Todd Derstine claims to have a ministry. He publishes his teachings, has a web site and holds himself out to be a leader and a teacher. Does he meet the qualifications of one? Read them verses below and then carefully study the following documents and decide for yourself if he is a teacher from God or a predator. Beware of false shepherds.


1 Timothy 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Titus 1:6  If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. 7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; 8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; 9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.


Todd's 4-13-92 letter to the minister of a young girl that Todd got pregnant who refused to perform a wedding ceremony. In this letter Todd outlines his belief that if you sleep with a woman, she automatically becomes your wife and God blesses the union.

Todd's 8-9-92 letter to another minister and his wife who refuse to support the idea that the young girl Todd got pregnant is automatically his wife.


10-22-93 list of charges against Todd by the Assembly of Yah.


Does Todd meet the qualifications of  an elder? Reread the verses above and ask yourself that question. Todd is a likeable man, does that make him an elder, a teacher, or a leader?