Contributed Stories of Former Jehovah’s Witnesses

Former Jehovah’s Witnesses
Share Their Stories & Thoughts

The following excerpts are from an assortment of submitted articles by former Jehovah’s Witnesses and others that Barbara has received over the years. Many readers and others familiar with her work contact her wanting to share their personal stories, thoughts and experiences. With their permission Barbara has chosen to publish some here on this website.

If you would like your story or article to be published, please use the Contact page to send an email to Barbara.

Alan Miller (book length story)

This is the story of my lifelong spiritual journey so far without all the confusing religious doctrines included. My story is true, but some of the fine details have been changed to maintain my personal anonymity. My name is not Alan Miller; I did not grow up in the wonderful city of St. Louis necessarily. Some names and occupations have been changed for the same reason. It doesn’t affect the story whatsoever. [Read More…]

Craig Perry Mason Stevens (personal story – class project)

“Have you yourself been a victim of a hate/bias crime or incident? Have you perhaps observed a hate/bias incident, or heard about one from someone else? If so, please share your experience with the class, including the events surrounding the confrontation and the feelings you experienced while it was occurring or you were hearing about it.” That was a question that Craig was asked as part of a class project. What follows is his submission. I am pleased, with Craig’s permission, to share it with the readers of Watchtower Documents.  [Read More…]

The Langbroek Family (personal story)

I became interested in the JWs in the early 1950’s. I was still at teacher’s college in the Netherlands and belonged to the Dutch Reformed Church. In the church I had asked several times about the trinity but never received a satisfactory answer. So when the JW’s came with all the answers I was a “sitting duck.” [Read More…]

Mary Aguilar (personal story)

My name is Mary Aguilar. I was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the early 70’s and 80’s and a victim of domestic violence. My husband was a Witness too, and still is. I spoke to elders several times about his violent behavior. Their excuse was that I wasn’t doing enough. I wasn’t a good wife. I didn’t pray enough. I wondered how they knew how much I prayed. After several attempts to talk to the elders, nothing was done and I had nowhere to turn. [Read More…]

Michele Parsons (personal story)

The article regarding kidnapping sick JW children to escape court-ordered blood transfusions in the September 28, 2009 Toronto, Canada, National Post, is sickening and typical of what Jehovah’s Witnesses have done for years — forbid transfusions then deny allegations and responsibility for deaths. [Read More…]

Mary Patterson: Reasoning with Biblical Doctrines (opinion)

In the last few years, there have been numerous “adjustments” in the Watchtower organization, both for doctrines and procedures. While many readers find these revisions enlightening, there are still many brothers and sisters concerned about all these changes and what it means for Jehovah’s Witnesses. Change is never easy, especially when it comes to doctrinal changes. You can be told that something is “truth” for years – even decades – only to have it changed in one simple article. Why is it so difficult to perhaps accept that a doctrine we had long believed was based on the scriptures – turns out not to be? [Read More…]

Mary Woodard (personal story)

This is the text of a letter that took the community by storm in 1990. Even though it was penned in 1989, it became so widespread it inspired the October 8, 1991 Awake! article “Healing the Wounds of Child Abuse.” Mary is no longer a JW and the perspective given in the text is from before her leaving the Witness religion. [Read More…]

Also available is a PDF document chronicling Mary’s departure titled: A Meeting in Bethel to Exiting the Organization. [Read More…]

Caleb: Freedom From An Unsafe Haven (personal story)

Mom, my younger brother, and I were baptized on a cold day in September 1999, my final year at school. It was a day of uncertainty. I had recently gotten my unbearable bouts of depression under control, and I finally made the decision to dedicate my life to Jehovah and Jesus…and their organization. To me that day was bitter-sweet. It was a day filled with fear; fear of failure, fear of not measuring up, fear of whether what I did was right, and fear of the unknown. You see, I had a very turbulent childhood – the impact of which I only recently discovered. My mother was my everything; nature was my playground, and a dad’s acceptance was the elusive mirage I tirelessly sought. [Read More…]

David Tatro: Peculiar Terminology of the Jehovah’s Witnesses Bible and the Denial of Women Leaders (research)

The Jehovah’s Witness Bible, the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures, uses terminology that seems odd or strange to the general public. One of these peculiar terms is found at 1 Timothy 3:8, which the NWT renders: “Ministerial servants should likewise be serious, not double-tongued, not giving themselves to a lot of wine.” The Greek word that the NWT translates as “ministerial servants” is diakonoi, which literally means “servants.” Most modern Bible translations use the term deacon as it describes a ministry in the church. The Jehovah’s Witnesses apply the term “ministerial servants” to their secondary church officers. Now don’t get me wrong; the Witnesses can call their clergy any name they want to. But the term “ministerial servants” is redundant. It is almost like saying “serving servants.” [Read More…]

David Tatro: The Apostle Junia (research)

Were there women apostles in New Testament times? Though this may be a surprise to some, yes, there were. St. Paul mentions such a woman in the sixteenth chapter of his letter to the Romans. Often times Romans 16 is glossed over when reading the Bible, being treated like the cast and credits that appear at the end of a film that one quickly glances over while leaving the cinema. So it is easy to overlook Romans 16:7 (New Revised Standard Version), which says: “Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.” Was Junia an apostle? Jehovah’s Witnesses and some Fundamentalist groups say no! [Read More…]

Lester Kite (personal story)

I was a “born in.” My father and mother got the “truth” very shortly before I was born 44 years ago. They were very young parents but both took to the teachings of the WTS very easily. My father made ministerial servant grade and became an elder when the arrangement was started early in the 1970s. [Read More…]

Paul M: Where Did It All Go Wrong? (personal story)

Hi, my name is Paul M_______ and I’m an ex-Jehovah’s Witness. By the end of this sorry tale I hope to be an ex-ex-Jehovah’s Witness. But not yet. I’m 40 years old later this year and happily married for 11 years now to Samantha. We have two boys – aged 4 and 2. We’re from the UK but currently find ourselves at the edge of the world and all of Western civilization about 50 yards from the Pacific Ocean in Hermosa Beach, LA. My story begins in Glasgow, Scotland – naturally my parents figured in this so let’s start with them. [Read More…]