You too can own a half-price church courtesy of St Stephen the Great

Phil Groom writes:

LET’S FACE IT, with Phil Brewer and Mark Brewer off his back, what use does St Stephen the Great have for a church these days? He can’t even let it out as a B&B — sorry, I mean use it as “hospitality units for the Charity” — so it’s yours, half-price for Christmas: was £250,000; now £125,000, put up for sale, I’m reliably informed, “By Order of P Gotham, Interim Manager, St Stephen the Great Charitable Trust”:

Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church, Bradford: Attractive well maintained grade 2 Listed church building. Suitable for a variety of community/commercial uses - subject to consents. PRICE NOW REDUCED FROM £250,000 TO £125,000!

Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church, Bradford: Attractive well maintained grade 2 Listed church building. Suitable for a variety of community/commercial uses - subject to consents. PRICE NOW REDUCED FROM £250,000 TO £125,000!

Property Search Results from sharmawilliamson.co.uk/property_search.php: type ‘church’ in the search box. Also advertised as ‘Offers Invited’:

Mary Magdalene Church, Bradford: Offers Invited
Mary Magdalene Church, Bradford: Offers Invited

This is one of at least two ‘redundant’ churches that were handed over to the Brewer brothers by the Church of England, the other being St Osmund’s in Poole, Dorset, renamed St Stephen the Great by the Brewers in 2007 then abandoned by the priest and congregation back in 2008. According to the Orthodox Wiki, which may or may not be a reliable source of information, between them the two properties are “valued in excess of £12,000,000”. Whatever the true value and whatever the outcome of this particular sale, one can only hope that the proceeds will go to those ripped off  by the Brewers — sorry, I mean those who’ve benefited from Phil Brewer’s “Major Business Accomplishments”, as set out by him for Halloween this year:

Screenshot: philbrewer.com

philbrewer.com: Trick or Treat?

Major Business Accomplishments
President of an international Orthodox Christian charity, Churches & hospitality units, sales exceeding £4 Million ($8 Million) annually.

  • 24 retail bookshops, 180+ employees located throughout the United Kingdom.
  • In this capacity, responsibilities included hiring, coaching and training retail store managers.
  • Developed flat world approach to management structure for flexibility and cost savings.
  • Implemented vibrant web presence.
  • Overseeing purchasing, suppliers, manufacturers.
  • Acquired redundant Churches from the Church of England. Responsible for maintaining Churches and bringing them back to use as Christian Churches for the Orthodox Church.
  • Established hospitality units for the Charity.

Flat world approach indeed. One can only hope that anyone thinking of signing up for the services of Flintdale Medical, one of Phil Brewer’s current projects, does a little research before parting with any cash…

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6 responses to “You too can own a half-price church courtesy of St Stephen the Great

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  2. Posted this on Phil Brewer’s site less than 10 minutes ago and already removed:

    I thought the UK Charity Commission had taken away all the “24 retail bookshops, 180+ employees located throughout the United Kingdom.” In fact rather than a £4 Million turnove…r isn’t the Charity the one that there was the illegal attempt to make it bankrupt through the US courts? Honesty should be the best policy as if this was a CV sent out in the UK it would be classified as an attempt at fraud.

    Also as a trained and practicing life coach who experienced Mr Brewer’s people management skills I feel sorry for anyone who is coached or mentored by him.

  3. Valiant for Truth

    Well said, Phelim, and what a maniac Phil Brewer is – lies, damn lies, but those who worked in the shops knew that within minutes of the takeover and yet it still happened. It’s so very frustrating that all sorts of fraudulent action took place while they were “trading” in the UK, but the remit of the Interim Managers cannot cover this, and who can afford a criminal hearing in this age of austerity?

  4. Anyone buying that CV will have been tricked rather than treated, I imagine. Scary!

  5. I honestly thought that I could no longer be surprised….
    Thank you to everyone who continues to fight against this outrageous deception.

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