Category Archives: NTCC

RW Davis, founder and leader of the New Testament Christian Church, dies

By Bruce A. Smith The Mountain News received a report this week that RW Davis, the controversial leader of the New Testament Christian Church, died this week. The NTCC is headquartered in Graham, Washington, and locally the congregation is known … Continue reading

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Update on Kelly Merz – an interview with his brother, Keith Merz

  By Bruce A. Smith  Last week, Keith Merz, the brother of convicted murderer Kelly Merz, contacted the Mountain News and shared personal information that he felt was missing from our initial reportage.

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Former NTCC lay pastor convicted of homicide and sexual violations

by Bruce A. Smith Kelly Merz, 51, has been convicted of First Degree Murder in the shooting death of his roommate, Cori Lewis, on September 11, 20011, the Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office announced this week.

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Top Mountain News Stories of 2011

~ 1.  The Mountain News-WA launches on February 7, 2011 After months of planning and preparations, the Mountain News-WA flickered into life upon our computer screens with our first posting on February 7.  Eleven months later we’ve reached 100,000-plus hits and posted 230 … Continue reading

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Former NTCC church worker convicted on child rape charges

by Bruce A. Smith  Michael Fontenot, a former lay minister of the New Testament Christian Church in Graham, and also a part-time choir leader and the former publisher of the church’s pamphlet, The Trumpet, has been convicted on child rape … Continue reading

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A deeper look at the South Hill – Graham homicide: a profile of Cori Lewis

  Although the homicide of Cori Lewis has triggered an enormous interest in the life of her confessed murderer, Kelly Merz, very little is actually known about the deceased.

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The New Testament Christian Church of Graham: an overview

by Bruce A. Smith  A look inside the “church behind the fence”  Across a sloping field along the Orting-Kapowsin Highway in Graham sprawls the world headquarters of the New Testament Christian Churches of America, Inc.  Embracing an old-fashioned style of religion … Continue reading

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Update on Lewis homicide: Shooter had strong ties to Graham

  While very little information is known about Cori Lewis, the woman whose body was found last Monday buried in a shallow grave in Graham, more is known about her assailant, Kelly Merz and much of it is disturbing.

Posted in Cops and courts, Culture, Graham News, NTCC, South Hill | 21 Comments