UBF has appeared in numerous newspaper and TV media. Some of these were before the internet age, so online links are difficult to find.
TV Reports at UBF Chapters
On February 27, 1994, the CBS television news affiliate in Chicago broadcast an investigative report about UBF during its prime time news broadcast. This report focused on allegations of cult-like activities in the Chicago headquarters of UBF.
On May 5, 1997, the NBC television news affiliate in Chicago also broadcast an investigative report about UBF during its prime time news broadcast. This report focused on allegations of cult-like activities in the Triton University chapter of UBF in the Chicago suburbs.
On February 21, 2005, the CBS television news affiliate in Columbus, Ohio (WBNS) broadcast an investigative report during its primetime news broadcast about the then 3-year old Columbus UBF chapter. This report was prompted by the efforts of the concerned mother of a Columbus UBF recruit. The story and video of the broadcast are available at rickross.com.
On April 28, 2005, the Fox television news affiliate in Toledo, Ohio (WUPW) broadcast an investigative report during its primetime news broadcast about the Toledo UBF chapter. A synopsis of the story is available at the Internet Archive.
Fox Toledo Investigates: Cult on Campus?
Updated 5/2/2005 at 7:12:35
A church affiliated with the University of Toledo is raising questions and controversy. University Bible Fellowship operates near the University of Toledo campus. Church members say it’s a non-denominational evangelical church that tries to teach college students the bible.
Former members Fox Toledo talked to say it is more serious than that. They claim that the church practices mind control and is a cult. Desiree Ray was a member for ten years. She says, “They let you feel guilty about your life and tell you that you will not know God unless you are in UBF.”
Current church members say the allegations are just sour grapes. Russell Kille says, “In the 16 years I’ve been here I have I have not seen anything like that. In my experience there is no mind control. We’re just a church like any other church.”
The group has been banned from some campuses for alleged cult-like activities. They include DePaul University and the University of Winnipeg. It has also been booted from the National Association of Evangelicals.
The University of Toledo has UBF as a registered organization with the student activities office. The say they have never received any complaints against the religious group.
University Bible Fellowship also has churches at many other campuses including Bowling Green State University, Ohio State, Wayne State University and Case Western Reserve.