Roy Gillaspie Explained

Dr. Roy E. Gillaspie, was a Christian Identity preacher from Bellflower, California who is noted as being one of three Christian Identity ministers who ordained Arnold Murray[1], pastor of the Shepherd's Chapel in Gravette, Arkansas.

Church of Jesus Christ

Roy Gillaspie was the pastor of the Church of Jesus Christ, a white supremacist church located in Bellflower, California under the umbrella of Soldiers of the Cross (see the discussion page on Soldiers of the Cross), which was founded by former Communist party member turned Christian, Oliver Kenneth Goff (see The Encyclopedia of White Power, pg. 120). The Church of Jesus Christ was a small group of Christian Identity congregations with locations in California and Arkansas. The Gravette, Arkansas branch was pastored by Arnold Murray and was the precursor to Shepherd's Chapel[2] [3] As noted in Murray's "Answer to Critics", Gillaspie is described as "a beloved teacher of God's Word".

Notable Christian Identity Associates

In the sixties, Gillaspie served as an adviser to the Christian Defense League which was founded by Wesley Swift. Through this organization Gillaspie forged ties with other notable Christian Identity preachers such as Bertrand Comparet, Richard Girnt Butler, former leader of the Aryan Nations and national director of the Christian Defense League.[4]

According to The Global Minority Report, Thomas Robb, national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, received his doctorate through independent study with Dr. Gillaspie and later worked for a short time in Gillaspie's ministry in Bellflower, California.


Dr. Gillaspie was the editor of Memo U.S.A.,[5] a religious newsletter that covered topics such as Communism and conspiracy theories. In his writings, Gillaspie states that "God was the first segregationist" and that Satan "committed adultery with mother Eve" resulting in a hybrid seed of the serpent.[6] (see serpent seed doctrine.)

Gillaspie also published Everything After its Kind (A new and critical study of the origin of the Negro, according to Holy Scriptures), written by Keen Polk.[7]

Notes and References

  1. Secret Identity: Televangelist Preaches Questionable Theology
  2. Secret Identity: Televangelist Preaches Questionable Theology
  3. Church of Jesus Christ (Gravette, Ark.). (1978). Ephemeral materials. Wilcox Collection of Contemporary Political Movements. (Call Number: RH WL Eph 639)
  4. "Hate" Trial Newsletter, Memo U.S.A, April-May 1964, Right wing collection of the University of Iowa Libraries
  5. listing for Memo U.S.A.
  6. " Immigration vs. Integration", Memo U.S.A, Volume 5, Issue 1, Right wing collection of the University of Iowa Libraries
  7. listing - Everything After its Kind