And that’s not the only fraud we discovered about Bishop “Dr.” Wyatt Greenlee, Jr. of St. Louis. Bishop Greenlee, the “Episcopal Assistant” to Bishop Yvette Flunder, and a member of The Fellowship’s Ecclesiastical Board (think COGIC general board) claims to be a man of high educational accomplishments, but does the evidence match the claims?
Bishop Greenlee’s church bio is chocked full with alleged degrees, boardships, executive positioning and the likes. But little of it is legitimate or can be substantiated. The following is a screenshot of Bishop Greenlee’s online bio:
Perhaps what is most shocking is Bishop Greenlee’s “master’s in education and doctorate degrees” from St. Regis University. Bishop Greenlee may indeed possess a doctorate and a master’s degree from “St. Regis University”, but both were purchased, according to the modus operandi of the school. St. Regis University aka James Monroe University was a cog in the wheel of an elaborate degree purchasing scam. According to Wikipedia (our bold) :
Saint Regis University is a now-defunct diploma mill operation with several other connected institutions. The Oregon State Office of Degree Authorization has stated that Saint Regis University was a diploma mill linked to 18 other front “schools”.The school issued degrees based on “life experience” instead of requiring the taking of actual academic classes or a formal course of study. It sold both college degrees and high school diplomas.
After CNN uncovered the scam in 2005, and a major scandal erupted in a Georgia school system, the eight owners were indicted. One of them, Kenneth Pearson, was a pedophile. Wikipedia said that four computers seized from Pearson’s home in association with the diploma mill investigation were found to contain more than 10,000 sexually explicit images of children. He later pleaded guilty.
But neither the pedophilia of its owners nor the blatant illegality of the fraudulent school was enough to dissuade Bishop Greenlee from proudly listing his purchased degree[s] from them. Why does the Bishop feel he has to deceive others about his education?
Secondly, Bishop Greenlee states that he received a “degree in ministry” from Covenant Theological Seminary. Covenant, a conservative Presbyterian seminary would be an extremely uncomfortable environment for Greenlee. In fact, the school’s very prominent Francis Shaeffer Institute teaches an entire series on homosexuality from the Shaefferian perspective. Shaeffer, a former agnostic, was largely credited with influencing Jerry Farwell’s Moral Majority.
While Greenlee states he received a “degree in ministry” from CTS on his site, the Fellowship site states “Bishop Greenlee is an alumni of the Master of Divinity program at Covenant Theological Seminary.” Faced with this disreprancy, we called CTS in an effort to clarify if Greenlee was enrolled and which degree, if any, did he receive.
The registrar’s office at Covenant searched extensively but said that Wyatt Greenlee was not a student and further, the name did not appear in any of their databases. She also added that CTS is a fairly small school and generally she would know a student. Does the Bishop realize that such fraudulent claims would mean immediate loss of employment in the secular world? What is The Fellowship’s policy to such patent dishonesty?
Greenlee also claims to possess a BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri at St. Louis. Unfortunately, we cannot divulge that information due to a privacy agreement required by the Student Clearing House (SCH). The university uses the independent SCH to handle all degree and enrollment verification requests.
MINISTRY and BUSINESS
The following is a screenshot from Bishop Greenlee’s online bio detailing his ministry credentials:
What about Greenlee’s claim that he was ordained by the World College of Bishops? Who is this organization and how reputable are they? After searching, we did not find a “World College of Bishops” but did identify the World Bishop’s Council . What’s more, pictures of Bishop Yvette Flunder and her friend controverisal Archbishop Timothy Baymon president of the WBC were posted there. He is also another Fellowship Ecclesiastical Board member. In February, Baymon was arrested in Springfield, MA in connection to the assault of another bishop in his organization. He accused the man of using witchcraft. Baymon also has a history of ordaining homosexuals into the bishopric.
Bishop Greenlee claims to be a current board member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America, but Mr. Dello Thedford, the current chapter representative for the chapter said that Greenlee is an involuntarily “inactive” board member due to reorganization. However, Thedford did acknowledge that the Greater New Higher Heights Choir remained an integral part of the chapter.
As for being “vice-president of E.R. Mason and Associates”, there is scant evidence the organization still exists. The individual who answered the only number listed for the company said it definitely was not the number for E. R. Mason and Associates.