WayDale has received
several independent communications reporting that Tom & Barbara Lally have
(as of last week) ended their association with The Way International.
We do not know the
specific reasons that led to their decision, but are of the opinion that this
decision is related to the recent revelations about the personal conduct of
certain Way trustees as alleged in the Allen lawsuit.
It is being reported that
the Lallys have changed their telephone number since their departure and they
appear to have "gone underground."
At time time of the
filing of the Allen lawsuit, TWI had eleven (possibly twelve) Region
coordinator couples situated through-out the USA whose responsibility was to
direct the efforts of the state coordinators (Limb coordinators) and branch
coordinators. Region coordinators are as high a position as one can attain in
The Way's leadership hierarchy with the exception of the US trunk
coordinator or Way trustee status.
As recent as 1½ years
ago, Martindale presented the Lallys and other Region coordinators and called
them the "finest leaders in the ministry." Today, at least 25% of
those same region coordinators have chosen to walk away from Martindale and not
support him and his actions.
Since April 2000, three
sets of Region coordinator couples have now ceased their association with
In addition to this high
level departure, many other high ranking leaders have left TWI, including the
Limb coordinators of Idaho,
numerous branch coordinators and hundreds of rank and file Way followers. It is
believed that The Way now numbers as few as 4000 followers nationwide.
Two months ago, it was reported
that the Lallys had requested that their assignment be changed from Region
coordinators to Branch coordinators for the Austin, TX.
branch. It was reported that they wanted to establish secular careers and could
not do so as Region coordinators. At the time, some in the ex-Way community
speculated that this was a "moving towards the door" on the part of
the Lallys in preparation for their total departure.
The Austin, TX
branch has approximately 35 followers.
Tom and Brenda Mullins
have taken over as Region coordinators. The region is comprised of the states
of Texas, Arkansas,
WayDale has received
several reports concerning the Lally's departure from TWI. It seems (based on
reports received) that the Lallys were planning on moving to a new residence
and had enlisted the help of the Austin,
TX Way followers in facilitating
One day before the move
was supposed to happen, the Austin
Way followers received word from the Lallys that
their help was not needed. When they went to the Lally's house to discover what
was going on, they found that the residence was empty and that the Lallys were
Further, it was
discovered that the house/apartment that the Lallys had planned on moving in to
was also empty. It seems that Tom & Barbara have decided to
"vanish" leaving TWI with no forwarding address or telephone number.
WayDale will report more
on this story if and when we get more news.