Here is the body text from this organization chart. It’s easier to read and it’s fully hyperlinked to primary sources. I also added proof to demonstrate that Pastor Douglas Wilson of Christ Church, Moscow, double dips by republishing his blog posts in book form (in the Blog & Mablog section below). Those familiar with the numbers know that Canon Press and Logos Press generate millions of dollars for Douglas Wilson. This explains why he sold these ministries to his son and it accounts for his rabid response whenever he feels attacked by his so-called enemies. His theology bites back to protect his empire and he built his empire on fraud.
In 1975 the Evangelical Free Church of Pullman planted a church called Faith Fellowship in Moscow, Idaho. In 1977, song leader Douglas Wilson assumed the church’s pastorate and has held it since. The church underwent two name changes and the entity now called Christ Church is the most critical operation of Douglas Wilson’s empire and simultaneously the least important of his priorities. It’s critical because it confers on him the title “Christian minister” without which he would be a very ordinary grifter. It’s the least of his priorities because as demonstrated by his busy schedule, he would rather do a thousand other things with his time than serve souls.
Since 2003 Doug Wilson has embroiled himself in one scandal after another with his neighbors and consequently brought disgrace upon the cross. Doug Wilson has no gospel for Moscow. In October 2015, Kirk membership hit 800 souls or less (counting children), a 15-year low point. This figure highlights a perpetual objective for Doug Wilson: He must continually recruit new followers to move to Moscow, to replace the steady flow of kirkers who leave.
Blog & Mablog
Douglas Wilson’s personal website — Blog & Mablog — is the cornerstone of his empire. It is his chief means of communication with his followers; it is his main tool for attracting new followers; and it is the single point at which every entity in his kingdom intersects with the others. For example, he uses his blog to make official announcements on behalf of the Kirk, such as An Open Letter from Christ Church on Steven Sitler. Likewise, he uses its rotating banner to promote his books and those by his wife & children — all published by the family press; and he regularly uses his blog to publicize his various enterprises, such as his conferences — Doug Wilson, keynote speaker.
Double & Triple Dip
Twenty years ago Douglas Wilson published a magazine called Credenda Agenda. He solicited tax-deductible donations from readers to subsidize the publication, which he freely offered to anyone upon request. Doug Wilson then republished the majority of his primary Credenda Agenda columns as chapters in his books, which he published through Canon Press. The Credenda Agenda archive contains all of the essential content for his early books from the 1990s and early 2000s — Angels in the Architecture, Federal Husband, Future Men, Mother Kirk, etc. He wrote these books and more in bits & pieces for Credenda Agenda under a 501(c)(3) tax shelter and then combined those fragments into complete books, which he sold to the general public beneath the 501(c)(3) tax exemption of Canon Press. And then he skimmed a 10% royalty from the gross sales of those books, in violation of internal revenue code and the public trust: The law prohibits trustees from profiting off of charities they’re entrusted to watch.
So to be redundant, the Kirk paid Doug Wilson to write for Credenda; the general public donated to produce Credenda; the state gave Credenda nonprofit tax-free status; and Doug Wilson repackaged Credenda’s content in book form via Canon Press’ non-profit shelter to sell the books for profit.
Credenda passed and Blog & Mablog resumed where it died. The Kirk pays Doug Wilson to write blog posts for Blog & Mablog (he also sells advertising space on his website), and as with Credenda, Mr. Wilson repackages the essays that he writes for Blog & Mablog into books that Canon Press publishes. For example, consider his latest book Same-Sex Mirage. Look at the first two chapters in this sample pdf (downloaded from CanonPress.org). Chapter 1 (page 3) is titled “Remanded to Sensitivity Camps,” which you can read for free on Blog & Mablog in this post by the same exact name. Ditto for chapter 2 (page 9), which is titled “The Prophet Sober and the Culture Drunk.” You may read it here, on Blog & Mablog, in a post by the same exact name. Search all his Canon Press titles and note how many times he duplicated his blog posts verbatim. He defends this practice by arguing that “all writers want their material published three times.” But this is not true. He’s contending for self-plagiarism, a practice that no legitimate publisher condones or practices. You may prove this by asking N.D. Wilson (Nate Wilson) what Random House would do if they discovered that his books were available for free on the web via a blog. Then ask him why Canon Press allows their principal author and sole reason for existence to do it. That’s the mirage.
The elders of Community Evangelical Fellowship (now called Christ Church) founded Canon Press in 1993 as a ministry of the church. By 1999 Canon Press’ gross annual sales topped one-million dollars ($1,000,000). In 2005 the Idaho State Tax Commission revoked Canon Press’ 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax status after it learned Doug Wilson was skimming 10% royalties off of gross book sales in violation of the internal revenue code. In 2012 Doug Wilson firewalled his royalties by arranging for the Kirk to sell Canon Press to his son (N.D. Wilson) and his agent (Aaron Rench). Canon Press currently sells 76 titles by Douglas Wilson, including all the books he wrote in the Credenda Agenda glory days.
Canon Press is a microcosm of all Doug Wilson’s ministries — he established them for his own personal enrichment. If kirkers want to know why no Kirk cathedral adorns the Palouse skyline, they need only discover where all of Canon Press’ revenues vanished during those pre-Nate years. Follow the money, find your spire.
Logos Press prints much of the curriculum that the ACCS requires its schools to use. In 2012, Nate Wilson along with Douglas Wilson’s agent bought Logos Press and made it a division of Canon Press. Logos Press also sells online classes at the following rates, taken directly from their website:
- $550 per student per course
- Full-time student tuition — $2,142 (4 courses)
- Part-time student tuition — $595 per course
Douglas Wilson and three others founded Logos School in 1981 — long before he invented “Classical Christian Education.” Logos School is K–12 and while their website says, “Their goal was to provide high-quality Christian education for children,” elsewhere Doug Wilson admits something else motivated him as well: “My three children went through twelfth grade without anyone from any government agency knowing where they were attending school.” (The Paideia of God [Moscow, ID: Canon Press, 1999], 34.) This quote probably accounts for Doug Wilson’s state of mind when he used Canon Press to violate the internal revenue code, and it would be difficult to argue that it does not infect the Logos School curriculum. For example, Logos School teaches its students all six tenets of the Lost Cause myth, including the bizarre doctrines advanced in Southern Slavery As It Was. Doug Wilson has developed the Logos School brand into an exceptional moneymaker, as witnessed by Logos Press, and he continues to exploit it to the detriment of those children entrusted to his care.
Association of Classical & Christian Schools
Douglas Wilson established the Association of Classical & Christian Schools (ACCS) in 1994 as a platform to promote himself as an expert educator. The association is composed K–12 schools, some private but most are church related, as well as a few colleges such as New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. These schools pay a membership fee to join the ACCS and in return the ACCS acts as an accrediting agency by advising them on how to bring their curriculum into compliance with ACCS standards. This usually translates into purchasing textbooks such as the Omnibus, which contains massive amounts of plagiarized text, or other materials produced by Logos Press.
New Saint Andrews College
Douglas Wilson founded in New Saint Andrews College (NSA) in 1994. According to its website, NSA’s purpose “is to graduate leaders who shape culture through wise and victorious Christian living. Our mission is to provide young men and women with the highest quality undergraduate and graduate education in liberal arts and culture from a distinctively Christian and Reformed perspective, to equip them for lives of faithful service to the Triune God and His Kingdom, and to encourage the use of their gifts for the growth of Christian culture. . . .” These lofty words mean that NSA does not furnish its students with an education they can actually use. NSA is not regionally accredited and therefore its degree has little to no value.
NSA pays lip service to “wise and victorious Christian living” and “the growth of Christian culture” but reality tells another story. On the housing section of their website NSA states, “Most students board with local Christian families. . .” This is a veiled reference to the Christ Church network of illegal boarding houses. None of these boarding houses have licenses to operate in the city per municipal code; most of them operate illegally. Both of the Kirk’s sex-abuse cases took place in this network and Doug Wilson knows these facts but encourages kirkers to continue breaking the law. Thus we see his concept of “Christian culture.”
In 1996, Douglas Wilson hosted his first annual conference, a history conference, calling it “The Revolutions That Never Were: The Wars for American and Southern Independence.” Doug Wilson & Steve Wilkins delivered the lectures and converted them into a book published by Canon Press: Southern Slavery As It Was (Douglas Wilson, editor). In 2005, Doug Wilson rebranded the history conference with the name Trinity Fest and extended it into a five-day Dougapalooza. In 2008 Mr. Wilson permanently cancelled the Trinity Fest due to lack of interest.
Currently Douglas Wilson has four annual conferences on his calendar:
- Grace Agenda, every spring in Moscow
- ACCS Annual Conference, every June (floating venue)
- Annual Summer Training for Teachers, Administrators, & Board Members, every July in Moscow
- Wordsmithy, every August in Moscow
These annual conferences achieve three goals for Doug Wilson: (1) Every conference has a Canon Press book table where they sell a ton of books (Canon Press also sells audio & video tapes of some of these events); (2) Every conference brings potential recruits to Moscow, which he needs to fill the seats vacated by defectors; and (3) Every conference keeps Doug Wilson at the center of attention, which appears to be the primary focus of his ministry.
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches
Doug Wilson founded the Confederation of Reformed Evangelicals (CRE) in 1997 (the date on the logo is incorrect) to create denominational cover for his unethical activities. In 2000 the denomination changed its name to Confederation of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC) and in 2011 they changed the name to Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches. However, through each rebrand the federation continually refers to itself as a “presbytery” and it calls its representatives “presbyters.” These misnomers create the false impression that the CREC is a presbyterian denomination that actually holds presbyterian polity, which it does not. To be sure, the CREC constitution expressly denies presbyterian authority to its so-called “presbyteries” and it makes no provision for its so-called “presbyters” to exercise biblical discipline over one another. Like Baptists, each member church is completely independent of the other member churches. The CREC can only remove a member church from the federation: “a congregation may be removed from membership in the Presbytery by a two-thirds vote of the Presbytery” (CREC Constitution, page 18).
In practical terms, this means that the CREC cannot discipline Doug Wilson for his serial plagiarism; the CREC has no authority to terminate the Christ Church network of illegal boarding houses; the CREC winks at Doug Wilson’s nepotism and other corruptions; and the CREC tacitly assents to all of Doug Wilson’s scandals because they will never muster the courage or the votes to remove Christ Church from their federation. And Doug Wilson can say with a straight face, “The CREC approves of it.”
The CREC is the handiwork of Douglas Wilson. It creates the illusion of denominational accountability while simultaneously insulating him from denominational accountability. In this he framed a well-calculated Potemkin village wherein CREC pastors and CREC churches stand in place as willing props for Doug Wilson’s charade.
Douglas Wilson founded Greyfriars Hall in the mid-1990s as a three-year ministerial-training program to prepare yes-men who will plant churches and fill pulpits in the CREC. Graduates of Greyfriars Hall keep the CREC’s so-called “presbyteries” padded with Wilson loyalists, who would never vote to remove Christ Church, Moscow, from the federation, which is Doug Wilson’s chief concern.
Douglas Wilson launched Credenda Agenda in 1989 as a one-page flyer but by the mid-1990s it developed into 8 ½ × 11 staple-bound journal. Mr. Wilson published it about four to six times a year, depending on funds, and he used it as his chief means of promotion — Credenda Agenda marketed all things Wilson. This promotion had two goals: (1) Book sales, and (2) Recruitment — Doug Wilson sought, and still seeks, families to move to Moscow. Christ Church would shrivel up if Mr. Wilson could not keep a steady flow of new bodies into Moscow.
The death of print media saw to the end of Credenda Agenda, which petered out sometime around May 2012; Blog & Mablog has taken its place.
Center for Biblical Counseling
The CBC’s website does not state its mission but it appears to be the place where Doug Wilson handed his counseling responsibilities to his assistant (Mike Lawyer). The CBC offers free counseling to the community as well as a thirty-hour course in counseling for $150 per student. Ultimately, however, the CBC appears to be an intelligence-gathering operation for Doug Wilson, as witnessed by its application form, which also furnishes a glimpse of Doug Wilson’s ability to communicate. The form is titled “Counseling Application: Personal Info & Agreement” and it affirms, “CBC maintains the highest level of confidentiality with all of its counselees and counselors. What is shared remains confidential between the counselee and his/her counselor.” However, further down the page the same agreement affirms, “We may disclose to the church leadership (elders and small group leaders) only that information which we believe is necessary for them to effectively and biblically fulfill their responsibility to shepherd.” This contradiction means the CBC does not respect your privacy and they will violate it without your permission. This unhappy fact is relevant because Doug Wilson blackmails kirkers and former kirkers into silence by threatening to publish their confidential information. He has an empire to protect; he does not welcome whistleblowers.