About Todd and His Team

todd wilhelm

Israel with Damascus visible in the distance.

“Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore it if it be goodness.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays

I have always been one to fight for justice, to take up the cause of the little man, and to confront the abuses of the rich and powerful. I like straight shooters, I dislike liars, especially in the pulpit. Thus, when one of the pastors at UCCD wrote me the following:

As you may have noticed, I have removed several of your past posts from our church’s Facebook page. The posts removed deal with the crisis at Sovereign Grace. I sympathize with your concern for these important issues, however, I feel that the posts deal with the issues at play in ways that are unhelpful for our congregation and the members of the Facebook group.

I decided it was time to find a new church. What had in fact occured was the pastor who wrote me the above email had, that very day, strong-armed a fellow member who had started and maintained a private Facebook group into ceding control of the group to him, removed my posts which highlighted the sexual abuse and conspiracy to cover-up the abuse by SGM church leaders, and then wrote me the email.

My former senior pastor labeled me “edgy.” It wasn’t meant as a compliment, but I took it as one. I  like what Roger E. Olson, in his book “How To Be Evangelical Without Being Conservative” said about being edgy: “Evangelicalism should be an “edgy” religious and spiritual attitude and habit of the heart.”

Thus, owing to the hand of Providence, I started writing to expose physical and spiritual abuse and bring about much-needed reform to the corrupt Evangelical church. Whether our efforts meet with success is in God’s hands.  I simply try to stay true to my calling.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”  -Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT

“If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write.” ― Martin Luther

Email me at tlwdxb@protonmail.com

 

Janna L. Chan is part of team Thou Art The Man. She primarily focuses on the tech side of the blog but occasionally posts articles as well. Janna has been advocating against the commission and cover-up of child sexual abuse at Covenant Life Church and Sovereign Grace Ministries for about five years. She will be posting more information about herself shortly.

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.”  -Proverbs 31:8-9 NLT

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead

18 thoughts on “About Todd and His Team

  1. Joe Pewsitter

    Todd, I did not know your story. I stumbled across it reading The Wartburg Watch. Is there somewhere I can review your story? Do you tell it yourself somewhere? Let me say that although I’m sorry for the pain you’ve no doubt suffered, I’m grateful for your transparency and integrity to speak out regarding the self-refuting nature of Neo-Calvinists. Blessings to you, brother!

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  2. Robert Ivy

    Just wanted to say how glad I was to find your blog all about criticizing Christian leaders!

    “Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood.” 1 Pet 2:17
    “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” 1 Tim 5:17

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    1. 2samuel127

      Here’s a verse for you to ponder Robert:

      “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Galations 5:11

      Feel free to continue your worship of pastors who enable child molesters or live double lives of adultery. I want no part of it.

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      1. Robert Ivy

        I apologize 2samuel127. I learned a long time ago that the internet is not the place to conduct dialogue. I let my emotions get the better of me in posting what I did. I am sure that if we could talk in person, I would realize that we see things much more eye to eye. May God continue to bless you as you “expose unfruitful works of darkness.”

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    2. Scott Shaver

      Robert:

      Did you notice that the operative work in 1 Tim 5:17 has to do with “elders who rule well”.

      Do not expect sympathy or honor in print for those who don’t. What comes around goes around.

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  3. Janiquah

    Thought you should see this.
    James Roberts’ Public/Media Statement
    5/23/2014
    There has seemed to be much confusion as to why my case in particular (MD vs Morales 123155C) was not tried. Let me be clear; it was not due to a sudden fallacy, or the merits of my case against Nathaniel Morales. Mr. Morales was indicted for “sex offence III” by the State of Maryland and my case remains active today. I want to make it perfectly clear that I stand behind my statements with regard to both my criminal case against Morales, as well as my civil case. Because both the criminal and civil cases are active, I need to be wise with my words so please accept this brief explanation. The State Attorney’s office has explained to me that they will be following ‘Judicial Prudence’ with regard to my case, and will await the outcome of the August sentencing (possible 120+ years) for the cases which Morales has already been convicted and found guilty of. The prosecution has their reasons & strategy for this. It is ultimately their (the State of Maryland’s) decision when to proceed with trying the case. My case is also linked to other active and ongoing investigations that could see the courtroom in the future. I want to clearly state that I have every confidence in the justice system, particularly in ASA Amanda Michalski who tried the first two Morales cases. These men & women know what they’re doing and though I cannot comment in further detail, I see the wisdom in them making this call. As a side note, I would like to encourage other victims to continue coming forward. It is crucial to report your sex abuse, not only for you, but for the victims who may come after you. You just might save a life. And please, please, please report your abuse to the police first, not your pastor. I can’t even begin to describe how healing it’s been just to report what happened to me! Thank you all so much for your love, support, and prayers. Nate Morales will never be able to hurt another child ever again, and that has been my driving force in all of this. Let’s continue to pray for justice to be done in all of the other cases that will be coming. Finally I would like to humbly ask that you respect the fact that I cannot comment further and understand that is why I have declined the many numerous media and interview requests. Thank you for understanding that. God bless you all & I am confident that all of these evil deeds will be brought into the light for there is no longer a dark place for this evil to hide.
    Sincerely,
    James Roberts

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  4. kevinjandt

    Todd, excellent blog. I’m a fan. can you point me to some of your articles as to how and why in the world you’ve ended up in Dubai. I’m very curious.

    Kevin

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    1. Hollin

      I also admit to being curious about how an American ends up in Dubai. I never even considered the possibility of trying to find better employment abroad in Dubai and find myself quite envious just looking up Dubai on Wikipedia…seems like a pretty neat place! Alas, I am not an air traffic controller…

      I wonder what it is like being part of the 0.3% American population there (according to Wikipedia). Must be quite a fun culture-shock! Are the human rights violations obvious over there just like how Wikipedia notes some people are critical of Dubai for?

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      1. 2samuel127

        Hollin,
        Dubai is an interesting place. There is definitely a social stratification here and the laborers on the bottom have a tough life. I would say Wikipedia is a trustworthy source on this issue.

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      2. Hollin

        Thanks for the reply Mr. Wilhelm regarding Dubai!

        I am glad we can have civil and friendly discourse on other matters, though we may fundamentally disagree on some issues elsewhere. Again, I find a lot of your site quite interesting and informative, I just think it is extremely important that you especially maintain an online presence that is above reproach considering the things you decide to post about. Please forgive me if some of my words have too much bite in my replies to you elsewhere–like you, I do not like to overly mince words and try to state things plainly and honestly. I wholeheartedly agree with you about the dangers of “christian celebrity.” You certainly seem like a thoughtful fellow with interesting ideas. If God blesses me and leads me to Dubai one day as he has blessed you, I would love to reach out to you and share a meal with you and hear more of your thoughts. Alas, one can only dream…it is quite difficult to further my training and find employment in my area of work expertise in Dubai!

        God certainly chooses to bless us each differently as he sees fit–not everyone gets to live in Dubai! I hope you enjoy it and take advantage of it! I would especially love to hear more about how your experience in evangelism over there differs from that in America.

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        1. 2samuel127

          You are welcome Hollin. If you should ever get to Dubai drop me a note; I would be happy to meet you. I trust you can tell by the fact that I don’t censure comments that I am a reasonable person.

          God’s blessings on you.

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