John 444 sends in this email:
Hi JP and Justin,
After Anna's post in the "Odds 'n' Ends" thread, I visited Amazon.com and looked up Frank Damazio to see what kind of books he's written. When I saw Frank's book "The Gate Church", I remembered hearing him preach about "gate churches" at the Shiloh Equipping the Prophetic Conference in Kansas City at Metro Christian Fellowship Church in November 1999. My wife Karen attended with me and remembers Frank as well.
Frank's message wasn't consistent with the overall theme of the conference, which was for teaching about the gift of prophecy, and so I forgot about Frank and his message, although if memory serves, there was a 'prosperity/blessings' flavor to it. The basis of his message as I recall, was relating Jacob's ladder to churches, and how us and the angels would ascend / descend the ladder to heaven, carrying blessing of one form or another. I attended a few conferences at MCF in KC between 1999 and 2002, and only recall seeing Frank the once. Can't say I was looking for him, but given my initial impression that Frank wasn't on the same page as the other speakers (Mike Bickle, Paul Cain, Kingsley Fletcher, Rick Joyner, Graham Cooke, etc.), I assume Frank wasn't asked back.
Though Frank's message was forgettable, there is one lasting memory I have of my encounter with him in KC, and that is how Frank spent several minutes telling the audience about the 4 (I believe) intercessors he takes with him when he travels. He pointed them out in the front row at the conference, and said during the entire trip, their job was to pray for him, even while he was preaching. I'm sure it was intended to impress us, but it bugged me in that it seemed 'self important' and puffed up. Why announce that? It seemed extravagant. I can understand traveling with someone to keep company, his wife or a close male colleague, but 4 intercessors? Couldn't they intercede for Frank from Portland while he was in KC?
I'm left wondering if taking intercessors with him is a junket kind of thing as a reward for faithful butt-kissing?
The only problem I have with this story is the timeframe. I'm fairly certain that in November of 1999 Frank was busy preaching the Faith Harvest message to me and my friends at City Bible Church. Oh well, could have been a guest speaker that week.