Brandon Smith

This walk-through focuses on Brandon Smith and his involvement with ARBCA and Tom Chantry.  He is pastor of Trinity Reformed Baptist Church in Jackson, GA.

#1 Brandon Smith Timeline of Events

This document is an abbreviated version of the ARBCA & Timeline of Events timeline specific to Brandon Smith regarding what we can ascertain from the currently available documentation.

#2 ARBCA’s AC Part I Report (9/5/2018) and Email from Jason Walter dated 9/6/2018

This is our critique of ARBCA’s AC Report I.  It addresses what happened when Tom Chantry’s church was brought into ARBCA.  There are two files, the report itself and the attachments.

Both AC Part I and Part II Reports were written by an Ad Hoc Committee.  The men on this committee are: STEVE MARQUEDANT (chairman), JEFF MASSEY, Bob Curley, and Dale Crawford.  The Membership Committee being investigated consisted of: STEVE MARQUEDANT, JEFF MASSEY, Jason Walter, David Dykstra, and Larry Vincent.  Why did the 2018-2019 AC feel it was appropriate to have two of the men who were being investigated on the committee writing the reports?  How can this be understood as anything other than a conflict of interest?

The men on the 2018/2019 AC who reviewed, edited, and approved the reports are: Brandon Smith (Chairman), Jeff Massey (Vice Chairman), Rob Cosby (Treasurer), Jason Walter (Secretary), Bob Adams, Bob Curley, Dale Crawford, Jack Daniels, Steve Marquedant, and Micah Renihan. Men on the AC who recused themselves: David Dykstra, Al Huber, and Steve Martin. [Email from Jason Walter dated Sept 6, 2018] 

“In July 2015, Mr. Marley notified John Giarrizzo, ARBCA Coordinator; Douglas VanderMeulen, Chairman of the Administrative Council (AC); and Steven Marquedant, Chairman of the Membership Committee; that a man had recently made an allegation that Mr. Chantry had molested him several years earlier,” [AC Report Part I page 5, paragraph 4]

“In late February 2016, The Administrative Council [Brandon Smith, Secretary] was informed of the allegation against Mr. Chantry and discussed what effect, if any, the allegation and the report of an investigation might have on the consideration of CRBC’s membership application. [Part I Report page 7, paragraph 6]

“On March 1, 2016, the Administrative Council [Brandon Smith, Secretary] approved the Membership Committee’s motion to recommend CRBC to the delegates of the April 2016 General Assembly for membership into ARBCA.” [Part I Report page 7, last paragraph]

“On April 25, 2016, CRBC was presented to the delegates of the General Assembly, which approved CRBC for membership.” [Part I Report page 7, paragraph 6]

2015/2016 AC Members: John Giarrizzo (Coordinator), Douglas VanderMuelen (Chairman), Ron Baines (Vice Chairman), Brandon Smith (Secretary), Jeff Oliver (Treasurer), Steve Marquedant, Fred Pugh. [Spring 2015 ARBCA Update]  Rob Cosby added by July 2015 [AC Report Part 1, pg. 5]  Note: According to the 3/1/2016 AC Council Meeting Minutes, Douglas VanderMuelen and Jeff Oliver resigned and the AC members were: Ron Baines (Chairman), Rob Cosby, Robert Curley, John Giarrizzo (Interim Coordinator), Steve Martin, Jeff Massey, Brandon Smith, and Larry Vincent.  Glenn Woods (deacon of Heritage Baptist in Mansfield, TX) was made Treasurer. [Attachments for Part I, attachment 16]  Around Sept 2015 Steve Marquedant term limited off of the AC and Jeff Massey joined the AC [Attachments for Part I, attachment 6]  Note: Steve Martin was elected as new Coordinator in “Late-February or Early-March” (it must have happened after Mar 1 as the previously quoted notes from 3/1/2016 list John Giarrizzo as Interim Coordinator).  Jeff Oliver resigned in January 2016.

AC Report Part I

Attachments to AC Report Part I

This is the email that is cited above.  It has been redacted to remove the names and email addresses of the church members it was sent to.  It is the only source I have that states who was on the Ad Hoc Committee and the members of the AC that reviewed, edited, and approved the reports.  Why wasn’t this information included in the reports?

#3 Two Versions of the same Letter in Attachments to AC Report Part I

This document contains two versions of the same letter: the first as included in ARBCA’s AC Report Part I (most of it covered), and the second is the original document.  Did the men on the 2018/2019 AC who reviewed, edited, and approved the Part I Report [Brandon Smith, Chairman] have access to the original document?  Did anyone question that so much of the copy included in the attachments was mostly obscured?

Members of the 2018/2019 AC that reviewed, edited, and approved the reports: Brandon Smith (Chairman), Jeff Massey (Vice Chairman), Rob Cosby (Treasurer), Jason Walter (Secretary), Bob Adams, Bob Curley, Dale Crawford, Jack Daniels, Steve Marquedant, and Micah Renihan. [Email from Jason Walter dated Sept 6, 2018 cited above in item #31]

#4 MVBC Objection to Ad Hoc (9/2018)

This was written in September 2018 by MVBC in response to ARBCA’s AC Report Part I.  MVBC pointed out many errors in the report and stated that they violated the 9th Commandment. 

#5 ARBCA’s AC Part II Report (10/25/2018)

This is the second report written by the Ad Hoc Committed containing Steve Marquedant, Jeff Massey, Bob Curley, and Dale Crawford and reviewed, edited, and approved by the AC (Brandon Smith, Chairman).  We critiqued it and its attachments.

“Much of the information in this report has been extracted from private and/or sensitive sources and is not publicly available; therefore, any quotations from such sources have been heavily redacted and the sources have not been included as attachments.  Instead, these sources have been identified as ‘Private Documents’ in the footnotes…we are able to make them available for review, under supervision, at the 2019 General Assembly.  To the extent possible, we will make arrangements for interested delegates to review the documents by appointment during the General Assembly.” [Part II Report page 3, last paragraph]

AC Report Part II

Attachments to AC Report Part II.  You’ll notice that there are two ARBCA Announcements in the attachments.  We inserted our copy that we critiqued because we didn’t want to re-do our critique.

#6 “Private Documents” left out ARBCA’s AC Part II Report

These are the “Private Documents” the AC left out of the ARBCA AC Report Part II.  We have been able to positively identify 13 of the 16 documents.  The remaining 3 have likely been identified but were not used frequently or specifically enough to be verified.

Why did Brandon Smith as a member of the AC approve withholding these attachments?  How heavily redacted were the copies that were made available “for review, under supervision, at the 2019 General Assembly…for interested delegates to review the documents by appointment during the General Assembly?”  [AC Part II Report page 3, last paragraph]

Each document that has been positively identified is looked at individually and some of the information pertinent to but not included in AC Part II Report is noted on the Private Documents Walkthrough page that is linked to below:

Private Documents Walkthrough https://ephesians511.home.blog/private-documents/

#7 First Baptist Church of Clinton, LA Resignation (9/27/2019)

This document is the resignation that First Baptist Church of Clinton, LA posted on their website (http://fbcclintonla.com/about-arbca.html).  It contains their list of charges and Timeline of Actions Taken by FBC to Address ARBCA’s Mishandling of the Tom Chantry Matter. 

“6. ARBCA’s 2016 Administrative Council wrongly recommended Christ Reformed Baptist Church of Hales Corners, WI, the church where Tom Chantry was a pastor, for membership in ARBCA (Jas 2:9). But the AC withheld crucial facts from the General Assembly. They wrongly led the General Assembly to vote in favor of CRBC’s membership without sufficient knowledge (Col 3:9), though they knew Tom Chantry was under investigation for child molestation and that Miller Valley Baptist Church of Prescott, AZ objected to CRBC’s membership (Prov 6:19).”

2015/2016 AC Members: John Giarrizzo (Coordinator), Douglas VanderMuelen (Chairman), Ron Baines (Vice Chairman), Brandon Smith (Secretary), Jeff Oliver (Treasurer), Steve Marquedant, Fred Pugh. [Spring 2015 ARBCA Update]  Rob Cosby added by July 2015 [AC Report Part 1, pg. 5]  Note: According to the 3/1/2016 AC Council Meeting Minutes, Douglas VanderMuelen and Jeff Oliver resigned and the AC members were: Ron Baines (Chairman), Rob Cosby, Robert Curley, John Giarrizzo (Interim Coordinator), Steve Martin, Jeff Massey, Brandon Smith, and Larry Vincent.  Glenn Woods (deacon of Heritage Baptist in Mansfield, TX) was made Treasurer. [Attachments for Part I, attachment 16]  Around Sept 2015 Steve Marquedant term limited off of the AC and Jeff Massey joined the AC [Attachments for Part I, attachment 6]  Note: Steve Martin was elected as new Coordinator in “Late-February or Early-March” (it must have happened after Mar 1 as the previously quoted notes from 3/1/2016 list John Giarrizzo as Interim Coordinator).  Jeff Oliver resigned in January 2016.

“7. ARBCA’s current failure to make an open and truthful statement denouncing these past wrongs has been a violation of the 9th commandment (Ex 20:16), bearing false witness to the churches of the Lord Jesus and to the watching world. None of the essential facts are in dispute. The problem is that ARBCA will not condemn ARBCA’s past violations of Scripture and its own confession of faith, which led to the victimization of children and others.”

“8. We believe the failure to tell the truth about the above matters, to condemn past wrongs, and to try to make things right with all wronged parties is schismatic, and breaks covenant with the churches of the association, which is our ground of withdrawal (Rom 16:17).”

Members of the 2018/2019 AC that reviewed, edited, and approved the reports: Brandon Smith (Chairman), Jeff Massey (Vice Chairman), Rob Cosby (Treasurer), Jason Walter (Secretary), Bob Adams, Bob Curley, Dale Crawford, Jack Daniels, Steve Marquedant, and Micah Renihan. [Email from Jason Walter dated Sept 6, 2018 cited above in item #31]

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