Did Convicted Felon Thomas Chantry Abuse Children While Attending Another ARBCA Church?

By | September 16, 2018

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Any real Christian will by nature detest Chantry for the minion of Satan he is. Those who refuse to do so are at best allies of evil and more likely fellow minions of darkness themselves. ARBCA has been overrun by enemies of Christ for years now.
-Jeff Crippen, Pastor of Christ Reformation Church, Tillamook, Oregon. Author of A Cry for Justice and Unholy Charade.

 

 

Tom Lyon, ARBCA Pastor of Providence Reformed Baptist Church and enabler of Thomas Chantry.

 Prior to Tom Chantry going to MVBC, Tom was a member at TRBC [Trinity Reformed Baptist Church ] while Earl Blackburn was pastoring the church. While at TRBC, Tom taught a Sunday school class all alone with his favorite aged kids in a little room just he and the kids. The kids in Tom’s class didn’t like him. I remember one boy (now an adult) saying Tom was “weird” and gave him “the creeps.” For awhile (not sure if it was while he was attending seminary in Escondido or right after) he lived at Earl [Blackburn] and Debbie’s house and at times would babysit their son (who was 10-12 years old at the time) when they would go on vacation.

The scenario above is eerily similar to the situation that played out once Chantry left Trinity Reformed Baptist Church for Miller Valley Baptist Church. A reasonable person should rightly question if children were abused while Chantry worked among children at Trinity Reformed Baptist Church – a member church of ARBCA.

Below are letters written by the parents of Victims and a Victim himself. These letters were written in 2000 and made available to the ARBCA Informal Council when they traveled to Miller Valley Baptist Church to conduct their investigation into the despicable and savage abuses carried out by convicted felon Thomas Chantry. Miller Valley was a member of ARBCA at the time, but they withdrew from the ARBCA Association after Chantry successfully obtained membership in ARBCA for his new church, Christ Reformed Baptist Church of Hales Corners, WI. Miller Valley Baptist Church strongly argued against allowing Chantry’s church into ARBCA, but their pleas to ARBCA leadership fell on deaf ears.

 

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Below is a document containing a police report from the Arlington Heights Police Department. Tom Chantry was teaching 5th and 6th grade at Christian Liberty Academy and somehow got hold of a 5 year old child and spanked him so severly that he still had marks 2 days later when his parents were interviewed by the police. I am told that there were at least four or five similar incidents that took place while Chantry was teaching at Christian Liberty Academy. It should be mentioned that Walter Chantry, the father of Tom Chantry, was good friends with Philip Bennet, the Headmaster of Christian Liberty Academy. Philip Bennett has now been promoted to Superintendent and his son, Thad Bennett has taken over the duties of Headmaster. I have been told that one of Philip Bennett’s sons is married to one of Thomas Chantry’s sisters. I have not been able to verify this. Local media need to investigate this story.  Walter Chantry reportedly spoke numerous times at the Christian Liberty Academy chapel service and he has also spoken at least four times at the affiliated church.  Christian Liberty Academy featured an article on their website by Thomas Chantry in 2011 (it has now been removed) and Thomas Chantry spoke at the graduation ceremony in. 2012! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you have been a victim of abuse by convicted felon Thomas Chantry, or if you know someone who has been victimized by him I urge you to contact Susan Eazer at the Yavapai County District Attorney’s office.(Details below.)  If you are hesitant to do that you can email me at tlwdxb@protonmail.com and I will forward your complaint to Ms. Eazer.

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KJ

I’m the Ken Turner mentioned in the victim’s letter. I vaguely recall refusing to the father to spank the victim & his brother that summer, but I don’t recall Chantry’s involvement (I’m not denying it, but admitting my poor memory). I just wanted to add that the boys overall were great kids. They fought as brothers tend to do…but absolutely nothing that would suggest the need for over-the-top discipline.

Van Helsing

Hi HUG,
Yep, I tend to agree with your assessment. That is a very plausible reason why he was so protected – as my wife said – either to become an unrepentant and cantankerous academic and teach at their new “cemetery,” aah, I mean seminary, or to take over the reigns of ARBCA at some future point in time. TC’s narcissism would grasp at nothing less than to be in control on their AC. That is also why he could not discipline himself from blogging, tweeting, or being on Facebook. He needed the attention and admiration – to be out there and considered “important.”

Van Helsing

Todd and Janna,
Thank you both for allowing variant and discordant viewpoints on the blog. True Christians are not afraid of them as the Truth always withstands investigation and conversely, LIES do not, as we have seen. The blog has been a great tool for Christians to use as an instrument for “iron sharpening iron” and that benefits all believers and the church in general.

I am still puzzled a bit by the elders at MVBC though. Why did they wait 16 years to formally pull out of ARBCA and did so only when CRBC was admitted to membership in 2016? Something smells putrid here. Why were they still beholden to ARBCA for 16 years after the debacle there? Were they co-dependent upon ARBCA? To me, this suggests that the elders there were complicit in the cover-up by possibly having some other “skeletons in their closets” or were they that weak as a body to not take a firm stand for their abused kids?

One huge rabbit-hole after another I guess!

Darrel

Here I Stand,
“Do you realize what damage your comments are having on the church of Christ?”
What an absolute cop-out! It is typical of satan and all his minions to shift blame from the guilty onto the innocent who dare to bring to light the sins of others. Not only that but your concern is misplaced: the damage done by TC and all those who support him whether they have the courage to say so or not is solely to the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus you have placed the church you so cherish (in word only) above the Lord Jesus Christ and made the church your idol just like some many of your fellow ‘church members’ have done.

Why do I hear no concern for the real victims of Tom Chantry’s evil actions? Have you erased what he did to those kids already? Perhaps you think it will be a simple cake walk for these children to live a normal life free of the memories of the atrocities inflicted upon them by their hireling “pastor” who did it in the name of Christ as a “pastor” of a church you so want to idolize and worship (please don’t insult the readers here by trying to deny your precious idol). It is a happy day to see the division caused by all of this because it draws out those who would otherwise remain hidden as the frauds that they are (1 Cor. 11:19), the elders, deacons, pastors, etc. who hide behind the doctrines of grace but live as servants of the devil—and all of this in the Name of Christ. No wonder you want to silence Todd and the others who speak up about this, who would know about the evils of TC and his sick supporters were it not for the truth given here? By the way, trying to silence a person because he speaks the truth is another effective tool of satan and his minions to accomplish his goals. How many of the prophets of old were killed for this very reason? That’s two strikes to your credit, want to see if there is a third? Only the elect repent.

CA

Here I Stand,

You must understand that Detwiler and Wilhelm have a vendetta against C.J. Mehaney. They insert themselves in the business of others in order to attack C.J. Mehaney. They need their monsters to look like heroes! It’s a girly man way to fight but there it is.

They have no recourse but to hurl accusations they can’t substantiate!

Headless Unicorn Guy

Did Convicted Felon Thomas Chantry Abuse Children While Attending Another ARBCA Church?

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Here I Stand

What extraordinary hypocrisy for you to write anonymously as Here I Stand and compare yourself to Martin Luther when you don’t have an ounce of his courage. You desecrate his name. Identify yourself if you want to speak boldly. But instead you hide behind an alias.

Even worse, you are likely one of those who have covered up for Chantry or a supporter of those who have. Is your first name Walt, Judy, Douglas, Tom, Al, Don, Earl, Larry, David, Steve, Rob, Dale, John, et al. And by the way, where is Wilhelm wrong? No doubt he is on some points, but you cite no examples and provide no evidence.

Furthermore, from the day Chantry was arrested, the people above and many other ARBCA leaders, have been covering up for him and radically defending his innocence despite the overwhelming evidence. Evidence that goes back to 2000. Tripp, McKnight, Jensen, Selph, and the 2000 and 2001 Administrative Councils, knew he was physically assaulting children! That is plain and evident. And most likely for his wicked pleasure. Yet none of them obeyed the law or the Bible and reported him to police.

Furthermore, Chantry was unfit for ministry in so many other ways. His anger, lying, arrogance, authoritarianism, and anti-social behavior was evident within weeks of arriving at Miller Valley Baptist Church in 1995. Those same characteristics continued. People respected his intellect. No one respected his character. That was true at Christ Reformed Baptist Church in Hales Corner, WI from 2006-2017. He was terrible as a pastor. Many people have so communicated.

What is amazing, in typical ARBCA fashion, you attack Mr. Wilhelm for the very things that characterize your writing. For instance, in these sinful judgments. “You have left objectivity in the dust and are screaming like a little child. Grow up. Act like a Christian. And stop using other people’s pain to make you feel good at night.”

You are a blind guide and hypocrite. Wilhelm is not out to destroy good men and good churches. He is out to expose bad men who have covered up for bad men while the pretend to be good men and deceive their churches.

No one would know the truth about Chantry, and the widespread corruption surrounding him, if not for the work of Wilhelm (and others). Why? Because he has tirelessly worked to post the evidence and report the evidence!

For instance, his five weeks at the trial of Chantry. Where were you? What first hand accounts do you have of the proceedings? Which victims, families, church leaders, court officials and reporters did you interact with?

And were you there to personally observe Karen Chantry, Judy Rogers, Don Lindbald, Al Huber, and Dave Dysktra cheering on Thomas Chantry as he incessantly lied under oath. For instance, categorically denying in absolute terms ever assaulting the two victims for which he was convicted of felonies. I was sitting behind one of those dear victims, agonizing with bowed head and eyes in tears, as the person listened to him deny ever assaulting them. And yet, Thomas Chantry was one of the heroes in ARBCA.

It is not Wilhelm that is doing harm to churches in ARBCA. It is ARBCA that has done harm to ARBCA. In particular, people like you in ARBCA, which thankfully is not everyone. Many people are discovering the truth about ARBCA by the sinful reactions of pastors and the overwhelming evidence of wrong doing!

Tragically, you are reaping what you have sown but are too self-righteous to discern it.

Here I Stand

Greetings Todd,

Although a small part of what you are writing about is accurate, you have surrounded fact with assumption. You quote without context, and assume without knowledge. When will you be finished? When will you have drunk your fill of other’s reputations? Do you realize what damage your comments are having on the church of Christ?

It has been apparent from the very beginning of this that you are not objectively seeking for justice in the Tom Chantry matter. He is in the law’s hands. You seem to put a great deal of confidence in the law. Good, so perhaps let them do their job. You are using this situation to gratify some desire of revenge. In fact, you are smearing the pain of children across the internet to use for an agenda of destruction against Christ’s church. Imagine when you get to heaven someday, and your Savior asks you, “Why did you persecute me?” You may be right in your accusations of Chantry, but you have gone way too far in your systematic attack on many true churches and good men. There are countless examples of this in your blogs.

What is your end goal? Because to many it seems like it is fulfilling some personal vendetta against all ARBCA churches and more than that. You have left objectivity in the dust and are screaming like a little child. Grow up. Act like a Christian. And stop using other people’s pain to make you feel good at night.

My advice to you: Go back to your hard earned retirement. Help your local church. Stay off the internet. And above all, seek repentance for the destruction you have waged against many of Christ’s sheep. Try for some remorse, Todd.

Sincerely,
A concerned Christian.

Linn

36 years ago I was the member of a church that had an adulterous pastor. It wasn’t a secret…everyone in our small town knew. He finally resigned, where he went on to another church and did the same thing. It turned out he had behaved this way in at least four different churches with church staff, or leaders’ wives. The church totally fell apart, and it still exists today, butt it has never really recovered. Fast forward a few years, I was with another church with the same denomination and I asked the pastor about what had happened in my previous church. He said that, since all of the churches were “independent”, action had to be taken at the local church level. However, all these pastors for the churches attended the same seminaries and had to be ordained into the denomination. They just kept passing the trash from church to church. Amazingly, after being thrown out of his last church for indecent behavior (they got it right), he was able to get a pastorate in an independent church with his own radio program. He passed away a few years ago, still preaching from his own pulpit.

Rae

“It should be mentioned that Walter Chantry, the father of Tom Chantry, was good friends with Philip Bennet, the Headmaster of Christian Liberty Academy. Philip Bennett has now been promoted to Superintendent and his son, Thad Bennett has taken over the duties of Headmaster. I have been told that one of Philip Bennett’s sons is married to one of Thomas Chantry’s sisters. I have not been able to verify this. Local media need to investigate this story. Walter Chantry reportedly spoke numerous times at the Christian Liberty Academy chapel service and he has also spoken at least four times at the affiliated church. Christian Liberty Academy featured an article on their website by Thomas Chantry in 2011 (it has now been removed) and Thomas Chantry spoke at the graduation ceremony in. 2012!”

Sounds right to me. Many of these ultra right wing religious groups like to keep things “in the family” as much as possible. They don’t want to dilute their imagined and self proclaimed superior status in God’s kingdom by allowing in outsiders. Although they may not come right out and say as much, that is often the underlying thought process and undergirds how they conduct themselves and their organizations.