Stanton COC In The News
Stanton prefers to fly under the radar of public awareness, avoiding the media, advertising, building signage, even church websites. But there have been a few occasions where the sect was covered by news media. I’ll index those here. If you find others, please leave them in the comments.
- Changing the Call : To the Frustration of Family and Friends, Stanford’s Leon Vickers Trades a Possible NFL Career for Role With a Controversial Church
OCT. 8, 1994 — Leon Vickers couldn’t have been a better high school football player. As a linebacker at Garden Grove Rancho Alamitos in 1992, he was all-league, all-county, all-state and All-American.
Last fall, Vickers took his honors and his rock-solid, six-foot, 210-pound frame to Stanford, where he started one game at outside linebacker as a freshman; by spring practice, he had moved himself into a full-time starting position at safety. Read More
OCT. 18, 1994 — When the Stanford football coaches evaluated their defense before this season, they felt especially good about their starting strong safety, 19-year-old Leon Vickers.He had played sparingly in 1993 as a freshman, but proved he was a hard hitter. His teammates considered him one of the most vicious tacklers on the squad.But Vickers hasn’t played a single game for Stanford this season. He left school to continue his involvement in a religious sect, and his mother, Nancy Vickers, claims that Leon is a victim of mind control. Read More
- Looking Back
PRESCOTT, Ariz. OCT. 20, 1998 — It has been more than four years since Leon Vickers shocked his family and friends by walking away from a free Stanford education and a possible NFL career for a life devoted to serving God. Vickers, now 23 and living in this quiet mountain town 100 miles northwest of Phoenix, fills his days with work as an apprentice electrician and his nights with church-related activities for the Church of Christ, a strong fundamentalist sect. Read More
- Potential for a Rerun : David Vickers Could Surpass Brother, Who Gave Up Football for Church
GARDEN GROVE, Calif. SEP. 15, 1995 — As Nancy Vickers waited for her youngest son, David, to begin his first full football season on Rancho Alamitos’ varsity, she couldn’t help but think of her oldest son, Leon. She tried selling programs before the opener against Troy, but the scene was too familiar, the emotions too intense.
Five years ago, Nancy Vickers watched Leon begin his varsity career under circumstances strikingly similar to those of last Thursday night. Leon, like David, made the varsity as a sophomore and played linebacker and fullback. Leon went on to become a high school All-American at Rancho Alamitos and earn a scholarship to Stanford. But after one season at Stanford, he gave up his football career and a scholarship so he could devote more time to his church, the Church of Christ. Read More