Pastor John Lewis

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I used to be on a shortwave radio station. I'm not on it anymore, and I'm glad I'm not. Because I listened to some of their stuff and all they got is women preachers on there. That's all they got, women preachers.

"Sister Bonnie Hogfatitis! Send in your love offering today! And I will give you the vision that God gave me when I was in a trance, and I had a temperature of hundred and six degrees, and God showed me that I was dead, but I came back and now my husband wishes he was dead."

You know, a million people pay to keep keep them on the radio, and you know why? Because when a nation gets far away from God, God raises up more women to run the show.
—Pastor John Lewis, 2003.

Pastor John Taylor Lewis III (1944–2020)[1] was a hard-line independent Baptist minister from who ran the Old Paths Baptist Church, a small farm-based church in Campbellsburg, Indiana.[2][3][4][5] Lewis broadcasted his church services on his program "The Black Brigade" using a variety of shortwave radio stations in the United States from 1998 to 2007. His ministry was virulently anti-abortion and homophobic, prone to such stunts as driving a kook bus covered with graphic pictures of aborted fetuses to highway intersections while yelling at passers-by holding signs saying "God hates fags."

Activist groups noticed Lewis' programming on shortwave radio and were not pleased.[6] Lewis reveled in the publicity provided by his detractors, and taking advantage of the mostly uncensored nature of private shortwave broadcasting in the US, spewed his venomous screeds for several years before completely disappearing.

Hundreds of hours of his radio show recordings exist, and many reveal the true beliefs of radical independent Baptist theology.

Pastor John Lewis was the subject of much debate in alternative media. In 1998, shortwave station WBCQWikipedia began broadcasting with a strong free speech stance. "The Black Brigade" was among the earliest programs on WBCQ. WBCQ also broadcast other odious programs such as "The Overcomer Ministry" with Brother Stair and William Luther Pierce's "American Dishonest Dissident Voices". Pierce's program was almost immediately permabanned from WBCQ after refusing to soften their genocidal rants, but Lewis and Stair continued their anti-homosexual venom unabated. In addition to WBCQ, Lewis broadcast on a variety of US shortwave stations, including WGTG and WWFV (now WWRBWikipedia), and WHRIWikipedia.[6]

In December 2003, Lewis noticed that trolls on the internet were among his listeners, and read "The Pastor John Lewis Drinking Game" from a Usenet post on his radio show to much audience amusement.[16]

Lewis hated megachurches, televangelists, and especially Pentecostals, condemning their "tongues babblin' fallin' on the floor" rituals as heresy, ridiculing the obesity of some Pentecostal pastors, and having his followers carry around giant posters of walking pigs emblazoned with their names.[17][18]

Lewis left shortwave radio around 2005 and broadcast on the internet for a couple of years, using various low budget services. His last internet shows in 2007 used a website run by Richard Palmquist,[19] a blowhard who was involved with setting up Family Radio with Harold Camping in the 1960s.[20]


  1. Pastor John Taylor Lewis III Weathers Funeral Home (archived from 21 Feb 2021 21:11:56 UTC).
  2. Pastor John Lewis, 20 November 2001 recording at 7:00. Lewis said he served in the 4th Infantry DivisionWikipedia in Vietnam from 1966 to 1969.
  3. Pastor John Lewis, 6 November 2001 recording at 9:20. Lewis said he was "saved" in 1970.
  4. Pastor John Lewis, 11 November 2001 recording at 3:00. Lewis said, much to his shame, he went to the same Bible college as Jerry Falwell.
  5. Obituary for Pastor John Taylor Lewis III (May 16, 1944 - November 30, 2020). Weathers Funeral Home, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 James Latham, Radio station owners like Allan Weiner broadcast hate, claim they love free speech. Southern Poverty Law Center, 18 June 2002.
  7. Pastor John Lewis, 11 October 2001 recording at 3:00.
  8. Pastor John Lewis, 21 November 2001 recording at 7:30.
  9. Indiana Church Burns Gay Flag. Archived from the original at, 8 November 2005.
  10. Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin..., November 2005.
  11. Old Paths Baptist Church vs. Washington County Health Department, et. al. State of Indiana, 18 June 2008.

    During September of 2003, Bert Engler (“Engler”) and Nora Shepherd (“Shepherd”) complained to the Health Department that Old Paths was discharging sewage onto the ground. On or about September 11, 2003, Michael Haddon (“Haddon”), Environmental Supervisor for the Health Department, drove to Old Paths and sought to inspect the premises concerning the alleged sewage discharge. Haddon was denied access. On or about September 15, 2003, the Health Department issued a letter to Lewis, as pastor of Old Paths, requesting inspection access. Lewis responded with a letter denying access and suggesting that the Health Department investigate Planned Parenthood.

  12. Pastor John Lewis, 11 October 2001 recording at 8:20.
  13. Pastor John Lewis, 6 November 2001 recording at 1:00.
  14. Pastor John Lewis, 24 December 2004 recording at 35:00.
  15. Pastor John Lewis, 21 November 2001 recording at 3:50.
  16. Summarized from a post on dated 19 August 2003:
    The Pastor John Lewis Drinking Game
    Inspired by I. P. Yurin
    The host should provide a sufficient quantity of the players' favorite
    alcoholic beverages sufficient to last for at least a good party.
    Just prior to the start of a "Black Brigade" broadcast, each player
    picks, in coin toss order, a phrase from the following list until all
    phrases or words are picked. 
    - cock-eyed reprobate
    - you're goin' to hell
    - sodomite
    - little bushie
    - maggot
    - hog fat
    - mother-in-law
    - baby murderer
    - faggot
    - raghead
    - civil magistrate
    If a player hears his or her phrase spoken by Pastor John or one of
    his rarely appearing Billy Bob fellow pastors, the player is entitled
    to a drink.
    If any of the following occurs:
    - Pastor John says "if you don't like it, lump it"
    - Pastor John sings
    everyone drinks.
  17. Protesters Mock Pastor Carter & the Love of God at FHC., 26 March 2006.
  18. 'Somebody needed to speak up' Pastor speaks out against messages proclaimed by John Lewis and his followers. Archived from the original at, 16 November 2006.
  19. Richard Palmquist's is a monument to both Badger's Law and shitty 1990s era personal website development.
  20. Richard Palmquist,