvd.

1900 Ave. of the Stars #1800

Los Angeles, CA 90017

Los Angeles, CA 90067



Mildred W. Ludders

Paul & Nora MacGlashan

1160 Central Ave., Apt. 12

35630 Rancho Road

Riverside, CA 92507

Yucaipa, CA 92399



Ruth Maier or Margret Maier

Wayne A. Martin

115 W. Columbia Street

4116 Gwinn Drive

Evansville, IN 47710

Norcross, GA 30071



Lacy Massengill

Robert and Kathryn Massengill

2806 14th Street

2804 14th Street

Palmetto, FLA 33561

Palmetto, FL 33561



Wayne L. and Margaret A. Massengill

MasterCharge, B of A, NT & SA

16020 N.E. Stanton

Card Center

Portland, Or. 97230

Pasadena, CA 91127



Sherman Mazur

Kenneth M or Agnes M. McComas

9601 Wilshire Blvd.

308 Ronald Ave

Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Glassboro, N.J. 08028



Donald M & Ellen G. McIvor

Margaret McVeigh &/or Margaret L.

1004 Victoria Ave

Story &/or Patricia Simpson

Saskatoon, Sas. Canada 57N 028

3139 Noriega Street


San Francisco, CA 94122



Joseph or Anne Melashenko

Amy Ann Miller

1354 Eucalyptus Street

10300 Kings River Road Sp. #80

Rial to, CA 92376

Reedley, CA 93654



Millie's Place

Earl L. or Helen E. Mills

9601 Wilshire Blvd.,

70 N. Meridith Ave.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Pasadena, CA 91106



Mitsui Bank

Montana Conference Assoc SDA

333 S. Flower Street

1425 W. Main Street

Los Angeles, CA 90071

Bozeman, MT 59715



Betty J.  Moskowitz

R.V. and Evelyn J. Mundall

2752 Casiano Road

Box 17

Los Angeles, CA 90024

San Ignacio Cayo


British Honduras, C.A.



Murchison Construction Co

Milton JO or Virginia Murray

4777 Auburn Blvd.

13032 Ingleside Drive

Sacramento, CA 95841

Bettsville, MD 20705



Steven Edward Mussen c/o H. Reznikoff

National Bank of Long Beach

3620 Sepulveda

4150 Long Beach Blvd.

Sherman Oaks, CA91403

Long Beach, CA 90807



Bill Nelson Enterprises

John and Helen Nelson or

P. O. Box 527

Frank and Wylodine Baker

Mira Loma, CA 91752

3004 N.E. 160th Drive


Portland OR 97230



L. H O Netteberg

LaVerne F. Nightingale

2217 Stroden Circle

22733-A Palm Ave

Minneapolis, MINN. 55427

Colton CA 92324



Alice M. Nilsen

Noon & Pratt

482 Califo Street N.W.

1930 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 400

Salem OR 97304

Los Angeles, CA 90057



Northern Union Conf. of SDA

North Pacific Union Conf. Assn. SDA

P.0. Box 27067

P. O. Box 16677

Minneapolis, MN 55427

Portland , OR 97216



Oklahoma  Conference of SDA

TI / Olivetti Corp.

P. O, Box 32098

P. O. Box 925

Oklahoma City, Okla. 73132

Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591



Dolores E. Olsen

Anita N. Olsen

6406 Highland Drive

24958 Huron

Everett, WA 98203

Loma Linda, CA 92354



One Hour Delivery

On-Time Messengers SVC

P. O. Box 45167

433 N. Camden Drive S899

Los Angeles, CA 90045

Beverly Hills, CA 90210



Opportunity with Legacy Foundation

Ronald S. Orr

P. O. Box 381

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Bryn Mawr, CA 92318

515 S. Flower Street


Los Angeles, CA 90071



Pacific Union Assoc. SDA

Pacific Union Income Fund

2686 Towngate Road

2686 Towngate Road

Westlake Village, CA 91361

Westlake Village, CA 91361



Pacific Union Investment Fund

J. Padelford & Son

2686 Towngate Road

S. Pioneer Blvd

Westlake Village, CA 91361

Artesia, CA 90701



Ralph W or Vaneta E. Pearson

Jonathan G. and Olive May Penner

18-131 Langlois Healing Waters IB12

74 Fourth Street

Desert Hot Springs, CA 92241

Berrien Springs, MI 49103



Phillips Instant Printing

Rex Pickell/ Pickell Construction

9601 Wilshire Blvd.  #119

5325 Cherry Avenue

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Long Beach CA 90805



Grace Plahn

Forest C. Port

1840 S. E. River Road

Rte. 4

Hillsboro, OR 97123

Calhoun, GA 30701



J.T. and Edith Porter

Postal Management Services

Rte 1, Box 295X

10520 Magnolia Blvd

Silverton, Oregon 97381

N. Hollywood, CA 91601



Potomac Conf. Corp of SDA

Jack L. and Lucille Price

P. O.  Box 1208

4462 Ceder Park Drive

Staunton, VA 24401

Stone Mountain, GA 30083



Anna Wlld Progler

Elford D. and Norabel Radke

4675 Treat Hwy.

10505 NE 187th Street

Adrian, MI 49221

Battle Ground, WA 98604



Russell A or Mary Radke

Damon Raike

1100 Highland Ave

1801 Century Park East

Clarkston, WA 99403

Los Angeles, CA 90067






Sylvia Ramer

Lowell R. Rasmussen

334 E. 45th Street

Rte 8, Box 175-A

Long Beach, CA 90807

Hendersonville, N.C. 28739



Terri I. Rath

H. V. Reed

18412 Maria Place

415 Cole Court

Cerritos, CA 90701

Lee's Summit, MD 64063



E.S. and Norma Jean Reile

Joel Reims, D.D.S. Profit Sharing P1.

6L12 S. 25th Street

7080 Hollywood Blvd #90fi

Lincoln, NB. 68512

Los Angeles, CA Snn28



Helmuth C. and Erma I. Retzer

Allan Richard Reznikoff

18700 No. Cherry Road

3237-D West Denton Avenue

Lodi, CA 95240

Phoenix, AZ 85017



Herbert Reznikoff

Frank E or Evelyn G Rice

3620 Sepulveda

2530 Hill Drive

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

National City, CA 92050



John J. and Katherine M. Robertson

Sarah Ellen Robertson

5430 College Avenue

125 E. 10th Street

Riverside, CA 92506

Coquille, OR 97423



Kurt Rodan c/o Tita James

San Gabriel Valley Surgical Med. Grp. Inc

11340 W. Olympic Blvd. #222

c/o Leon Beck

Los Angeles, CA 90064

P. O. Box 2225


Palm Springs, CA 92262



Harvey L and Dorothy Sauder

Savin Corporation

4979 Dalton Drive

17000 Marquardt

Columbia, MD 21045

Cerritos, CA 90701



W. L. Schoepflin

Gerald L. Schulman

805 S. E. 69th

10520 Magnolia Blvd

Portland, OR 97215

N. Hollywood, CA 91601



Schwartz, Kales, Accountancy

Seafirst Mortgage Corp

8530 Wilshire Blvd. #506

C #34005

Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Seattle, Wash. 98140



Mary Karen Sigbornsen

J.A. and Viola Simonsen

 Richmont Street

1375 Vereda Barrance

 Loma Linda, CA 92354

Vista, CA 92083



Calvin L. and Virginia L. Smith

Grover C. and Francis Smith

c/o Southeast Asia Union Mission

9 Colesville Manor Drive

251 Upper Serangood Road - Singapore 13

Silver Springs, MD 20904





Paul G. and James A Smith

Paul G. and Jeanne A Smith

1101 Kingwood Drive

1101 Kingwood Drive

Takoma Park, MD 20012

Takoma Park, MD 20012



Anne Snyder

Serun Soghomonian c/o Gene Lang

1442 S. Wooster #5

17133 Ventura 81Blvd/Yale Diversified Realty

Los Angeles, CA 90035

Encino, CA 91316



Ann Louise Solari, Virginia Lynn

Larry D. and Sherrie D. South

Mazry & Elaine Maryse Solari

Box 596

431 Pebble Beach Drive

LaPorte, Colorado 80535

Aptos, CA 95003




South Dakota Conf. Assoc of SDA

Southern Calif. Assoc of SDA

217 N. Grand

1535 East Chevy Chase Drive

Pierre, SD 565Q1

Glendale CA 91206



Southern California Gas Company

Southwest Estate Service, Inc.

P. O. Box C

Box 999

Monterey, CA 91756

Burleson, TX 76028



Alberta Brown

Springs Community Assoc.


P. O. Box 764

P.0. Box 41049

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

Los Angeles, CA 90041




Standard Insurance Co

Standard and Poors Corp.

P. O. Box 711

25 Broadway

Portland, Or 97207

New York, N.Y. 10004



State of California Public Emplys Rtrmnt

State Savings and Loan

107 S. Broadway System

Box 62213

Los Angeles, CA

San Francisco, CA 94162



State Savings and Loan Assoc

Sterling Bank of N.Y.

222 N. Eldorado

540 Madison Ave at 55th Street

Stockton, CA 95202

N.Y., N.Y. 10022



Mildred Stokes

Paul and Edith Stone

5700 Kratzville Road

401 S. 8urnside #11K

Evansville, IN 47710

Los Angeles, CA 90036



Elmer Strum

Sulmeyer, Kupetz, Baumann &

Route 2

615 S. Flower Street

Chuckey, TN 37641

Los Angeles, CA 90017


Hazelle Suhrie

Sutro Mortgage Service

Rte #5, Box 64A

4900 Wilshire Blvd

Hendersonville, N.C. 28739

Los Angeles, CA 90010



 Lee Stagg or Dorothy Stagg

Gladys K. Taintor

 North Pacific Union Conf Assn

11961 Tree Top Circle


Nevada City, CA 95959



Sr. Jerome Tamkin, or Robert M. Tamkin, or Joel P. Tamkin

Gene B and Cidy Reile Tarr

9007 Melrose Ave

8 Alton Drive

Hollywood, CA 90069

Elizabeth City, N.C. 27090



Tax Collector, L.A. County

Tenzer and Shane Trust Account

P. O. Box 3202, Terminal Annex

2900 Townsgate Road

Los Angeles, CA 90051

Westlake Village, CA 91361



Title Ins. & Trust c/o Doris Hughes

Michael D. Tomlin/Colorado East Ltd.

700 Wilshire Blvd TRUST ACCT.

3000 Pearl Street, Suite 209

Los Angeles, CA 90054

Boulder, Colorado 80301



John D. or Thelma Trude

Raymond Dale and/or Ellen Tunnell

1115 NE 179th

Route 36 Lindsey Lane

Portland, OR 97320

Knoxville, TN 37922



Union Home Loans

United Calif. Bank

17772 Irvine Blvd., #209

707 Wilshire Blvd,

Tustin, CA 92680

Los Angeles, CA 90051



United California Mortgage Company

Upper Columbia Mission Soc. SDA

Bin 74

West 1025 Indiana Ave

Pasadena, CA 91109

Spokane, WA 99205



Leasing Corporation

Valley ENT Medical  Group, Inc. Pension Plan

P. O. Box 38133 Rincon Annex

297 West Artesia Suite A

San Francisco, CA 94138

Pomona, CA 91768



Alfred Vanacore

Isidorius Veisas Trust

c/o Gene Lang Yale Diversified Realty

c/o Leon Beck

17133 Ventura Blvd.

P.O.Box 2225 Palm Springs, CA 92262

Encino, CA 91316




Jessica Vicknair

Bruck Van Vranken, M.D., 

c/o Gene Lang Yale Diversified Realty

& Charles Kramer, MD, Inc.,  a Med. Corp.

17133 Ventura Blvd Encino, CA 91316

440 West Foothill Blvd.


Glendora, CA 91740



Wlliam J. Wagner M.D.

Arthur or Gertrude C. Wallach

6504 Beverly Blvd.

1722 Benedict Canyon Drive

Everett, Wash. 98203

Beverly Hills, CA 90210



E. R. and Ester Lo Walde

T.W. and Lois Walters

14021 N.E. Fremont Street

14330 S.E. 268 Court

Portland, OR 97230

Boring, OR 97009



Isabel Ward

J.A.Wasemiller and/or WoEo Wasenmiller

4001 Anderson Road

82 Fourth Street

Nashville, TN 37217

Berrien Springs, MI 49103



James E or Kristie Wasenmiller

Wilbur E. 6/or Mrs J.A. Wasenmiller

3363 Huckleberry Court

P. O. Box 849

South Salem, OR 97302

Decatur, GA 30031



Ali Wassil

Ralph or Jeanne Weidman

5158 Highland Ave

North Pacific Union Conf. Assn.

Los Angeles, CA 90041

335 N.E.Jefferson


Hillsboro, OR 97123



 Weijohn Farm

Wells Fargo Bank Auto Lease Ctr.

Rte. 3 Box 3285

P. O. Box 816

Wapato, WA 98951

Anaheim, CA 92805



Western Oregon Conference  Association of SDA

Robert L & LaVonne R. Wheatley and Bonnie L. Bailey

605 SE 39th Ave

5471 Peacock Lane

Portland, OR 97214

Riverside, CA 92505



Glenn A. and Beth Whitaker

Ray L. White

3031 E. Chevy Chase Drive

1325 Ink Grade Road

Glendale, CA 91206

Pope Valley CA 94567



Eugene Winter

Anne M Witaker

415 S.E. Date

14093 Davana Terrace

College Place, WA 99324

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423



Patricia Wood

Woodbury and Co.

15 Lincoln Ave. N.

Chadwick Square

Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

Worcester, Mass 01605



Xerox Corporation

Robert Zucherman

2029 Century Pk. East #700

225 E1 Camino Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Beverly Hills, CA 90212



There are those in the Adventist church that will always feel that the next moves I took were both unwise and unnecessary, but they make much of the text in Matthew 18 under other circumstances when it does not involve them or their church. The words are these:


Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone; if he shall hear thee, thou hast sinned against thy brother. But if he will not hear thee; then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. And if he shall neglect to hear them tell it unto the church; but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican. 6


I felt that I personally, as well as the whole church, had been wronged greatly in both deed and fact by the head elder of the church, whose name stood at the top of the list as a priest, because of his great conflict of interest in the Davenport matter. His influence was not on the side of right and he should be instructed as such. So I wrote on June 14, 1977 the following letter to him and to him alone:


The other day I came across a list of names with yours on it, so thought you might like to have a copy to remind you of the Clan and the big time. It is a list of ministers and leaders who have or had invested personal money with Dr Donald Davenport.


It certainly makes interesting reading. It also explains a lot of questions some have had about the workings of the church in the past and how and why some men get where they are. It surely lays to rest the promoted idea of a self-sacrificing, self-denying leadership in this movement. In any other field of human endeavor it also might raise special questions of conflict of interest, influence peddling, and even bribery, when the list is compared with another equally interesting list of all the Conferences and Associations that hold notes that amount to millions with the same man, often encouraged and helped by some of the same leaders and clergy.


We have often written about revival and how it is to be brought about by change, and that that change will come from reform. It is easy to see why we are and will have a difficult time in our circumstances in the church expecting or hoping for such a change to take place.


I have often wondered since seeing the list, what the lay members of the church would think of the message and the Clergy, if the list were published in the Review or some other paper. If, as one leader has said, it was just a good business deal on a personal level, then most of the laymen would be equally interested in making such a sure investment.


You may keep the list, if you wish. It seems to me to be a sad commentary on our times and our leadership in the Church. 7


At the same time I sent Elder Cree Sandefur, who at the time was Union President of the Pacific Union, where Davenport seemed to have gotten his start, a short note.


Dear Elder Sandefur,


There came to my attention some time ago a list of names which contained your name along with that of many of your friends. It makes very interesting reading. It also explains a lot of questions that have come to mind in the last few years concerning the church and the work. Some of these names have an interesting history in the field of money and finance. I thought that you might like to keep a copy to remind you of the club and the big time.8


I did not choose the words to either man lightly. The Davenport list showed that men in high office in the church helped to put others of their friends in high office. It was true, as Elder Rasmussen had told me in the Academy, that you ride to success on the shoulders of your superiors. It came to me clearer then ever before that it was not God running the church, as I had been told over and over again, but the Piersons and the Sandefurs that put men where they were so they could be helped to do what they wished. It was the Piersons and Sandefurs that got away, free from the slander and shame. Sandefur was Pastor in Long Beach where Davenport was a member and got his start in the church with Cree's help. Sandefur went to Hawaii and Davenport was there. Sandefur went to the east and Davenport was never far away. Sandefur opened doors by his involvement thus encouraging others to enter those open doors. Yet when the house of cards came down, Cree was out with his money as well as out with his "fast" retirement. Davenport himself made it very clear in one of his letters how much help Cree had been to him:


Elder Sandefur took out his money three or three and one half years ago when he became President of the Pacific Union Conference and he and his wife Mildred told me together when I was on the Loma Linda Campus and they were out there that this was one of the hardest decisions that he had ever made because he had done very well with me financially, but since his Union Conference would probably be voting on some of my transactions that he felt best that he should take his money out and I said well that was up to him but that after he had retired if he wanted to he could put his money back in and he said he would most certainly do so.9


I wonder since seeing Davenport's letter if Cree did invest again with his friend and if so why he is not listed among those that were left holding the bag. After all, Davenport owed him a lot, at least enough to give him inside information as to when to get out. It was Cree Sandefur that helped to move all the investments that were in the local conferences, where the local laymen and preachers could see them and ask questions, to the Union where they could not see or complain. It was perhaps one of the best moves Cree made for Davenport while President of the Pacific Union, but it did leave the Union holding the bag for that $1,528,094 of loans plus the accrued interest of $120,449.





Editor’s note:  In the original typewritten manuscript, there is no footnote for the number 10. 


The Davenport list had also shown that most if not all of the Unions in North America were involved with him in some way and that the committees of these institutions of the church, often with their presidents and officers, were personally members of Davenport's financial club. In its article Spectrum said:


Almost everyone interviewed for this article said that individual leaders received higher rates of return on their funds then did church organizations, and several stated that influential and powerful people in the church received better returns than ordinary mortals. And in his last, difficult days, Davenport had apparently paid off some favored creditors. His trustee, Irving Schulmeyer, reported in an application to the judge that "preferences have been made in substantial sums” by Davenport in the 90 days prior to his filing for bankruptcy.11


President Pierson's letter back to me was typically ministerial. It said nothing and did not even say it well, but it did reveal a great deal about the man and his thinking:


It is understandable that you would be surprised to receive a list giving the personal amounts that various individuals have deposited with Dr. Donald Davenport there in California. In the first place, this is strictly confidential information and the fact that it has become somewhat public property is in itself shocking. (I have asked myself many times why he thought it was shocking if it was proper.) I may tell you, however, that this list was compiled August 31, 1971, and with deposits, withdrawals, etc., the list is no longer valid. (This was a straw man tactic; he knew there was a new and current list.) I appreciated very much that you sent the list to me personally instead of passing it along to others. (He did not know this but only hoped so.)


Brother Rea, I would prefer to sit down and talk with you rather than reply by letter, but since it is not likely that there will be opportunity for this, I wish to make a few observations that I hope will be helpful. (He was paid by the church to fly the world and could have come if he had wished and as time has shown, it would have been better if he had not written as he did.)


I cannot speak for any of the other investors on the list, but I wish to speak for myself. As I go through the names there are a number that I, of course, know well, and I also know that they are generous supporters of the Lord's work, (Again a straw man.  If most had received the high interest the list reveals, they should have been more generous in supporting the church that they were robbing to make it all possible.) and personally I would not wish to judge their giving by the amount they may have invested with Dr. Davenport. I know some of the persons on the list who have invested money for members of their families in their names.


In the first place, I want to say that as far as I have known, Dr. Davenport's operations for the past many years have always been open and above board, and in every way legitimate. (This is an incredible statement in the light of what his own General Conference Treasurer was saying and writing about.) He has helped many workers and members and some church organizations. To my knowledge no board or committee of which I am a member has any money invested with Dr. Davenport. (This is another incredible statement as the policy of the church matches the General Conference President virtually a member of any and every committee, especially the Unions that were involved.) There can be no conflict of interest here. In fact, I know of only one or two organizations which have money infested with him. (Yet the list I had sent him showed a dozen or more of which at least technically, he was a member.) If they have, according to my information, they have been receiving good interest on their investment and have never lost a penny. (This was also an untrue statement as Davenport was often behind in his interest payments to the churches and Conferences, which the bankruptcy records show.)


Is there something immoral about putting aside money for retirement or toward a home? According to my information, Ellen White owned several properties. (Pierson had always given lip service to the Adventist Prophet even if he did not follow her advice about honest dealing in finance.)


Some of us, Brother Rea, have spent a good share of our ministry in foreign fields. We were separated from our families for years. Our salaries were much less than in the homeland.  We lived in mission or rental property. There was no opportunity to build up an equity such as workers here in the homeland are able to do. (What a litany of false reasons for his unethical and illegal actions!) Was it wrong for us to invest our savings where we would receive good interest until we needed it for retirement? I do not believe it is fair to criticize anyone for doing this.


I make no apologies for having a modest sum invested with Dr. Davenport. I do not have time to invest in stocks and bonds, etc., and spend time watching and worrying about the market. We placed our money where we felt impressed and have gone about our business without worrying about it.


As far as sacrificial giving is concerned, Brother Rea, I don't imagine that any of us gives nearly as much as we should when we consider what the Lord has given for us. But I can write in the Review with clear conscience urging our people to give sacrificially. Mrs.  Pieron (sic) and I have given from 20 to 35% of our salaries for years in addition to thousands of dollars given to the world field program through my books from which I have foregone royalties that I might have claimed. I also drive a 1972 Chevrolet.


Brother Rea, (And here comes the sermon not the answer to my letter) I was both surprised and disappointed that a pastor in my church (note that he does not say ours or God's but his church) would jump to conclusions as you have (Before it was over most of Adventism as well as those of the world that knew about it jumped to the same conclusions) and write a letter in a questionable spirit (The secretary must have had trouble with the word, questionable, for it is corrected and typed over and over several times. I have wondered if the word he used and erased was questioning.) without checking some facts with me before judging. But this I shall have to leave between you and the Lord.


May the Lord bless and guide you as you feed and lead the flock of God there in Long Beach. (which is exactly what I felt He was doing when I wrote Pierson the letter asking for an explanation). 12


Pierson's letter sounded like some ancient pagan love song. He had been taken from the sheep fold of Adventism and exalted to the crown, yet he was poor-mouthing the very system he enjoyed. Some preachers whine a lot. They often rule like some ancient Mongolian Prince. They roam the world always at the people's expense. When they touch the ground from their flight they are wined, dined, and pampered by lesser functionaries, all who are hoping some promotion or crumb of favor will fall their way as a reward. From the beginning to the end the structure favors the executive, the administrator, the divine that has made it to the top. Even the retirement plan he spoke of gives him a leg up on his colleagues. One of the great lies of Adventism is that all men are treated equal in the work of the church. The special privileges of houses, gifts, interest free loans, trips and perks are a way of life with Adventist administrators.  It is one of the reasons so many want to be one; and for Pierson to poor-mouth the very system he was defending by his action on the Davenport matter was laughable, if not terribly sad.


What was even sadder was the morality that he showed about the whole affair. Much of his reply did not admit anything or explain anything or apologize for any of his actions or those of his colleagues. He either was unable to understand how he and his friends looked to others or did not care. He didn't even leave the matter between "me and the Lord" as he said. I found out later through the bankruptcy court that even before the ink was dry on my letter to him he had sent it to Dr. Davenport and was playing both sides of the street. His letter to me was dated June 23, and Davenport's letter to him was dated June 28. He wrote to Davenport on the same day he sent me my letter:




Dear Elder Pierson,


I have your letter dated June 23, 1977 and the copy that you wrote to the individual that had written to you.


Without any effort on my part, I believe I have identified this individual as Elder Walter Rea and I did not set out to identify him but that same day there came into my office an Elder and I am going to use all the names that I have access to so you'll know what I'm talking about. This Elder's name was Elder David Neufeld and he told me, "What is this stuff that Walter Rea is peddling around?" and I said, "I don't know what he's peddling around, but I have an idea so would you tell me?" He said that he is telling everybody that you are in serious financial trouble and that specifically he has made three allegations:


1. That the Georgia Cumberland Conference has no money with you and I told him at the present time that Georgia Cumberland Conference has 52,600,000 with me.


2. He stated that all the conferences are calling for their money back and this is in error. Occasionally one wants some of their money for some building project and I send it back to them.

3. He stated that there was a member of the Long Beach Church that had asked for $200,000 and I told him I couldn't pay it. I immediately called up this individual whose name is Widen Burkett and Widen said I did not ask for $200,000 back and I didn't want it back and the party who is stating all this is Walter Rea who is Pastor of the Long Beach Church.


The fourth allegation that Walter Rea made was that recently Elder C. Sandefur pulled out his money because he was worried about my investments and also that it was a conflict of interests.


Elder Sandefur took out his money three or three and one half years ago when he became President of the Pacific Union Conference and he and his wife Mildred told me together when I was on the Loma Linda campus and they were out there that this was one of the hardest decisions that he had ever made because he had done very well with me financially, but since his Union Conference would probably be voting on some of my transactions that he felt best that he should take his money out and I said well that was up to him but that after he had retired if he wanted to he could put his money back in and he said he would most certainly do so.


Elder Pierson, those are four blatant lies and I'm not going to call the Lord's annointed (sic) a liar, but I think I can call truth, truth and falsehood, falsehood. I documented all four of these instances. I documented Walter Rea, Pastor of the Long Beach Church for saying that. I debated whether I should call Elder Rea and I thought by calling him if he's going to tell lies now he would perpetuate his lying program and I'm just going to leave it alone.


Now, to be more specific: I told everybody that vested with me that I would treat their money just like a bank that I would not discuss with or disclose to other people what they had or anything about it. If they wanted to disclose it, that was their personal business and I have never violated that confidence.


I started this investment program about 17 or 18 years ago and nobody has lost a cent of interest or a cent of principal during that time and nobody ever will unless some catastrophe happens that I do not foresee.


 For your own information, my financial picture and program has never been better than it is right now and I have no reason to believe that it won't continue to be better.


 I'm very disappointed that Elder Walter Rea should take it upon himself to try to do whatever he's doing.


I hear, indirectly, and I'm not in a position to document it, that he is not pleased with the way the Church runs their finances and he is going to help straighten it out any way he can. My former wife, Elizabeth Davenport, worships at the Long Beach Church where he is a Pastor and it is very easy to believe and to think that he got this list of investors from her or through her office.


In the dissolution of marriage settlement I listed my assets and my liabilities and I had to list all of the people that had invested with me, but I made it very clear to my former wife's attorney, William Cree, that this was a confidential matter - that I wanted him to know that I owed - that I would take all the responsibility for the bills and obligations,  but that it would serve no useful purpose and it would violate a trust if this became public. Apparently, either my former wife or this attorney saw fit to make it a matter of public record and Elder Walter Rea does not have the best interest of the Church at heart, but perhaps only his own selfish interests to take the matter still further.


As an interesting note, which you may well know, every time there is a vacancy in the President's office of the Southern California Conference, he gets a little group behind him and makes some trouble and runs for the office. I've known him many, many years and this is his program.


Again, Elder Pierson, I'm sorry for this item happening, but for somebody to have to dig into something six years back to make their point is really quite ridiculous.


I thought that you handled his letter in a masterful way and it is not beyond the realm of possibility that within the next year or two everybody within that investor's group will have been paid off because I'm getting into larger and larger buildings and I'm paying off investors as I do that.


I find it quite interesting that he made four allegations in front of Elder Dave Neufeld. I disproved every one of them.


I would like to ask you a question which I don't think you have the answer for, but I think I'm entitled to ask - and that is, "When does a minister of the Seventh-day Adventist Church get a license to lie?"


Please accept my apologies for this unfortunate situation and do whatever you can to protect the good interests of the Church because that's what we all should do. 13


Poor Don, still doing his best to come across as "a hell of a guy." The letter not only shows up the deceit in Davenport's makeup but Pierson's as well. It also helps to show how the system had gone wrong with stooges and lies and intimidation. One of those stooges that got away was David Neufeld. He was a left over General Conference man that was put to work in the Pacific Union by Cree Sandefur at half price. He was long overdue for retirement but made up for it by singing the praises of Davenport to all that questioned him. He had his own money invested and encouraged other to do so. He was one of the boys that got out with profit, and long after the debacle he still stood four-square for his friends in the mess and said he felt no guilt for what he did as a double agent for Davenport.


Another name mentioned was also an agent for Davenport. He was my head elder, Widen Burkett. We had discussed Dr. Davenport together; and I had assured him that as a committee member of the Conference he was in a slippery position when it came to the voting of 'funds from the conference to Davenport when he himself was singing his praises as an investor. Another item had come up between us that perhaps chaffed him a bit. It so happened on his retirement as a public school teacher that he received a call to go into the ministry in Nevada. The President of that Conference, Elder Striefling, was a Davenport investor, Burkett was a Davenport investor, and Cree Sandefur, who would have to approve the appointment in the Union, was a Davenport supporter. With so many young men coming out of school without calls into the work I felt that is was wrong for Burkett to receive that call the way it was coming and looking and told him so, and asked him how it would seem if all the circumstances should become known. The call did not materialize but I received the impression Widen was not happy with me for my lack of support for his friend, Davenport. With his $185,000, plus interest, I could understand why.


Two other names should be mentioned as those that got away without much embarrassment or shame. One was John Robertson, a former Lonq Beach Pastor and friend of Dr. Davenport. While pastoring in Glendale, he was unable to convince his board at the Vallejo Drive Church that they should invest with him in Davenport. It caused some problems and some of the elders who talked with me felt strongly that John was putting on too much pressure considering his connections. John later worked in Southeastern California and I guess felt no moral problem with encouraging others to follow Davenport. He later wrote a high sounding moral book called THE WHITE TRUTH seeking to refute my book, THE WHITE LIE, even before I had published it. Another former pastor of Long Beach and friend of Davenport and retiree who was re-hired by Sandefur was Elder Duffield. He had taken trips overseas with the Doctor and had encouraged others to invest with him. In a letter to me he said:


Many of my friends keep inquiring of me about his financial picture. I would like to be able to speak with some degree of certainty about his soundness. I have gotten all my money from him. Confidentially I had $100,000 with him. I must say that he doled me out a bundle of interest over the years. For this I'm deeply grateful. However, I am happy to have my money (principle). The reports I get from various sources, including his first wife, are very dim. 14



So it wasn't just me that was hearing and speaking the things we were hearing. It was getting late for Davenport and he was thrashing around more and more. What did and does come across over and over again is that one could talk to lawyers, doctors, truck drivers, school children, atheists or infidels, and most if not all could tell you that what was going on was wrong, evil and wicked. But neither then nor since has Pierson, Sandefur, Neufeld, Robertson, Burkett, Duffield, Union Presidents or the church as a whole expressed or admitted the gravity of its sins of involvement. Little or no embarrassment has been shown, much less shame. And perhaps even more amazing, the church as a whole still preaches against those terrible Catholics, those dirty Protestants, and the evil world, not seeming to notice that by their lack of concern over their own amoral or immoral conduct or the condoning of it, they have forfeited any right to condemn or preach reform to others.


Evidently Pierson had not given Davenport enough assurance that he would either stop me or fire me for he wrote again a few weeks later:


Dear Elder Pierson,


I have your letter dated July 19, 1977 and I do not wish to take your valuable time with reading a lot of correspondence.


 I will abide by your wishes and let the matter drop unless Elder Walter Rea decides to keep stirring it up. If he decides to do this, I have no alternative but to take care of him in the best way that I see fit.


I would like to close my remarks in this letter with some thoughts that I think are very important.


I consider my word of honor absolute and when these different ministers over the period of seventeen years invested sums with me, they asked me, almost without exception, not to mention the amounts they had with me because they felt it would serve no useful purpose and besides it was their own business.


I have kept that trust all these years and I refuse to even give the General Conference a balance sheet because even though Elder Emmerson and Elder Osborne indicated, via the grapevine, that they wished to have it-- this could reveal the names of the different people and I felt that I would not violate a trust.


The second reason that I am interested in shutting up Elder Walter Rea is that I am aware of a group of laymen that wish to cause embarrassment to the Seventh Day Adventist Church by getting every single bit of financial information that they can and distort and twist and use it to their best advantage to embarrass the Church and I, for one, would like to do everything in my power to protect the Church. I always have and I always will.


I have told you before that I have not lost a single cent of interest or principal for the Church these many years in which I handled millions of dollars for them. I have pride in that relationship. I thank God that I have been successful in difficult times to always provide the Church with a gain and not a loss.


 It disturbs me very much that somebody on the Church payroll such as Walter Rea would become involved in a situation where it could become very embarrassing to the Church.


With these facts, I now rest my case I hope that you are effective enough in having Elder Walter Rea realize the folly of his ways and, because he got this list by some devious means, and dug into a domestic situation that has been settled for over rive years only to furnish ammunition for the discontents and malcontents in the Church that he should be advised that this will not help him, but in the long run will hurt his cause.


Elder Pierson, please remember that I am 100% behind the organized Church. There may be people in the Church, such as Elder Walter Rea, that do not do things as I feel they should be done, but that is their problem, not mine.


I promise you that I will not pursue this matter further unless Elder Walter Rea and his ilk (sic) do not take your advice and keep the list confidential. If they don't then I am absolved from my promise to you and I will take the matter in my own hands.


 If I understand the Bible correctly, it says that if you have something against your brother, you go to him first. If that doesn't settle it, you take a witness and go to him. If that doesn't settle it, you take the whole Church and go to him and if that doesn't settle it, then you take it to court or some other higher authority.


Elder Pierson, Walter Rea has not done any of those things and I just feel very protective of the Church. I think sometimes some of us laymen must take a strong arm position to defend the Church and to shut UD all of this maliciousness that is going around.


 Well, you have heard my story. I have made a promise and I will keep my promise, but my promise has one "out" in it. If Walter Rea is not smart enough to keep his mouth shut, then I am going to move in on him. 15


Someone has suggested to me since seeing the letter that they sound more like the Mafia than Christians, and I agreed. To believe that the head of a church would be in business with such a man and yet not come to me and talk of what was transpiring is hard to understand. Another interesting thought is that if Pierson was sharing his correspondence from me with Davenport he must have been sharing it with another, Neal Wilson. Why not? It had been done before.


In the early 1960's I was contacted by the then President of the General Conference, R. R. Figuhr. The church had been having a lot of troubles with their head divines in the south,and because I had worked there, been on committees and knew the men, he wondered in his letter if I would be willing to write what I felt were some of the problems. My letter would be confidential of course, he assured me, and I would be doing a good service for the church. I wrote him my convictions, naming names, stating places and specifics, how the leaders were, in my opinion, corrupt, greedy men, how they bought and sold property through our hospitals to protect themselves and to save money through the institutions and then would profit by their methods, how they sold cars to the workers and extracted a personal fee for doing so. I was liberal with my information and the names of men who were participating. 16


Sometime later I met Elder Neal Wilson at the General Conference session, and he informed me that he had read the letter I had been told was confidential by R. R. Figuhr.  I knew from my knowledge of the system I was in trouble. Sure enough, sometime later, one of my friends called and told me that my name had been black listed in the south for all time and I could and would not ever get a call to anything, "not even dog catcher." Knowing how the system operates I was not surprised. I have often been accused of seeking higher office. Knowing some of the men in those offices, I have never known if I should take the rumor as praise or insult. If by the time of the Davenport situation I carried any thought of advancement in the church, it surely would have been an empty basket that carried those thoughts; and I have often said that I may be dumb but I was not entirely stupid.


It was clear to me after Pierson's letter, even without having access until later to the Davenport correspondence that the church and its leaders would do nothing to stop their rush to greed and destruction. If anything was to be done, something or someone other than those involved for personal gain would have to do it. It was clear from my background of years in the service of the church that no reform would come even though I had written Pierson. No change would be made and no clean up would take place. Had I known what I know now, that most of the votes and voices that counted were arrayed against me.  I doubt that it would have effected my action. I knew without that information that my time was short and that what I did, I would have to do quickly, or even more millions would be funneled into the pockets of Davenport and his helpers. It has never been clear to me whether Davenport corrupted the clergy, or the other way around, but for me it had to stop.


After much soul searching and a great deal of counsel from those I respected and trusted, I decided on several steps. One of those steps was to release the list I had found to John Adam in Tennessee and to Sydney Allen in Riverside, California. These men had been fighting as laymen at least as long as I had and were doing their best to alert the church of what was going on. I knew that they had access to sources of publication that I did not have and that they had the courage to take the project as far as necessary, though none of us knew how far that would be. It didn't take long for us to find out.


The pressure was building, and Davenport could not ignore it much longer. On April 19, 1979, Davenport sued John Adam and his employer, A. G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., charging that Adam had interfered with his business and defamed his character. He asked for $1 million actual damages and $3 million punitive damages. He followed that up on May 15 with a similar suit against Syndey  Allen for $2,550,000. 17


The lawsuit laid it out better than we had dared believe it would, for it said;


Dr. Davenport borrows funds from various individuals and large institutions including, among others various Divisions and Conferences of the Seventh-day Adventist Church of the United States (Church). That the Church, and various individual members of the Church, for investment purposes, have loaned substantial sums of money to Davenport which loans are reflected by promissory notes, many of which are demand in nature, secured by first mortgages or trust deeds in favor of the lenders, totaling many millions of dollars in secured deeds. . . .and in conjunction with his borrowing activities, has formed close personal relationships with numerous leaders of the Church and other individuals in the Church. Based upon the quality of the secured debt offered the Church, and upon the relationship of friendship and trust between financial representative of the Church . . . .That although Plaintiff has attempted to counteract the conduct of Defendant Adam, Plaintiff fears and truly believes that unless injunctive relief is provided after a hearing of this cause, Plaintiff will be destroyed by the Defendants and that the Plaintiff will suffer irreparable harm since the Defendants' actions will result in a total loss of the trust and confidence of individuals and conferences of the Church, thereby destroying a source of lending which cannot be replaced through other conventional lending sources and requiring Plaintiff to liquidate vast holdings in order to pay off sums of principal and interest which normally and customary would not yet come due (Emphasis supplied) 18


What Dr. Davenport had done in the lawsuit was to reveal all the information necessary to follow his activity from beginning to end and find that the loose ends had always ended in the church with his friends he had cultivated. He also made it clear that without the friendships he would and could not continue his operation. So in essence he was saying that his empire depended on the payoffs he was giving to Adventist preachers in order to milk the church and other institutions to keep going. The suit did one other thing. It produced his own blueprint on how to bring him down and stop his operation. If one could stop him from bleeding the church and its members, he was through.


With that information the rest was fairly easy. The Government agencies would and could do what the church had failed to do: clean up the act and thus destroy it. I approached the Attorney General's office of the State of California with what information John and others had provided, including fraud, breaking of usury laws, breaking of S.E.C. regulations, and bending of other laws. The I.R.S. office appointed a special agent, Sandra M. Armstrong, to investigate the matter, gave me her card and told me to keep in touch. Those who were aware of these moves guessed correctly that it was only a matter of time before the end could come, and we encouraged all the investors we were able to contact to leave the sinking vessel as soon as they could. I personally talked with many, including such leaders as Elder Heppenstall, Dave Neufeld, Duffield, Burkett and others, including some personal friends of mine as well as Davenports, such as Dr. Wayne Eyer and others. Some did not heed the warning and hence their names appeared on the creditors list when the end came. Those that did get out have ever been grateful.


It was a difficult decision to come to. It was hard to take action that we all knew would embarrass the church. Yet we all knew also that the church was going to be embarrassed anyway and it was harder to stand aside and watch Davenport and the preachers continue to bleed the church and its little people, for it was they that suffered the most. Nothing will erase the conviction that many millions more would have been lost if we had not taken drastic action to stop what was clearly a "scheme," as Emmerson said, to use the church’s money to enrich a few at the expense of the many. None of the people that took our advice and got their money out have had anything but praise for what we did for them, and even some of the ones that turned against us after the bankruptcy said they wished they had followed our advice.






1. 1975 Constituency Meeting record, Southern California Conference, Pacific Union Conference.


2. Petition for dissolution of marriage in Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, Case No. D795614, Property    .

    Settlement Agreement. May 1972


3. Ibid., p. 93.


4. Ibid., List of creditors under Property Settlement


5. United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, Filed March 2, 1982. (2nd amended mailing list)


6. Matthew 18: 15-17.


7. Walter Rea to Robert Pierson, June 14, 1977.


8. Walter Rea to Cree Sandefur, June 3, 1977.


9. Donald Davenport to Robert Pierson, June 28, 1977.


10. L. L. Butler, "Update on Davenport Loans", back page of Adventist Review, subtitle, "Summary of Davenport Loans, June 30, 1981".


11. Tom Dybdahl, "Bad Business: The Davenport Fiasco," Spectrum 12, No. 1, (September, 1981) p. 58.


12. Robert Pierson to Walter Rea, June 23, 1977.


13.  Donald Davenport to Robert Pierson, June 28, 1977.


14.  C. L. Duffield to Walter Rea, February 9, 1978.


15. Donald Davenport TO Robert Pierson, July 25, 1977.


16. Walla Walla Tapes (2) Lecture by Walter Rea, November, 1981.


17. Tom Dybdahl, "Bad  Business: The Davenport Fiasco,” Specturm 12, No. 1, (September, 1981) p. 53.


18. Donald J. Davenport vs. John Adam and A. G. Edwards & Sons, Inc., No. 79-229107. United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Western Division.


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