"One other key point was that God will never tell you to leave a Bible practicing church. Stay in your house, and make it your house."
-Ed Young Jr
"Define Bible practicing." -Dee and Deb
No one can dispute the claim that Ed Young is LIVING LARGE, except perhaps his prosperity gospel buddies. When news broke that the Youngs are living a lavish lifestyle, Ed went into spin mode. He addressed the allegations made in the WFAA/News 8 investigative report one by one. Not only that, two of his board members – John Cross, pastor of South Biscayne Church and president of the Florida Baptist Convention and Austin Pastor Mac Richard (prounounced "Ri-SHARD") – quickly came to his defense by reassuring the congregation that Ed is a man of integrity.
Ed counters each of these claims in a YouTube video entitled “Setting Things Straight and Moving On”.
THE PRIVATE JET
Ed states: “Fellowship Church does not own an airplane.” He said it is leased and that he flies both commercially and privately. John Cross defends the board’s decision to have Ed fly privately, after all, they have to look after the pastor and make sure that he is at his best on the weekends. Since it appears to us that Ed is jetting around the world teaching others how to pastor, we hope his salary reflects his apparent “part-time” status as a pastor. Clearly, he cannot be pastoring his flock during his MANY absences.
Here’s what Bob Jamison shared about the private jet…
“ED YOUNG AND HIS HALF TRUTH:
That aircraft is owned by Medill Corporation. It traces back to Ed Young as the principal through several other entities. The church is making the lease purchase payment on the aircraft. He only uses the lease word on stage and not purchase (evasive and deceitful). Ed paid $11.4 Million via a lease with a $1.00 Residual Buy Out for the aircraft at the end of the lease. He then wrapped the transaction in a “shell game” lease company that he owns set up as a Delaware Trust based in Texas. At the end of the lease, the congregation just bought Ed a jet. The only problem is N188FJ is a 1988 Model Falcon 50 that is now worth no more than 4.5 Million (Not the $8.4 Million the news reported. The news reported it as a 2002 Model and that is incorrect. Medill Corporation makes the payment to GE Capital each month. Is this the best use of the Lord’s money? The pilots that work for Brad Harris at Dallas Jet International (The management company for the jet based at Alliance Airport) that crew the aircraft have always known the aircraft is a secret. Alliance is highly secure and private compared to the other airports in this part of North Texas. Just call Brad Harris to confirm. He will give you the same half truth as Ed did on stage on who owns the aircraft. It is no secret that it is a secret and always has been. Here is the registration straight from the FAA Records:
We have provided some pertinent data from the records as found at the blog "A Little Leaven."
AIRCRAFT IDENTIFICATION / STATUS
"Make: FALCON Year of Delivery: 1989 Airport: AFW – KAFW – Ft. Worth Alliance Airport
Ft. Worth – TX – United States
Model: 50 Year of Manufacture: 1988 Serial Number: 50-188 Alt Ser#:
Registration Number: N188FJ Prev Reg#: XA-ALA Status: Not for Sale Purchase Date: 4/4/2001
Life Cycle: In Operation Previously Owned: Yes Ownership Type: Wholly Owned
Currently On Lease Last Change: 2/3/2009
Lessee – Medill Company/ Ed Young
TX United States
Ms. Ann R. Duckart
Vice President Tracy M Lamb Vice President
Aircraft Management Company – Dallas Jet International, LP
5605 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 640
Irving, TX 75038 United States
This aircraft will be owned by ED YOUNG’S “SHELL” company, Medill for $1.00 at the end of the lease. ALL COMPLIMENTS OF THE FELLOWSHIP CHURCH. The aircraft costs the church over $1,000,000.00 per year currently with insurance, pilots, hangar, and repairs. Hmmm, now that’s not exactly as Ed put it on stage. There is no transparency at Fellowship because Ed owns the church and he won’t allow it. That is specifically against the way the New Testament insists that a church should be structured. It should not be owned by the Pastor. A church is owned by the membership but NOT at Ed Young’s church (It is His church, right)? It is all setup wrong and it is a “for profit” business that he has convinced himself is set up correctly. Let me know how that is working for Fellowship Church. What a turn off for someone looking to find Christ. All over s stupid airplane and a bog house. “Ed, you should be ashamed of yourself.” (Special thanks to Tikatu).
THE “CRIB” (as Ed fondly calls his abode)
With regard to his home, Ed explains that it contains 7,820+ square feet of air conditioned space, NOT 10,000 square feet as reported in the investigation. If the report accurately stated the total square footage, then the Youngs must have a sizeable garage and screened porch. And don’t forget the extremely valuable acreage on Lake Grapevine (a manmade lake). Remember, in Dallas land comes at a premium. Million dollar houses are built on lots ranging from a third to a half acre MAX. As Dee learned from her years of living in the Lone Star State, water is extremely scarce, and lakes are virtually nonexistent. Land on a lake is almost cost prohibitive.
In an effort to chastise the News 8 reporter, “mattmurph” came to Ed’s defense by writing: http://www.mattmurph.com/myblog/?blogid=244
“The house is 7800 Sq Ft and 1.5 million is what the taxing county has assessed its current value at today. That's no where CLOSE to what Young paid for it. How do I know? First off the land was donated to him from a personal friend. The county now assesses the land alone to carry a value of over a half a million. Just the dirt. So not only has the estate greatly appreciated in value over the last 7 years, he didn't even have to pay market value for the land.”
Shades of Mac Brunson? Hey Dr. Dog, wanna investigate this one? At least you can’t get kicked out of Fellowship Church and you’re no longer cloaked in anonymity.
Ed Young Jr. also admits to the congregation that he has a condominium in Miami where he stays when he jets to his church located there. We understand that it is worth around $1 million, and Ed is quick to point out that neither of his abodes are paid for. We wouldn’t expect that they would be… That’s why he gets a reported $240,000 annual TAX FREE “parsonage” allowance.
Ed addresses the claim that he makes around a million dollars annually. With regard to his salary, Ed tells his congregation:
“You know, I’ve never made a million dollars. My salary’s never been a million dollars here. I mean, it’s not near that. Um, you know, I am paid well. We have um, you know, a salary survey, and I believe I’m well under what, you know, others make. I mean I’m not against someone making a million dollars a year. That’s great. I have friends who do. If that happens one day, you know, great! Hopefully, I can give more and more money, but that was totally inaccurate….”
I just received the November 2010 issue of Christianity Today, and tucked away on page 13 was the following statistic: “$139,000 – Median salary for senior pastors at megachurches (2,000+ in weekly attendance).” Wonder how Ed’s salary compares?
Ed is definitely the king of verbal manipulation. Remember, the word “salary” does not include his parsonage allowance or money from speaking engagements and consultations with other churches. Also, he claims intellectual rights to his sermons and most likely derives an income from those. And don’t forget all those books he has written. Furthermore, accusations have been made that he sold the names and addresses on the church roll.
Ed states that he has spoken to over 200,000 pastors and leaders IN THE FLESH over the past couple of years. What about the Fellowship flock? How many of them have been able to interact with their pastor during that time? A former member who has confided in us claims that despite being an active church member, having lead certain ministries, and having developed materials which Ed uses under his name, has NEVER physically met or spoken with Ed Young in the ten years spent at the church. And he dares to call himself a “pastor”?
Yep, Ed appears to be trying to keep up with his prosperity buddies with whom he often shares center stage – T.D. Jakes, Brian Houston, and now Joyce Meyer, who will be speaking at the 2011 C3 conference. We wrote extensively on Joyce earlier this year, and you can find our articles under “Categories”.
The “Setting Things Straight and Moving On” video concludes with John Cross and Mac Richard each coming to Ed’s defense before the congregation.
John Cross explains:
“I just want you as a church family to know that I have never ever had the honor of being part of a ministry with such integrity, such authenticity, vulnerability, and accountability. That’s the facts. We as a board take our responsibility very seriously. The Bible says in Proverbs he who walks the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. And so as a board we’ve always sought wise counsel in every decision that we’ve made. We have wonderful attorneys and wonderful accountants who assist us in those decisions. Ed doesn’t make a decision without seeking out that wise counsel…The last 20 years have been great, but I’m convinced that we ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Please take the time to watch the 26 minute video. Listen for a classic Ed comment: “We’ve gotta pray and stay above the fray because once we get into the fray we become prey…”
We leave you with Rapper Ed Young Jr.’s first recorded rap video which he released at C3 2010. Yep, it’s a “(W)hole Nutha Level”! How long can Ed (soon to be a half century old) remain “hip”?