Chantry Guilty!

By | May 8, 2019

Tom Chantry has been convicted of all 4 counts of child molestation!

God is good!

Todd will post more soon.

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)


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Douglas Belardi

who was elected to the AC and chosen as it’s officers?


Thanks Todd for the response as to his (and Karen’s) demeanor.

Bail was revoked so back to jail for him until sentencing in July. And he is now a twice convicted felon so doubt he’ll get the mercy of probation.

Was he handcuffed and led away by LE personnel? I pray for repentance, public. Surely this fall will break his proud heart. That he will see that God does indeed defend the defenseless and will give them justice. Even now secularly. I tremble for him yet the Lord has given comfort to the victims and their families.

Sorry to be so long winded, but Todd, do you think the next trial will happen if the sentence is “long”?

After the verdict were read and the jury was ushered out to vote on aggravating circumstances, two deputies who were sitting in the rear of the courtroom went up and took Chantry out of my view, but they were handcuffing him and led him away via some back passageway.

I don’t know if the next trial will proceed or not. My personal view is that it would be wise to do so, just in case Chantry wins an appeal or has his sentence shortened.

I know that Nate Morales, the convicted pedophile in Sovereign Grace Ministries, got 2 or 3 counts thrown out on appeal and thus had his sentence reduced.

Douglas Belardi

I actually would be satisfied if they offer a plea deal with FULL public allocution of ALL of the abuse (including the pending 9 charges) with probation and registration as a sex offender


I’ve seen two allocutions — one by Gary Ridgway to avoid the death penalty and the other by Dennis Rader who was so happy to brag about his killings I lived through Ridgway, so LE was hoping to find more victims buried so made a deal with the devil. Rader I guess was to avoid the death penalty but more importantly to boast. Both were chilling for different reasons.

May twice convicted felon Chantry make his allocution to God alone in his heart but to also confess his awful sins, enduring a trial to further victimize those children to his shame Such shame he has brought to Christ and His bride,

All I want to see now is public repentance. Not holding my breath.

Douglas Belardi

it does seem “the deal” allowed closure for some families

Mr. Jesperson

I think that this kind of discussion is largely mute. To understand Narcissist Personality Disorder and how these people, like Tom and Walter act, is to understand what a fully broken conscience looks like. These people simply do not care about how what they do affects others. They are the sociopaths and psychopaths of this world. Asking them to repent is like asking a fish to fly and nest. It is a total waste of energy. Perhaps that is why Jesus said to the Pharisees the “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?” He talked to them as those who were already doomed, not as those whom He would ever dream of repenting.

All I hope is that Tom will spend the rest of his days behind bars so there is no chance of further child abuse on his part. A public apology will never come unless he sees some clear advantage to it and is desperate enough to do it. Even if done it would likely be insincere. Those kinds of apologies are popular today among celebrities being guided by attorneys and PR firms. Yet those will not hold up on judgment day. So I personally see no value in public apologies. I would much rather see a conscience that would have prevented them from doing evil in the first place…

I appreciate your comments and Sonjas. I think that we are all called to do different things.

I would be hesitant to minister to someone like Tom Chantry, because I think he’s a sociopath incapable of emphasizing with others. He may also manipulate good people into doing things that are unwise. Sociopaths are often good at that.

However, I am glad that others want to minister to Chantry or have hopes for his sincere public confession. I don’t believe that anyone should be written off, even if that ideal is hard for me to express at times.

I’m hoping the Chantry case discourages other irresponsible (I’m using kind wording) organizations like ARBCA from covering up child abuse.

I am also happy that victims feel fully vindicated and that Tom Chantry cannot hurt other children.


Janna L. Chan (blog team member)


Chantry is a man who “understands” the Gospel, yet so did Christopher Hitchens who for all we know died in his sin. Knowing the Bible doesn’t mean that one believes God’s Word. Hitchens never pretended to believe which made him more truthful than Chantry. Ordained to shepherd God’s people yet even without the crimes, was nothing but the worst sort of Pharisee, drunk with power and authority — angry and ill-tempered. The opposite of a shepherd. Beat the sheep as often as he could.

No one is incapable of being healed of anything by faith through Christ. If it takes years or happens tomorrow I pray that Chantry comes to Godly sorrow and does the right thing. Pray the same of those wicked men at ARBCA. Brood of vipers — full of arrogance and drunk on power.


Janna — you think I’m defending Chantry? I’m not shortening God’s arm. I’m hoping to see His salvation in Chantry by repentance,

Sorry I was not clear.

To be clearer Chantry can die in prison if that’s what a secular court decides — that’s just the beginning,

Please read what I posted more carefully. If you think I’m defending Chantry, you misread. I said God can redeem even the worst sinners, Do you not believe that?

Mr. Jesperson

While I well understand that Christ died in order to save mankind, I also recognize that we all have choices to make. Where I am coming from is over the last several years I keep hearing many talking about how these celebrities need to repent. And yet that statement is obvious. Men who proclaim themselves as experts in God’s law like the scribes of Jesus’ day know the scriptures better than the typical church goer or person who comes here to comment.

So how does a man who spends his life studying the Word of God, not to practice it himself, but in order to manipulate certain religious followers ever truly repent? Men like the Chantrys, Mark Driscoll, James MacDonald, KP Yohannan and the like know better than anyone that if they actually believed what they studied that they should repent. They do not need anyone else to tell them to repent. I am not putting down God’s power to save. But these men are literally like Satan. Satan saw God in His full glory and power and yet, still wanted to use his authority to start his own private cult of personality, and so it continues. I can back up my view with scriptures.

I am just very convinced that we are wasting our time and energy telling these wicked snakes to repent. They already know that themselves. Jesus called men like this out in order to warn the people. Some are just like Judas and Jesus warned us about them long ago. He told us to be wary of them and shed light on their evil deeds. He never told us to tell them to repent.

If they possessed a heart to do so they would have when they first studied the Word of God themselves. Jesus never said that bad ground ever becomes good ground. He plainly stated that men are what they are. Some are hard, some rocky, some thorny and a few good soil. We keep wishing that hard soil will miraculously become good. I think we are wanting to believe in a fantasy with that. I hope that that all is clear.

Mr. Jesperson

Scriptural support comes from Luke 16 and this is Jesus Himself speaking. After Jesus states that we cannot serve God and Mammon verse 14 states, “The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. ”

Can these men be saved? What did Jesus say later in the parable about the rich man and Lazarus? Verse 27, ““He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, 28 for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ 29 “Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ 30 “‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 31 “He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’””

These false religious leaders did not listen to Moses and the Prophets, nor are they convinced by Jesus own resurrection, so what actual hope is there, from the scripture, for any real repentance?


How ironic that he is found guilty of molestation smack dab in the middle of the ARBCA General Assembly. You know, the very organization that tried to cover it all up.

Time for Church

ARBCA is intolerant of any agenda other than their own, which is why they didn’t recognize this problem when it manifested. IT is like a small church in Rapid City, SD, which has mandatory meetings for its members anytime a “travelling show” comes to town.

“Mom, can we go to the circus next Friday night? Everyone from school is going to be there!”

“WE can’t go, dear, I know you have wanted to see the circus for the last five years…but there is an emergency meeting at church next Friday night. Maybe when you are grown, you can see the circus…but for now, everyone from church is going to be at church.”

Douglas Belardi

arbca’s choices
1, fold up their tent
2. silence
3 continue their defence of chantry as being persecuted
4 a non-apology apology
5 genuine repentance (with true evidence of the same)

I’m going with 2, 3 and maybe 4

Mr. Jesperson

Thanks to Todd and Janna who have faithfully followed this all through from start to end. It is my hope that the sentencing will end up being severe enough that Tom will simply not ever have another opportunity to abuse any children again before his true permanent sentencing before the Lord Jesus Christ at His Bema Seat.

Douglas Belardi

maybe he can throw daddy and arbca under thus bus as mitigating circumstances – lol


I asked about Chantry’s demeanor during this trial and no response (that’s okay), but when the verdict was read anything to report? That’s a super dramatic point of a trial. Thanks.

I could not see Chantry’s face. I was told he looked angry. There was zero display of anything by Karen Chantry or Judy Rogers.


From the letters of the victims and their families, it seems Chantry has a wicked temper. One can only imagine his rage at being found guilty of these felonies when he had such a temper tantrum over a glass being placed on the table without a coaster.

Why Does He DO That?

The temper towards the children was an abusive behavior, not an anger problem. Please read Lundy Bancroft’s book entitled Why Does He DO That?
Some ARBCA pastors have stumbled on to this book in later years. It seems that in order to keep their tithes, gifts, and offerings coming in, they were forced to learn what others were experiencing and relate to them in real ways.

Tom’s behavior is totally for his specific audience.
However, for court, jail inmates are medicated to stand trial, or to be in the courtroom at all in some cases.

Hal Doll

MY guess is that Chantry was on haldol or klonopin prn (after the routine other meds he no likely takes while incarcerated) to endure the trial. That’s protocol.