Former CTK member

Springboro, OH

#21 Jun 3, 2013
Also..I am sure most don't know. But about 7 years ago Paul Smith made a choice that cost the life a friend!
Anon

Logan, OH

#22 Jun 24, 2013
I heard from first hand witness that the church installed boulders, speed bumps, and gates to keep speeders from endangering the children at the school only to have yuppies who think THEY'RE better than everyone and deserve to drive where they want, when they want, hire people to rip them all out during the night. Also, the guy HIT Paul with his car then proceeded to attack Paul after he leapt out of the way and hit the window! Bennett was said to have reactively struck the kid only when said kid reared back to hit him according to an ye witness. Funny how the media left that part out. Who of you would stand idle while someone sped trough your property as your kids were getting off the bus or damaged your property? Get off your high horses.

For the record I have absolutely no affiliation with the church.
bahahaha

Columbus, OH

#23 Jun 27, 2013
Anon wrote:
I heard from first hand witness that the church installed boulders, speed bumps, and gates to keep speeders from endangering the children at the school only to have yuppies who think THEY'RE better than everyone and deserve to drive where they want, when they want, hire people to rip them all out during the night. Also, the guy HIT Paul with his car then proceeded to attack Paul after he leapt out of the way and hit the window! Bennett was said to have reactively struck the kid only when said kid reared back to hit him according to an ye witness. Funny how the media left that part out. Who of you would stand idle while someone sped trough your property as your kids were getting off the bus or damaged your property? Get off your high horses.
For the record I have absolutely no affiliation with the church.
Oh you are so funny!!!!!!! I cannot even respond because I have fallen laughing and cannot get up!!! You bought that story?? you go on with your bad self.. hahahahaha They were asked to comment from the news and declined.
Karma is a

Dublin, OH

#24 Jun 27, 2013
It's a shame, really. I was in that church for a long time and strongly believed in it's message and what it stood for...until I witnessed how absolute power truly does corrupt absolutely. Pastor Smith got a little too full of himself and I saw how he treated the school staff a long with the church staff. Good people were pushed out, and the good message of that church was pushed out along with it. People make mistakes, but there is a certain responsibility that comes with placing yourself in a high position in a church and putting God's label on your actions. Cutting through the parking lot has been an issue for years, but damaging someone's property, menacing, assault?!? How on earth are those the right ways to handle it??? His explosive behavior isn't unheard of, unfortunately. They both screwed up. Hopefully both of them, especially Pastor Bennett, will recognize a few things about himself and use this opportunity as a stepping stone for some serious growth. Maybe the original message of that church can be salvaged. You have to practice what you preach, don't you? Pretty sermons are pointless unless your actions follow the words.
Karma is a

Dublin, OH

#25 Jun 27, 2013
Shell wrote:
I think Pastor Bennett is one of the true pastors around.Nothing fake with him.He is what he is just a normal person.And he will amit that.We all have our faults.
He USED to follow what he preached. NOW...not so much. He hasn't been real about things for quite some time. Yes, we all have our faults, but he placed himself as a LEADER of a CHURCH. He should at the very LEAST be holding himself to a higher standard. He has to lead by example. And just saying "sorry" doesn't cut it. His actions need to follow what he talks about on Sundays. They haven't for a while. I've seen him bully, I have seen him discriminate, I have seen him make fun of people who are different...what is the point of all the nice talk if you aren't even going to listen to what you're saying?!
Karma is a

Dublin, OH

#26 Jun 27, 2013
average citizen wrote:
Shell, Are you saying it is okay to assault someone for driving on a church parking lot and then lie about it to the parents that drop their kids off at school. We did not appreciate feeling duped by the staff. They should hire security officers like other private property owners do, not blame the city. After all these years - they still cant figure it out. At least have the person guarding the gate where something that identifies him as a staffer with an orange vest.
The only people that defend him are either getting paid, use the school for free, or get to play on stage. so which one are you? Oh or one of his several over paid children that pretend to work there.
I don't know who you are, BUT THANK YOU ! My thoughts EXACTLY.
Disgruntled FCM

United States

#27 Jun 28, 2013
How many times have you heard former disgruntled church member? So many of them there's no way to keep track. Turnover is insane there. About every two years a new staff is hired. The only ones to stay are too pathetic and so under qualified they cant find another job. This is called bad fruit and you should judge someone from the fruit they produce. Most left for less pay and some left with no pay. That should speak volumes to the mystery if that church.
saddened

Columbus, OH

#28 Jun 29, 2013
Karma is a wrote:
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I don't know who you are, BUT THANK YOU ! My thoughts EXACTLY.
I am so tired of hearing they are real Christians, When the wives and daughters of the church staff feel like they need plastic surgery and implants, that does not speak REAL. It speaks, shallow, desperate, insecure, and a confusion of priorities. The staff is more interested in the way the look then the way they treat people. I honestly question the salvation of so many that are there. The words "I never knew you" are in the bible for a reason. When it comes to tithing they say, This is for GOD!! But do they use the money for Godly purposes, Does the church even tithe? Does it feed the hungry, clothe the poor, minister to the sick? woe be to them that Rob God. When image out weighs our Christ like compassion, there is a serious problem. We are to be Christ like. When did Christ make his appearance more important then his actions.
Karma is a

Dublin, OH

#29 Jul 1, 2013
When I started attending that church, it was bare-boned and BEAUTIFUL. The message was real, the spirit of that church was true to the words it spoke and there were very real people there. The more money they got, the more "beautiful" and "modern" they made that building look on the outside, the uglier the inside became. A church IS its people, invest in THEM, not in the walls in which they reside.I'll never forget when I heard on of the pastors' wives and another pastor's daughter mocking a pastor from another church during one of the multiple-church functions. The gentleman was having a passionate, raw discussion with two of his younger members. The PW and PD from CTK overheard the private conversation and starting snickering and making fun of that pastor for getting into what he was saying! I couldn't believe it...that was around the time I quit going. People who have run-ins with churches like CTK/Church at Polaris get such a bad impression of God and spirituality. It scares them away from ever wanting to search for any truth in that direction.
agree with Karma

Columbus, OH

#30 Jul 3, 2013
I have heard and seen so much tacky behavior from the Smith family. When they are standing before God, I wonder if they will still feel inferior? The only people you will ever hear on stage are major tithers, or a way for Bennett to network for something. I sat in a service where BS made fun of a fat woman from his child hood, It made me sick. then the week after named a girl from high school and ran her down for not wanting anything to do with him cause he was not good enough -- sorry he reminded me of Ted Bundy --- Get over it, in the same sermon he bragged about all the women had used and slept with and left. He is sick, sick, sick and should not be in a leadership role. The board is a bunch of losers that just show up once a year for their fatted cow and sign what he wants and leaves. God will hold them accountable-, wait till this guy sues them all!
Mad parent

Columbus, OH

#31 Jul 7, 2013
It's funny how everything is the Smiths fault and the driver is a innocent victim. I have witnessed on more than one occasion drivers speeding through the church parking lot and almost hitting staff. I am a parent of a student there and people who cut through there have no regards for the safety of children or pedestrians. I watched a arrogant pos try to use his car (a BMW) and push a staff member out of the way because he was being told to slow down by the school, I ended up using my truck to block the trespasser and warned him I was calling the police if he didn't leave. That lot belongs to the Church and is not a throughway, I don't care if you have a problem with the Smiths but if my child is put in danger I have a problem with you and I will use force to protect my child. Stop trespassing and you'll have no problems.
tomadmom

Columbus, OH

#32 Jul 8, 2013
Mad parent wrote:
It's funny how everything is the Smiths fault and the driver is a innocent victim. I have witnessed on more than one occasion drivers speeding through the church parking lot and almost hitting staff. I am a parent of a student there and people who cut through there have no regards for the safety of children or pedestrians. I watched a arrogant pos try to use his car (a BMW) and push a staff member out of the way because he was being told to slow down by the school, I ended up using my truck to block the trespasser and warned him I was calling the police if he didn't leave. That lot belongs to the Church and is not a throughway, I don't care if you have a problem with the Smiths but if my child is put in danger I have a problem with you and I will use force to protect my child. Stop trespassing and you'll have no problems.
First off, the man was innocent and was not arrested for cutting through the church parking lot. This is a church, not someone’s residence. 2nd, you say that people speed through the lot, From what I have heard this has been an issue for many years now, One would think that he would have made changes long before this escalated to the point that pastor Smith and his son could not control their rage and damage a person’s personal vehicle and physically assault them just for driving through. Pastor Smith’s son did not have any reflective gear or anything to identify that he was an employee of the church. There are no posted signs saying you will have your property damaged, and physically assaulted if you cut through the churches property. This place is used as a church, a daycare, a school, and even a place for polls during voting. Not really a “private property” the way you make it sound. 3rd, are you sure the arrogant pos you are referring to isn’t one of the pastors over paid daughter that drives a BMW? Also YOU blocked a car in, in a school and daycare parking lot?--------- now that is intelligent, for keeping the kids safe!!!!! Last but not least, In the news story Pastor Smith in his own words said he was disapointed that no one had hit the poured concrete going full speed and then was happy when it did. If this is private property, then it is the churches responsibility to protect it. Hire security or just take the cut through out. As a person who could not imagine going to that church, I wonder how people could send their kids there. If this has been going on for years and they have made no drastic changes to keep the kids safe, what else are they failing at.
Nathaniel

Columbus, OH

#33 Jul 9, 2013
From the beginning this land was meant for good and to help Missions, Not for one family to live like Kings.

If you were told the church was not selling the land off then why was the zoning committee meeting on October 14th, 2010. I do believe contstruction has already begun. Where has all the prophit of this sold land go to. Why are they still in such debt? Not good leadership at all in my opinion, the founder of this church would be so dissapointed in what it has become!
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STAFF REPORT
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
ZONING MEETING
CITY OF COLUMBUS, OHIO
OCTOBER 14, 2010
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-Google 1250 Gemini Pl Columbus, OH 43240 zoning and you can view the full PDF
rumor has it

Columbus, OH

#34 Aug 21, 2013
There was a rumor started by someone that Bennett was asked to leave the church? Does anyone know anything about this?
Fred12

Columbus, OH

#35 Aug 28, 2013
rumor has it wrote:
There was a rumor started by someone that Bennett was asked to leave the church? Does anyone know anything about this?
Pretty sure this rumor was started by a staff member who had no right to discuss the situation. Bennett addressed the issue on Sunday, apologized, admitted that he had been stressed out and was only human and loved the church. He also said that he was willing to get counseling. He was honest and transparent but I'm sure his lack of commenting is for legal purposes, because if you have ever met him, then you would no that its not in his nature to hide things. This comment board is full of people who just want to slam him or don't get the nature of forgiveness. He made a mistake, he admitted it and everyone seems very quick to forget all of the good that has come from the church. Bennett has always said that he is trying to be authentic and people screw up. This is classic of church people turning on their own when it gets bad despite his 20 plus years of dedication. The church has poured large amounts of money to make that parking lot safe for our kids, including cameras and gates speed bumps, etc. Don't comment on what you don't know and the news conveniently left stuff out bc the pastors couldn't tell their story until it was resolved in court.
too funny

Columbus, OH

#36 Aug 28, 2013
Fred12 wrote:
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Pretty sure this rumor was started by a staff member who had no right to discuss the situation. Bennett addressed the issue on Sunday, apologized, admitted that he had been stressed out and was only human and loved the church. He also said that he was willing to get counseling. He was honest and transparent but I'm sure his lack of commenting is for legal purposes, because if you have ever met him, then you would no that its not in his nature to hide things. This comment board is full of people who just want to slam him or don't get the nature of forgiveness. He made a mistake, he admitted it and everyone seems very quick to forget all of the good that has come from the church. Bennett has always said that he is trying to be authentic and people screw up. This is classic of church people turning on their own when it gets bad despite his 20 plus years of dedication. The church has poured large amounts of money to make that parking lot safe for our kids, including cameras and gates speed bumps, etc. Don't comment on what you don't know and the news conveniently left stuff out bc the pastors couldn't tell their story until it was resolved in court.
OMG this was too funny, bawhahahahahahaha you have no idea what he is capable of and if you think that was the TRUTH hahahahaha my belly hurts, so he was retiring????? hahahahaha I hope the full truth comes out and the many members and staff he abused will come back to see his farewell! YOu must have been one hell of a tither. holy goodness I cannot even comment because this is a belly laugh. My prediction is he will not be there long. I have known BS for years and he has never been honest. never, I'm not even sure he uses his real name! This must be one of his children commenting. hahahahaha I'm sorry I cant even take this post serious...
too funny

Columbus, OH

#37 Aug 28, 2013
Also, let me get this straight, he cant comment because of legal purposes?? So is he planning on lying at court next week. Those statements conflict each other, dont you think?
Fred12

Columbus, OH

#38 Aug 28, 2013
too funny wrote:
Also, let me get this straight, he cant comment because of legal purposes?? So is he planning on lying at court next week. Those statements conflict each other, dont you think?
Do you have children that attend the child care center or school? And why do you think that it is ridiculous that a lawyer would advise Bennett or his son to not comment? That is standard protocol and I am in no way affiliated with the church but this entire ordeal seems to be blown out of proportion.
too funny

Columbus, OH

#39 Aug 29, 2013
Fred12 wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you have children that attend the child care center or school? And why do you think that it is ridiculous that a lawyer would advise Bennett or his son to not comment? That is standard protocol and I am in no way affiliated with the church but this entire ordeal seems to be blown out of proportion.
That man has no business being in the position he is in. I feel sorry for you if you believe him. The truth will come out, too many people over a life time have prayed for it and now God is honoring prayerS probably decades long! And it is none of your business my association or if I have kids there. If I did have kids there I would remove them immediately!!!!!!!!!! Seriously I WOULD!!!!!!!!!!
member

Columbus, OH

#40 Aug 29, 2013
hhhhmmmmm I am thinking "too funny" is correct and Fred12 is a smith. careful how you post

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