Yesterday, Barry Bowen at The Christian Sentinel speculated that he is, noting that on March 13, Harvest Bible Chapel Attorney Chris Nudo registered a new non-profit, “Walk in the Word with Dr. James MacDonald,” with the state of Illinois. Walk in the Word is MacDonald’s former radio and TV Bible teaching ministry, which used to broadcast daily to millions.
I went to the Illinois Secretary of State website and verified that the new corporation was indeed filed in March, listing Nudo as its agent. However, I talked with Chris Nudo and he denied having anything to do with “Walk in the Word with Dr. James MacDonald.”
“It is not anything I endorsed or approved,” Nudo said. He added that he had just recently found out about the new entity and was in the process of dissolving it.
When I inquired as to how someone could start a new “Walk in the Word with Dr. James MacDonald” and name him as an agent without his permission, Nudo said, “To know the mind of James MacDonald is to understand, ‘There are no limits or bounds to what I can do.’”
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“To know the mind of James MacDonald is to understand, ‘There are no limits or bounds to what I can do.’”
I called the Illinois Secretary of State’s office and talked to an agent there who didn’t want to give her name. However, she told me that the fee to register “Walk in the Word with Dr. James MacDonald” was paid by Attorney Thomas Winters of Tusla, Oklahoma. Winters also serves on the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability’s Panel of Experts for the Commission on Accountability and Policy for Religious Organizations. I contacted Attorney Winters’ office in Tulsa and left a message with his assistant to call me. So far, I have not heard back from him.
The agent at the Secretary of State’s office also told me that the three officers listed on the new corporation are James and Kathy MacDonald of Elgin, Illinois, and Warren Bauerfeld of Woodbury, Minnesota. She added that on April 17, Attorney Winters filed bylaws for the new corporation with the Secretary of State’s office.
I contacted James MacDonald, asking about the new Walk in the Word, but he did not respond. I also called a Warren Bauerfeld in Minnesota who told me I must be looking for his son, who is also named Warren Bauerfeld. The elder Bauerfeld said his son went to school with MacDonald and that the two are good friends. Bauerfeld’s wife took my name and number and said she’d tell her son that I’d like to talk with him, but I didn’t receive a return call.
Last week, Harvest’s elder board and church leadership team reported that Harvest’s mortgage lender had refused to allow the church to release any assets to MacDonald, including intellectual property, physical property, or cash. The board added that its lender’s decision nullified a previous separation agreement the church had signed with MacDonald.
The elders further stated that none of “Walk in the Word’s donations or assets have gone to James, and we will not be giving him anything in the future.”
So, it would seem MacDonald’s plan to relaunch his broadcast ministry has been foiled. Except for a Facebook post about his mother-in-law’s passing two weeks ago, MacDonald has not made any public statements since his removal from the church on February 12.