In a recent development, a woman, identified as Jane Doe by The Roys Report, has come forward with serious allegations against the founder of the International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC), Mike Bickle.
According to Jane Doe, Bickle engaged in a relationship with her when she was 19 and he was 42, using Scripture to woo her.
The alleged incidents took place from 1996 to 1999, during which Bickle financially supported her, provided her with an apartment, and engaged in various sexual activities with her, stopping short of intercourse.
The revelation comes amid an ongoing investigation by IHOPKC into “serious allegations, including sexual immorality,” made by multiple women against Bickle. The organization has acknowledged the credibility of one claim but emphasized the need for evidence to support the allegations. In response to Jane Doe’s accusations, IHOPKC’s executive leadership team stated that they have not been presented with any substantiating evidence and emphasized the presumption of innocence until evidence suggests otherwise.
According to Jane Doe, her connection with Bickle began when she moved to Kansas City in 1996 to work as his intern. She recounts feeling a connection with Bickle’s faith, describing a moment when he prophesied that she was his Esther, drawing parallels to the biblical story of David and Esther. However, as their relationship progressed, Jane Doe alleges that Bickle repeatedly told her that his wife, Diane, would die, and they would eventually get married.
The accuser claims to have shared her allegations with IHOPKC previously, and her story aligns with a joint statement by Dwayne Roberts, Brian Kim, and Wes Martin, former members of IHOPKC, who confronted the organization about allegations spanning several decades. They assert that the allegations of clergy sexual abuse by Bickle are credible and long-standing, based on the collective testimony of multiple victims.
The former IHOPKC members claim that they attempted to address the issue with Bickle directly, following biblical principles, but were rebuffed. They allege that Bickle used his position of leadership to intimidate, manipulate, and discredit the victims.
IHOPKC, in their “Report on Initial Findings,” identified five of the alleged victims, but found the evidence thin in three cases, with one victim refusing to communicate with the ministry’s attorneys. The only case deemed credible predates the founding of IHOPKC and is represented by attorney Boz Tchividjian, founder of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment).
While IHOPKC initially considered hiring GRACE to investigate the allegations, they cite Tchividjian’s representation of the alleged victim as a conflict of interest. The organization also expresses concern over the Advocate Group associated with the allegations, accusing them of making demands and threats.
IHOPKC remains committed to verifying the remaining allegations and is in communication with third parties to assist in the investigation. They request patience from the public, emphasizing the importance of uncovering the truth in this complex and sensitive matter.