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Faith Assembly in Wilmot, Indiana and its pastor, Hobart Freeman

(previously known as the "Glory Barn" and located in various places including Claypool, Warsaw, Goshen, Kosciusko County, and Noble County, all in Indiana)

tertiary sources


secondary sources

Washington Post

New York Times

Los Angeles Times

Chicago Tribune

Associated Press

United Press International

Warsaw Times-Union

Kosciusko County Historical Society

The Oregonian, located in Portland, OR

The Christian Post

The News-Sun, located in Kendallville, IN

Star-News, located in Wilmington, NC

journal article — Spence, Craig, T. S. Danielson, and Andrew M. Kaunitz. "The Faith Assembly: A Study of Perinatal and Maternal Mortality." Indiana Medicine: the Journal of the Indiana State Medical Association 77.3 (1984): 180-183. (full text)

journal article — Malecha, Wayne F. "Faith healing exemptions to child protection laws: keeping the faith versus medical care for children." Journal of Legislation. 12 (1985): 243. (full text)

journal article — Spence, C., and T. S. Danielson. "The Faith Assembly. A Follow-up Study of Faith Healing and Mortality." Indiana Medicine: the Journal of the Indiana State Medical Association 80.3 (1987): 238-240. (full text)

journal article — Asser, Seth M., and Rita Swan. "Child Fatalities From Religion-motivated Medical Neglect." Pediatrics 101.4 (1998): 625-629. (full text)

journal article — Hughes, Richard A. "The Death of Children by Faith-Based Medical Neglect." Journal of Law and Religion 20.1 (2005): 247-265. doi:10.2307/4144687

book — "Handbook of Religion and Health", published by Oxford University Press in 2001, written by Harold Koenig, Dana King, and Verna B. Carson, page 67 [wikipedia]

book — "Churches That Abuse", chapter 9 [pdf, pages 87-89] [html] [wikipedia]

book — "The Checkbook Bible: The Teaching of Hobart E. Freeman and Faith Assembly", written by Rodney J. Crowell, second edition 2012

secondary sources that focus on interviewing a former church member

Warsaw Times-Union

Worcester Magazine, located in Worcester, MA

Current Publishing, located in Carmel, IN

primary sources

Hobart Freeman


Josh Wilson, former church member

Tom McLaughlin, former church member

Carol Boltz, former church member

members of Faith Assembly

(copied verbatim from the book The Checkbook Bible by Rodney Crowell)


(links underlined in green are archival copies, often located at the Wayback Machine or Google News Archive)