Tuesday the disgraced former founder of The Miracle Channel will unveil his new media venture.
Dick and Joan Deweert.com (Dick Deweert Ministries Association) is an online venture filmed by Bill Prankard’s son Steve Prankard, of Feature Productions. Prankard also produced Deweert’s Unite for Dominion, a dominionist neo-charismatic comeback conference held in January. Bill Prankard was a former board member of The Miracle Channel.
Deweert stepped down from The Miracle Channel in 2007 after revelations of an affair. Unite for Dominion and his new venture he is unwrapping today are not Canadian registered charities. Dick and Joan.com viewers will be encouraged to give money.
If you take a look at the Deweert friends on his blog, Unite for Dominion, Facebook or Twitter, you’ll see the usual cast of characters such as Shawn Gabie, a right hand man for Faytene Kryskow. Or Bill Prankard, an Ottawa pentecostal minister called to task by the CRTC for encouraging Miracle Channel viewers to cash in their RRSP’s to give to The Miracle Channel.
From Marci McDonald’s The Armageddon Factor:
In November 2004, Tim Thibault filed a formal complaint with the CRTC, attaching footage of guest host Bill Prankard, an avuncular Ottawa evangelist who ran a biker’s ministry and sat on The Miracle Channel’s board.
“There is someone right now watching and God is speaking to them about RRSP’s,” Prankard declared in one prophetic fund-raising pitch. “They’ve got RRSP’s and they’ve got a sizable amount and it’s a security thing. Your security is in God. And God’s speaking to you to cash those in. I dare you to do it.” (p.262)
In Deweert’s January Unite for Dominion comeback, guest speaker Ron Aitkens withdrew from the lineup. Aitkens, Deweert’s former boss was fined by the Alberta Security Commission in 2009 for confusing statements about his company bonds. Roy Beyer an Aitkens company consultant was also fined.
Deweert’s current business (besides Unite for Dominion and Dick Deweert Ministries) is Auxana Weath Group which was incorporated in Lethbridge in 2008. Auxana Investments Corporation was incorporated in Drayton Valley Alberta in 2006. Auxana Weath Group partner Chris Cook was also with him at The Miracle Channel.
Why is Deweert asking for money for ministry when he is running Auxana? Why would viewers give to Dick Deweert Ministries if Deweert is capable of self-support?
Deweert has also been involved with Beyer and Aiken in the Harvest Group Companies.
Back to the new site being unveiled tomorrow. Sara Maynard filmed her ‘releasing Dick and Joan’ promo at The Forgiven Summit held in Ottawa in July and hosted by several neo-charismatics. Maynard is the director of Cityscape Prayer Ministries in BC. Her group is heavily promoted by The National House of Prayer.
Dick and Joan.com also get’s an endorsement from Pat Robertson’s 700 Club Canada, and David Damien of Watchmen for the Nations. Damien was front and centre in Ottawa at the Forgiven show playing stage manager. His endorsement for Dick and Joan uses terms like’ restoring and refining.’
Deweert will be running different video clips off Dick and Joan.com including ‘Life App’ which he describes as ‘small vignettes of practical wisdom from the word of God and from experience to help you live your life.”
The Deweerts also run a segment called “Our Story” where they chat with Bill and Gwen Prankard about Dick being caught in an affair. Deweert was often accused of being unemotional on The Miracle Channel, he doesn’t make that mistake in this segment. A religious donor base appreciates an emotional happy ending story, and it appears Dick and Joan.com will attempt to provide potential givers tears and televised repentance.
If you click on the links, you’ll see Deweert is launching similar material to what he ran on The Miracle Channel and this venture appears to be another attempt at a comeback and a grab for donor dollars. Deweert is attempting to gather ‘a prophetic company.’
Speaking from Bill Prankard’s Ottawa church the Deweerts say their vision is “to gather together a company of believers across the nation of Canada who will carrry collectively the heart of God, the prophetic heart for the destiny of Canada.’
They talk about healing angels, and other New Apostolic reformation beliefs such as dominionism and prophetic ‘declarations creating a critical mass.’
Update: September 2013 CTV’s W5 piece on Deweerts buddy Ron Aitkens was charged with five counts of fraud by the Alberta Securities Commission