Chad McComas mentioned he was given the selection to resign or be fired from Rogue Retreat this week and selected to not resign
Rogue Retreat founder Chad McComas was let go from the nonprofit on Tuesday. [Mail Tribune/file photo]
Rogue Retreat founder and CEO Chad McComas was instructed Monday to resign by 5 p.m. Tuesday or face termination from the group he based greater than 24 years in the past. He selected the latter.
McComas has been on administrative go away since mid-June after a pair of nonprofits, Siskiyou Abolition and Siskiyou Rising, alleged that conferences held at McComas’s Set Free Ministries advocated homosexual conversion remedy in 2018. Consequently, McComas made the thing of a pair. of investigations.
Fees in opposition to his church, Set Free Ministries, had been discovered unfounded in July by Medford Metropolis Lawyer Eric Mitton, however a second investigation of Rogue Retreat had not but been concluded.
McComas and staff — former and present — mentioned monetary issues could be blamed for the choice to fireside him after the fallout from the allegations led to a drop in monetary assist from different native nonprofit teams.
These closest to McComas proceed to defend him and fear about Rogue Retreat’s survival with out him on the helm. Former worker Krystal Perkins deliberate a rally at four:30 p.m. Wednesday, with a march to the Rogue Retreat workplaces afterward.
A web based petition (https://bit.ly/3dClPFp) calling for the “Reinstatement of Chad McComas” garnered greater than 100 signatures inside hours on Monday.
McComas confirmed to the Mail Tribune Tuesday that the Rogue Retreat board requested him Monday to tender his resignation or face termination.
“I can say that I’m deeply harm and harm that the bastard retirement board has determined to fireside me. For 24 years, I’ve constructed this group from the bottom up. It’s my coronary heart and soul and I might by no means deal with anybody the way in which I used to be handled. My coronary heart is to do no hurt,” McComas mentioned Tuesday.
Regardless of town of Medford’s investigation discovering the allegations in opposition to Set Free unfounded, McComas mentioned the board was threatened with shedding funding from numerous nonprofits after the allegations.
“For the reason that investigation discovered I did nothing fallacious, they can not terminate me for that, in order that they’re saying they’ve an inventory of issues I used to be a poor administrator for, which isn’t true,” McComas mentioned.
Rogue Retreat board members declined to remark. Rogue Retreat advertising and marketing coordinator Joe Powell, in an electronic mail to the Mail Tribune, mentioned, “There isn’t a official assertion from our board presently.”
Shannon Holland, supervisor of the Kelly Shelter run by Rogue Retreat, confirmed Tuesday that she heard a few managers’ assembly on Monday the place the choice to fireside McComas was introduced. Holland later expressed frustration with McComas’ continued absence throughout a workers assembly, calling the lack of McComas “devastating for thus many staff and purchasers of Rogue Retreat.”
“They held a gathering and instructed all of the managers he was being let go. They had been firing him. Many individuals are afraid of shedding their job so they don’t seem to be positive what to do, however that is simply fallacious. I am unable to see how that occurs,” Holland mentioned.
“We would not have any of this with out him. Pastor Chad has helped lots of people who at the moment are on the payroll,” Holland mentioned. “It modified individuals’s lives. It is married individuals. The one factor I’ve ever seen individuals ask about their private lives as effectively is, “Do you’ve religion?” And he accepted you and beloved you unconditionally, irrespective of the way you answered that query.”
Holland, who mentioned she was homeless for 5 years, credit McComas with serving to her flip her life round.
“I simply had a workers assembly and everybody was speaking about how nice their weekend was, so I made a decision to convey the elephant within the room,” she mentioned.
“I do not wish to be on this group with out Pastor Chad. He impressed and constructed this place, and so they reduce the guts and soul. Even when it meant being homeless once more, I would not be afraid to face as much as struggle it.”
Former Rogue Retreat worker Dana Bogdanove, who described herself as non-binary, mentioned McComas was a continuing supporter of their choice to “come out.” After transferring to Portland final yr, Bogdanove mentioned they had been shocked by the allegations in opposition to McComas and his firing.
“After I heard about every part that was happening and that it began as a result of somebody accused Chad of being transphobic and homophobic, it was completely laughable,” Bogdanove mentioned.
“I am non-binary and queer and I labored there for over a yr and the one homophobia or transphobia I ever skilled was from a colleague who was fired per week later. Chad by no means did me fallacious and was all the time extraordinarily accommodating. Most of Medford is not conversant in pronouns, however Pastor Chad was somebody who cared about how he made individuals really feel.”
Bogdanove added: “He was truly the one who got here and checked in with me after that incident with the colleague, and that impressed me as a result of he was on prime (as a director) and I used to be on the underside. I needed to give grammar classes to so many individuals once I got here out, and Chad wasn’t certainly one of them.”
McComas mentioned he has discovered of as many as 50 layoffs in current weeks. He contested that the management and administration of the group be used as grounds for termination.
“I gave 24 years of my life, 12 with out pay. I virtually misplaced my home unexpectedly as a result of I purchased a property and it virtually flipped. It hurts a lot as a result of it’s my youngster,” he mentioned.
“This is a corporation that, once we left, had over 500 individuals an evening in housing, over 100 staff and lots of, many contracts and agreements between a number of organizations in Southern Oregon that supported our mission.”
McComas added: “Due to the allegations in June, issues actually went south, even after there was no proof that we had achieved something fallacious. I spoke to a lawyer who mentioned, “You don’t have any cause to resign and I counsel you not to take action.”
Contact Mail Tribune reporter Buffy Pollock at 541-776-8784 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Observe her on Twitter @orwritergal.