Day Nine of the Thomas Chantry Trial – Chantry Found Guilty on All Four Counts!

By | May 12, 2019

“There’s no guarantee that justice will win out or that a noble sacrifice will make any difference. But when it does, there’s something that still swells my chest. There’s magic in that…. It tells me that’s the way things are supposed to be. ”
Brent Weeks, Beyond the Shadows

I returned to the Verde Superior Courthouse this morning assuming a verdict would be returned at some point during the day. The jury had deliberated for about 2 hours on Tuesday, recessed for the day, and resumed deliberations at 9:00 A.M. I spent a few tense hours in the corridor outside the courtroom awaiting the verdict. At 11:05 we were informed the jury had a question, so everyone (excepting the jurors) returned to the courtroom. The question was actually a request. The jury desired to see the letters exchanged between Walter Chantry and Miller Valley Baptist Church elders Rich Howe and Eric Owens. Judge Astrowsky formulated his response to the jury with input from State’s counsel, Susan Eazer and Defense counsel, Ryan Stevens.

The letters had not been submitted as evidence so the answer the jury received was something to the effect of, “You are to consider the evidence admitted in court and any testimony you heard.” Additionally, they were referred to the final instructions they had received from Judge Astrowsky.

After this I left the Courthouse and headed out for a quick lunch. While out, an ominous thunderstorm rolled through Camp Verde. The sky grew very dark, the wind picked up, the temperature dropped, lightning bolts flashed and heavy rain and hail fell from the sky. The thought entered my mind that this was a precursor of God’s earthly judgment of Tom Chantry. I returned to the courthouse around 12:30, strangely confident that a guilty verdict would be returned. I didn’t have to wait long to have my feeling confirmed. At 1:15 word was passed that the jury had reached a verdict. I entered the courtroom and took my usual seat; on the prosecution side, one row from the back in the middle of the row. Two uniformed Sheriff’s deputies arrived, they were big burly men who had the appearance of former NFL linebackers. They seated themselves in the row located nearest the door out of the courtroom. A smartly dressed man also entered, he appeared to also be with Law Enforcement.  Then a man and three young ladies entered and sat behind me. They appeared to be court employees, there to observe the dramatic scene of the verdict declared in this infamous case. Well known blogger, Brent Detwiler sat a few rows ahead of me.

At 1:25 Tom Chantry, his wife Karen and his sister, Judy Rogers entered the courtroom.

At 1:30 Judge Astrowsky entered the courtroom.

At 1:45 the Jury entered the courtroom. (The jury consisted of 9 women and 3 men.) The mood was somber and the courtroom was silent. They handed the envelope containing the jury verdict forms to the Bailiff and he handed the envelope to Judge Astrowsky. The Judge looked them over and then handed them to the Court Clerk. She then read the first count (it seemed to take forever) and inquired of the jury foreperson how they voted.

“Guilty,” said the foreperson.

And with that one word the legacy of Walter Chantry came crashing down. Thomas J. Chantry, Walter’s only son, the son whose image he had worked so hard to protect for at least 20 years, has finally been proven to be the “sick, twisted monster” that his victim knew him to be when he penned the words 19 years earlier.

Source: Scribd

“Justice can sleep for years and awaken when it is least expected. A miracle is nothing more than dormant justice from another time arriving to compensate those it has cruelly abandoned. Whoever knows this is willing to suffer, for he knows that nothing is in vain.”
Mark Helprin, Winter’s Tale

The reading of the verdicts for the remaining three counts was anti-climatic, it was a forgone conclusion that if the jury voted guilty on the first count, they would vote guilty on the other three. Such was the case.

From my vantage point I could not see Chantry’s face, I could only see the back of his bald head, and it was red. Brent Detwiler made it a point to watch Karen Chantry and Judy Rogers when the verdict was announced. He said they showed no emotion whatsoever.

The jury was then polled individually, at the request of the Defense, on all 4 counts. This was a time consuming thing, the purpose of which seemed somewhat inane to me.

The jury was then ushered out to take an additional vote on “aggravating circumstances.” This is an item the State brought forward, claiming Chantry caused “emotional harm” to the victim. The jury had to be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that this was true, which they did. Because of this the the judge can increase the sentence on each of the 4 counts from the presumptive 17 years to a maximum of 24 years, but more on the sentencing below.

Photo courtesy of Vyto Starinskas/VVN

ARBCA pastor Al Huber, the father-in-law of Tom Chantry is likely the man who bankrolled Chantry’s defense. I find it gratifying to contemplate that Huber has likely flushed over one million dollars down a rat hole in a vain attempt to clear Chantry of charges of molesting a child. I find it difficult to believe that any clear thinking individual, acquainted with the details of this case, could seriously believe Chantry was innocent. Now that Chantry has been proven to be guilty of the charges by a jury of his peers anyone still clinging to Chantry’s claim of innocence is, in my opinion, complicit in the case.

Not surprisingly, anonymous ARBCA leaders were doing just that, as reported on May 9 at the Pulpit & Pen website.

I believe what the Pulpit & Pen reported is actually what the inner corps of corrupt, evil ARBCA leaders believe in their hearts.

Let me remind you again of the manipulative tactics employed by ARBCA leaders to keep their people ignorant of the facts of the Thomas Chantry case. Below is a communication distributed to the ARBCA faithful throughout the country during the first trial of Thomas Chantry.  Steve Martin, the national Coordinator for ARBCA, wrote this. If, after reading this you mistake ARBCA Steve Martin for the comedian Steve Martin, it’s understandable.

 

Next is a revealing comment from a former member of Providence Reformed Baptist Church, pastored by the ignoble Tom Lyon.

Below is a photo of Tom Lyon. Those who have followed the Chantry story closely know that after Chantry fled Miller Valley Baptist Church he went up to Tacoma, WA and began attending Lyon’s church. Lyon possessed  the classified report on Chantry and was aware of all the requirements Chantry had agreed to comply with. Only after meeting these requirements would Chantry be considered for preaching again. Within six months of Chantry arriving at Providence Reformed Baptist Church, Lyon allowed Chantry to preach!  In 2002 Chantry left Lyon’s church to teach elementary school-children at Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights, IL. Apparently Lyon had no problem with this. Of course we are now aware that Chantry paddled a 5 year old boy at the school so hard that he still had marks on his bottom the next day. The police were called in and questioned Chantry. Chantry stated he had only paddled about 12 other children in his time at CLA! The young child’s parents did not want to press charges, but they did remove their child from the school.

Next we have a comment from Dale Smith which he sent back to his church members while he was attending the first Chantry trial. Smith is the senior pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Rockford, IL.  Al Huber, the father-in-law of Tom Chantry, is the assistant pastor.

At the same time the Pulpit & Pen was published, ARBCA was working on a statement of their own. In it they acknowledged what Chantry did was a heinous sin and they felt terrible for the victims, yada, yada yada.

To date none of the ARBCA leaders have contacted one of the victims of Chantry’s abuse at Miller Valley Baptist Church. Nor did the ARBCA statement mention their role in the 20 year coverup which they participated in. These guys are unloving, untruthful modern day Pharisees. In my opinion there is no excuse for any God-fearing individual to remain in a church that is affiliated with ARBCA.

ARBCA did a good job of throwing Chantry under the bus (for which I could care less), simply proving that there is no honor among thieves. (Or pedophiles?) One thing for certain, Chantry knows where all the ARBCA bodies are buried. I wonder how long it will be before he starts singing?

 

2019 Statement of ARBCA Ge… by on Scribd

Anthony Battaglia, author of the ARBCA.ORG blog  has started a petition to support the Chantry victims. (Anthony is a former member of an ARBCA church and is speaking out against corruption in ARBCA)

Please visit it and sign the petition here.

Below is the applicable laws which will apply for the sentencing of Thomas Chantry. You can read a brief explanation below the laws.


1995 A.R.S. § 13-604.01

1995 Arizona Code Archive

·        ARIZONA REVISED STATUTES

·        TITLE 13. CRIMINAL CODE

·        CHAPTER 6. CLASSIFICATIONS OF OFFENSES AND AUTHORIZED DISPOSITIONS OF OFFENDERS

 

§ 13-604.01. Dangerous crimes against children; sentences; definitions

A.  Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person who is at least eighteen years of age or who has been tried as an adult and who stands convicted of a dangerous crime against children in the first degree involving second degree murder, sexual assault, taking a child for the purpose of prostitution, child prostitution, sexual conduct with a minor or continuous sexual abuse of a child or involving or using minors in drug offenses shall be sentenced to a presumptive term of imprisonment for twenty years. If the convicted person has been previously convicted of one predicate felony the person shall be sentenced to a presumptive term of imprisonment for thirty years.

B.  Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person who is at least eighteen years of age or who has been tried as an adult and who stands convicted of a dangerous crime against children in the first degree involving aggravated assault, molestation of a child, commercial sexual exploitation of a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor, child abuse or kidnapping shall be sentenced to a presumptive term of imprisonment for seventeen years. If the convicted person has been previously convicted of one predicate felony the person shall be sentenced to a presumptive term of imprisonment for twenty-eight years.

C.  Except as otherwise provided in this section, a person who is at least eighteen years of age or who has been tried as an adult and who stands convicted of a dangerous crime against children involving sexual abuse under section 13-1404 is guilty of a class 3 felony and shall be sentenced to a presumptive term of imprisonment for five years, and unless the person has previously been convicted of a predicate felony, the presumptive term may be increased or decreased by up to two and one-half years pursuant to section 13-702, subsections C, D and E. If the person is sentenced to a term of imprisonment the person is not eligible for release from confinement on any basis except as specifically authorized by section 31-233, subsection A or B until the sentence imposed by the court is served, the person is eligible for release pursuant to section 41-1604.07 or the sentence is commuted. If the convicted person has been previously convicted of one predicate felony the person shall be sentenced to a presumptive term of imprisonment for fifteen years and is not eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon or release from confinement on any basis except as specifically authorized by section 31-233, subsection A or B until the sentence imposed by the court has been served, the person is eligible for release pursuant to section 41-1404.07 or the sentence is commuted.

D. The presumptive sentences prescribed in subsections A and B of this section or subsection C of this section if the person has previously been convicted of a predicate felony may be increased or decreased by up to seven years pursuant to the provisions of section 13-702, subsections B, C and D. 

E.  Except as provided in subsection C of this section, a person sentenced for a dangerous crime against children in the first degree pursuant to this section is not eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon, or release from confinement on any basis except as specifically authorized by section 31-233, subsection A or B until the sentence imposed by the court has been served or commuted.

F.  A person who stands convicted of any dangerous crime against children in the first degree pursuant to subsection A or B of this section having been previously convicted of two or more predicate felonies shall be sentenced to life imprisonment and is not eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon or release from confinement on any basis except as specifically authorized by section 31-233, subsection A or B until the person has served not fewer than thirty-five years or the sentence is commuted.

G.  Notwithstanding chapter 10 of this title, a person who is at least eighteen years of age or who has been tried as an adult and who stands convicted of a dangerous crime against children in the second degree pursuant to subsection A or B of this section is guilty of a class 3 felony and shall be sentenced to a presumptive term of imprisonment for ten years. The presumptive term may be increased or decreased by up to five years pursuant to section 13-702, subsections B, C and D. If the person is sentenced to a term of imprisonment the person is not eligible for release from confinement on any basis except as specifically authorized by section 31-233, subsection A or B until the person has served the sentence imposed by the court, the person is eligible for release pursuant to section 41-1604.07 or the sentence is commuted. A person who is convicted of any dangerous crime against children in the second degree having been previously convicted of one or more predicate felonies is not eligible for suspension of sentence, probation, pardon or release from confinement on any basis except as specifically authorized by section 31-233, subsection A or B until the sentence imposed by the court has been served, the person is eligible for release pursuant to section 41-1604.07 or the sentence is commuted.

H.  Section 13-604, subsections M and O apply to the determination of prior convictions.

I.  The sentence imposed on a person by the court for a dangerous crime against children in the first or second degree shall be consecutive to any other sentence imposed on the person at any time except that the sentence imposed on a person by the court for a dangerous crime against children under subsection B of this section involving child molestation or sexual abuse pursuant to subsection C of this section shall be consecutive to any other sentence imposed on the person at any time if the offense involved more than one victim.

J.  In this section:

1.  “Dangerous crime against children” means any of the following committed against a minor under fifteen years of age:

(a)  Second degree murder.

(b)  Aggravated assault resulting in serious physical injury or involving the discharge, use or threatening exhibition of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.

(c)  Sexual assault.

(d)  Molestation of a child.

(e)  Sexual conduct with a minor.

(f)  Commercial sexual exploitation of a minor.

(g)  Sexual exploitation of a minor.

(h)  Child abuse as defined in section 13-3623, subsection B, paragraph 1.

(i)  Kidnapping.

(j)  Sexual abuse.

(k)  Taking a child for the purpose of prostitution as defined in section 13-3206.

(l)  Child prostitution as defined in section 13-3212.

(m)  Involving or using minors in drug offenses.

(n)  Continuous sexual abuse of a child.

A dangerous crime against children is in the first degree if it is a completed offense and is in the second degree if it is a preparatory offense.

2.  “Predicate felony” means any felony involving child abuse pursuant to section 13-3623, subsection B, paragraph 1, a sexual offense, conduct involving the intentional or knowing infliction of serious physical injury or the discharge, use or threatening exhibition of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, or a dangerous crime against children in the first or second degree.


Sentencing for Chantry is scheduled for July 19th. There is a “Sentencing Status Conference” scheduled for June 14th.

Chantry is facing 10-24 years on each count and whatever sentence he receives must be flat time, meaning he is not eligible for early release. (See paragraph “E” above.)


Thanks to all who have followed the Chantry trial on this blog. Thanks also for your prayers.

 

“To sin by silence, when they should protest, makes cowards of men.” ― Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Loren Haas

Thank you for following this case. Your reporting has done much to pull back the cutains on these heartless weasles.
Hopefully they will now turn on each other

Thanks, Loren. Todd has done a great job.

Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Thanks for your support, Loren.

f anyone dislikes this blog, there’s a new home for you!

https://thecripplegate.com/a-new-kind-of-pharisee/

If I hadn’t known the person who emailed me a link to this thing, I would have thought it was a parody.

I’ll bet the blog above will accept comments that are not focused on victims of sexual abuse, to put it kindly.

Janna L. Chan (blog team member/new type of Pharisee)

Tired Soldier

Nice link… I’m admittedly tired of the great “THEY”, “THEM” and “THOSE” sermons and posts.

It would be refreshing to cite examples (instead of possibilities) coupled with a clear and simple pointing to the remedy for the things that easily ensnare.

If we’re honest and circumspect we can find these things in our own hearts, which I believe is the issue that needs to be addressed. But to state the obvious, “There is nothing new under the sun”, so I got bored by the second sentence.

Thanks for the comment. I quickly got bored by that Pharisee blog, as well, yet it also made me smile. Those folks take themselves very seriously.

For the record, that New Pharisee blog is accusing evil blogs of not contacting folks to get both sides of a story.

If there’s any point in doing so, Todd tries very hard to reach people he’s writing about prior to publishing an article.

Recently he e-mailed a question to everyone listed on an organization’s web site. That group’s only response was taking all their e-mail addresses off the site.

I’ve sent certified letters with return receipts to people, so they couldn’t claim they never got my e-mails and were therefore unaware of my concerns. That process cost $8-$15 a pop.

I’ve never gotten a response from snail mail correspondence, which was definitely received.

This blog tries very hard to be fair, in my view.

I am truly grateful that people who fundamentally hate this blog can now air their grievances elsewhere.

They are certainly entitled to their opinions.

Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

I agree with you, yet think that specific, factual details also matter.

Child sexual abuse victims need real justice that involves doing things other than seeking one’s heart or broadly reforming the church.

That’s my perspective. Thanks.

Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

With respect, to me there are new things under the sun. Every victim has a different set of tragedies and needs.

In eight years of doing informal advocacy work, my perspective about that has not changed.

Thanks.

Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Tired Soldier

Agree 100%.

My bored comment is directed at the claim of “A new kind of Pharisee.” I’m sorry that I wasn’t clear.

Every soul should be heard and taken care of without hesitation.

And that is fundamentally why the ARBCA situation is so grievous – because first and foremost Pastors should be lovers and not rapers of souls who feed their egos and confession.

These sheep do not belong to them. They belong to the Lord and He will call them to give an account.

Thank you both for your tenacity in bringing these horrible things into the light.

Thanks, I understood your meaning. I was afraid that others might not.

I should have been more clear.

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Thanks for your support. Todd has a nervous system of steel, yet I’m still sensitive and overwhelmed by the wonderful verdict in the Chantry case.

Best,

Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Ashley

I have attempted to email this but with no success so I will post it here.

I wanted to say thank you so much for what you both have done. My husband and I started attending Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Rockford IL about 2 years ago. (As you know this is the church led by Dale Smith and Al Huber.) We were only there a handful of months before we left. I am the type of person to be cautious and I tend to look into people and churches before we go as I want to make sure they are doctrinally sound and there’s no corruption going on. Because of you’re website I found out about the Tom Chantry case shortly after we had started going. I did not know the connection he had to this church but later found out. I did not want to jump to conclusions but wanted to be unbiased (even though I tend to predominantly side with the victim, especially in the case of children.) The church was nice for the most part, though they did seem a bit cultish. There was one family that invited us over and was very kind. But it seemed that there was this air of perfection and a bit of Pharisitical attitude. If you didn’t adhere to what they believed completely you were wrong and not as spiritually and doctrinally advanced as them. I remember a “sermon” by Al Huber in which he condemned everyone who ate out on Sunday as they were making restaurant workers break the Sabbath! He also warned everyone they could be going to hell, questioning if they were to leave and get in a wreck where would they go. He then reassured everyone to not worry about him though, if he leaves and gets in a wreck he will be in heaven for sure, not to worry about him! I always had my reservations about Al.

Dale Smith on the other hand seemed like a man who genuinely loved The Lord and cared for the flock given to him. I am really shocked and saddened by his involvement and even more so by his silence. Our prayer is that he would come forth and be a man of God and do what is right. It seems that if anyone would it would be him. It’s very sad and scary that he hasn’t yet.

Well my husband and I were continuing to go to church there and watching the news to see how things were progressing with the Chantry case. We were deeply disturbed and cautious with our own children, not letting them out of our sight. The straw that broke the camel’s back was an incident unrelated to Chantry. I was in the nursery with my youngest two children while my husband was in service with our oldest. I was watching the littlest who was one at the time while my older daughter, who was 4 at the time, was playing with blocks. She started throwing the blocks while sitting in a chair. I told her to stop twice which she didn’t do. At that time the little one went down a slide and I had to get him, while I was distracted an older lady who was in there got up and grabbed my daughter by the arm, jerked her off the chair and told her your going to pick these blocks up with a very hateful and mean attitude! When I looked over she then pretended to be playing a clean up game with her. Little did she realized I seen the whole incident. My daughter came by me and hid behind me and wouldn’t talk or move the last few minutes we were in there. I told my husband what happened and he went to her after service and talked to the lady about it and told her to never put her hands on any of our children again.

My husband also told me that Walter Chantry and his wife were attending church there which I didn’t know. We decided it was time for us to find a different church. Churches with this type of mentality are not safe places to be. Anyone with any bit of wisdom or discernment should flee far from them. There is hope, it’s not all Reformed churches, we go to a wonderful Reformed Church that isn’t a cult freak show full of conspiracies, cover-ups, pedophiles, and those who harbor them. I’m thankful to God that He is Sovereign and He will bring to light everything hidden.

I pray that God would use all things for good as His Word says and that He would bring healing, hope, salvation, and restoration to the poor victims and their families. I know these things are very hard to work through but I know God is greater than the evils we face and we can be comforted knowing He is a just God. I am angered and disgusted by all those involved in this cover up, especially with Tom Chantry. Clearly he and those involved are unregenerate. My prayer is that they would turn to God, repent and be saved. They are in a scary position right now. Turn from your evils and turn to The Living God. May God have mercy on us all.

Hi Ashley, I received your e-mail and replied immediately. Did you receive my reply?

I really want to know if anyone has trouble e-mailing me or Todd.

Thanks.

Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Ashley

I did, thank you.

Barbara Roberts

Seeing Chantry behind bars (even if it is only a photo-shopped image) is so gratifying.

God will not be mocked.
Evildoers WILL be punished ,and in Tom Chantry’s case some of this punishment is being delivered while he is still in this mortal coil.

Praise God for this verdict.

Yes, that is amazing. Todd called and had to repeat the “guilty verdict news” several times before I believed it.

I prayed and thought the jury would see through what I considered the obfuscation tactics of Chantry’s first-rate and expensive lawyers. Yet I still prepared myself for bad news. I understand how hard it is to be a juror gauging reasonable doubt concerns.

God is good.

I know that times are changing. However victims still seldom receive temporal justice when a disgusting organization like ARBCA has covered up heinous child sexual abuse crimes for many years.

I hope the ARBCA enablers who broke the law are held accountable for their actions by public embarrassment, at the least.

Thanks.

Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

[…] detailed coverage of Chantry’s trial and conviction, please check out the Thou Art the Man blog. […]

Doo Wop Coke

Thank you for pursuing this and trying to hold people accountable. Does anyone have any insight into what caused Tom Chantry to go down this dark path? This kind of behavior is so abnormal, it’s not the kind of sin or bad behavior that most people– Christian or not– fall into. As we know, Chantry is not only a professing Christian, he’s ordained, has the pedigree, etc. I’m Reformed in my theological perspective, so I think I understand something of depravity and human fallenness. I understand we’re weak and that even mature office bearers can screw up if they let their guard(s) down or grow cold toward Christ. But I don’t get Chantry’s sadism. The premediated course of action he took in order to inflict pain in order to molest.

And then, once the jig is up, refusing to admit any wrong-doing. A stronghold of pride? What the heck happened to this guy? As I said, I don’t get it. Clearly, something was wrong
for a long time. Before 2000, and before he punched the boy on July 4th for spraying him with a water pistol, something was wrong. And his dad, Walter Chantry, didn’t see it?

Anyway, thanks again Todd and Janna. So much of the church in America needs to recover integrity. Doo Wop Fan

Doo Dads See?

Did his father, Walt, see it? I am sure that he caused it, likely not just by narcissistic neglect/expectations but by doing the very same thing to Tom. I don’t think that Tom had never been molested. I don’t think a person molests without having been molested. And for Tom to do so in the church context must mean that he was violated in the church in his youth. In any case, does it seem likely that Walt was any sort of example of good to his son? No it seems more obvious that Walt was not good. We have only seen the facade. Obviously it was a facade. Tom was trying to mess up his dad’s “sand box”. Looks like he hates his own boyhood, and therefore he hates boys. He was trying to ruin the good life that others had, likely due to envy and not liking the life he was dealt. Nepotism is not a good thing. Especially when the boy is not allowed to leave home and have his own life.

Doo Wop Coke

Hello, “Doo Dads.” Thanks for your thought provoking feed back. Believe me, it crossed my mind that Tom C. must have been molested in past, because there’s such a high incidence of victimizers having once been victims. Walt C.’s behavior is at least suspicious. As I implied above, Tom’s punching that boy on the 4th of July was not his first violent outburst! So, even if Walt did not abuse him, it sure seems there were indicators that something wasn’t right. More data: The letter that Walt C. wrote to the elders of Miller Valley is odd for a couple of reasons– the fact that he would intervene to bail his son out, AND the excuses. He seemed to be defending him at all costs.

Rather not say

Having known Tom and his father all my life, I can assure you this goes all the way back to his early childhood.

I find it difficult to believe that his parents were unaware of his fetish. As was the norm of the day in that church, burying it, rather than dealing with it openly and honestly no doubt helped to create this secret monster.

It wouldn’t be the first time Walt ham-handedly silenced unpleasant conversation at the expense of someone’s soul. Judy’s blind loyalty to her brother is just as sad a commentary on the family’s inability (or unwillingness) to be honest with one another.

Doo Wop Coke

Greetings, “Rather!” You’re right, that was the “norm of the day.” Paste on a Pepsodent smile and pretend everything’s hunky dory. Then nothing gets dealt with and here we are, 40 years later. Many things in our culture have gone in the wrong direction since I was a kid in the 1960’s, but one thing that’s better is people are less inclined to bury stuff or play the cover-up game We still have a ways to go. About Sister Judy– her blind loyalty is corroborative evidence that something was/is off.

Headless Unicorn Guy

“Everything’s so Nice Nice Nice, AND DON’T YOU DARE EVER ROCK THE BOAT!”

Van Helsing

Thank you “Rather not say” for this brief insight. Something definitely went awry in Tom’s childhood and within the family itself. Many PKs (pastor’s kids) develop serious psychological problems due to the high expectations they try to live up so as to not cause shame to the family while being under a microscope. If a pastor cannot manage his household then he faces a lot of scrutiny from the congregation. I suspect that Joie, Tom’s mother, was left to do much of the disciplining in the home, since Walter was busy ministering to his flock.

What I fail to understand is that Tom’s anger and anti-social behaviors were exhibited for all to see especially in seminary where he was described as not just angry but “combative” by a man who knew him at Westminster. Was Walter that influential so that the authorities at the seminary just looked the other way whenever they noticed something amiss in his personality or behaviors? A tiered educational system is designed to not only educate and train suitable candidates for ordination but to SCREEN out the weirdos and ODD-BALLs. They failed and will have to give an account to God.

If so, they failed him miserably and tells me, and should tell others, that Westminster may be more about appearances than substance. Should I really be surprised? After all, this was not some technical college for high school drop-outs but a seminary in existence to train up Godly men. Then ARBCA – a nest of insulated narcissists – just continued where Westminster left off.

Jerome

A glimpse into Tom Chantry’s undergraduate days at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, in a letter he sent to the school newpaper in 1991 complaining of challenges he’d experienced to his strict Sabbath keeping notions and hostility to the changing attitudes towards homosexuals:

https://cdm16821.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16821coll21/id/30340/rec/1

“By Thomas Chantry guest editorial”

“Already it has become difficult to believe or practice as an Evangelical Christian at Furman. In recent years university activities on the Christian Sabbath have become common, and next term, registration will be held on Sunday. Furman has not for some time attempted to enforce Sabbath observance…”

“It has also become unpopular to hold to a Christian set of morals. As the issue of homosexuality has arrived at Furman, Christians have been verbally attacked for their opposition to this lifestyle. Christians have been equated with ‘gay-bashers’ and treated as anti-intellectuals…”

Headless Unicorn Guy

Judy’s blind loyalty to her brother is just as sad a commentary on the family’s inability (or unwillingness) to be honest with one another.

She’s a loyal daughter of the Great House of Chantry.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyh9w_AO3YE

Van Helsing

It was most gratifying to read that the abused victims are recovering albeit slowly – working through much pain and heartache and “soul strangulation.” Thank you Todd for sharing that. What a tragedy for these kids who will always have some mistrust of clergy for life. The Lord gave them the strength and courage to press forward. I also express deep sadness for the parents of these true victims because they trusted in their spiritual leaders to protect them from ravenous wolves and instead the “hirelings” opened the gates.

It is most difficult today to be in ministry with all of the demands on a pastor’s time and energy. I think most Christians understand that. That why they must find time to be in the Word constantly (not on social media), dedicated to their families, must be kind, understanding, patient, loving and must be men of humility, honor, integrity and service.

The tragedy also extends to Tom Chantry as the sentence he will, most likely, receive be “life ending.” He certainly fooled me coming out of the absolute lunacy of Romanism and not hearing anything close to the Gospel in many years. My hunger for the Word, and Tom was very good at expository preaching, made me confuse preaching the Word with a sinful person I assumed was living the Word. How wrong I was.

I idolized his preaching instead of practicing proper discernment by examining his “fruit” or lack of it and was deceived. I took this as a personal warning from the Lord that many narcissists are now in the pulpits and we need to be Bereans by continually examining every word, mannerism, and actions of our ministers. Then we must not be afraid to speak up in firmness but gentleness and kindness when we sense something is amiss. The response to these loving admonitions should be appreciated and if not, then “red flags” need to shoot up immediately. We also need to keep them in prayer so that the Lord protects them and keeps them humble in these times of selfishness and self-absorption.

Headless Unicorn Guy

ARBCA pastor Al Huber, the father-in-law of Tom Chantry is likely the man who bankrolled Chantry’s defense. I find it gratifying to contemplate that Huber has likely flushed over one million dollars down a rat hole in a vain attempt to clear Chantry of charges of molesting a child.

More likely One Million Dollars of Other People’s Money.
Plenty more where that came from.
“TITHE! TITHE! TITHE!”

Douglas Belardi

I agree
I would love to seee big Al go bankrupt – both personally and his business (did daddy Walt kick in anything or leave big Al holding the bag with no money)
And yes the big question – how much money did arbca pony up and how many people in the pews had a clue where their tithes and offerings were going? – although I confess I don’t have much sympathy for any of them – the truth has been out there

I agree except that using tax exempt funds for illegal purposes affects everyone.

If that happened, it’s a big deal.

And to the ARBCA supporters: do you think your leaders have any qualms about mis-using church funds when they’ve covered up child abuse for so long?

Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Jerome

Tom Chantry’s sister Judy Rogers is a professional fundraiser. She was Director of Development for ARBCA’s new standalone seminary. She seems to have recently disappeared from its website though.

Todd has a screen capture from last year:

https://thouarttheman.org/2018/07/27/day-three-of-the-thomas-chantry-trial/2018-07-26-judy-rogers-tom-chantrys-sister/

Anonymous

If you download the catalog, she is still listed on the last page under Staff (Mrs. Judy Rogers Director of Development). Here is the whole list.

https://irbsseminary.org/academics/catalog/

Core Faculty:
Dr. Jim Renihan
President and Professor of Historical Theology

Rev. Steve Martin
Dean of Students

Dr. Richard Barcellos
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Fred Malone
Professor of Pastoral Theology

Visiting Professors:
Dr. Terry Clarke
Visiting Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. James Dolezal
Visiting Professor of Theology

Dr. Crawford Gribben
Visiting Professor of Church History

Dr. Ian Fuller
Visiting Professor of Apologetics

Dr. S.M. Baugh
Visiting Professor of New Testament

Dr. J.V. Fesko
Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology

Dr. David VanDrunen
Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology

Adjunct Professors:
Dr. Tom Ascol
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology

Rev. J. Ryan Davidson, Drs.
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology

Dr. Tom Hicks
Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology

Rev. Jason Montgomery
Adjunct Professor of Historical Theology

Dr. Ishwaren Mudliar
Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Raymond Perron
Adjunct Professor of Missions

Dr. Ken Puls
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology

Dr. Michael Prodigalidad
Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology

Staff:
Dr. Jim Renihan
President

Rev. Steve Martin
Dean of Students

Matthew A. Stahl
Director of Administration

Mrs. Judy Rogers
Director of Development

Gatlin Bredeson
Assistant to the President

Thanks so much for the info!

Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Anonymous

You’re welcome!