Gordon Winrod

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Gordon Winrod (born December 30, 1926), is a Christian Identity minister who is serving 30 years prison term for abducting six of his grandchildren in 1994 and 1995.[1][2] Winrod was also ordered to pay up $26 million after two of his grandchildren brought suit against him.[3]


He was born on December 30, 1926 to Gerald Burton Winrod.

Winrod attended Lutheran Christian Day School, grades 1 through 8, finished high school at Hesston High School in Hesston, Kansas,[citation needed] and attended St. John's Lutheran College in Winfield, Kansas.

Winrod served in the U.S. Maritime Service and the U.S. Navy from January 1945 until August 1948. Winrod married Genevieve Ann Dicke in Topeka, Kansas in 1948. They have eleven children.

Winrod graduated from Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in 1955; and he served as pastor of Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod congregations in San Antonio, Texas, and in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Winrod began publishing The Winrod Letter in April, 1960.

He moved to Gainesville, Missouri in 1965 and established Our Savior's Independent Christian congregation.


The Anti-Defamation League says that Winrod is an anti-Jewish propagandist. Winrod openly attacks Jews and Judaism in his writings. Winrod describes Jews as child-molesting perverts who hate God, practice the religion of Satan, run a "Secret Jewish World Government of anti-Christ", and says that the Jews have butchered, burned and bled Christians (drinking warm Christian blood) down through the centuries.[4]


  1. ^ "Appeals court upholds conviction for anti-Semitic preacher". Associated Press. January 18, 2002. 
  2. ^ "Judge sentences supremacist pastor in abduction of grandchildren". Associated Press. March 19, 2001. 
  3. ^ "Minister to Pay $26M for Abduction". Associated Press. May 4, 2002. 
  4. ^ "The Winrod Legacy of Hate". Anti-Defamation League. 2000. Retrieved 2007-12-26. 

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