This walk-through focuses on Dale Crawford and his involvement with ARBCA and Tom Chantry. He is pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, LA.
#1 Dale Crawford Timeline of Events
This document is an abbreviated version of the ARBCA & Timeline of Events timeline specific to Dale Crawford 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 report was 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. [Email from Jason Walter dated Sept 6, 2018]
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 Membership Committee 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 consideration of CRBC’s membership application.” [Part I Report page 7, paragraph 7]
AC Report Part I (This report and its attachments have been critiqued.)
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 from Don Lindblad to Steve Marquedant Included in the Attachments to AC Report Part I
This document contains two versions of the same letter: the first is as it was included in ARBCA’s AC Report Part I (most of it covered), and the second is the original document. It begs the question, why did the men on the Ad Hoc Committee (Steve Marquedant, Jeff Massey, Bob Curley, and Dale Crawford) cover up so much of the document when it pertained to the report and didn’t contain any victim names or personal information? What didn’t they want us to know and why?
Did they not want us to know that Steve Marquedant (and possibly the entire Membership Committee) knew this before the 2016 General Assembly?
Why didn’t they want us to know that a young man from Boston (Mark Jones) contacted Tom Chantry looking for further resolution? Is it because it confirms that Tom Chantry did not “seek full repentance and the forgiveness of each of the four children and their parents?” The victim had to seek Tom out multiple times.
Why didn’t they want us to know everything that was in the ARBCA Archives?
Did they not want us to know that the 2000 AC had decided to seal the Level 1 Report “unless Tom is charged with the same or similar sins in the future”…something that happened in 2004 when Tom’s “spanking” of a child resulted in a police report? Why was Tom given this protection and privilege?
Did they not want us to know that Earl Blackburn had requested that Don Lindblad write a report of what happened at the Informal Council and that it was in the ARBCA Archives?
#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. MVBC asked “that a letter of redaction and repentance be sent out to all who received the report.” At the time of this writing, there has been no public response from any of the men in question (Steve Marquedant, Jeff Massey, Bob Curley, and Dale Crawford).
#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. We critiqued it and its attachments.
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” that were 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 Steve Marquedant, Jeff Massey, Bob Curley, and Dale Crawford as members of the Ad Hoc Committee not include these documents in the 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 will be looked at individually and some of the information pertinent to but not included in AC Part II Report will be noted on the Private Documents Walkthrough page that is linked to below:
#7 Documents Provided to ARBCA but Not Used by the Ad Hoc Committee
These are documents that were either provided to ARBCA through Jason Walter or available in the ARBCA archives but not used by the Ad Hoc Committee (Steve Marquedant, Jeff Massey, Bob Curley, and Dale Crawford).
Why were these documents not used when they contained important details pertinent to both AC Part I Report and AC Part II Report?
Each document is looked at individually and some of the information pertinent to but not included in AC Part II Report is noted on the page that is linked to below:
#8 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 or https://web.archive.org/web/20200426203323/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. Quotes of interest:
“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 Ad Hoc Committee that drafted AC Reports Part I and Part II: Steve Marquedant (Chairman), Bob Curley, Dale Crawford, and Jeff Massey. [Email from Jason Walter dated Sept 6, 2018 cited above in item #9]
Members of the 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 #9]