Thomas Chantry – Prosecutors Should Be Hung and Judges Should Be in Prison For Life

By | July 13, 2019

“The Informal Council members consider this pattern of behavior to be very serious. Taken in its entirety, the question must be raised, did Thomas Chantry use this method of punishment for his own pleasure.”

-Confidential Report and Recommendations of the Informal Council of the Reformed Baptist Churches of America
December 13, 2000 to December 16, 2000


“Defendant used his position as a pastor to prey upon children and their families to fulfill his sadistic sexual desires. He manipulated parents to gain their trust and then tormented their children with threats of God’s wrath, all the while acting in the trusted and highly revered position of their pastor.”

-P1300CR201600966 Miscellaneous Sentencing Memorandum – Prosecution


The brilliant Tom Chantry has done an excellent job of ensuring he receives a lengthy sentence this coming Friday.  (See the document immediately below.)

For all who are in the area, the sentencing will be held on Friday, July 19th, beginning at 9:00 A.M. The location is the Yavapai County Superior Court in Camp Verde.  It is likely that Karen Chantry, Tom’s wife, and Judy Rogers, Tom’s sister will tell the world what a great and godly man Tom is, and what a great injustice is being done by locking God’s servant up for at least the next ten years. Perhaps we will even get to hear from the great man himself.

Free tip to Chantry’s Defense Attorney – after Tom is convicted at his next trial you may wish to rethink your strategy of including a letter from Judy Rogers’ husband, Mike.  He is the guy who got kicked out of the courtroom at the first trial for making quacking sounds as the State’s expert witness walked past him.  (See the second document.)


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Douglas Belardi

Todd Wilhelm

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Tom Chantry has been sentenced to 24 years per count run concurrent

Thanks, Doug. I’m disappointed by what appears to be a very lenient sentence per sentencing guidelines.

Tom Chantry was already a violent felon who has shown no remorse for his actions, and has repeatedly thumbed his nose at the whole concept of the rule of law.

I don’t understand why the judge in question seems to be cutting him so much slack. Tom Chantry already received an extremely light sentence regarding the two violent felonies for which he was convicted during a previous trial.

I hope and expect that a different judge will be presiding over Tom Chantry’s next trial.

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Here’s a great description of the sentencing process from someone who was there:

Having read the above, I still believe that Tom Chantry received a relatively lenient sentence. However, I respect the judgment and authority of the judge, who has a very difficult job.

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Louis John

Praise God! Some relief after 20 years @ Walt Chantry’s church. Wish my tithe could be refunded.


The “off the charts” arrogance in this very serious situation from Chantry reminds me of the “off the charts” arrogance of his comrades at Pyromaniacs blog years ago without the serious consequences of prison. At least he isn’t feigning remorse? He can credibly be labeled as resolute in evil and the world moves on while he rots in jail? That is my prayer for his victims. May they ever seek strength and confidence. They did the world a great justice pursuing this.

It was the early years of blogging and it fascinated me how pastors and ministry folk were exposing who they really are online if one was willing to look for patterns over time. The Pyromaniacs guys just about took the prize for consistent arrogance and insults. It was extremely cultic at Pyromaniacs. Like watching a train wreck in slow motion. All the Calvinist cool kids were quoting them in those early days.

Why are people attracted to certain groups with certain characteristics? It’s always wise to pay attention to our first instinct in these situations as adults. That’s not an accusation but a great way to begin the journey of independent thought.

Great comment as always, Lydia. Chantry was just sentenced to 24 years per count but the sentences are to be served concurrently.

I’m disappointed as that seems to be a relatively light sentence for a completely unrepentant pedophile who has no respect for the law whatsoever.

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Former member

At one point after the publishing of the Chantry-Dykstra book on the ‘history’ of the Reformed Baptist movement, I took Tom to task for his less-than-gracious treatment of an individual who took particular offensive to several points in the book.

Tom’s response was to accuse me of ‘bearing false witness’ against him, then promptly blocked me (his m.o. for ensuring he gets the last word.

I guess he didn’t get the last word this time.

Thanks for your insight. I agree with you regarding Tom Chantry’s bullying, which must have been irritating in person.

However, Todd reminded me that the most important thing is as follows:

Tom Chantry can’t hurt any more children.

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Mr. Jesperson

After hearing about how non-nonchalant Tom was while on the prison phone with what he thought of everyone, it is now evident to me that this man is more than just a narcissist. He is a verifiable psychopath. All psychopaths are narcissistic, but not the other way around. Psychopaths have absolutely no fear or thought of consequences. One Phd expert described them as people who could get pulled over by police with a dead body stuffed in the trunk and have absolutely no fear. They are different than sociopaths who would be nervous as hell and that might just rouse up suspicions in a way that they do not want. Tom’s cool demeanor on the stand at the first trial would also be another sign of this.
This is something that Janna and Todd might want to remember if you are going to go to more trials like this. Psychopaths are very scary people as they have no conscience, no remorse and they are totally incapable of ever having those. According to research, these men are born in this condition. A conscience is something they cannot comprehend as anything other than something to exploit in others around them that appear to have one. The top career choice for those with this condition is CEO which is quite scary in and of itself. In our day and age many pastors are not actually pastors but CEO’s of organizations designed to personally enrich them, so no surprise that pastor is on their top 10 list of chosen career paths for themselves. Buyer beware…

Dee Parsons

Good night! He said that stuff, knowing he was being recorded? How stupid can he be to say those things prior to sentencing? Wasn’t he hoping for a more lenient sentence? I have a feeling that he’s in for a rude awakening when he gets transferred to a long term prison. Many prisoners have higher standards than he does when it comes to child abuse and some will probably express that to him in their own unique fashion.

J. H.

I don’t know what the pecking order is like in a sex offender prison. Perhaps he can work in the chapel.

J. H.

This is exactly why some people no longer “believe in God”. Someone who acts like the God he espouses and has a fat lifestyle as a result.

Loren Haas

I assume his jailhouse phone calls were recorded. Prisoners are told this. How stupid is he to think these statements would not be used against him? Arrogance trumps common sense I guess.

Thanks, Loren. To me it’s obvious that Tom Chantry has never been held accountable for his actions in any context.

His father and other relatives have always bailed him out, so Tom really does not understand why it is unwise to prove that he has no respect for the secular legal system.

If nothing else, I see more and more evidence that Walt Chantry was a poor father, which probably should reflect on the legacy of his ministry.

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

My understanding about the monitoring of correspondence or phone calls, in prison, is like yours.

Unless you’re talking to an attorney or anyone else with whom you have a legally priveleged relationship (e.g. a doctor), anything said during a phone conversation can be used against you.

I’m not a lawyer. That’s just my opinion.

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Former member

It’s hard for me to believe his parents were unaware of his predilection for spankings. I’ve known Tom since he was six years old, and watched him matriculate through the Grace Baptist Christian school in Carlisle, PA, where a favorite playtime game of his was what he called ‘baby’. That’s where he orchestrated scenarios where his playmates were ‘bad babies’ and needed to be spanked. He, of course, meted out the necessary punishment. Perhaps his parents and the school mistook this playtime activity of their own harsh discipline approach, I was not a discipline problem as a child, but that didn’t stop several of the teachers at that school from singling me out for viscous beatings – at times for small infractions, and at other times for infractions manufactured out of thin air.

Former member

There’s a sentence in my comment, above, that’s incomplete. What I meant to say was that ‘perhaps his parents and school administration mistook his playtime activity as a reflection of their own harsh discipline.’

Another former member

I’m glad (not sure that’s the correct sentiment here) that I’m not the only one who remembers Tom playing “bad baby” as a child.

a former Carlisle ARBCA church attendee

My siblings also attended that school but My siblings also attended that school, but I don’t remember any discipline issues. I’ll have to ask them.
I find the documents attached very interesting, particularly Walt suggesting he didn’t want anything more to do with ARBCA since things weren’t going his way. My family left the church sometime around then, unaware of all of this. The documents also mention trouble in the Carlisle eldership which I assume is the friction that developed between McKnight and Chantry, perhaps others? Is this why Walt Chantry retired and left Carlisle? I always thought it was strange that he would retire at a pretty young age (for a pastor) and leave both the church and the town where he had invested so much of his life, especially since most of the church placed him high on a pedestal.

Thanks for your insights. I’m glad that you and your siblings weren’t abused.

Certainly not every child was, yet several others have reported some atypical and really creepy child “discipline” methods.

I can believe that ARBCA churches attract a disproportionate number of sickos attracted to “child discipline.”

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Former member

The school had an informal reputation it maintained long before I attended, and worked vigorously to keep up long after I left of dealing harshly with any ‘discipline problem students’ (read: anyone who didn’t fit in with the school’s definition of ‘normal’.)

Thanks for your feedback. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

I attended a conservative, private Christian School in Maryland for a few years as a younger child.

That school also had strong disciplinary measures. I remember being spanked by a male principal, but it was not a prolonged, traumatic, or sexual experience.

I think I got into a fight with a boy, and we both got spanked.

This would have happened about 35 years ago when ideas about corporal punishment in general were different.

My parents also spanked me as a child. I don’t think they were being abusive.
I say this to indicate that I don’t perceive all forms of corporal punishment to be inherently evil or abusive, especially if they occurred at a time when corporal punishment was less controversial.

Certainly, it would now be unwise for a male principal to spank a young child, yet I remember the principal who spanked me as being a good Christian man.

It is likely obvious to people who read my comments here that I would not be shy about saying I thought this man abused me if I believed that.

I’ll also let others form their own conclusions about everything that has been discussed regarding ARBCA and corporal punishment.

Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Children as Problems

Yes, thank you, Janna, this is absolutely true!

Former member

Walt Chantry retired after 39 years as pastor at that church in 2002. I’ll leave it to others to speculate as to whether or not that was less or more time than is ‘normal’. Personally, I saw a church built around a cult of personality that was increasingly unhealthy. If memory serves, shortly thereafter, the congregation had an extremely difficult time agreeing on a replacement, because the desire for a Chantey carbon copy was so strong. The elders finally settled on David Campbell, who remained a controversial substitute for the great Walt Chantry. They had rejected Kermit Minnich, who IMO was the very definition of ‘pastor’; humble, gentle, kind, patient, and with a voracious intellect.

Former CRBC menber - WI

My guess and it’s only a guess was that the Chantry’s left PA to keep a close eye on their Tommy boy who they knew to be a unstable loose cannon. Besides, Walt had his legacy to protect at all costs.

Good grief, thanks for the comment. My parents regularly took me to church and Sunday school from infancy through most of high school.

My worst memories of church consist of being bored by sermons, not being smacked around by other small children in a game of some sort.

You’re not the only person to suggest (if I understand you correctly) that the line between discipline and some really weird/sicko abuse was very thin in many ARBCA environments.

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Former CRBC member from WI

First off, I want to say that all four letters written for leniency are distortions and lies IMO from what I personally witnessed. He may have helped some individuals but that was only because they had something to offer him in return – something that he wanted from them – a favor to return at some future convenient time. This is typical of immature and self-centered narcissists. If not any of these, then it was strictly to provide “cover” (pretense) for himself and paint himself as a NICE guy/good guy caring pastor. Everything revolved around Lil’ Tommy boy – still does.

While I was playing baseball, tag, and hide and seek as a six year old, he was playing “baby.” What??? Maybe he was emulating or reenacting the beatings (maybe with Walter’s personal boat oar) he received as a toddler in his twisted father’s family and church. Wow! I suspect that somebody in prison will very much desire to play “baby” with Lil’ Tommy boy – only they will be the ones doing the spankings.

Yes, Tom Chantry has obviously never been held accountable for any of his actions. It appears that he now knows that part of his life is over, and is not handling that realization well.

To me, it doesn’t sound like Chantry did anything extraordinary for others in his capacity as a pastor. By his own admission, he viewed his job as being didactic not relational.

His defense costs were at least 6 or even 7 figures. His father-in-law came up with $250,000 to bail him out.

Interesting, Tom Chantry doesn’t appreciate any of those blessings, from his perspective.

I know and respect the fact that lots of people have said Tom Chantry was a good preacher and teacher. There are also many great pastors and teachers who don’t act like whiny little “witches.”

I hope that folks can branch out past the Chantrys. They sound unpleasant to be around.

Thanks. Janna L. Chan (blog team member)

Miss Temples

When people have called him a gifted preacher or teacher, I Cor 13:1 comes to mind. He may have great knowledge, but he appears to be so bereft of love that his congregation was essentially hearing an hour of clanging cymbals from the pulpit every time he preached. Honestly, a cymbal or any inanimate object would have been preferable, as it couldn’t have actively preyed upon their children.

Former CRBC member from WI

It blows my mind that Chantry not only physically and sexually abused innocent children as a “pastor” but that he left a wake of destruction, division, and chaos in whatever church or school where he was allowed to slither in to. Just mind boggling as everyone who knew anything about misfit Chantry – his parents, friends (if he had any), the college he attended, the seminary he attended, ARBCA, and the churches he exploited (including CRBC) for personal gratification dropped the ball and looked the other way. Now – to me – that is very scary.