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Timothy Montgomery, Green Beret... NOT!!

Timothy Montgomery, fake Green Beret and Pastor.

He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. Psalm 101:7 King James Version (KJV)

Tim Montgomery was sent to us by a number of his parishioners. They thought some of his stories about being a high speed Green Beret were a little too far out there.

Well, it turns out all of them were because Timothy never served a day in the military.

What follows are excerpts of emails from various people who went on record of having heard his claims.

Here is a small excerpt of a sermon he did that has him claiming to be an SFQC Graduate Timothy Montgomery and his SF Claims

Email 1:

 Hi! I am wondering if you will search whether the following man, Timothy Brett Montgomery, has been in Special Forces. He is our pastor of a small church during the past 8 years. Many of his sermons include lots of examples of his experience in the SF, and about his friends there, and the men he led. He has told us that he was a SF leader – which of course leads us to think he’s the best of the best. This is a HUGE identity for him!

 The problem is, we have one congregant that is claiming that all if it is a lie, and that Timothy is using the stories of someone he knew closely (who actually was in SF) to pretend and ultimately lie to all of us. This is a huge concern, because as you may well imagine, one would expect a man of God to be honest, if anything. 

Is it possible for you to search the following name, to see if he was in SF? Timothy Brett Montgomery. Not sure when he served, but it would be 25 or more years ago? 

Email 2:

Timothy Brett Montgomery tells people that he joined the military at age 16 by lying about his age, that

He is was in the Special Forces and went through Q course, and that he made his first kill at age 17. He

says he was selected from the Special Forces to be a part of a DOD hunter/killer group, because Delta

was more a reactionary force and they needed a group that would take out bad guys before they

attacked us. He says that the first team he was a part of were all killed, and that he was made team

leader at age 20 because everyone but his best friend thought he was older. He says most of this second

team was killed as well, and that one of his friends from the team went by the call sign Kildar who is

currently working for a PMC moving guns and doing executive protection details. He says that though he

went in enlisted, they made him a Major as a part of being in the DOD group because no one questions

an officer on an airfield as soldiers come and go, but they may question an NCO. He says that one of the

jobs he was tasked with as a part of this group was leading the protection detail for the Secretary of

Defense which required him to go through a number of protection courses, including the Secret

Service’s and the Nine Lives Associates. He has a lot of stories about his time in the hunter/killer groups,

many of them sound like they come out of Marcinko’s Rogue Warrior, including a story about being

tasked with testing defenses and faking a kidnapping where he actually kidnapped an Admiral and upset

him so much that he had to hide and was unable to even access his bank account, which had $300,000,

for fear this Admiral would find him. He also has a story about being in Africa and going to rescue a

woman from being raped but instead he was captured and tortured for six weeks while his team had to

arrange a rescue operation without the help of the Navy because they refused to provide a send off ship

for the team and they had to travel across hundreds of miles of Africa to get in and out, and that this

time of torture is where his jaw was broken, for which he had to have surgery in 2014. He claims to hate

the VA and that he had to pay for the jaw surgery on his own because the records of his service are

classified and he couldn’t prove it was a service-related injury. He claims to be so famous within the

Special Forces circle that he is recruited by Erik Prince and Academi to do PMC team leading and

training, that they offer him million dollar contracts to train and lead, that he has given talks to large

groups of military and PMCs on leadership, and that he has done executive protection work for senior

government officials with Academi at events like the Superbowl.

Email 3:

Here's the write up for my experience with Timothy Brett Montgomery:

Timothy Brett Montgomery claimed to be a former Special Forces member with Q course training and other special forces credentials. He used to tell stories about doing security for high profile officials in the US government and at the Olympics. He claimed to be well connected in the Special Forces community and had many stories about this, but I never met any of his associates he talked about regularly. When I decided to look into these claims further, I discovered that he had no enlistment record, for which he had already claimed it was because they were a top secret organization. He claimed to be part of an elite unit hand picked out of the regular forces to pre-emptively strike "bad actors" in foreign governments. But a friend of mine who did serve in the Special Forces confirmed that he would always have an enlistment record from the Armed Forces. There were many other suspicious things that I looked into and later discovered were lies.

He also claimed to be a Pastor and was Pastor of a church I went to in Denver for a while. He claimed to have been a Pastor of a church in LA called The Well that he had started after leaving another church led by a Pastor named Jay. There were always questions in my mind if these things were true, so I started looking into them. I discovered that his church in LA dissolved because he had an affair with a church member while they were both married. They ended up divorced and married to each other. He then left her when she was caught embezzling from her company using the company credit card to buy things for their lifestyle a few years later. I discovered that he was married more times than he claimed, and that he was not even legally divorced when he got married to another church member from the church in Denver after divorcing his current wife who he ad married a while after moving back to Denver from LA. I also discovered that he never filed paperwork for this new marriage, and I don't think his new wife even knows this. He has been married and divorced more times than he ever tells. An internet records search will tell you he's been married and divorced ~6 times, but I discovered from others in his past that he has had other faked marriages and annulments that don't show up in the public records.

He also claimed to have a degree from Fuller Seminary, but a records search by their staff shows no record of him ever attending. People close to him in his past said he used to meet with people from there in "Discipleship meetings" and that's probably where these stories come from. The Pastor from the church in LA where he was supposed "sent" from said he had to kick him out because he wouldn't stop "discipling" young women from the church in one-on-one meetings, several of which had come forth claiming he had seduced them into inappropriate physical relations. I discovered many of his stories come from stories told him by others, peppered with a little truth from his own life. I'm sure he will come up with an explanation for why this is here too. He always has a good story for why people do such things to him. He's always the center of it all. He's a very good confidence man. Always meets one on one and gains the confidence of people so he can have their trust when things like this come out so they will believe his story rather than others'. Hopefully this will help them see him for who he is before they get conned and waste their time and love on him like so many I know have. Hopefully this will wake him up and he'll turn it around before the God he claims protects him stops and gives him over to his depravity permanently.


So what are his claims vs facts:

Going through SFAS (Selection). FALSE, He never served a single day in the military.

Going through the SFQC (Special Forces Qualification Course). FALSE, He never served a single day in the military.

Joining the Army at 16. FALSE, He never served a single day in the military.

First kill at 17. FALSE, He never served a single day in the military.

SF Leader. FALSE, He neverserved a single day in the military.

DOD hunter/killer group. FALSE, NOT as a Green Beret. He never served a single day in the military.

Enlisted and they made him a Major. FALSE, He never served a single day in the military.

He says that the first team he was a part of were all killed, and that he was made team leader at age 20 because everyone but his best friend thought he was older. FALSE, He never served a single day in the military.

Protection detail for the Secretary of Defense. FALSE, if he can send us proof, we will remove this

Testing defenses and faking a kidnapping where he actually kidnapped an Admiral and upset him so much that he had to hide and was unable to even access his bank account, which had $300,000, for fear this Admiral would find him. FALSE, He never served a single day in the military.

Being in Africa and going to rescue a woman from being raped but instead he was captured and tortured for six weeks. FALSE, He never served a single day in the military.

Records of his service are classified. FALSE, He never served a single day in the military.

He couldn’t prove his injury is service-related because records are classified. FALSE, He never served a single day in the military.

Listen, if he went through Selection and the Q-course, we would see record of him. There are secret missions, there are no secret Green Berets. We checked the SF Schoolhouse, SCRA, ATRRS, and NPRC. If he was a GB, we would have found him. 

These claims he makes are ludicrous. It's hard to believe anybody would begin to believe him.

Timothy Montgomery, you'll now be added to Hall of Zeroes


After this article was done, we had two people reach out and ask if we searched his name under Thore Montgomery. We would have received that result during our first search. That being said, we decided to ask a second time.

The results are the same Neither name served a day in the military. His NPRC search using Thore is now added in the picture section also






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Tom Kelly:

The type of individual who embellishes his service record for what reason. profit, glory, importance ??? They probably do not think anyone will find out the truth.


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I just wanted to say thank you for having the resources to check out these tools and the restraint to not lose it when you confront these folks. If you ever need help, let me know. I am a retired 1st Group guy with some time on my hands.


Who made the labels for the shadow box of military awards and decorations? Him?

There are some obvious errors (and not only the fact that the SF shoulder patch is missing the Airborne Tab and is upside down).

For example, The shoulder sleeve insignia of the 101st Airborne Division (the "Screaming Eagle") is labeled as "Airborne Army Ranger patch."

But notice there is a mix of insignia in which he actually affirms the information GOTGB recovered through a FOIA request:

1 - The enlisted insignia is that of Air Defense Artillery, (the brass disk of crossed cannon with a missile superimposed) that enlisted branch insignia matches military records that he entered Hawk Missile Crewman training at Ft. Bliss, TX (but apparently failed the course, because he was reclassified as a wheel vehicle driver).

2 - He appears to have added the bar for the U.S. Army Driver and Mechanics badge for [DRIVER-W] to an Expert Marksmanship Badge!? The bar is probably authorized, as he was in fact a wheeled vehicle driver per service records. But the bar does not belong on a weapons qualification badge.

3 - The patch labeled "White Sands Missile Range" is actually that of the Air Defense Artillery Center and School, originally at Ft. Bliss, TX but relocated to Ft. Sill, OK in 2009.

4 - The small brass eagle insignia, labeled as "U.S. Army Pin" is actually the reduced size hat insignia for a female officer (1 5/8" tall, vs. the male officer hat insignia that is 2 3/8" tall).

And so on. Where did the shadow box picture come from?


I put up with this sociopath in the SF Safe House, his constant need for attention was irritating at the least. I left the room due to his penetrating posts. I am not surprised to see he was a fake, Thx Guardians...

Stacey1ross :

We spent almost 2 years under the leadership of this man. We put our complete trust in him and now here we are. We are hurt and angered by this.


As of February 2019, David Shaffer was expelled from Minnesota Freemasonry and the Shriners because of this conduct.


It's been just over 12 years since he went to jail (then prison) for what he did to me. I'm still haunted by it all every day. He is a monster, true evil.

Anonymous :

I really can’t describe the feeling I had when I once again did the periodic check online to see if Gilbert had been arrested yet.I strangely found comfort in the fact that he was not captured and brought back to Florida for his warrants there . I knew he was in Colorado somewhere but I never wanted him to come back to Florida with another slap on the wrist or turning CI to get out of trouble and I feel at danger again , however , I never really felt safe knowing he was out there at all. I was contacted months back by someone asking if I had seen him and making sure I was safe because he stated he was coming back to Florida and was on the run from the FBI I was told . I didn’t sleep for a month well after that. I can’t describe the terror I dealt with being involved with this person , the healing that is still taking place for myself and my children . He is a lifelong con man , he’s very convincing and by the time you realize the truth you are in danger and he’s extremely violent . Being a con man he hatches elaborate ways to tear your life apart , set you up , spread convincing and dangerous lies , he managed to blackmail me for things that he created for me out of fear and the cloud of abuse and threats from him for so long . I tried many agencies to help me no one believed me or did anything about him . He would re enter my home for a year telling lies and slandering me across the internet social media , with people even threatening me because they believed him he was so convincing . I slept with baseball bats and knives for years because of him. My children are still tormented because of things he did and said and the entire experience . I actually had to leave my job , my home and my children just to get away from him .

He has always lied about being in the military , he had me convinced of the same thing as well as everyone who knew him for a long long time , also lied about being in with Florida motorcycle gangs and would use that as a threat as well , he always stated he was SF and medic , said injured in Afghanistan and that’s why he has seizures , also not true , I found evidence of him lying to women on social media also impersonating a SF years ago , he had gotten pictures of soldiers with beards that looked very much like him and he knew a lot of the lingo and studied it , he also pretended to be a firefighter and ex firefighter to people as well. That was another of his cons . He always wore military type gear and shirts he would buy offline or from people or army navy store etc I actually still have a couple of them around Idk why , maybe to remind me of what I let happen to me and the damage it did so that I never allow that to ever happen to me again. He changed me then in terrible ways and I never could figure out how to get away or out of the situations . I never experienced someone like him - in no fool or naive , I have an experienced life but the extent he will go .... photoshopping pictures , editing fake text conversations etc making false reports to child protection agencies etc etc .... people believe him and he can turn your life upside down between that , setting you up and threats Therof and physical violence . He has also been to prison in Massachusetts or Missouri I believe for weapons and violence against another woman I found out later . He treats his mother and youngest daughter the same way with threats and control and violence , has 3 other children all in different states as well .... he’s mentally disturbed and dangerous and I am hoping they actually keep him for a very long time so my children and I can feel safe .

I’m so happy you guys were diligent and captured him . The alias he was using is someone that I know as well whom was in prison when he started using that alias .

Thank you for flushing him out and catching him . Thank you so much I can’t explain how I felt

Reading all of this , validating things for me in a way because I don’t think a lot of people where I’m from still believed me . His lies seemed too far fetched , details and convincing fake evidence , he had people coming after me thinking I was many many things and done things I had not as a way to intimidate me .

I have a damaged jaw , ptsd and still working to start my life over in every aspect and help my kids overcome the damage that he did to them . His name and face will haunt me probably for life and I’m sorry to the other woman who fell for this because I completely and truly understand how it happens and the web that he weaves . I’m happy no one got physically hurt and I will hope to see him get some serious time .


Yet another Piece of Shit phony. When will it stop?

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