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June 5, 1986
The May 8 Glendale section contained an article authored by Alan Maltun and Denise Hamilton entitled "Court OKs Concord Sale to Pay Creditors." That article involved the sale of the Concord Building, which is an asset of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy estate pending before the Honorable William Lazarow, bankruptcy judge. However, that article also discusses other bankruptcy proceedings, including that of United Community Church. This office is counsel to the church in that case. My client takes exception to the conclusion in your article that United Community Church is "affiliated" with the Rev. William McBirnie.
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July 8, 1995 | JOHN DART
In 1982, many members of the United Community Church of Glendale, unhappy with the ministerial leadership of the conservative radio commentator who founded it, left to form their own congregation. Although the minister, William Steuart McBirnie, resigned from the church four years later due to financial and health problems, the two congregations remained apart until last year, when they voted overwhelmingly to reunite at the Glendale church.
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NEWS
June 5, 1986
The May 8 San Gabriel Valley section contained an article authored by Alan Maltun and Denise Hamilton entitled "Court OKs Concord Sale to Pay Creditors." That article involved the sale of the Concord Building, which is an asset of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy estate pending before the Honorable William Lazarow, bankruptcy judge. However, that article also discusses other bankruptcy proceedings, including that of United Community Church. This office is counsel to the church in that case. My client takes exception to the conclusion in your article that United Community Church is "affiliated" with the Rev. William McBirnie.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1989 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, Times Staff Writer
Robert W. Garcin, head of the Burbank Airport board and former mayor of Glendale, on Friday was ruled negligent as a private attorney for failing to properly defend the United Community Church of Glendale from multimillion-dollar lawsuits. The ruling means that the debt-ridden congregation, which was facing the threat of having to sell its church building to repay loans from former parishioners and court-ordered penalties, may be able to collect the funds from Garcin and his former law firm--Irsfeld, Irsfeld & Younger of Glendale.
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January 18, 1987 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
A U. S. District Court of Appeal has upheld a $1.2-million award against a Glendale minister and four church organizations charged with defrauding former parishioners through bad loans. The order was levied Jan. 5 against the Rev. William Steuart McBirnie and the McBirnie-founded groups United Community Church, California Graduate School of Theology, Concord Senior Housing Foundation and Voice of Americanism. All four groups have filed for protection from creditors under the bankruptcy code.
NEWS
May 1, 1986
The Rev. Steuart McBirnie has formally stepped down as senior minister of the financially and legally troubled United Community Church of Glendale, turning over the pulpit he has held for 25 years to a 38-year-old Baptist minister from Van Nuys. The new minister is John B. Myrick, who until last week was assistant pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Van Nuys.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1985 | THERESA WALKER, Times Staff Writer
When the Rev. William Steuart McBirnie arrived at the United Community Church in 1961, the La Crescenta church hardly seemed destined for the big time--or the controversy that would follow. Twenty-four years ago, the church had a congregation of 100 and was holding its services in a community recreation center. But under the guidance of the enterprising McBirnie, the church quickly began to prosper. Within five years, he increased the congregation ten-fold.
NEWS
March 29, 1986 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Faced with mounting financial problems and suffering from poor health, the Rev. William Steuart McBirnie has asked to resign as head minister of United Community Church of Glendale. The church on Tuesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Los Angeles Federal Bankruptcy Court. It is appealing a $1-million judgment and fighting numerous lawsuits from parishioners who claim they were defrauded by McBirnie and his affiliated organizations.
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July 18, 1985 | THERESA WALKER, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied an attempt by the Rev. William Steuart McBirnie, a Glendale minister, to set aside a $1.2-million judgment against him and organizations he heads for not paying back loans obtained from 24 former members of his United Community Church.
NEWS
July 18, 1985 | THERESA WALKER, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied an attempt by the Rev. William Steuart McBirnie, a Glendale minister, to set aside a $1.2-million judgment against him and organizations he heads for not paying back loans obtained from 24 former members of his United Community Church.
NEWS
January 18, 1987 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
A U. S. District Court of Appeal has upheld a $1.2-million award against a Glendale minister and four church organizations charged with defrauding former parishioners through bad loans. The order was levied Jan. 5 against the Rev. William Steuart McBirnie and the McBirnie-founded groups United Community Church, California Graduate School of Theology, Concord Senior Housing Foundation and Voice of Americanism. All four groups have filed for protection from creditors under the bankruptcy code.
NEWS
June 5, 1986
The May 8 Glendale section contained an article authored by Alan Maltun and Denise Hamilton entitled "Court OKs Concord Sale to Pay Creditors." That article involved the sale of the Concord Building, which is an asset of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy estate pending before the Honorable William Lazarow, bankruptcy judge. However, that article also discusses other bankruptcy proceedings, including that of United Community Church. This office is counsel to the church in that case. My client takes exception to the conclusion in your article that United Community Church is "affiliated" with the Rev. William McBirnie.
NEWS
June 5, 1986
The May 8 San Gabriel Valley section contained an article authored by Alan Maltun and Denise Hamilton entitled "Court OKs Concord Sale to Pay Creditors." That article involved the sale of the Concord Building, which is an asset of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy estate pending before the Honorable William Lazarow, bankruptcy judge. However, that article also discusses other bankruptcy proceedings, including that of United Community Church. This office is counsel to the church in that case. My client takes exception to the conclusion in your article that United Community Church is "affiliated" with the Rev. William McBirnie.
NEWS
May 1, 1986
The Rev. Steuart McBirnie has formally stepped down as senior minister of the financially and legally troubled United Community Church of Glendale, turning over the pulpit he has held for 25 years to a 38-year-old Baptist minister from Van Nuys. The new minister is John B. Myrick, who until last week was assistant pastor of the 11,000-member First Baptist Church of Van Nuys.
NEWS
March 29, 1986 | DENISE HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Faced with mounting financial problems and suffering from poor health, the Rev. William Steuart McBirnie has asked to resign as head minister of United Community Church of Glendale. The church on Tuesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Los Angeles Federal Bankruptcy Court. It is appealing a $1-million judgment and fighting numerous lawsuits from parishioners who claim they were defrauded by McBirnie and his affiliated organizations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1985 | THERESA WALKER, Times Staff Writer
When the Rev. William Steuart McBirnie arrived at the United Community Church in 1961, the La Crescenta church hardly seemed destined for the big time--or the controversy that would follow. Twenty-four years ago, the church had a congregation of 100 and was holding its services in a community recreation center. But under the guidance of the enterprising McBirnie, the church quickly began to prosper. Within five years, he increased the congregation ten-fold.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1995 | JOHN DART
In 1982, many members of the United Community Church of Glendale, unhappy with the ministerial leadership of the conservative radio commentator who founded it, left to form their own congregation. Although the minister, William Steuart McBirnie, resigned from the church four years later due to financial and health problems, the two congregations remained apart until last year, when they voted overwhelmingly to reunite at the Glendale church.
NEWS
July 18, 1985 | THERESA WALKER, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied an attempt by the Rev. William Steuart McBirnie, a Glendale minister, to set aside a $1.2-million judgment against him and organizations he heads for not paying back loans obtained from 24 former members of his United Community Church.
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