On January 14, 2019 I published an article titled “ARBCA Publishes Shameful Rant by John Giarrizzo.” You can read that article here. The article contained a letter written by John Giarrizzo in which he stated: “Last summer we suffered a severe church-split resulting in the sudden departure of many who were disgruntled, some of whom were reckless trouble-makers.”
What John Giarrizzo was referring to was the the mass exodus of GCC church members in response to the factual report compiled by his fellow elders. This report was very thorough and proved Giarrizzo’s complicity in the ARBCA coverup of former ARBCA pastor Tom Chantry’s sexual abuse of children. I do not know all of what transpired at GCC, but I do know the elders called for John Giarrizzo to repent and for the church to withdraw from ARBCA. Giarrizzo dug in his heels and managed to remain in power at the church. He then wrote a letter dated August 25, 2018 claiming the elders had sinned against him and needed to repent. I believe at this point all GCC members who were sincere, discerning Christians came to the conclusion that they could no longer attend a church pastored by John Giarrizzo and subsequently left.
On the same day that John Giarrizzo wrote his ridiculous letter David and Paige Giarrizzo wrote an equally ridiculous letter to the GCC elders. David is John’s son. Paige is John’s daughter-in-law.
The letter written by David and Paige did not engage with any of the factual evidence presented in the report, this was simply because they could not counter the truthful, detailed evidence. Instead, in an effort to obfuscate the factual evidence they made statements like the one I quoted above – “but have strung together alleged facts to create the impression of wrongdoing.“
Further, David and Paige in addressing the elders stated, “may he somehow use this terrible mess you’ve caused..” Correction, David and Paige, it is your father/father-in-law that created the mess.
You will also notice the great lengths that David and Paige went to in an attempt to demonstrate the elders had not followed Scripture in their confrontation of John Giarrizzo. I totally disagree with the claims of David and Paige and find it quite ironic that they would claim all the elders had sinned against their dad yet the two of them, in their letter appear to be engaging in the very activity they accuse the elders of engaging in.
I could say much more, but will end with this point. Remember what is at the root of all of this – John Giarrizzo has covered up for Tom Chantry since at least the year 2000, and he continually lied about the facts to his fellow elders when they were investigating the matter. Tom Chantry is a sexual sadist who did great harm to children of what was then an ARBCA church. Chantry is now a convicted felon and awaits trials on further counts of sexual molestation, assault and child abuse. Chantry’s sick, perverse actions have caused untold damage to not only the young children he abused, but also to their families, Miller Valley Baptist Church and now GCC and ARBCA.
And yet John Giarrizzo stubbornly refuses to acknowledge the facts of his role in the scandal and repent. Giarrizzo is effectively choosing to continue to support his friend and convicted felon, Tom Chantry over the abused children. David and Paige Giarrizzo, in supporting their father and railing against the righteous elders who exposed John’s sins have also indirectly thrown their support behind the convicted felon Tom Chantry. In all their various quotes of Scripture they seem to have left one very important verse out:
“but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
Matthew 18:6 NAS
David and Paige stated, “Based on the way that you have treated Pastor John, this should keep each of you awake at night with dread.”
If anyone is having trouble sleeping it should be the Giarrizzo’s.
The apple really didn’t fall far from the tree!
Below is the letter David and Paige Giarrizzo wrote to the former GCC elders who investigated John Giarrizzo’s involvement in ARBCA’s coverup of the Tom Chantry sexual abuse of children scandal. You may view the report here.
Letter From David Giarrizzo… by on Scribd