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Complaint Review: Dawson McAllister Association - Shepherd Productions

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  • Submitted: Sat, September 20, 2003
  • Updated: Thu, July 10, 2008

  • Reported By:Nashville Tennessee
Dawson McAllister Association - Shepherd Productions
506 North Garden Street Columbia, Tennessee U.S.A.

Dawson McAllister Association - Shepherd Productions ripoff fraudulent ministry, donations being used for personal gain, extravagant homes and cars, check him out for yourself Columbia Tennessee

*UPDATE Employee: Mr. Crosby's identity is likely as fictitious as his claims

*Consumer Comment: Support statements for Dawson are outdated

*Consumer Comment: Hard to believe ..The Dawson I know truly believes in Jesus'

*Consumer Comment: HOW GRAND TO BE SO YOUNG & INNOCENT TO THE WAYS OF THE WORLD

*Consumer Comment: This post is total nonsense!!

*Consumer Comment: This post is total nonsense!!

*Consumer Comment: This post is total nonsense!!

*Consumer Comment: This post is total nonsense!!

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I listened to Dawson McAllister's radio show and was touched by a caller needing money. So like many others I called in a donation that night.

A few weeks later, I contacted this ministry to find out the status of donations received for this cause, only to be told that they did not know what or who I was calling inquiring about. I thought maybe the person was new so I called a few days later and spoke with another individual, they also did not have a record of the name of the caller I had sent my donation for, but they did however have a record of my donation.

When I asked where my money had gone, there seem to be some confusion as how to answer. I decided to do a little investigative work on my own since I have friends that live about 60 miles from this organization. It wasn't easy to find out information about this man or the ministry, but I did find out his home cost approx 2 million dollars and they seem to have very expensive taste in cars and accessories as well.

People beware before sending your money, I will definitely be more careful in the future. Kinda reminds me of Jim Baker and we all know how that story ended.

Katherine
Ft. Worth, Texas
U.S.A.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 09/20/2003 08:03 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Dawson-McAllister-Association-Shepherd-Productions/Columbia-Tennessee-38401/Dawson-McAllister-Association-Shepherd-Productions-ripoff-fraudulent-ministry-donation-67278. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 UPDATE Employee

Mr. Crosby's identity is likely as fictitious as his claims

AUTHOR: Dan - (U.S.A.)

There is no evidence provided for the claims made above by Dean Crosby, D.D. (Kihei, HI). There is no proof of deceipt, overstatement of cost, urgency of projects, fraud, or that any insult was delivered via email by Dawson. Mr. Crosby could have easily pasted that insult into his message if it were real, but he didn't.

I did an internet search for Dean Crosby, D.D. of Kehei, Hawaii. You would expect to find at least one dentist by that name in the world much more in a town of 17,000 if it was a real name. My search yielded no hits except the unsubstantiated claim above. The name Dean Crosby is likley as fictitious as the claim is.

Also, it's stated Dawson is false to say he hears from God, and it can be PROVED. But the claim that it can be proved is itself easily DISPROVED. Because how do you go about proving God doesn't speak to someone unless you yourself hear from God? Yet Dean says he can prove that can't happen. He disproves his own proof!

Daniel Lee Servatius
St. Paul, MN
(You can look me up. I'm real)
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#2 Consumer Comment

Support statements for Dawson are outdated

AUTHOR: Dean - (U.S.A.)

I notice that those who have positive remarks to make about this dishonnest salesman,report experiences with him that go back years ago and in one case decades ago.

I have followed this man's ministry for many years.Until just several years ago it was a valid and worthwhile ministry.However,after he hired a new production company to promote his ministry,it quickly turned into a decitful business.On a weekly basis Dawson and his staff dream up new projects that he claims need immediate funding, requiring him to make repeated calls for money during his radio broadcasts.In between his begging for cash he spends a great deal of time promoting his organization and himself and falsly claiming that God is speaking to him,lies that are eaisly disproven.

It's very difficult to understand why anyone sends money into this con artist because if you listen to his donation updates,you will easily catch him in his absurd and outrageous lies.As an example,one of his "urgent projects" he was demanding money for was his website which he stated needed to be changed.He told his listeners it was going to cost twenty thousand dollars ($20,000!) to do the upgrade.He worked that con job for two weeks at which time he reported that the money had been received.But only one big problem.He didn't change his website at all!
I found out what his personal email address is and I contacted him about the fraud.He in reply sent me such a rude and insulting email,that never addressed his financial fraud or his website at all,that it read like it was written by someone serving time in a state prison which exactly where this morally perverted con artist belongs.

Dean Crosby D.D.
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#3 Consumer Comment

Hard to believe ..The Dawson I know truly believes in Jesus'

AUTHOR: Pat - (U.S.A.)

I met Dawson in the early 1970's when he was a youth pastor at a Baptist Church. In the time I knew him I did not (and still do not) see him as a man who is out for gain. I am sure he DOES ask for donations. So does Billy Graham. So does my church on Sunday. I know it costs a lot of money to do the work he does. I last had contact with Dawson in 1994. Although I have not spoken with him since, I have followed the development of his website. The Dawson I know truly believes in Jesus' message. I would be very surprised if the comments I read are true. They just don't fit the person I knew well years ago as a friend and a teacher.
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HOW GRAND TO BE SO YOUNG & INNOCENT TO THE WAYS OF THE WORLD

AUTHOR: Katherine - (U.S.A.)

I suppose teenagers to think him grand, he does not solicit money from you, but your parents and other adults. Have you listened to his show lately? In a 2 hour time span he ask for donations 2-3 times and is always talking about this matching donation but do we really know if there is a donation to match, that's the oldest scam in the book. He has even started an adult show so he can ask for donations 5 more nights a week. You get caught up in the moment and the excitment and make pledges and donations, it's a sales pitch. I've been in sales for years and all sales managers teach you, do not let a customer leave, because you have to catch them when they are HOT. Tomorrow they will have cooled off and all the excitment and sales pitch will be stale. All I am saying is know who and where your money is going, what's the harm in asking for a financial statement to see where the donations are going. If it is going to finance an extravagant lifestyle shame on him and if you are supporting it, shame on you.
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#5 Consumer Comment

This post is total nonsense!!

AUTHOR: Trey - (U.S.A.)

I don't know who exactly this person is who filed this bitter report, but I have listened to Dawson on his radio show, attended his conferences and a youth camp his ministry produced, all since 1994. I even called Dawson's show once and met him at the youth camp in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in 1996. Dawson is a down-to-earth kind of person who has dedicated his life to helping teenagers for more than 30 years now. He is a one-of-a-kind minister who uses the airwaves and other sources to be a strong source of outreach for all kinds of teenagers- from those seeking a stronger relationship with God, to those who are on the verge of running away from home, to those who are in broken homes, and much more. Dawson has spent more time being there for thousands upon thousands of teenagers and I can only count on one hand the times he has asked for donations for any reason whatsoever. What he stresses the most is the prayer partner ministry and the Hopeline. When I was a teenager, I got help from the Hopeline and it brought me out of a really dark situation in my life. All the counselor on the Hopeline asked me to do is to pray with him and to communicate by mail. Never once did he or the ministry ask me for any money.

My instincts tell me that Katherine may have not done much research on Dawson or Shepherd Ministries, which Dawson was with for many many years, and is still growing strong under the leadership of Mark Matlock.

I would highly encourage her to call them sometime and to even consider going to one of their conferences. They're the kind that will change your life.

And besides, I'm sure that with Dawson's noteriety he has built over the past several years, as well as with all the books and manuals he has written, he wouldn't even have the need to ask for donations to support him and his family.
And if Dawson wants to have an upscale home, then that's just fine with me. As long as he is fulfilling his calling and lives are being touched.

To compare him with Jim Bakker is an ill-informed statement that holds no water with what Dawson has done for thousands upon thousands. Ask any teenager who has attended one of Dawson's conferences and been to his youth camps. I'm very sure they will tell you the same thing I am saying on this website.
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#6 Consumer Comment

This post is total nonsense!!

AUTHOR: Trey - (U.S.A.)

I don't know who exactly this person is who filed this bitter report, but I have listened to Dawson on his radio show, attended his conferences and a youth camp his ministry produced, all since 1994. I even called Dawson's show once and met him at the youth camp in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in 1996. Dawson is a down-to-earth kind of person who has dedicated his life to helping teenagers for more than 30 years now. He is a one-of-a-kind minister who uses the airwaves and other sources to be a strong source of outreach for all kinds of teenagers- from those seeking a stronger relationship with God, to those who are on the verge of running away from home, to those who are in broken homes, and much more. Dawson has spent more time being there for thousands upon thousands of teenagers and I can only count on one hand the times he has asked for donations for any reason whatsoever. What he stresses the most is the prayer partner ministry and the Hopeline. When I was a teenager, I got help from the Hopeline and it brought me out of a really dark situation in my life. All the counselor on the Hopeline asked me to do is to pray with him and to communicate by mail. Never once did he or the ministry ask me for any money.

My instincts tell me that Katherine may have not done much research on Dawson or Shepherd Ministries, which Dawson was with for many many years, and is still growing strong under the leadership of Mark Matlock.

I would highly encourage her to call them sometime and to even consider going to one of their conferences. They're the kind that will change your life.

And besides, I'm sure that with Dawson's noteriety he has built over the past several years, as well as with all the books and manuals he has written, he wouldn't even have the need to ask for donations to support him and his family.
And if Dawson wants to have an upscale home, then that's just fine with me. As long as he is fulfilling his calling and lives are being touched.

To compare him with Jim Bakker is an ill-informed statement that holds no water with what Dawson has done for thousands upon thousands. Ask any teenager who has attended one of Dawson's conferences and been to his youth camps. I'm very sure they will tell you the same thing I am saying on this website.
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#7 Consumer Comment

This post is total nonsense!!

AUTHOR: Trey - (U.S.A.)

I don't know who exactly this person is who filed this bitter report, but I have listened to Dawson on his radio show, attended his conferences and a youth camp his ministry produced, all since 1994. I even called Dawson's show once and met him at the youth camp in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in 1996. Dawson is a down-to-earth kind of person who has dedicated his life to helping teenagers for more than 30 years now. He is a one-of-a-kind minister who uses the airwaves and other sources to be a strong source of outreach for all kinds of teenagers- from those seeking a stronger relationship with God, to those who are on the verge of running away from home, to those who are in broken homes, and much more. Dawson has spent more time being there for thousands upon thousands of teenagers and I can only count on one hand the times he has asked for donations for any reason whatsoever. What he stresses the most is the prayer partner ministry and the Hopeline. When I was a teenager, I got help from the Hopeline and it brought me out of a really dark situation in my life. All the counselor on the Hopeline asked me to do is to pray with him and to communicate by mail. Never once did he or the ministry ask me for any money.

My instincts tell me that Katherine may have not done much research on Dawson or Shepherd Ministries, which Dawson was with for many many years, and is still growing strong under the leadership of Mark Matlock.

I would highly encourage her to call them sometime and to even consider going to one of their conferences. They're the kind that will change your life.

And besides, I'm sure that with Dawson's noteriety he has built over the past several years, as well as with all the books and manuals he has written, he wouldn't even have the need to ask for donations to support him and his family.
And if Dawson wants to have an upscale home, then that's just fine with me. As long as he is fulfilling his calling and lives are being touched.

To compare him with Jim Bakker is an ill-informed statement that holds no water with what Dawson has done for thousands upon thousands. Ask any teenager who has attended one of Dawson's conferences and been to his youth camps. I'm very sure they will tell you the same thing I am saying on this website.
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#8 Consumer Comment

This post is total nonsense!!

AUTHOR: Trey - (U.S.A.)

I don't know who exactly this person is who filed this bitter report, but I have listened to Dawson on his radio show, attended his conferences and a youth camp his ministry produced, all since 1994. I even called Dawson's show once and met him at the youth camp in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in 1996. Dawson is a down-to-earth kind of person who has dedicated his life to helping teenagers for more than 30 years now. He is a one-of-a-kind minister who uses the airwaves and other sources to be a strong source of outreach for all kinds of teenagers- from those seeking a stronger relationship with God, to those who are on the verge of running away from home, to those who are in broken homes, and much more. Dawson has spent more time being there for thousands upon thousands of teenagers and I can only count on one hand the times he has asked for donations for any reason whatsoever. What he stresses the most is the prayer partner ministry and the Hopeline. When I was a teenager, I got help from the Hopeline and it brought me out of a really dark situation in my life. All the counselor on the Hopeline asked me to do is to pray with him and to communicate by mail. Never once did he or the ministry ask me for any money.

My instincts tell me that Katherine may have not done much research on Dawson or Shepherd Ministries, which Dawson was with for many many years, and is still growing strong under the leadership of Mark Matlock.

I would highly encourage her to call them sometime and to even consider going to one of their conferences. They're the kind that will change your life.

And besides, I'm sure that with Dawson's noteriety he has built over the past several years, as well as with all the books and manuals he has written, he wouldn't even have the need to ask for donations to support him and his family.
And if Dawson wants to have an upscale home, then that's just fine with me. As long as he is fulfilling his calling and lives are being touched.

To compare him with Jim Bakker is an ill-informed statement that holds no water with what Dawson has done for thousands upon thousands. Ask any teenager who has attended one of Dawson's conferences and been to his youth camps. I'm very sure they will tell you the same thing I am saying on this website.
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