The Herald reports:
Gloriavale founder Hopeful Christian has died at the secluded religious community after a battle with cancer – leaving behind a trail of controversy, a sexual abuse charge, and questions over the future of the sect.
Christian, who was formerly known as Neville Cooper, died on Tuesday afternoon. He was aged in his 90s.
Cooper was not a good man. While there are some people at Gloriavale who live very happy and contented lives, Cooper has damaged a lot of people.
Hopefully Gloriavale can evolve into happier place, now he is gone.