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Ministry Accused of Ignoring Fatal Threats

WATERLOO, Ill. (CN) - Joyce Meyer Ministries has been changed to a defendant, from a respondent in discovery, in a wrongful death civil suit. The family of Sheri Coleman claims the ministry violated its own computer policies and failed to investigate threats. Police say Chris Coleman strangled his wife, Sheri, 31, and sons Garett, 11, and Gavin, 9, in their beds in May.

At the time, Chris Coleman, who once made $100,000 a year as a security manager for Meyer Ministries, allegedly was having an affair with Sheri's friend in Florida.

The Ministry allegedly failed to investigate threats made to Chris Coleman's family. Between Nov. 14, 2008 and May 5, 2009, Joyce Meyer Ministries received multiple death threats to Chris Coleman's family because of his security role with the ministry, but Joyce Meyer Ministries never investigated the threat, the complaint states. Police say Chris Coleman made the threats.

Jack Carey, an attorney representing Sheri Coleman's family, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the ministry also knew about the affair; he did not elaborate how it knew. That accusation is not in the documents filed with the Monroe County Court.

Joyce Meyer Ministries is based in Fenton, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. Known throughout the world, it reported $124 million in revenue and other support in 2006.

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