Teenage exorcists in Scottsdale destroying demons for fun

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by Crystal Cruz

azfamily.com

Posted on April 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Three Scottsdale girls are fighting evil for fun. The trio claims to be forcing demons out of possessed people.

The home-schooled girls are calling themselves teenage exorcists. 

“I believe God's called me to do this because not many people do it,” said Brynne Larson, 17.

Brynne performed her first exorcism on a family trip to Africa.

“I was 13. I had my dad helping me,” said Brynne.

Brynne's dad is Rev. Bob Larson, a self taught exorcist.

The reverend runs the national Spiritual Freedom Church taking in donations.

Brynne and her two friends spend hours every week learning from her father. Larson said when the girls first came to him a year ago asking for lessons he said no. The reverend said exorcism’s can be dangerous and he’s been performing them for decades. 

“My wife and I had very serious discussions about whether stop the train and get off or see where it was going to go,” said Larson.

Larson said God is driving their train.

The reverend is no stranger to criticism.

“My dad has done 15,000 documented exorcisms. Do you really think 15,000 people would be playing it up for the camera?" said Brynne.

The 67-year-old said he's not drawing a salary from his church.

Larson said all the donations are used for church expenses.

The reverend admits times are tough for his family’s real estate business.

While the reverend asks for donations for his exorcisms, the girls don’t charge for their services.

“Something has to be plainly understood this wasn't my idea. I initially resisted it,” said Larson.

It's been a year since the girls first started training weekly, spending hours studying.

“We do role playing sometimes so he'll [Larson] pretend to be a demonic possessed person,” said Tess Scherkenback, 17.

Tess’s sister, Savannah Scherkenback, 20, said destroying demons is more than just a hobby.

“For me it’s an opportunity to give back to people. I love it,” said Scherkenback

The 20-year-old said the trio won't turn down a reality TV deal if one comes up. The girls admit their own show could bring in money for college.

“I don't plan on doing exorcisms as my sanctioned cure, for the rest of my life. But it’s something I plan on doing to give back to other people for the rest of my life,” Scherkenback.

All three girls plan on going to college and said they don’t have time for boyfriends now.

Larson said he is thinking about opening a school to teach youth exorcisms as the public seems to be interested.

Larson also said a representative from the Dr. Phil show called him Friday to book him and the girls for the show.
 

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