Head Of Princeton Church/Cult That Forces Women To Stay In Abusive Marriages And Publicly Shames Them If They Don’t, Is Running For Lights Commissioner In A Town With No Lights

Head Of Princeton Church/Cult That Forces Women To Stay In Abusive Marriages And Publicly Shames Them If They Don’t, Is Running For Lights Commissioner In A Town With No Lights

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So people keep sending us this story about a guy running for Lights Commissioner in Princeton. I have no idea what a lights commissioner is, or why Princeton needs one since their roads seem to have no lights, but nevertheless it’s an interesting story because of who the guy is that is running for the seat – Tim Cochrell.

Tim Cochrell is the “Teaching Pastor” at the Heritage Bible Church in Princeton. He moved here from Ohio in 2012, according to his bio on the church’s website:

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Darlene Parsons, who writes the North Carolina-based blog “The Wartburg Watch,” documented what this guy did to a female parishioner from Rutland named Marie Notcheva, who was being emotionally abused by her husband. Here’s what Marie was dealing with:

Marie met her former husband in Bulgaria when she was in her early 20’s. Initially he seemed congenial and affectionate, and six weeks after they first met, Marie (who is American) agreed to marry. They then agreed to move back to the United States temporarily (“for a year”). Almost as soon as they arrived in Massachusetts, Marie’s then husband began to change. What followed was a 20-year nightmare of constant verbal, emotional, and psychological torment.

Although Marie’s ex-husband never physically assaulted her, he became increasingly violent and angry over the last several years. Screaming rages; constant humiliation; false accusations and criticism – followed by his seething silently and glowering at family members for days afterwards – became a way of life for her.

Marie Notcheva, a former member of Heritage Bible Chapel in Princeton, recently left the church after pastors pressured her to reconcile with her divorced ex-husband. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / Ashley Green

Marie Notcheva, a former member of Heritage Bible Chapel in Princeton, recently left the church after pastors pressured her to reconcile with her divorced ex-husband. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE / Ashley Green

She threatened to leave him and he finally agreed to go to counseling with the church, despite the fact that the church has no certified counselors. And essentially counseling meant that two men sat in a room with abused woman and said, “you better figure out a way to fix this or you’re going to hell.” Obviously then counseling didn’t work because he reverted right back to his behavior, and she got a divorce. But she wanted to keep going to church and didn’t want the hens to start clucking about her personal business, so she reached out to Tim Cochrell to make sure everything was cool. It wasn’t:

“Eight days later, Marie’s pastors asked her to meet with them to “answer a few questions”. The meeting turned into a two-hour interrogation. The pastors’ minds were already made up before she entered the room that “abuse, even physical abuse, is never biblical grounds for divorce”. Absolutely nothing Marie said mattered to her pastors; they told her at the end of the meeting that they did not feel any abuse justified divorce.

Oh I see. So women in abusive relationships should have to stay in them because……..the Bible. Gotcha.

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After that Marie decided to leave these wackjobs and find a new church. But Tim Cochrell and crew weren’t going to allow that to happen. The Fitchburg Sentinel did a story on what happened in January:

Despite her break with the church — and even after her lawyer sent two cease-and-desist letters asking church officials to stop contacting her — she received a letter from the church’s elders that said, in part, “if you will not re-engage in conversation or repent of your own sinful response then we are called to continue to pursue you.”

“We are called to continue to pursue you.” Translation – “The Bible tells us to stalk and harass you. Now you’s can’t leave.”

There’s nothing I hate more than some bullshit, fake pastor who cites scripture to defend his own ratchet behavior. They run these tax-free entities and hide behind the cloth. But they’re just regular people. Unlike catholic priests who actually sacrifice a lot by agreeing never to have sex their entire lives, anyone can become a “pastor” of a church like this by going to online school. This guy is the Princeton version of Sarai Rivera. And he’s using his influence as a pastor to attain political office.

Finally she hired a lawyer to write them a formal cease and desist letter so they’d stop pursuing her. Nevertheless Tim Cochrell persisted:

“The covenant that you entered into when you became a member does not permit you to resign during circumstances such as these,” he responded in an email Notcheva provided to the Sentinel & Enterprise. “We hope it is plain for you to see that the reason we don’t permit resignation under duress is so that we don’t get thwarted in helping people who need help.”

Oh good, they didn’t “accept” her resignation from the church. Ya got that? A grown woman decides that she doesn’t want to go to a church where the leaders are telling her that SHE is the sinful one for not wanting to stay in an abusive relationship. Seems like a normal way to run a church.


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Oh, and they also told her in their letter that they’d all be talking shit about her if she didn’t “repent” and come back:

“According to that email to Notcheva from the church’s elders, if she did not repent church members would discuss her decision to leave and divorce from her husband with other members of the church, “which entails sharing sufficient, but not exhaustive detail of your sinful choices with our HBC membership so that they might pray for you and join us in seeking your repentance and restoration,” they wrote.”

Fuck this guy. I really, really can’t stand these fake pastors who abuse their limited power like this. It’s basically like the Mothers of the South Shore Facebook group. Give one person a small amount of power and unlimited loyalty and you’ve got yourself a cult. Because make no doubt about it – this church is a cult. Anyone who thinks this is normal is INSANE!!! There is nothing remotely normal about this. It’s no different from Scientology or any of the other bootleg religions that are designed to enrich some people by brainwashing other people. Here’a a picture the Heritage Bible Church shared on their Facebook page:

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“You BELONG to.” That’s like, the definition of cult-like behavior. You BELONG to us. You do not have the ability to leave us. We are family. You do not just come to us, you belong to us.

Wrong. Church is something you go to. If you don’t like your church then you go to a new church. It’s most definitely NOT a family. Family members don’t threaten other family members with the eternal fires of hell if they don’t obey their commands. Family members don’t encourage loved ones to stay in abusive relationships because the Bible says they have to.

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These meetings, which are common anytime someone leaves the church or a woman seeks a divorce, are known as “Matthew 18 meetings,” because they chose some obscure reference in the Gospel as proof that no one is ever allowed to leave their husband:

Notcheva referred to this as a “Matthew 18 meeting,” during which parishioners are gathered to hear the circumstances surrounding a person’s leaving the church. She recalled attending one in 2014 after a parishioner decided to leave the church after a divorce. “It’s basically a shunning,” she said. “I thought it was bizarre, and I didn’t even know what the meeting was going to be about until I got there. I walked away thinking it was so strange.”

Look, I don’t pretend to be a religious expert. But I’m pretty sure the Bible is filled with things that contradict each other. “Eye for an eye” seems to contradict “let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Just sayin.

Of course if the church really cared about defending their flock, they’d do something to protect women who are in abusive marriages. Instead she came to them with a problem and when she didn’t “obey” them, she was publicly shamed by what is basically a high school gossip group, and then told that if she tried to run away they would find her.

They also do baptisms at the church. But not the fun kind of baptisms where you take a baby in a gown and gently dip it’s head in water and oil. At the Heritage Bible Church baptisms involve fully clothed adults jump in a dunk tank surrounded by electrical equipment:

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Oh yea, that’s normal. So it’s the Church of End Times with a pool. Gotcha.

Look, I don’t pretend to care about politics in Princeton, but if you vote for this guy for light commissioner you should have your head examined. Then again, Princeton is a town that recently voted NOT to have Wifi. I’m not even kidding. It’s 2017 and the entire town of Princeton doesn’t have Wifi. It’s why Princeton is filled with old people and young people don’t wanna move there:

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So yea, it wouldn’t surprise me if this dingus ended up getting elected to the lights commission in a town that has no lights.


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37 Comment(s)
  • Sterling Turtle Rider
    May 3, 2017 at 3:28 am

    Yeah, this sounds just like Princeton. A bunch of rich out-of-towners move into giant, overpriced homes and run things. A creepy dentist pushing his wife out of a window and gets acquitted. Then this wacko running a church and stalking/harassing members who don’t want to put up with his BS anymore. The weirdos in town just might elect him.
    As always, something doesn’t seem quite right in that town, and no one really does anything about it.

  • Diane Woods emerson
    May 2, 2017 at 9:06 am

    Welcome to the internet marie.

    • May 2, 2017 at 3:07 pm

      @None, Marie didn’t walk away from Christ. She is still a Christ-follower, so no one needs to pursue her in that regard. Yes, there is suffering in living for Christ, but let that suffering be while we’re calling evil for what it is, rather than calling evil good, pretending that a man who claims to be a Christ follower really is, when in actuality he is anything but.

      When you compare Marie’s abuse to not having “sunshine and rainbows,” you minimize the cruelty she experienced. As Leslie Vernick said, there’s a difference between a disappointing marriage and a destructive marriage, and Marie’s was the latter.

      You said that the marriage covenant is unconditional, or unilateral. But resources such as the book “Unholy Charade” explain how Biblical marriage is actually a bilateral covenant that both parties are obligated to keep lest the covenant be broken. When one spouse breaks the covenant, the marriage is destroyed.

      Marie’s decision to allow for publication of harassing emails was not in order to “bring her pastors down” or “bring her church down.” It was to shine the light of truth on her situation, and not only her own, but many similar situations in which women in abusive marriages are being forced to stay with abusers. As you said, the world is seeing that women are being abused in the name of Jesus Christ. That is a horrible shame that desperately needs to be remedied.

      • Marie__71
        May 2, 2017 at 3:16 pm

        Thank you, Rebecca..

        I wrote a lengthy response a few hours ago, with numerous scriptures cited and link to references that has yet to be moderated. This is the strangest blog I’ve ever seen….wish they’d go ahead and post my response to None, as it was charitable, but rather in-depth.

        • None
          May 3, 2017 at 12:19 am

          Again, I do not want anyone to misunderstand me. The Bible doesn’t give ANYONE permission to abuse another… and certainly doesn’t expect you to be a door mat. My “sunshine and rainbows” comment was callous and flippant and for that, I apologize. It was a sarcastic way to allude to my own experience with verbal abuse. I HAVE been there. I HAVE experienced it… for eight long years. I also witnessed the incredible power of the Holy Spirit transform this person into a person I now respect and love dearly. It IS possible.

          I’m also not an idiot and I know that change isn’t possible when the abuser refuses to repent. That wasn’t any of my point, anyways. It’s really messed up, though, that my words are being twisted to make it look like I’m distorting God’s Word to blame the victim here. I was genuinely trying to offer perspective and encouragement in the face of this vicious article attacking a man of God who was earnestly trying to obey the Word of God. The only thing I can say is that I hope you’ll reconcile at the very least with whoever this pastor is, who is now being called “rapey af” among other things because you couldn’t just talk it out with him. If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge maybe established for the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

          Due diligence has not been done here. You could still gain your brother.

          • Joenne
            May 3, 2017 at 7:15 am

            @None-it is not Marie’s responsibility to lead anyone to repentance! That is the job of the Holy Spirit. Hopefully, you are not taking credit for being the one to bring your abuser to repentance! Surely, you don’t believe it was your doing.

            Marie cannot work with someone who refuses to listen, be teachable or continues to spiritually abuse her while she is working with them. It is the pastor’s responsibility to ask God and then repent. Again, it appears you are making Marie responsible for this man’s sin against her.

            The other thing that happens all too often in these cases is that when a victim tries to tell the Church what is happening, the big-wigs stop it and never let the biblical actions of Mt 18 happen! A victim’s hands are tied and seeking for the truth to be known, have to find alternative routes to get the truth out there. Very sad, but very true.

            Time to start blaming the person here, who is really to blame for all of this, the pastor, and stop blame shifting and again re-victimizing the one who has been victimized, Marie. The pastor in this and the leadership at that place hold all accountability for all of this, because they refuse to repent and the Word tells us they hold greater guilt because they are leaders. If we are going to use the Word for ammunition against the victim here, Marie, be certain you use the whole of Scripture in which case, the finger of God will be pointing at the wicked behavior of the man you defend!

            Take note, None. Ask God to let YOU know and live the truth in this situation!

      • Joenne
        May 2, 2017 at 7:28 pm

        You were more gracious than I was, Rebecca!

        It befuddles me when people think because they can quote Scripture and “believe” their interpretation to be flawless, it qualifies them to give advice to victims of abuse.

        It is like a mental health counselor who believes they can remove their patient’s appendix, with only the credentials they hold. If people refuse to educate themselves about how to actually remove an appendix and refuse to actually become medically qualified to perform such an operation, the patient is best served by having a licensed physician perform that surgery.

        The same goes for domestic abuse. “None” and the others here seem to believe they understand abuse and are qualified to give sound counsel to victims, simply because they own a Bible. But unless and until they actually become educated about the dynamics of and consequences of living in domestic abuse, and can rightly interpret and apply the Wors of God, they should put their scalpels away.

  • S
    May 2, 2017 at 8:07 am

    While abuse may not be biblical grounds for divorce, no one was advocating that an abused person stay in a home where they are being abused. They are well within their rights to be separate from their abusers until there is resolve and evidence of genuine change. A story like this is misrepresented and extremely one-sided and this woman has hurt so many people by spewing this, including her own children.

    Tim Cochrell… they don’t hate you. They hate the God in you. Keep the faith and stand steadfast in His truth.

    • Marie__71
      May 2, 2017 at 8:25 am

      I’m not the one “spewing” anything. I provided the WW (who contacted ME) and later the Sentinel with all of the correspondence (23 pages of it) between Cochrell and myself. The separation was acknowledged with a foregone conclusory reconciliation, even after the divorce was finalized. I have this in writing. There is one email from Cochrell dated May 11, 2016 in which he uses the word “reconcile” or “reconciliation” 15 times in 3 paragraphs….and a veiled reference to Matt. 18 was made if I did not comply.

      For 2 days, I have been writing back and forth with the author of this piece, trying to get it removed because of the non-sequiters and attacks made. There are also errors of fact, none of which came from me. As for hurting our family, if Cochrell had let up on his continual harassment, as BOTH I and my former husband asked him to do, none of this would ever have happened.

      • None
        May 2, 2017 at 9:08 am

        You brought this to the press? Because you didn’t get the pat on the back for leaving your husband you thought you deserved? Do not misunderstand me, you or any other woman on the planet does.not.deserve abuse of any kind. Shame on him for not loving you in a self-sacrificing way that he was commanded to. That being said, our job of being a wife doesn’t end just because our husbands are not doing their part. The world wants us to think marriage is 50/50 but it’s not. It’s 100/100 and unconditional. The restorative work that we can do in our spouses’ lives was DESIGNED by God. You and your husband could bring God glory by not losing faith in the work of the Holy Spirit. Faith is walking forward even though you can not see the end in sight. What does a man hope to gain by loving someone who is loveable? How much MORE could be gained by loving an enemy? I’m not saying you have to live with the guy! But I AM saying you said for better or worse… not for better or until I get sick of your crap.

        Marriage is meant to be the closest reflection of our relationship with God that we can have on this earth. Think of all the times we have abused and blasphemed the name of God… He doesn’t ALLOW it but He does tolerate it for the opportunity to love us through it and ultimately correct it. What a testimony it is that yet while I was still giving God the metaphorical finger, Christ died for me. The goal in any broken relationship SHOULD be reconciliation because you have a unique opportunity to bring yourself and the other person closer to Jesus.

        I’m praying for the town of Princeton and this pastoral team and their church in the wake of this article. I can’t imagine what this is doing to the families. I would very much like to pray for you and your family, too, that the Holy Spirit heal the wounds left by years of hurt and neglect and that hearts all around will soften and surrender to Christ.

        • Marie__71
          May 2, 2017 at 9:39 am

          That’s just the thing. I DIDN’T bring it to the press. The WW contacted me – after a ministry colleague attention and requested y look into it. Evidently someone wanted to do damage to my reputation in the biblical counseling world and it kind of backfired on them – this whole practice of telling women to remain in abusive marriages (while allowing, ostensibly, for separation), regardless of other party’s repentance, is problematic. Not to mention pursuing members who have already resigned (where’s THAT in the Bible?).

          This has happened in many places before, including HBC. In 2014, Tim was allegedly warned by a former elder to stop harassing a former member (a under similar circumstances as mine) because he was going to damage the reputation of HBC and risk a possible lawsuit. He ignored the warnings, and continued to operate above the law. Why do you think so many former leaders have left?

          That said, of course I agree with your statements ^ ^ about marriage. I lived this and taught it. There are details and incidents which occurred that neither the media nor members of HBC are aware of, which put the nail in the coffin of any chance of reconciliation (including a particularly fateful incident in October 2016, right about the time HBC turned up the heat on ME, not the other party). There’s much more I could say, but I was trying to keep my family out of it. Suffice to say that the condition of repentance, so vital in the reconciliation process, was rejected. 🙁

          I appreciate your comments, and your offer of prayer very much. You clearly know who I am so feel very free to call or email me. I do not appreciate the tone or motive of this article, which is all about mud-slinging and NOT about “defending” me (which I don’t need) or helping my family heal. This ended 5 months ago. It should never have been pulled back up, or used me or my family’s back-story with HBC to further some agenda that has nothing to do with us.

          And no; I was not looking for a “pat on the back for ‘leaving’ my husband”. I tried for 20 years to have a godly, Christ-honoring marriage and to help end my husband’s anger. I failed. I sought help. (The article above gets the counseling process all wrong too, an error which I pointed out to the writer). And somehow, I was then painted as the villain. Things are far more complicated than they seem on the surface, and pulling stuff out like this article does helps no one.

          • None
            May 2, 2017 at 10:31 am

            I do not know you. My heart hurts for you and cannot imagine the hurt you feel and how difficult it is living with someone who claims to have surrendered to Jesus and still treats his wife as if she were less important than him. Fortunately, we do not get our worth from our husbands. We get it from Christ. He told us to take up our cross and follow Him. The cross is humiliation and shame and abuse for His sake. The world hated him first… and the world is now looking at this and going, “See? Look at that religious crap and how it abuses women and elevates men. Yet another reason why I would never believe in this god.” When that isn’t the case at all. Women are equal to men in every way but their roles are different! We are designed to need each other because we are not a complete reflection of God on our own. I’m sorry your 20 years has not been easy. Mine hasn’t always been sunshine and rainbows either. However, Jesus TOLD us that walking with Him would be hard. Navigating this stuff IS HARD. God asks us to persue our brothers and sisters when they walk away, especially when they go under these terms because of this very situation. Your hurt wasn’t resolved and now it is spreading all over the internet for publications like this one. I can imagine the courage it took your pastor to persue you in the face of legal threats because he was commanded to. He risked his family to obey God because a family relationship with you was more important but you interpreted that as harassment because he was telling you divorce was not God’s will and you didn’t want to hear it. All you can see is your own hurt. I don’t mean to vilify you in any way here. You have every right to feel hurt and angry at someone who mistreats you. How we handle those hurts either edifies or destroys… this entire situation is only leaving destruction in its path.

            You were being dragged down for your decision to divorce your husband with unbiblical grounds and so you decided to bring your pastors down with you by submitting private information to the public. How has that helped your biblical counseling ministry? How has that helped this ministry as a whole? The media may have contacted you but it was you who decided to take your church down with it. Now the witnessing work of all of that church’s members, not just the pastors, has been absolutely crushed. I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit, though. He will use this to bring glory to God and all the good work that churches and pastors like this do out of love and commitment to His Word will continue to show the world the power of the name of Jesus.

          • Joenne
            May 2, 2017 at 4:25 pm

            You know honestly “None”, your comment is very lovely and filled with a lot of religiosity, but truly lacks sound theology in some of it and also lacks what Christ Himself said, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”. Wives are not sacrificial lambs for themselves, let alone for their husbands. Please educate yourself.

    • Joenne
      May 2, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      Ummm…excuse me “S”, but you need to read the Bible accurately. Domestic abuse is clearly grounds for divorce. Please educate yourself about abuse before you speak.

  • Diane Woods emerson
    May 1, 2017 at 6:37 pm

    Ok ed , so the former member had signs with cochrells name on them , what in his garage? I am confused. Whether he paid for them or not clearly they are not cheap and money was spent that maybe could have been donated to a needy family or ooo maybe a murder victims family. I think I might take a ride and take some photos because I live within sight of that cell tower and as an abuter I didn’t get any notice but my friend in Princeton did so again I am thinking it’s a Princeton thing. But since both Westminster and Princeton politics sucks maybe none of us besides the crowleys will benefit from a gigantic tower.

  • Marie__71
    May 1, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Dear Turtleboys & Readers:

    I am the Marie mentioned in this article. While I appreciate any attempts to expose injustice by those in authority (or spiritual abuse, in its myriad forms), this piece is ostensibly about a political bid by Cochrell, which has nothing to do with me or any of the other individuals with similar experiences at HBC.

    I was NOT contacted before this article was published, either to fact-check or be interviewed. This was in stark contrast to the Wartburg Watch and Sentinel Enterprise (the former of which learned of the situation through ministry colleagues of mine). Both produced very accurate, balanced pieces of reporting, and had access to all of the written documentation from Cochrell to me. This article, however, was not sanctioned by me and uses vulgarity and ad hominem attacks against Cochrell for an entirely different reason (and thus becomes a visual example of two wrongs not making a right).

    I would not wish the “process” HBC employs against dissenters (not only divorced women) on my worst enemy. I do know that ample attention has been brought to these problems, and leadership has been contacted by not only the media, but more importantly, other local church leaders dialoguing with them behind the scenes. I do not know if they have changed their stance. I am not privy to what is said at “secret meetings”. MAybe they have seen the error of their ways; maybe not. What I DO know is that regardless of outcome, these issues are being discussed at the church level, as they should be. My current church (as well as legal intervention) was instrumental in stopping the process, and I, unlike others before me, was never defamed. We ended it. Story over.

    While I realize once an issue becomes a matter of public knowledge it is considered “fair game” for future reporting, both the tone and the slant of this article makes both me and my family uncomfortable. There was no need to go into details of my marriage, or reasons for divorce; the comments about counseling were inaccurate (and irrelevant); baptism by immersion is normal; and my experience is being used to support an agenda that has nothing to do with me. (For all I know, Cochrell may be a great lights commissioner. I don’t even know what that is. It certainly has nothing to do with how he treats other people.)

    There seems to be a decidedly anti-Christian slant in this article, and the exegetical discussion of whether and when emotional abuse constitutes biblical grounds for divorce is far too complex to address in a secular sports blog. It is not the correct venue for it. (I have addressed that theological concept on my own blog, but I’m not sure Turtleboy is genuinely interested in that angle).

    I have emailed and private messaged this blog, respectfully asking that this particular article be removed. It is inadvertantly causing additional pain and embarrassment to myself, my children, and my former husband, as well as being a form of mud-slinging at a local candidate which has NOTHING whatsoever to do with a light commissioner public office.

    With the utmost of respect and charity, I humbly ask that you remove this article and links to it from your Facebook page. It’s just not the right way to go about making a point.

    Thank you so much in advance.

    • Extra Butter Please
      May 2, 2017 at 12:55 am

      Oh my. An impassioned plea to TBS.
      I’m popping the popcorn as I type.
      Let it rip fellas.

  • Sara
    May 1, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Turtle Boy: I’ve read other things you have read and enjoyed them but this is disgraceful reporting. Way to run with one persons side of the story who desperately wants to take this good man down. Slander with loads of false accusations. Shame on you.

    • Time to move again?
      May 2, 2017 at 1:04 am

      Oh c’mon Sara. He’s a preacher. With a questionable resume. Is this one of those priests that gets moved around due to unexplained circumstances? But, he spent a “semester” in Israel learning all about everything. Oh, that makes it OK.

      And why does Kevin Lynch attend these services? Is he finally repenting for the sins of 1992? Have you dunked him yet? If he’s scheduled, could you hold him under for an extra minute or two?

    • Joenne
      May 2, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Well Sara, if you think he is such a great man, you should probably ask for accurate Scripture interpretation from him. Good luck getting that. A great man would free a woman from any form of domestic abuse.

  • Hunter Thompson's Ghost
    May 1, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    They should join up with the church of end times, they seem similar. what a crock of shit they spew. Christians don’t coerce other christians to stay and be abused, they help them.

  • S.R.R
    May 1, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Princeton seems to be the type of creepy back woods town that makes the perfect setting for a horror movie slasher film, alien abduction….fill in the blank let your imagination run wild who knows there may be a good book that comes out of spending a day in Princeton but that’s the only good thing likely to come from this land that time forgot town. Towns like this are a magnet for charlatans like Tim Cochrell they have the perfect demographic for filth like the putrid pastor cochrell and that is the Elderly which are the most vulnerable members of society and are more likely to attend church, then you have the bored people stuck with nothing to do without Wi-Fi or street lights and isolated areas tend to attract the domestic abusers because let’s face it if you want to abuse your wife what better place to be than where no one can hear the screaming. I am sure cockroach cochrell did his research before choosing Princeton as the home for his heritage Bible cult church, and sadly Marie Notcheva went there to find peace and Hope and inspiration the strength to leave her wife beating, dirty douche bag piss poor excuse of a husband, but tragically for her all she found was a steaming pile of crap and his shit gobbling lemming followers, all of whom had nothing to offer her except bad advice and harassment. I absolutely loathe fake religious leaders like Cochrell they are the scum of the earth, they hide behind the cloak of God to take advantage of people for not only financial gain but to feel powerful that’s why this preacher of pestilence is running for commissioner of lights in a town devoid of street lights I am sure he will get a light or two put in because make no mistake about it his aspirations are higher than light commissioner next move will be a run for board of selectmen, in the meantime some one needs to watch this greedy godless goon because he will find a way to line his pockets with taxpayers dollars if he’s elected to anything!

    • Anon41
      May 1, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      LOL ‘s true about Princeton….just to point out (to pp) Marie’s ex-husband did not beat/physically abuse her; she has stated that several times and I think article mentioned it too. Not that that minimizes what she probably went through b.c.emotional abuse can be just as bad as physical, but let’s not be over-dramatic and talk about screaming and horror movies. Emotionally abused women usually don’t scream; they tend to quitly withdraw and cry themselves to sleep. Also she wasn’t from Princeton.

      The article doesn’t mention this but Marie wasn’t the only one he did that to who came forward. The media mentioned a couple other women who saved his emails ad were ready to testify angainst Cochrell for defamation too, if I remember right. One had had twin babies die and no one from the church visited to see if she was alright?

  • Ron Hubbard
    May 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Keep the donations rolling in too preacher boy.

  • paul
    May 1, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    It is Princeton. The town from the 60’s. No usable internet in 95% of the town, No cell service in 90% of the town. Crappy roads and services. The worst police department on the east coast. I have a few friends who live there and they have been trying to sell their houses for years. No one is going to move into a town with no internet or cable. Several companies over the years have tried to contract with the town but the idiots they have in town hall just put up road block after road block. there are idiots like him all over that town.

    • Raymond Coletrie
      May 1, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      I think all the people talking shit about Princeton should get their facts straight. #1) I have dsl at my house and we just signed with charter which will be 100% complete within a year.
      #2) I have service in about 98% of town on my cell phone. Maybe your ghetto boost mobile doesn’t work here!?
      #3) if your friends can’t sell their houses, they are probably double wide trailers or their realtor is mentally challenged.
      #4) the police department is amazing.
      I do happen to agree with the town hall putting up road blocks. This is by far the nicest town I have ever lived in. It’s a great community and far from creepy. We are happy that you do not live in our nice town. Get you bullshit facts straight before you talk shit.

      • ANG_GRUNT
        May 1, 2017 at 7:42 pm

        You’re the only person defending that town at this point. Don’t you realize if everyone else but you has noticed something is wrong, you should probably take a second fucking look at yourself you petty bitch

      • Fact Checker
        May 1, 2017 at 9:11 pm

        It’s probably not a good idea to start your defense of Princeton with “I have dsl at my house”. The fact that it’s 2017 and you have dsl reinforces what everyone has been saying about Princeton. The fact that you’re even commenting on the internet right now is impressive, but you might want to get off soon in case someone needs to call you.

        • BobnMic go away
          May 2, 2017 at 4:51 am

          Using DSL to connect to the internet doesn’t prevent you from using the phone while on the internet.

  • Diane Woods emerson
    May 1, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Also he looks rapey af. Just saying.

  • Diane Woods emerson
    May 1, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    The guy has plenty of money to make stupid fucking signs I see everywhere. And maybe you can check out what kind of scam they have going with the owners of the mountain because there is a huge and I sure costly cell tower in the gravel parking lot on mountain road. I thought they were providing all kinds of cell service within the town along with the wind turbine electrical, also on the mountain I think.

    • Ed
      May 1, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      You should get your facts straight the signs as your refer to were given to him by a former light board member. He didn’t buy them and no that person does not go to the church just lives in town. Also the cell tower in that parking lot is in Westminster not Princeton.

  • Maggie the Cat
    May 1, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I think in this case the guy is running to be a Commissioner of the Princeton Municipal Light Department — the town electricity supplier. I could be wrong, though. I have always been glad that I don’t live in Princeton, for a number of reasons.

    • Worcester Trapper
      May 1, 2017 at 5:19 pm

      Me too, I was glad that I moved, especially after that murder.
      Creeped me out.

  • Seriously?
    May 1, 2017 at 11:34 am

    From what I understand infant baptisms are done with the oil and water on the forehead while adult baptisms can involve full submersion in water. So that part isn’t too weird. But shame these “pastors” use a position where they can truly help someone to stroke their own ego. Almost like the city council!

    • Worcester Trapper
      May 1, 2017 at 5:15 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who found Princeton a weird town…I hated
      living there. If you’re a criminal who wants to hide, it’s the perfect
      place though!

    • Chris
      May 1, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Catholic adult baptisms are not done with full immersion.

      Catholic baptisms (in the traditional rite) are to expel the devil, hence the priest wears a purple stole for the exorcisms (1st half) and changes to the white or gold stole for the actual baptism.

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