New details emerging about church connection to Scranton


SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) New details are emerging about the controversial Church of Bible Understanding.

As Eyewitness News previously reported, the Church of Bible Understanding owns, or is connected to 12 properties in Lackawanna County. All but one are in the City of Scranton.

The church also owns the orphanage in Haiti that burned last week killing 15 children. The investigation is ongoing and church officials have not been accused of wrongdoing in connection with the fire.

The I-Team filed a right to know request with the City of Scranton to find out if any of the properties owned by the church locally had any code or safety violations. Thursday, a response to that request showed that 9 of the properties including the Olde Good Things antique store on Gilligan Street were in good standing.

Back in 2013, however, city inspectors found minor problems with a rear deck of a property owned by the church. Eyewitness News paid a visit to that property earlier in the week in search of the church’s principal officer, Timothy McAndrews and the church’s secretary, Tarah McAndrews.

A woman who answered the door identified herself as Linda McAndrews, the wife of Timothy and mother of Tarah. McAndrews said her husband and daughter were in Haiti.

City inspectors who visited the home nearly seven years ago found no major problems but documents confirm that Timothy McAndrews lived at the home during those inspections. His signature appears on the paperwork and his name is listed on an inspector’s summary of a chimney inspection.

Eyewitness news reached out to a church spokesperson on Thursday. We have not heard back.

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