“The Grave Robbers” Christian Goth ministry website is currently still up, but I am still archiving its contents here, so that it is archived for the future in case the website ever vanishes.
Christian Goths Do Exist!
The Grave Robbers Ministry
- Reach out to the Goth community with the love of Jesus Christ.
- Provide an exciting and God honouring environment to connect with other Christian Goths around the world.
- Reach out to the people in our community that are outside the family of God and love them into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
- Help our Goth brothers and sisters to grow spiritually in their walk with Christ.
- We are God’s Night Watch.
WHAT IS A GRAVE ROBBER?
Why is the ministry called the Grave Robbers?
Once you open up your heart and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you have been brought from death and given new life. You have the chance to become a grave robber for Christ by bringing life to a dying world. You are one of two things: a grave robber or an attendee at a funeral–Will you rob graves for Him or watch them die?
- We believe that there is one God, who is eternally existent in three persons: the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit.
- We believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
- We believe that you have been created in God’s image, therefore you are deserving of our respect. Regardless of what you have ever done, God’s grace is greater, and can bring you cleansing, forgiveness, and freedom from guilt and despair.
- We believe that you can find true meaning for your life no matter how long you have struggled with pain, sorrow, and problems. You can grow in the Lord and improve your life.
- We believe that God made every person unique.
The Grave Robber’s Ministry has a special team of prayer warriors called the Mourners. A prayer warrior is a Christian who prays continually and effectively for others in the manner of praying taught in Scripture. Therefore, prayer warriors pray to Father God (Matthew 6:9) in the power of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:16 ; Jude 1:20) and in the name of Jesus (John 14:13). To be a warrior in prayer is to engage in the spiritual battle and fight the good fight of faith wearing the full armour of God, praying in the Spirit for all prayer requests. All Christians are to be prayer warriors, but there are some people who have been called by God to pray as their special ministry. Prayer warriors have a heart for God, a heart for prayer, a heart for people, and a heart for Christ’s church. We should pray continually and trust that God answers each prayer according to His perfect will and in His perfect timing.
All of the Grave Robbers, including the staff, are volunteers. They have given one of their most precious resources and gifts: their time. Although our team is scattered in many locations around the globe, we are thankful for each and every one of them. Whether they are our prayer warriors, volunteer at events, or going into their Goth communities to reach out to our Goth family, they are all part of God’s plan for his larger purpose. Small things done with great love can change the world.
WHAT IS GOTH?
Jillian Venters, the Lady of the Manners, does an excellent job of answering the question, “What is Goth?”.
WHAT GOTH IS NOT?
Leah Mouse does an excellent job of answering the question, “What Goth is Not?”.
CAN A GOTH BE A CHRISTIAN?
One of the most frequently asked questions that our ministry gets on a regular basis is “Can a person be a Goth and a Christian?”. Our answer is always the same. “Yes, Jesus died for everyone, even Gothic people.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”John 3:16
Barb Alsip Kidd
Grave Robber, Barb Alsip Kidd, went to be with Jesus on August 24, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Not only was she a Grave Robber, but she, along with her husband, Roy Kidd, were heavily involved in the Hope over Heroin Ministry in Cincinnati, Ohio. She had six wonderful children that she adored and they adored her.
Barb was greatly loved and brought a lot of joy to our community. Not only was she a great prayer warrior, but a great artist making things for people to cheer them during their dreary times.
Although we miss her, we know that she is in Heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ dancing, singing and basking in His glory.
“Feather Phill” Grosser
Goth Family Member, Feather Phill, a New Hampshire native, was killed May 27, 2007 at a Colorado Springs Intersection when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle. Phill was a civil engineering student at George Washington University. He was in Colorado getting ready to head to Liberia to do some engineering work and to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I had to laugh when Phill visited our home on the way to Colorado. He arrived around midnight dressed in his black motor cycle gear with a feather in his helmet. As he jumped off his bike to give Mike and I a hug, he complained about having a tired bum from his long journey. Phil always had a way with words. Always a keen wit with a twinkle in his eye. I hadn’t seen him in a little over a year since his last visit. He appeared much taller. He had a new hair on the chin thing going on. It was long and split down the middle. My first thought was “we need to braid that thing” and my second thought was “The poor dear must have gotten caught in the motorcycle handlebars and had some ripped right out of there.” Of course, I didn’t mention it and was thinking to myself, “We should pierce something while you are here.” After a meal prepared by Mike (he is a better cook and Phil was a guest), Mike went to bed and Phil and I had “Goth Talk Time” until we both we so tired that we were slap happy.
Phil got up the next morning around 11:30 and we headed off to breakfast at Bob Evans. Phil wanted to try out a new restaurant that he had never been to before that had “country cooking.” We received excellent service, so much so that I thought that the waitress was going to sit in Phil’s lap. As I looked around the room, Phil’s portions also seemed much larger than everyone else’s. I could see that some of the “good ole boys” were staring. Hadn’t they seen two Goths eating breakfast before. Perhaps it was Phil’s northern accent that intrigues them. I was amazed that Phil could eat country sausage gravy and not get a speck on his beard or clothes, while I was covered in crumbs from eating plain biscuits.
Back at our home, Phil planned to leave right away, but you know how that goes when two Goths get together for some more conversation. Phil packed like a pro and I could tell that he was a great engineer. I had never seen someone get so much stuff in such a little space on the back of a motorcycle. He had everything from clothes to his laptop. After hugging me with a bear hug, I kissed his cheek , told him that I love him and he was off at about three thirty. He waved his hand and told me that he would see me in August on the way home to New Hampshire and that he would be able to stay longer then. I told him to ship the bike and take a train so that his bum would not be so tired.
On the serious side, please keep Phil’s family in your prayers. We had some long talks about his family and he was very concerned for them. He loved them dearly and was so happy that his father was able to visit him once a month in Washington while he was there on business. Especially, keep his sister in your prayers. Keeping them all in our prayers is one way that we can, as a Christian Goth family, honour our beloved Phil.
To Phil: You will be missed, but I know that you are in Heaven with our Lord. I can’t help but wonder if your long hair is longer than Jesus’ hair or if you are going to be my next door neighbour when I get there. I have a feeling that you are the engineer for my chocolate mansion and if you would please make sure that the swimming pool is filled with Hershey syrup, it would be greatly appreciated. I love you as if you were my own son and I am so proud of everything that you have accomplished. You are the apple of God’s eye.
JUSTIN HOWARD SAVACOOL
A loving memorial written by Sheri Luckey Bjorn.
Justin Savacool played drums with Dark Valentine. He was the son of our bass player, Libby Luckey Fraund, and our nephew. Goth Mom Donna and Michael Sheehy, of the Grave Robbers Ministry, helped make his dreams come true by flying him to Champaign, Illinois to play drums with Dark Valentine at the Audio Feed festival. Justin was also an intricate member of the band Wedding Party. As part of the theatrical and visual aspect of the band, Justin was dressed in white as Jesus.
Justin was very sacrificial, had a big heart and loved unconditionally. He gave his heart to Jesus when he was a little boy and the love of Jesus shined though him. This gave him a true compassion for all people.
Justin passed away on August 28th, 2020. He is now in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was very much loved and we miss him greatly. We look forward to reuniting with him one day in heaven.
Director – Goth Mom Donna Sheehy
Donna Sheehy, known as Goth Mom Donna, is a subculture minister within the Goth Community. She is the Director and founder of the Grave Robbers Ministry located in the Greater Cincinnati area. Over the years the Grave Robbers ministry has expanded to a major worldwide networking and outreach ministry. Goth Mom has been involved in ministry for many years as Co-Director of the Asylum Ministries (Chicago), the Director of the Upper Room Ministries ( Greater Cincinnati), Director of the Rejoice Ministries (Greater Cincinnati), and Hope for Rejected (Baltimore, MD) which is the subculture branch of Youth for Christ. Once a corporate Goth for companies like Procter and Gamble and a career in Real Estate, Goth mom put away her brief case for what she loves best: Loving people into a relationship with Christ.
Geek Squad – Michael
Michael Sheehy is our resident Geek and webmaster for the Grave Robbers Ministry. Michael brings with him over 40 years of experience on large main frame computers. He retired as a system’s analyst from Procter and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio and for the past few years has been writing software for mid-range computers. He is now back to working on the large main frame computers at Western & Southern Financial Group. We are very blessed to have him as our IT guy.
If you have any questions for Michael, please feel free to contact him
The Grave Robbers Ministry is definitely a group effort. Our staff and volunteers make possible all the activities we do. My thanks to them for their hard work.