Deputies: Sunset Man Dead After Fight With Stepson

Mar 24, 2010 Full story: WHNS 30

A Sunset man was killed during a fight with his stepson late Tuesday night, Pickens County deputies said.

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Anon

Nashville, TN

#1 Apr 3, 2010
Did you know that Pastor Johnny Mcgill of the Victorious Valley girls home located in Sunset ran off with one of the girls there and left his family and plans to get a divorce from his wife to marry the girl he left with. The strange thing is that the website still has his picture on the front like he is still there and they still have these plans to build a big church building. I thought the home was supposed to help children not build big church buildings. I guess they have to keep the money coming in any way they can.
Prayer sister

United States

#2 Feb 13, 2011
I'm so glad that God didn't say the same thing about David...(or us for any of our secret sins we didn't get caught in) And it's a sad person whose only concern is the money, what about His wife, children or those girls? They have lost alot. If she can still love him and forgive him than what right have you to judge. Yes what he did was wrong, but he needs our love and prayers not judgment. And Im glad that they are
building, they are much stronger than many of us would be in the same situation.
God bless his family. We are praying for you.
Diana

Jersey City, NJ

#3 Apr 18, 2012
I was in this home back in 2002. This is the first I've heard of this though I am on the group page and heard something happened to him, but not what! Might I ask how you found out about this? As far as money goes they sure lived extravegantly building a very nice house for themselves (and yes money should've went to further the ministry rather than the two story house they made) I watched it get built so I do know...
Diana

Jersey City, NJ

#4 Apr 18, 2012
Anon wrote:
Did you know that Pastor Johnny Mcgill of the Victorious Valley girls home located in Sunset ran off with one of the girls there and left his family and plans to get a divorce from his wife to marry the girl he left with. The strange thing is that the website still has his picture on the front like he is still there and they still have these plans to build a big church building. I thought the home was supposed to help children not build big church buildings. I guess they have to keep the money coming in any way they can.
I was in that home how did you hear bout this!
Christi

Scott Depot, WV

#5 May 30, 2012
I was in that home as well. One thing I learned very well is... who am I to judge???? Johnny McGill may have made mistakes.... obviously, but who am I or you for that matter to judge. He was a very big part in saving my life. I will always be there for him and/or anyone associated with that home. I understand that there are many "bad" group homes out there. But, please understand that this is not one of them. I have watched them sacrifice everything to help save just one girl and multiple times over. Please, make sure you show both sides to this story.
Anonymous

Easley, SC

#6 Jun 11, 2012
Christi wrote:
I was in that home as well. One thing I learned very well is... who am I to judge???? Johnny McGill may have made mistakes.... obviously, but who am I or you for that matter to judge. He was a very big part in saving my life. I will always be there for him and/or anyone associated with that home. I understand that there are many "bad" group homes out there. But, please understand that this is not one of them. I have watched them sacrifice everything to help save just one girl and multiple times over. Please, make sure you show both sides to this story.
i'm a concerned dad with a 14 year old rebel daughter. considered victorious valley homes and want to talk to ladies who have been there...please help
Who girl

Phoenix, AZ

#7 Jun 15, 2012
I was in the home almost 15 years ago. I have no regrets about being there. It was a great place to be and taught me many good things. I know the home has expanded over the years. I feel kind of sad about that. I feel like its a business now. People can say what they like about Bro. MCGill, but he was a special person and he truly cared and made that place a home. Susan on the other hand can be hard to deal with. She can be very cunning, and i never understood how he tolerated hert. Thw good news is I don't think she is that involved with the ministry anymore. this probably is the best gourmet out there. Your daughter will be well taken care of and treated very well. It's a beautigul place in the mountains!!!
valkyrielaw wrote:
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i'm a concerned dad with a 14 year old rebel daughter. considered victorious valley homes and want to talk to ladies who have been there...please help
momofff

Wildwood, GA

#8 Sep 23, 2012
Who started such a rumor about Johnny running off with a girl from there, where are you getting your rumor from, when you run your mouth and spread rumors be sure you can back it up with facts, this is a friend of the family, the devil will ruin anything it can even a place that has and continues to help children in need.
Joyce

United States

#9 Oct 25, 2012
I was in this home for 3 years and if I didnt go, I guarantee I would have died, in jail or on the streets. Bro. Johnny and Mrs. Susan sacrificed their lives and childrens lives to saving young girls. They built a big church but guess what they take in MORE children. While I was there my mom could not provide for me and they provided EVERYTHING I needed! Yes they also built a big two story house for THEIR FAMILY! As a mother of three girls I cannot imagine being called to open a childrens home while raising 3 girls!! And they did a great job raising them! IF YOU ASK ME THEY DESERVE ALOT MORE FOR SAVING MY LIFE AS WELL AS THOUSANDS OF OTHERS <3
leonard jonck

South Africa

#10 Dec 19, 2012
Amen for the life testimonies of you girls, the devil will always creep in! The internet will always be more bad then good. Since I got saved the only music I listen to that's not hymns is your music, which has helped me a lot coming from a wicked lifestyle! May the Pastor be blessed and build a 3 story house .
whitney

Charlotte, NC

#11 Dec 29, 2012
I lived at the home several years ago. The whole thing was an entire scam. Mr and mrs McGill never once spoke to me personally. We very rarely saw them. They do NOT run the home. All their little paid workers run the home. They live in a huge, beautiful house across the pond. They and all their children drive brand new cars. They live way more extravagantly than anyone running a nonprofit should live. They do not have jobs so all of this was being paid for my donations people were making. On the VERY rare occasion that they ate in the dining hall with us, they always ate steaks and such while all the girls ate pinto beans. This place was an absolute hell hole. They treated us all like dirt. It is purely a scam to make money and not have to work. I still have nightmares about the things I saw and heard at this place. I will not go into the details of the horrible things that happened on here. If you would like to know I will gladly send you a private message. FYI, the place has been shut down twice by Social Services. It's public record; look it up. Since leaving the home, I have graduated college with honors and am one year away from graduating from law school. Once I finish my degree, I would love to attempt to shut that place down. Oh, and yes, he did run away with one of the workers there. I read it on their actual website a few years back. They said they pray they he will return to their family. This is just further proof that this place was never a legitimate organization.
Anon

Grand Prairie, TX

#12 Jan 5, 2013
momofff wrote:
Who started such a rumor about Johnny running off with a girl from there, where are you getting your rumor from, when you run your mouth and spread rumors be sure you can back it up with facts, this is a friend of the family, the devil will ruin anything it can even a place that has and continues to help children in need.
It's not a rumor. Mrs. McGill posted the details herself on the website in the days and weeks after it happened. She just removed them later, for whatever reason.
Former girl from the home

Scott Depot, WV

#13 Jan 17, 2013
To Whitney,

If their girls have the nicest cars and they have the biggest mansion--- good for them. Because I was there when those same daughters all gave up their bedrooms and squeezed into one small room so they could take more girls. That family has sacrificed more than you could ever imagine because they care. It isn't just a job for them. They didn't have to open up their home and deal with the troubled teens of america... we all know--- none of us were fun to deal with at first.

As the saying goes- the proof is in the pudding. You went to college and graduated afterwards--- another successful story- as did I and many other teens who would never have made it that far without their sacrifice.

I am one of the original girls of the home.... when we had the double closed in garage with bunks everywhere... the porta potty at night... the one bathroom... but we learned to do something we weren't used to... which was to share and to sacrifice and we learned by example. Shame on Brother Johnny who was suppose to lead by example. However, Mrs. Susan and everyone else associated with the home did not waver for a second.

Just goes to show that none of us are exempt from falling into temptation.

I would hate to think that a parent of a troubled girl would read some of these comments and turn away from sending their child there. I truly believe that if I had not gone many years ago... I would not be alive today.
whitney_j0508

Charlotte, NC

#14 Jan 18, 2013
That place had nothing to do with how successful I am today. I was top of my class when I was dragged out of my high school at 16 to be put in that home. I was not a troubled teen. I had never drank alcohol, done drugs, ran away, ect. I was an awesome kid who never got in trouble. Social services pulled me from my house and instead of a foster home they let my parents place me at this home for a year. Once out, I continued to succeed in SPITE of the treatment I was given there.
If Susan cared so much she would have spoken to me once in the year I was there.
For the first month you are there, you are not allowed to speak. Can you imagine not speaking for a month? It's torture! You always have to be within arms length of your "buddy". For an entire year I had not one moment alone. They even stood there while I used the bathroom. And you have to eat what they give you...no more, no less. There were nights I got a tiny little salad (always with expired Catalina dressing) and my stomach would growl all night. And then another night they would give you a plate overflowing with pasta, a baked potato, and bread. I remember standing over the trash can throwing up crying begging them not to make me eat it all. I'm only 100 lbs!!!! They would still make me. Just a few examples. I didn't deserve this. I was an innocent kid! I'm glad some of you had a good experience but I did not. At 25, I still wake up in a cold swear and tears thinking I'm back there. I love God and I still pray and go to church faithfully. But this place has God nowhere near it in my opinion.
Christina45

Excelsior Springs, MO

#15 Feb 24, 2013
Former girl from the home wrote:
To Whitney,
If their girls have the nicest cars and they have the biggest mansion--- good for them. Because I was there when those same daughters all gave up their bedrooms and squeezed into one small room so they could take more girls. That family has sacrificed more than you could ever imagine because they care. It isn't just a job for them. They didn't have to open up their home and deal with the troubled teens of america... we all know--- none of us were fun to deal with at first.
As the saying goes- the proof is in the pudding. You went to college and graduated afterwards--- another successful story- as did I and many other teens who would never have made it that far without their sacrifice.
I am one of the original girls of the home.... when we had the double closed in garage with bunks everywhere... the porta potty at night... the one bathroom... but we learned to do something we weren't used to... which was to share and to sacrifice and we learned by example. Shame on Brother Johnny who was suppose to lead by example. However, Mrs. Susan and everyone else associated with the home did not waver for a second.
Just goes to show that none of us are exempt from falling into temptation.
I would hate to think that a parent of a troubled girl would read some of these comments and turn away from sending their child there. I truly believe that if I had not gone many years ago... I would not be alive today.
i waz also an origional girl in the hoe..name christina... i was there b4 they even bought the home in sunset and we were in the fatmhouse in spartanberg area...
Christina45

Excelsior Springs, MO

#16 Feb 24, 2013
whitney_j0508 wrote:
That place had nothing to do with how successful I am today. I was top of my class when I was dragged out of my high school at 16 to be put in that home. I was not a troubled teen. I had never drank alcohol, done drugs, ran away, ect. I was an awesome kid who never got in trouble. Social services pulled me from my house and instead of a foster home they let my parents place me at this home for a year. Once out, I continued to succeed in SPITE of the treatment I was given there.
If Susan cared so much she would have spoken to me once in the year I was there.
For the first month you are there, you are not allowed to speak. Can you imagine not speaking for a month? It's torture! You always have to be within arms length of your "buddy". For an entire year I had not one moment alone. They even stood there while I used the bathroom. And you have to eat what they give you...no more, no less. There were nights I got a tiny little salad (always with expired Catalina dressing) and my stomach would growl all night. And then another night they would give you a plate overflowing with pasta, a baked potato, and bread. I remember standing over the trash can throwing up crying begging them not to make me eat it all. I'm only 100 lbs!!!! They would still make me. Just a few examples. I didn't deserve this. I was an innocent kid! I'm glad some of you had a good experience but I did not. At 25, I still wake up in a cold swear and tears thinking I'm back there. I love God and I still pray and go to church faithfully. But this place has God nowhere near it in my opinion.
whitney i remember those days and im glad we survived it
Diana C

Shawnee, OK

#17 Apr 16, 2013
To Whitney:
First the only person deserving of the word Awesome is my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Please understand that I am not in anyway trying to be unkind but for you to say you were an awesome kid, that is being just a might bit prideful. To say you were innocent is a might bit prideful. You state you NEVER got in trouble and NEVER drank, smoked, did drug, etc. Normally children such as you describe yourself to be are not taken from their homes and placed in a home that helps girls unless there is a reason. I have several years of Social Service work and never have I ever seen a child remove from a home and put in a home that is for those in trouble that would otherwise be in jail. When social services removes a child from their home it is for the protection of the child at which time they place them in foster care or family member if possible, but not is a home that is for those that have been in trouble. Therefore I find your accusations to be not at all true.
gcg

Pine Bluff, AR

#18 Jul 8, 2013
I truly don"t know anything of what happened with Pastor Johnny McGill, but I can tell you one thing that he could not be to bad or they would of closed down the home long before now. The girls that have come out from that home seem to of made something of their life's after they have left, and have very good things to say about the home as well and the staff and these girl from the home do not seem to be in any kind of fear when talking to them. I'm sorry to hear that you have a bad taste in your mouth about the home, but it sounds more of a anger problem towards your family than the Pastor and the staff of the home.
Morgan

Murrysville, PA

#19 Jul 19, 2013
Diana wrote:
<quoted text> I was in that home how did you hear bout this!
Diana I was in this home too!! With u I'm pretty sure! I remember you...that's crazy!!!
kristen

Greenville, SC

#20 Aug 15, 2013
hey I think I was in the home with you Morgan and you Diana!!

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