Story: Canterbury region

Leader of the God Squad

Douglas Metcalf, the leader of the Full Gospel Mission (better known as the God Squad), explains the beliefs of the sect in a 1980 documentary. The sect was based at a Waipara commune called Camp David, which flourished from the 1970s until the late 1990s. In 1977 and 1987 the camp was raided by police, who had learned that arms were being stockpiled there. Members of the sect shunned contact with non-believers, and followed the teachings and rulings of Metcalf, who was regarded as the Messiah. His death in 1989 and later revelations about his adultery with women followers led to the collapse of the sect.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury region - Social institutions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 August 2022)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015