Another Covenant Life Church Member Arrested for Sexual Abuse

By | March 28, 2016

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
-Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

UPDATE – March 30, 2016

Covenant Life Church sent the following email to their members yesterday:

March 29,2016
Dear church family,
 
I am sorry to bring sad and disturbing news.  We learned Saturday that a 66-year-old male member of the church was arrested earlier this month and charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse of a minor.  We are grateful that law enforcement is involved.  We are not naming the accused at this time to protect the minor.
 
We’ve been learning all we can so that we can communicate with you fully and accurately in the days to come.  We want to reassure you that our child protection measures are robust, and we continue to work hard to ensure Covenant Life remains a place of safety for children.
 
So far as we know nothing related to these charges occurred at the church.  However, if you have any information we encourage you to contact Montgomery County Police at 301-279-8000.
 
Sincerely,
Mark Mitchell

The idea that Covenant Life Church is not releasing the perpetrator’s name because they want to protect the victim’s privacy is an appalling lie. The alleged perpetrator’s arrest is a matter of public record on the MD court case website. How are church members supposed to know if their kids have been associating with an unnamed pedophile?  How are CLC members realistically expected to report any information on an unnamed pedophile to the Montgomery County Police?

Covenant Life Church is a mess.  They cannot even get a simple letter notifying members of a dangerous pedophile in their church right.  I think it is most likely that they knew on the 16th when Caffery was arrested; but even if they didn’t find out till Saturday, why did it  take 4 days to send out a statement that essentially said nothing? And we are to believe they have “robust child protection” policies?

 2016-02-19 Just heads of T4G speakers

 

When we last heard from Covenant Life Church of Gaithersburg, Maryland they were reeling from stories in TIME and the Washingtonian which shined an unwelcome light on their sordid past of alleged sex abuse of children and the conspiracy to cover up the abuse.  They released the statement below in an attempt to tell people to “move along, there is nothing to see here.”

2016-03-22 CLC statement on abuse

 

2016-02-19 Just heads of T4G speakers

 

Fast forward six weeks and the CLC statement, undoubtedly crafted by their attorney, rings hollow as it is revealed yet another member of their church has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a minor!

A Maryland Senate subcommittee held a  hearing on SB69 earlier this month.  The proposed bill would extend the statute of limitations for civil cases of sexual abuse from seven to twenty years. During the hearing, Senator Jamie Raskin stated that Covenant Life Church looks like something of a “clearing house for predatory sexual activities against children.”

I would agree with Senator Raskin.

One is left to wonder how many more pedophiles will be arrested before Child Protection Services and Law Enforcement intervene with the intent of protecting children.

2016-02-19 Just heads of T4G speakers

 

Larry E. Caffery is a member of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD.  He has attended CLC, former flagship church of the Sovereign Grace Churches denomination, since 1996.  Caffery and his wife worked in the Children’s Ministry at Covenant Life Church.

Larry E. Caffery has authored a book titled “Years of Grace, Life of Mercy.”

Larry E. Caffery was arrested on March 16, 2016, charged with nine counts of sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of false imprisonment.

Larry E. Caffery is charged with abusing his daughter from 2004-2014.  During this time period, both C.J. Mahaney and Joshua Harris served as Senior Pastors at CLC!

2016-03-28 MD charges against Caffery

 

2016-02-19 Just heads of T4G speakers

While Caffery’s charges all have to do with abusing his own daughter, it is a well-established fact that pedophiles have numerous victims.  Covenant Life Church would be well advised to inform their members of this most recent arrest and advise anyone who has had children under the “care” of youth worker Larry Caffery to report any signs that their children may have been sexually abused.

In Caffery’s book he states that:

“I left the Word of Life Church in Frederick. I had heard about Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg and decided to check it out. I knew this church had a very large congregation, and I thought it would be easier for me to find a new Christian wife. I felt uncomfortable during my first visit because of the size of the congregation. Finally I saw someone I knew from a previous church I had attended and sat with him. After the service, he introduced me to one of the many pastors, Kenneth Maresco. I told him that my wife had deserted me, and I believed that I had grounds for divorce. Kenneth told me that he didn’t think I had grounds for divorce, but he would be glad to counsel me if I was interested. I was, so I telephoned the church office and made an appointment with him.”

According to Brent Detwiler, “Maresco left CLC in September 2015 in order to become the Community Life pastor at Sovereign Grace Church of Fairfax.”  At least one Covenant Life Pastor has read Caffery’s books, and suggested some changes to make if he were ever to reprint it. Again I quote Caffery:

“Upon reading the first printing of this book, one of the pastors at Covenant Life Church suggested that if I were to ever do a reprint of the book I would do well to eliminate chapter eight. Well, the time for a reprint did come, but I decided to try a rewrite, rather than eliminate the entire chapter. It has been four years since the original writing. My family and I have continued attending Covenant Life Church. I believe that during the past four years I have continued to grow in the ways of our Lord.”
(Kindle Locations 886-889)

2016-02-19 Just heads of T4G speakers

Caffery’s book is filled with one bizarre story after another. Read the quotes below and ask yourself if you were the pastor at Covenant Life Church who read this book, would you be O.K. with letting Caffery work in Children’s Ministry? (If you answer in the affirmative, Sovereign Grace Churches is holding a spot open for you in their next nine month Pastors College!)

“The Lord had indeed answered my prayers concerning the sex of our children. There had been sexual abuse in my family as I was growing up, and I had a fear that if I had daughters I might sexually abuse them. I would have rather have had no daughters at all than to have that happen. Every time [my wife] became pregnant, I prayed to God that he would give us a son. We now had three wonderful sons.”
(Kindle Locations 414-417).

“Since [my 2nd wife] and I now had [our son], we considered having another child. We both thought it would be nice to have a daughter, and that it would be good for [our son] also. We didn’t use birth control and just left the situation up to God. One year later God did bless us with a beautiful daughter.”
(Kindle Locations 1237-1238)

“I believe I was a victim of childhood sexual abuse only to the extent that I was living in a household where it was taking place and I was aware of it. My eldest sister was sexually abused as a child, and she was and still is today what I would consider to be an extrovert. She did well in school and was outgoing and popular. If anyone reading this is a victim of sexual or any other type of abuse, only you can decide whether or not you want to seek counseling. It is not too late at any age. My recommendation, of course, would be Christian, biblical counseling. One thing is certain, whether you, as a victim, seek counseling or not, you must forgive the person who abused you.”
(Kindle Locations 632-637). Kindle Edition.

“Mike was soon diagnosed with a Wilms’ tumor, which is a fast-growing cancerous tumor of the kidney. Mike remained hospitalized and underwent surgery for the complete removal of his right kidney. As I recall, the doctors believed the tumor had not yet metastasized (spread), but they wanted Mike to undergo chemotherapy as a precaution. [My wife] and I were told that Mike would do fine with one kidney; his remaining kidney would become enlarged to compensate for the lost kidney. We were told also that they were not sure what caused the Wilms’ tumor. They said they thought is was either inherited from the mother’s side of the family, or perhaps it was caused by a blow to the kidney. When I heard that news I nearly collapsed. I was sure that I was the cause of Mike’s illness. I immediately recalled a time when I was spanking Mike in anger. I was sure that I had hit him too hard, and although I was aiming for his little bare bottom, my aim was high. I hadn’t given it much thought at the time, but after hearing what the doctor mentioned as a possible cause, I was sure I had hit Mike in the kidney. I lived with that guilt for many years. Mike was just three years of age when his kidney was removed and chemotherapy was started right away.”
(Kindle Locations 399-406)

“We had always prayed that Mike would be healed, but at the same time we had him go through more chemotherapy. I made the decision that he would have no more chemotherapy. We were going to pray and trust God to heal Mike. The tumor on Mike’s arm continued to grow. [My wife] insisted that we take him for treatment, but I stood firm in believing Mike would be healed. One day, [my wife] invited Roger Melson to our house. Roger was the pastor at Household of Faith Church. On [my wife’s] behalf, he tried to persuade me to let her take Mike for treatment. I thought he was lacking in faith, and I asked him to leave my house. After a period of time I did finally concede to let [my wife] take Mike to be seen by a doctor. I was really concerned about Mike and was questioning whether or not I had made the right decision.”(Kindle Locations 707-713).

“I was still dealing with anger very poorly, and I’m sure there were many occasions when I frightened [my wife]. I recall one occasion that I really made a fool of myself. Council Bluffs, Iowa, was a railroad town, so it was frequent to have to wait for a train to pass while driving. At this time, [my wife] was pregnant with Mike. She and I were in our car together, approaching a large section of railroad tracks. The road was still open, but I saw a train coming. I decided that I would make the train stop and wait for me for a change, so I pulled onto the train tracks and stopped the car. I was pretending that the car had stalled. I was certain the train engineer could see my car on the track, but he was making no effort to stop the train. The train was moving slowly, but it was obvious that he planned on hitting us. I got the car started and out of the way just in time. Now I was really angry! I jumped out of the car, ran to catch up with the engine, and when I did I saw three men on board. I didn’t care though. I was prepared to take all three of them on! I took hold of the stair railings and proceeded to pull myself up. I had only made it up two of the four steps, when I caught an engineer boot in my chest. The kick had knocked me off the train and left me with a fractured rib. I then looked back and saw that I had about a half mile to walk back to my car. [My wife] was speechless, and I’m sure, quite terrified!”
(Kindle Locations 423-432)

“I considered myself to be a pacifist at that time, and I had no desire to learn how to shoot an M-i4 rifle. One day when we were at the rifle range, I had an exchange with the drill sergeant.  There was a row of foxholes at the rifle range. Each of us trainees were down in a foxhole, and we were supposed to shoot at the target that represented Vietnamese soldiers. The army was trying to make a killer out of me, and I did not appreciate it! I simply fired my weapon without aiming at the target. The drill sergeant came up behind me and kicked me in the shoulder. He shouted something to me about shooting at the target. I was angry, and my first thought was to turn my weapon on him. If he wanted me to be a killer, he could be my first victim-but by the grace of God, I didn’t do what I felt like doing.”
(Kindle Locations 221-227)

“It may be difficult to believe, but I knew of only four people in the entire barracks, including myself, that were not doing drugs….  I can’t tell you how many lives I saw ruined because of drug use, including the life of my friend… I felt I could not take it anymore, and I went out with Ray Bogus and some others. We all bought a soda, and I let Ray pour some hash into mine…  On yet another occasion when I was feeling very lonely, I accepted an invitation. Some guys were going somewhere to smoke pot in their car. I went along and took part.”
(Kindle Locations 273-282)

“I believe it was the summer of 1987 when I began to feel ill…  I really had to force myself to get up and do anything. I felt somewhat like I had the flu. My stomach felt nauseous, and I was greatly lacking in energy. Once I would force myself to be active, I would usually feel a little better. Unfortunately, the condition never went away. I went to see the doctor and several tests were done, but there was never a conclusive answer… I was somewhat what concerned that I may have somehow contracted the AIDS virus, but I decided to let the doctor finish all the testing he thought necessary and see what the end result was. If he didn’t come up with an answer I could accept, I was going to ask him to give me a test for AIDS. None of the tests I was given came back positive, but the doctor was pretty sure my condition was due to a chemical imbalance in the brain. He said it was causing me to have a physical depression, and he wanted me to start taking Prozac.”(Kindle Locations 1034-1045)

“I had no memory of any sexual abuse, but I knew that my sisters had been sexually abused by my dad. Although I had no memory of any abuse to me, since I knew there had been sexual abuse in my family, I agreed to do the hypnotic regressions.”
(Kindle Locations 503-505)

“On another occasion while I was in his office, Mr. Settles asked me if I wanted to try to contact my son. I said I did, and we each entered a state of hypnosis. I heard absolutely nothing. Mr. Settles told me he did hear from my son, but the message came so quickly that he couldn’t tell what it was. He said it was very clear though, that my son did not want to communicate with me. Hearing that news only added to my discouragement and depression.”
(Kindle Locations 559-562)

“My wife of thirteen years and I are active members of Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. We have two young children, and we take part in the children’s ministry program at the church. Most people who know me find it difficult to believe I used to behave in such a different manner.”
(Kindle Locations 38-39)

 

2016-02-19 Just heads of T4G speakers

 

Larry Caffery has been a member of Covenant Life Church under the leadership of both CJ Mahaney and Joshua Harris.  Both men have a proven track record of failing to protect children in their church from sexual predators; in fact there is overwhelming credible evidence that they have conspired to cover up sexual abuse and keep members from knowing the facts of the sexual abuse that had taken place.

To date, I am unaware of any attempt by Covenant Life Church pastors to notify their congregation of the arrest of Larry Caffery.  They may be publicly pressured to do so now, but shouldn’t the church have announced this as soon as they knew of Caffery’s arrest?

More pressing is the question of how Caffery was allowed to work in the Children’s Ministry in the first place.  This demonstrates a complete lack of discernment among church leaders.

In my opinion, it is time for the state of Maryland to step in and shut down Covenant Life Church.  I think state Law Enforcement needs to look into possible criminal charges against some of the pastors.

CJ Mahaney should be removed as one of the plenary speakers at the upcoming Together For the Gospel Conference. Also, the corrupt Sovereign Grace Churches denomination should not be allowed to hold a recruiting meeting at the T4G conference. How many more arrests do the Christian celebrity “leaders” pictured below need before they realize Mahaney is not qualified to be a pastor?  Their continued support and enabling of C.J. Mahaney have many now also questioning their qualifications for the ministry.

 

 

The Neo-Calvinist big dogs.

The Neo-Calvinist big dogs: Back row – John Piper, Ligon Duncan, C.J. Mahaney, Mark Dever, John MacArthur. Front row – R.C. Sproul, Thabiti Anyabwile, Albert Mohler.

 

To their shame, T4G is allowing Sovereign Grace Churches to recruit at their April Conference.

To their shame, T4G is allowing Sovereign Grace Churches to recruit at their April Conference.

 

2016-02-19 Just heads of T4G speakers

 

Below is a recent comment I found on the Wartburg Watch blog. People are rightly beginning to wonder what is going on amongst this pack of celebrity Christian “leaders” who have demonstrated a total lack of concern for victims of sexual abuse while coddling, enabling and promoting C.J. Mahaney and Sovereign Grace Churches.

2016-03-30 Comment from WW on Corruption in leaders

Below is an insightful comment I found on the SGM Survivors blog.

2016-03-28 Survivors comment by Nickname on latest CLC pedophile

 

Please see an update to this post in a comment below. Janna L. Chan (blog team member) Edited Feb. 22, 2017

21 thoughts on “Another Covenant Life Church Member Arrested for Sexual Abuse

  1. JLC

    What follows is a portion of a comment submitted to a PJ Smyth’s Denial That He Knew About His Father’s Alleged Crimespost about P.J. Smyth, the current lead Pastor of Covenant Life Church. followed by my remarks. I primarily provide an update regarding Mr. Caffery’s case. Thank you. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

    “If PJ’s open letter proves to be true, then what would be the follow-up here on this blog? I ask this because there is a post in the archives here on this blog regarding a Mr Caffrey, whose case has been dismissed by a judge. There is no mention of this on his post. This does not mean that he is innocent, but maybe it does?”

    Thank you for your inquiry. I will update the posts in question soon to reflect the following information about Mr. Caffery’s case. I haven’t done so earlier because I’ve been hoping to have time to go to the court house in question to find out more details about why the case appears to have been dismissed, as opposed to going to trial. I am not a lawyer, but believe that the dismissal of the charges does not indicate that Mr. Caffery is either innocent or guilty. The evidence against him was never heard by a judge or jury.

    People interested in this case can read about it here:

    https://thouarttheman.org/2016/03/28/another-covenant-life-church-member-arrested-sexual-abuse/

    I would note that the State of Maryland needed to have had a lot of evidence backing up its claims, regarding 11 counts of child sexual abuse and false incarceration against Mr. Caffery, in order to arrest and charge him.

    It initially looked as though the charges against Mr. Caffery were originally dropped in district court so they could be refiled in circuit court. However, it now seems likely that they have been dropped in the long term. Based on the wording of the court records, it sounds as though the reported victim may have been unwilling to continue with the case.

    That doesn’t mean that CLC Pastors or members intimidated this person into becoming silent. However, they could have as CLC Pastors and members have harassed and bullied child sexual abuse victims and their families, into handling child sexual abuse allegations “internally,” rather than going to the police, in the past.

    Further, to my knowledge, Mr. Caffery has never publicly stated that he is innocent of molesting or falsely incarcerating a child. Therefore, one cannot assume he is guilty of the crimes for which he was charged, but a person could wonder why Mr. Caffery is declining to simply publicly state his innocence given that the charges against him appear to have been dropped.

    Mr. Caffery also wrote a Kindle book, that the Covenant Life Pastors reviewed, in which he stated clearly that he did not want to have daughters because he was afraid he would molest them. He then proceeded to work in children’s ministries for several years. To my knowledge, Covenant Life Church has not prohibited Mr. Caffery, as a current member, from continuing to work with children at the Church. Nor has he been disciplined in any way for deliberately closely associating himself with children he was afraid he would molest.

    If Covenant Life Church Pastors believe that Mr. Caffery is innocent and no danger to children, then why aren’t they saying so publicly?

    Covenant Life Church Pastor Mark Mitchell originally published a 13-minute video, which has been removed from the Church’s Vimeo site, in which he claimed that Mr. Caffery was a danger to children at Covenant Life Church generally, but that Mr. Caffery posed no immediate threat to them because he was incarcerated. I made a copy of this video because I expected CLC to erase it, but I am choosing not to publish it at this time.

    Despite CLC’s indication that Mr. Caffery was a danger to children, in Mr. Mitchell’s video, the Church continued to support him behind the scenes. They also did not tell their members or the public that he could pose a danger to children at CLC after he posted bail and was freed from jail.

    I was present at the court hearing in which CLC employee Don Nalle and CLC lay Pastor Bo Lotinsky offered to help Mr. Caffery, financially (regarding assistance with services that require money), on behalf of the Church. I cannot prove it, but based on the nature of their conversation, I also believe that Covenant Life Church was paying for Mr. Caffery’s private attorney.

    Please see my article about what I witnessed here:

    https://thouarttheman.org/2016/04/15/clc-leaders-bo-lotinsky-don-nalle-just-told-larry-caffery-covenant-life-church-supporting/

    Unfortunately, Covenant Life Church has a long history of using Church funds to help accused pedophiles evade the civil and criminal justice systems while kicking child sexual abuse victims to the curb.

    So even if Mr. Caffery is innocent, Covenant Life Church is guilty of endangering children by handling his case in a dishonest and irresponsible manner that is inconsistent with protecting children from potential predators.

    “If PJ’s open letter proves to be true, then what would be the follow-up here on this blog?”

    I can’t provide a specific answer to your question because this blog is owned and operated by Todd Wilhelm. I’m just someone who is honored to assist him. However, your comment implies that you are afraid that this blog will be unfair to PJ Smyth even if he is found innocent.

    In that case, I can only encourage you to bring your concerns to Todd or myself via comments on the blog or privately through an e-mail address on this blog’s content page.

    You were right to suggest that I update posts pertaining to Larry Caffery, given that the charges against him appear to have been dropped. Todd and I will do our best to respond to any other issues you bring forward with integrity and honesty.

    Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

    Reply
  2. Pingback: Christian crusader John Smyth in teen abuse scandal/ Son PJ Smyth heads US ‘megachurch’ embroiled in sex scandal/Archbishop Welby/Cover-Up | goodnessandharmony

  3. Pingback: Anonymous

  4. Pingback: An Overview of the Situation at Covenant Life Church (CLC) Involving Larry Caffery, Efforts to Change Maryland Statute of Limitations Law, and Terry Mayo and Charlotte Ennis as CLC Tools | Wondering Eagle

  5. Harold

    The sooner people get away from religion and focus on a real one on one relationship with Jesus Christ the better life will become for them and others around them and don’t be afraid to allow others to preach that have a heart to do so. Gods words DO NOT take a college educated person to share them with others. Real Christians which are few and far between can tell when evil is lurking among them,God said so not just me.

    Reply
  6. Pingback: PCA Pastors, Celebrity Christian Conferences, and Child Protection | Vintage73.com

  7. Pingback: An Overview of the Situation at Covenant Life Church Involving Larry Caffery, Efforts to Change Maryland Statute of Limitations Law, and Terry Mayo and Charlotte Ennis as CLC Tools | Wondering Eagle

  8. 2samuel127 Post author

    Melissa,
    Janna has already responded to your claim that I named Caffery’s daughter. I did not. I stand by what I wrote. Unlike Covenant Life Pastors, I do not disseminate false information. I will not reveal my sources for this post, but the truth will out. (Undoubtedly to the chagrin of Mark Mitchell, he is now discovering that fact.)

    Reply
  9. Janna L. Chan (moderator)

    I suggest you read the post more carefully, Melissa. The victim has not been named although in my opinion Mark Mitchell, during an interview on WAMU radio station, essentially acknowledged that the victim was Caffery’s daughter. You can listen to that to interview here

    Caffery confessed to CLC Pastors and wrote a Kindle book in which he said he hoped he would not have daughters because he was afraid he would molest them. That, combined with other factual information, would lead one to suspect that the victim was his daughter.

    “Finally, by what authority do you have to name the victim?” The victim is not named here. In addition, you may want to ask Pastor Mark Mitchell what authority he had to strongly imply that the victim was Caffery’s daughter on a public radio show program.

    Thanks. Janna

    Reply
    1. Steve

      Melissa’s question is fair. You should be accountable for what you write. You said it was the daughter, but you don’t’ really know that. You speculate that it’s the daughter, but you don’t have any proof of that do you? You’ve not taken care to protect the victim. You’ve just blurted out who it is. Should you be so quick to do that?

      Reply
      1. Janna L. Chan (moderator)

        Thanks, for your comment, Steve. First of all, Melissa stated that the victim’s name is on the blog. That is a lie. It is not and never has been.
        Therefore, I don’t think that Melissa asked a reasonable question. I think she’s probably trolling around claiming that all anti-abuse-at-CLC blogs have revealed the victim’s name whether they have or not.

        I’ll back up my contention that Melissa is an irresponsible troll by saying that he/she/it posted messages under 4 different names during a 48-hour period and did not supply us with a valid e-mail through which we could contact he/she/it.

        Second, I have actually interacted with friends of the victim and asked them to ask the victim’s family to contact me or Todd and tell us how best we can serve them. Todd and I are happy to interact with the victim(s) or their spokes-people but do not feel that repeatedly responding to anonymous people like yourself,about this issue, is in anyone’s best interests.

        This is especially true as I do not believe that your intent is protecting the victim’s privacy. Instead, I think you’re using a false concern about the victim to try and bully anti-abuse bloggers, who are only writing about this subject to protect the public from the pedophile ring currently operating at CLC.

        We have to post information about the circumstances surrounding Mr. Caffery’s arrest because the CLC members and Pastors refuse to act responsibly by shutting own their programs aimed at children, and are instead suppressing all evidence about Mr. Caffery’s arrest to protect the Church from lawsuits.

        If Mr. Caffery only had one victim, perhaps suppressing his name would be a reasonable request. However, given that if he is guilty he likely molested many kids during his time as a CLC children’s ministry volunteer, responsible people must inform the public that children in their care may have had contact with a very credibly alleged pedophile.

        Therefore, we will not be approving any more general comments pertaining to the victim’s privacy that are not approved by the victim’s family.
        Lastly, the victim’s full name appears on dozens of social media sites and blogs. If you’re truly concerned about his/her privacy, I suggest that you tell the people running those outlets to remove his or her name.

        Thanks for your comment. Best, Janna

        Reply
  10. Melody

    Mohler should be removed from his prestigious position for his part in this.

    Reply
    1. 2samuel127 Post author

      I agree Melody. I think every one of the scheduled “plenary” speakers at the upcoming T4G Conference have demonstrated they lack the requisite discernment to serve as an elder/pastor. Each of them has received an email from Brent Detweiler containing overwhelming evidence that C.J. Mahaney has conspired to cover up the sexual abuse of children in Sovereign Grace Churches. To their shame, they choose to continue to support their buddy Mahaney while ignoring the many victims. They have demonstrated they do not care about justice for the little people.

      Nate Sparks has just posted a great article on Thabiti Anyabwile, one of the scheduled plenary speakers, on this matter. http://natesparks130.com/2016/04/01/friends-an-open-letter-to-thabiti-anyibwile/

      Reply
    2. JLC

      Thanks for the comment, Melody. Al Mohler has been accused of ignoring child sexual abuse problems in his own Southern Baptist Denomination for many years, as well.

      Reply
  11. Lydia

    One would hope that some brave soul would put forth a motion at the SBC Annual convention to remove SGL from the SBC.

    Reply
    1. 2samuel127 Post author

      Lydia,
      I acted on your suggestion and wrote Peter Lumpkins to enlist his help. You may recall that he wrote and then successfully steered the resolution “On Sexual Abuse of Children” through the legislative process in the SBC Annual Meeting in 2014. This resolution was driven by the fact that many SBC members were concerned with the tight relationship between Mahaney/Sovereign Grace and Al Mohler/SBTS and Mark Dever. Of course, Mohler and Dever have completely ignored the resolution.

      Reply
  12. Janna L. Chan (moderator)

    Thanks for the update about the Church’s e-mail to its members, Todd. I think that any sane person would agree that the Covenant Life Church Pastors would shut down all their children’s programs immediately if they were truly serious about protecting more kids from being harmed.

    Reply
  13. Janna L. Chan (moderator)

    Excellent article, Todd. As a member of Montgomery County, MD, where Covenant Life Church is located, I also agree that this Church needs to be shutdown given that it is unapologetic-ally and illegally harboring known pedophiles.

    The Covenant Life Church Pastors knew that a current member of their Church, who has worked in children’s ministries, was arrested on March 16, 2016 for 11 count of child sexual abuse and false imprisonment. They also know that he expressed his concerns about molesting children to at least one Covenant Life Church Pastor.

    Yet as of March 29, 2016, they have done nothing to protect community members whose children my have come in contact with this man in his capacity as a child ministry worker at their Church.

    To those who disagree with me, I ask the following question:

    Do you doubt that a secular day care or public school would be allowed to operate if its managers and owners refused to abide by laws pertaining to the protection of children?

    I’m all for religious freedom, yet people’s religious beliefs should not give them the right to protect and enable child molesters.

    Enough is enough, CLC members. Please be aware that if you continue to attend CLC and support its Pastors, you may end up breaking the law as well because the leadership team over there is good at getting other people to take the fall for them.

    I think that Charlotte Ennis and Terry Mayo can attest to that.

    Thanks. Janna

    Reply
    1. 2samuel127 Post author

      Thanks Janna! Unfortunately (for the victims sake) the stories of sexual abuse at the hands of Sovereign Grace and Covenant Life Church members and pastors seems to be endless. The big take-away in this story, IMO, is how a church pastor could read Caffery’s book and then think, yep, this is just the type of guy we need in Children’s Ministry! This can only be caused by one of three things: total igonorance, lack of discernment, or willfully allowing a man who has admittedly contemplated sexually abusing children access to children of the church. None of the choices bode well for children in CLC. All of the choices demonstrate that the pastor who read Caffery’s book should not be in the ministry. While I assume the CLC pastor who read the book is Kenneth Maresco, we can also assume CJ Mahaney knew about the situation. I think both men need to be investigated for possible criminal charges.

      Reply
    2. Love My Savior

      Comment: Excellent article, Todd. As a member of Montgomery County, MD, where Covenant Life Church is located, I also agree that this Church needs to be shutdown given that it is unapologetic-ally and illegally harboring known pedophiles.

      Response: So, if I understand correctly, you want the government or someone to physically shut down a Church? By what legal authority? And, how? Really – how would you propose doing that? Would you have the state police, or maybe storm troopers rush in with guns and arrest everyone? Tell us Cesar, how would you persecute the Church?

      Response: You claim that CLC is “illegally harboring known pedophiles.” If CLC has done something illegal, why hasn’t any employee been arrested? The police have conducted an investigation, but no employee has been arrested. Be specific – what crime has an employee committed – please show the actual law, with real and substantive facts.

      Comment: The Covenant Life Church Pastors knew that a current member of their Church, who has worked in children’s ministries, was arrested on March 16, 2016 for 11 count of child sexual abuse and false imprisonment. They also know that he expressed his concerns about molesting children to at least one Covenant Life Church Pastor.

      Response: Sometimes it’s helpful to use clear worlds. Mr. Caffery was a volunteer, not a worker – he was not a paid employee of the Church. For that matter, neither was Mr. Morales. The Church conducted a legal background check on him, and found nothing. Even if you had dome a check, there is no way you would have found anything to prevent him from serving in Children’s Ministry. Now, I know your going to say, when what about his book. The book he wrote was several hundred pages long, and only 5 lines mention his sexual temptation. The book was nothing more than a self-published testimony of his faith. It’s not even written very well. None of us would have wasted time reading in detail such a boring book.

      Comment: Yet as of March 29, 2016, they have done nothing to protect community members whose children my have come in contact with this man in his capacity as a child ministry worker at their Church.

      Response: Actually, the process to become a children’s ministry volunteer at CLC is more rigorous than any Church in the county. The conduct background checks of everyone. They require training from county child protective services. They have cameras all over the place, and no child is ever allowed to be alone with an adult volunteer or employee. Public schools don’t have that level of protection.

      Comment: Do you doubt that a secular day care or public school would be allowed to operate if its managers and owners refused to abide by laws pertaining to the protection of children?
      Response: This comment is answered in the previous. But, the answer is no. CLC’s has better child protection policies than any public school or day care. They even have police in uniform and plain clothes. And, a team of security people in Red shirts that guard doors, and watch for problems. You can’t even get into the Children’s Ministry area during the Service, unless you’re an approved volunteer withal the checks that are required for that.

      Comment: Enough is enough, CLC members. Please be aware that if you continue to attend CLC and support its Pastors, you may end up breaking the law as well because the leadership team over there is good at getting other people to take the fall for them.

      Response: I love my Church, and my friends that attend CLC. You have no right to threaten that I might be “breaking the law”.

      Reply
      1. Janna L. Chan (moderator)

        Thanks for your comment. I believe I have answered the points you made in several of my other comments. Best wishes to you. Janna

        Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.