70-year-old David L. Wood, pictured to the right, was arrested on Monday, December 4, 2019, and charged with three counts of first-degree child molestation, which are Class A felonies in the state of Washington.
Wood remains jailed in Asotin County and appeared in court on December 16, 2019, for his initial arraignment.
Wood is a member of Port Cities Reformed Baptist Church of Lewiston, Idaho. PCRBC is one of only 21 churches now remaining in the corrupt Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA). At its zenith, ARBCA consisted of approximately 80 churches. The Association has been decimated by resignations after it was revealed that leaders in the Association lied and covered-up the crimes of former ARBCA pastor Tom Chantry. Chantry, having been convicted of six felony counts (2 counts of assaulting a child and 4 counts of sexual molestation of a child) is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence.
According to sources, David Wood’s father, now deceased, served as pastor of First Baptist Church (GARBC) of Clarkston, WA. David Wood, up until a few years ago, would occasionally fill in as a preacher at First Baptist Church.
In my research of David Wood, I discovered, not surprisingly, that his recent arrest for sexual crimes was not his first. Below you will see documentation that Wood was sentenced in 1993 on two cases of “Indecent Liberties” in Washington state. I am not aware of what type of sentence Wood received, but I am guessing he did not receive any prison time. Wood lived in Yakima, WA from 1992-2008 and a source told me while living in Yakima he frequently drove over Snoqualmie pass to attend church in the Seattle area.
Here is the information I found when researching what the felony crime of “Indecent Liberties” consists of:
Indecent Liberties Under Washington Law There are two elements to the crime of indecent liberties. These are:
- The defendant engaged in forcible sexual contact without the victim’s consent; and,
- Either the defendant used “forcible compulsion,” or, the victim was incapable of consent because he or she was physically helpless, mentally incapacitated, or developmentally disabled.
The definition of “sexual contact” is any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of a person done for the purpose of gratifying the sexual desire of either party or a third party. The definition of “forcible compulsion” is the same as used for rape. Indecent liberties is a Class A felony punishable by up to life in prison, and/or a $50,000 fine.
Mandatory Sex Offender Registration In addition to the above penalties, a defendant guilty of either rape or indecent liberties must register in the Sex Offender Registry. Sex offenders that intentionally do not register, or that provide false information when registering, face even more penalties. These can include additional prison time.
Port Cities Reformed Baptist Church is a small church that was formed in 1995. Nearly 25 years later they still do not own any property but meet in the Lewiston Community Center.
Former ARBCA pastor, Arden Hodgins’ biography sheds some light on the history of PCRBC. Hodgins was the first pastor of the church, being sent out by Tom Lyon’s Providence Reformed Baptist Church. Lyon’s church just recently withdrew from ARBCA. Lyon was good friends with Tom Chantry. Chantry fled to Lyon’s church after he resigned from Miller Valley Baptist Church in Prescott, AZ. Lyon presided at Chantry’s wedding and also preached at Chantry’s ordination service at Christ Reformed Baptist Church of Hales Crossings, WI.
Hodgins is no longer in the ministry, having resigned from Trinity Reformed Baptist Church in La Mirada, CA. (Trinity has also recently resigned from ARBCA.) He has returned to the Seattle area.
According to sources, prior to Hodgins leaving Lewiston, he managed to get Michael Kelly voted in as an elder. Not all church members were enamored with this move; nasty emails were exchanged and all church members CC’ed. Hodgins and Kelly managed to oust a few of the troublemakers from the church and many others left of their own volition. Michael Kelly was then ordained to the ministry in what can only be described as an unusual, private ceremony with Arden Hodgins and Tom Lyon present.
Soon after, Hodgins moved to California to assume his new job as pastor of Trinity Reformed Baptist Church. Kelly called a church meeting and said he would be preaching and wanted the church to set his pay for this. Kelly left the room while church members discussed what he would be paid. They all assumed he was an interim pastor at that point therefore they also discussed setting up a search committee.
On December 16th I placed a call to Michael Kelly. I hoped to ask him a few questions about David Wood, a member of his church – you know, one of those souls for whom Kelly must give account to God. (“Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account.” Hebrews 13:17 NIV)
I began our conversation by identifying myself, informing Kelly of my name and the fact that I write a blog called “Thou Art the Man.” I said I wanted to ask him a few questions about David Wood.
Kelly replied he was not interested in speaking about David Wood with me.
Why not, I asked?
He replied, “Because the matter is in the hands of the authorities and I don’t want it all over “the blogs.”
Kellly then abruptly hung up! As you can see, the entire conversation lasted 46 seconds.
Had ARBCA Pastor Michael Kelly had the courage to speak with me I would have liked to ask him if, in his role of keeping watch over David Wood’s soul, he was aware of Wood’s prior felony convictions in 1993 for “Indecent Liberties.” I would have asked him what type of support, if any, he and his church were providing for the abused. I would have asked him if he knew what church Wood was attending in the Seattle area when he made the weekly trek from Yakima to Seattle.
But alas, ARBCA Pastor Michael Kelly didn’t speak to me because he didn’t want the story on the blogs. Sorry, Michael. Stories of abuse of children in ARBCA churches have a way of getting out. Providential, I guess.
I support the victims.
I hope the members of Port Cities Reformed Baptist Church do as well.
I also hope they have the good sense to prevail upon their pastor to resign from ARBCA. If not, I suggest they find a new church. In my opinion, their pastor is hopelessly deceived. Perhaps it’s time for him to find a new line of work.