Chalk Another ARBCA Resignation Up to Tom Chantry!

By | February 7, 2019

Robert Frost (1874–1963).

The Road Not Taken

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

On January 29, 2019, Hope Reformed Baptist Church unanimously voted to resign from ARBCA. Those who have been following the case of Thomas Chantry, now convicted on two felony counts of assault of children and awaiting trials on numerous counts of sexual abuse of children, will recall that Richard Jensen, pastor of Hope Reformed Baptist Church, served on the ARBCA three-man investigative team which traveled to Miller Valley Baptist Church in Prescott, AZ in December 2000 to investigate charges made by members of the Miller Valley church against their former pastor, Tom Chantry. (Chantry resigned from the pastorate in November, 2000.)

Citing “Events that have transpired over the last few years have caused us to reelvaluate our membership in the association,” one can only assume Jensen is referring to the events surrounding Thomas Chantry’s former church in Hales Corners, WI becoming members of ARBCA, as well as the trial of Chantry in the summer of 2018.

In my opinion Jensen’s letter shows a lack of courage, but then so did his work in December 2000. As a former  homicide detective in Suffolk County, NY, Jensen surely had to know that the information he and fellow members of the ARBCA investigative team (Tedd Tripp and Mike McKnight) received concerning the brutal beatings administered to young children at the hands of Thomas Chantry was criminal child abuse and needed to be reported to Prescott Law Enforcement. None of the men did so.

Additionally, to the best of my knowledge, Jensen raised no protest when Chantry’s church applied for membership in ARBCA. While it is good to see another church resign from ARBCA, it would have been nice to see Jensen write a stronger letter of resignation. Jensen must be aware of the corrupt individuals who remain in power in ARBCA, yet he is apparently content to let them continue unopposed. There have been precious few men in ARBCA who I would consider “watchmen on the wall” -men willing to speak up, to sound the alarm. Jensen could have been one of them, but once again he chose not to be. Undoubtedly this is the reason the association is so corrupt.


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With terms like “Christian perspective” being bandied about it would help to have an adequate definition thereof which is not supplied. The very term itself limits those who can legitimately lay claim to such a ‘perspective’ with the elimination of the fakes, the frauds, the pretenders to the faith who have overrun the internet and the houses of goat worship with their high sounding pronouncements, long winded dissertations filled with limited intellect and less Biblical Truth than is befitting even a novice to the faith. The only concern for some is the damage done to their goat barns by those who dare to bring these heinous deeds to light. Others seem to concentrate on the victims’ plight as if that were the end of it. But to date who has shown any concern for all this that has been done to the Name of Christ? Please point me to that ‘comment’ or post because I am having trouble finding it (could it be because there are no such concerns or words against the mockery and blaspheme of the Lord as found in the wicked actions and words of those who perpetrated these deeds in the first place—tell me it ain’t so, then show me where to find said post/comment).

Claiming to be “saved” or to be “Christian” is so easy a cave man can do it; producing the incumbent fruit is humanly impossible. So why no outcry that the Name of the Lord has been mocked and blasphemed? Without such an outcry, show me the fear of the Lord; better yet, convince Him that you do indeed fear Him for He is your final Judge. Nearly all of this ‘conversation’ about Tom Chantry, the Berry’s, the ARBCA, et al can be boiled down to a ‘he said she said’ argument with one side seeking to exonerate the accused (with obvious lies) and the other side seeking vengeance on the same ‘perps’ (more than a ‘pound of flesh’ is required) but I have yet to find any concern for the Lord Jesus Christ—where is it? “Vengeance is Mine, saith the Lord, I will repay.” But who cares about Christ? Shame on us all!!!

Van Helsing

IMO this is huge and suggests that the Lord has been working on this man’s heart. God does this in his time as we all should know. It is very important to the Christian community that fallen and back slidden members repent and be restored. Yes, it is sad that he did not come forward sooner but he may have been subsumed and enveloped by the larger ARBCA cult that may have threatened him with some kind of dire retribution. I am not in the “religious business” and folks are only human (even ARBCA members) but a man does have to feed himself and his family unless he went back into law enforcement. After all, saving Walter Chantry’s reputation took precedence over everything and everybody during this sordid affair. What a God-awful shame.

Douglas R Belardi

May there be more
(although I do wonder what the backstory is – WHO pushed this?)