ARBCA Publishes Shameful Rant by John Giarrizzo

By | January 14, 2019

“Peace if possible, truth at all costs.”
-Martin Luther

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
-Isaiah 5:20 NIV

The leaders of ARBCA have been foolish enough to publish a letter written by John Giarrizzo in their weekly newsletter dated January 8, 2019. In this letter Giarrizzo castigates his former Elders, without mentioning them by name, for being “reckless troublemakers.” In the preceding paragraph Giarrizzo speaks of a member who recently died, praising him for, among other things, being a man who never caused any problems.

The Elders whom Giarrizzo referred to were noble men who pursued the truth. They did the right thing. It is unfortunate that more local churches are not blessed with men of the caliber of the former Elders of GCC.  Giarrizzo’s thrashing of them only shows him to be a proud, unrepentant sinner, unqualified for church leadership.  At the end of his letter Giarrizzo speaks of a member of GCC who is going to be excommunicated from the church unless he repents! Kettle black, John?

I think Giarrizzo’s letter will serve to open the eyes of church leaders who remain members of ARBCA to the ongoing corruption infesting the leadership of ARBCA. Why would anyone want to remain in an association who publishes letters such as the one written by Giarrizzo?



Below are quotes from the Elder’s report on Giarrizzo’s involvement in the coverup of the Tom Chantry Scandal.

“The elders named above (Pete Smith, Mark Flin, Joe Godal, and Josh Rusev) are calling for Pastor John’s repentance for violating the mandates of Scripture listed below:

Exodus 20:16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

Leviticus 19:11 “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely: you shall not lie to one another.”

This report is focused on the deception and coverup of facts by ARBCA Pastor John Giarrizzo. It should be noted that Pastor John was an active member of the AC since the inception of the association in 1997 through 2002. Pastor John withheld this information from GCC elders until it was discovered by the Weinland’s and reported to the elders on August 4, 2018. For eight months GCC elders had been working off of the false premise, as communicated by Pastor John, that he was not on the ARBCA AC in 2000, an administrative council that he, himself, condemned.”

-Pete Smith, Mark Flin, Joe Godal, and Josh Rusev, former Elders of Grace Covenant Church in their report to the GCC congregation detailing “John Giarrizzo’s involvement in ARBCA’s Coverup of the Tom Chantry Scandal.”

2019-1-8 John Girarrizzo Le… by on Scribd


Below is the excellent report by the former GCC Elders on the investigation of John Giarrizzo’s involvement in ARBCA’s Coverup of the Tom Chantry Scandal.

GCC Elder Investigation – J… by on Scribd

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Is anyone else annoyed/creeped-out by the constant exalted, spiritualized language of the denizens of ARBCA?

“Greetings to you in the name of our God, who has been our help in ages past and our hope for years to come”

“The Lord Jesus has faithfully preserved Grace Covenant Church throughout a turbulent 2018 in keeping with his promise that the gates of hell would not prevail against his church.”

“Since then Grace Covenant has been enjoying a close-knit unity and love that we had not known for many years”

“For our sweet unity in the church to grow even stronger”

“This sad providence is a clear reminder that we live in a fallen world where sin still runs wild without the Lord’s grace to restrain it”

Gag me with a spoon.

It’s like a weird form of Calvinistic Christianese. I grew up hearing that hyperbolic, pietistic claptrap crap and it still icks me out. Reminds me of Frodo’s observation that servants of The Enemy would “look fair and feel foul.”

Just want to be heard

As a former member of GCC, this letter from JG to ARBCA is so sad.
First of all, I hope that anyone that is still at GCC would truly look at the elders who have left and realize that they can’t agree with the statement of them being “disgruntled” and “reckless trouble makers.” Really? These are men you sat under, they are not malicious men. They are men who truly shepherded us. They prayed with us, fellowshipped with us, corrected us, encouraged us. Their handling of the whole situation (including the month after the big meeting) was humble and patient. They stayed and answered questions, were honest and transparent. They truly shepherded the flock (unlike what some people have said). They left because they could no longer be associated with ARBCA and could no longer sit under JG who has greatly sinned in his response of this whole situation. He is the one who caused confusion and division.
How is it biblical to make phone calls to gain sympathy before a meeting? How is it biblical to voice record the reading of a letter to the members of the church and send it out to those who aren’t even a part of the congregation? How is it biblical to make phone calls, slandering elders and talking of their pasts? If anyone else had behaved in this way, they would have immediately been put under church discipline.
I am so tired of the lies and dishonesty from certain people who are still there, including JG. I am sad and disappointed at the fact that so many friendships have now become strained and awkward, and some are non existent. I guess that’s part of standing for truth?
I think my hope in posting this is that those who are still there would carefully look at the whole situation and pray and seek the scripture, so much scripture goes against everything that has happened and I still pray that those who are still there would see it.


One must read the investigative report linked to in Todd’s article to fully understand the extraordinary gall and hypocrisy of this guy. It’s just stunning. When he realized the deacons were getting close to the truth, he threw ARBCA under the bus by agreeing there was a conspiracy by them (ARBCA) and then scrambling to resign his church from membership from them in order to hide his involvement with them. Apparently, the resignation never happened. With ARBCA publishing his letter in their newsletter, seems they forgot his betrayal and all is forgiven. Or perhaps they never read the deacons’ report? You just can’t make this stuff up. ARBCA needs to be careful with this one…he squeals when the heat is turned up.

Headless Unicorn Guy

In the preceding paragraph Giarrizzo speaks of a member who recently died, praising him for, among other things, being a man who never caused any problems.

In other words, a Comrade Ogilvy, Good Little Party Member.

Douglas Belardi

A “close-knit family” of sychophants and the brainwashed
How many of the “new” visitors are former members of the now defunct church in San Tan?

Concerned Christian

According to 1 John, he’s a liar, he’s deceiving himself, and the truth is not in him. He’s not a Christian. He’s a false shepherd and a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Mr. Jesperson

No wonder Jesus called the Pharisees “a brood of vipers” and “sons of the devil.” False leaders like this guy are just unrepentant power grubbing narcissists. I can assure you that hell does burn hot enough for men like these. Calling men who attempt to hold you accountable “trouble makers” is just so Pharisaical. It is political in the worse sense of the word, where nothing you do can possibly be wrong, and nothing the other party can do can possibly be right.


That’s such a lovely photo. I get these ARBCA guys mixed up so pardon me in asking if this is the man whose entire board resigned after he told THEM to repent? And he’d be waiting with open arms.

He’s not fit to conduct church discipline. Does he not see that judgment starts in the church? And is he so blind he doesn’t see that judgment is well underway? I tremble for him and his “cohorts”.

Brent Detwiler

It is appalling the Administrative Council is allowing Giarrizzo to put out this deceitful & arrogant condemnation of those who justly and necessarily exposed him. It shows, once again, no one on the current Administrative Council has any interest in serving the cause of Christ. If they did, they would be working to remove Giarrizzo from ministry rather than advancing his perverse self-preservation & advancement by the inclusion of this letter. I hope all those who left Grace Covenant Church (Gilbert, AZ) continue to expose & oppose Giarrizzo & ARBCA.