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Best of 2022: Our Story Part 1, Lori and Jason Adams-Brown Share Their Story of a Hostile Work Environment, Toxic Culture, Gaslighting and Spiritual and Psychological Abuse at a Megachurch in Silicon Valley
Episode 12011th January 2023 • A World of Difference • Lori Adams-Brown
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Trigger warning: If you have experienced spiritual abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse or any type of abuse especially in a faith-based environment, this episode deals with content that may be triggering. Please feel free to listen in small chunks or if this is too traumatizing, please feel free to not listen until you are ready. We do recommend speaking with a therapist who is trauma-informed. Please take good care of yourself.

Lori and Jason Adams-Brown share their story of spiritual abuse, emotional abuse and psychological abuse at in San Jose, CA at the hands of Andy Wood and Filipe Santos. Their story is by no means the worst story of abuse behind the curtain of, but it is one that is not covered by the many NDA's that Andy and Filipe had many staff sign over the years in order to control the narrative and image manage the abuse of particular staff over the years. Many former staff have shared their stories, but due to fear of going public and also the many NDA's, there is much fear. This is part one of their story: The Calm Before the Storm.

Part 2: The Question

Part 3: The Gaslighting and the Flanking

Part 4: The Firing Squad

Part 5: Image Management & Discrediting the Whistleblower

Part 6: Disaster Relief & False Narratives

Open Letter by Gabriel Beddingfield to

Open Letter by Echo Survivors to

Religion News article by Bob Smietana

Julie Roys's 2nd article

Julie Roys's 1st article

Julie Roys's article after NDA petition reached 700 signatures

Julie Roys's article about the predatory nature of's "merges"

Julie Roys's article on the pattern of retaliation

Religion News article on NDAs (that mentions Andy Wood and the Saddleback situation) by Katelyn Beaty, author of Celebrities for Jesus

Lori's appearance as a guest on Talkin' Politics and Religion Without Killin' Each Other podcast with Corey Nathan.

Lori's Linktree for more articles and updates

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