This walk-through focuses on David Dykstra and his involvement with ARBCA and Tom Chantry. He is pastor of Grace Covenant Church in Willis, TX.
#1 David Dykstra & Timeline of Events
This document is an abbreviated version of the ARBCA & Timeline of Events timeline specific to David Dykstra regarding what we can ascertain from the currently available documentation.
#2 David Dykstra’s Instructions for the IC (12/6/2000)
This document is a letter from David Dykstra with instructions for the Informal Council. It gives us insight into aspects of how the Informal Council was formed and what its goals were to be.
“Bob Selph asked if I would write to provide some guidance for your scheduled trip to Arizona next week. He did so because the membership committee of our association has a part of its responsibilities, the duty of making sure that member churches comply with the standards of the association, namely our Confession of Faith and Constitution.” [first paragraph]
“I believe that your goals should be to: (1) Find out the facts through careful interviews, (2) Make recommendations to the parties involved, and (3) Summarize your findings and recommendations in a written document you all can sign.” [fourth paragraph]
“Hopefully the honor of Miller Valley’s elders will be maintained and Tom will be able to have a future in the ministry.” [last paragraph]
#3 Informal Council’s Level 2 Report (12/16/2000) & Confidential Minutes (1/4/2001)
This document contains the Informal Council’s Level 2 Report and the documents that record that the 2000 AC received a copy of it and actively concealed the fact that there were multiple levels of reports (picture of men on the 2000 AC, Confidential Minutes dated 1/4/2001, Telephonic Interview with Pastor Don Lindblad dated 3/21/2018 page 52 lines 17-20, Letter from Jamie Howell with Testimony of Bob Selph with page 3 of Bob’s Letter marked, and AC Report Part 2 page 13).
Level 2 Report
“That during his ministry at Miller Valley Baptist Church, Thomas Chantry did volunteer to tutor four children from three separate church families. Each child was subjected to inappropriate physical discipline in the course of their instruction.” [Page 1, last paragraph]
“That there still remain serious factual differences between Thomas Chantry and the four children he disciplined during his ministry at Miller Valley. These factual differences include the purpose, frequency and severity of the physical punishment. It is recommended that the Elders who assume the oversight of Thomas Chantry [Tom Lyon] address these differences because it is the opinion of this informal council that his repentance may not be complete.” [Page 3, item 7]
“That Thomas Chantry endeavor to seek full repentance from each of the four children and their parents who have been the subject of physical discipline by him. It is recommended that the Elders who assume the oversight of Tom Chantry [Tom Lyon] assist him with this process.” [Page 3, item 8]
“The AC received a report concerning the Council sent to Prescott, AZ, concerning the difficulties between former pastor Tom Chantry and the church. Three reports will be distributed: a general report to be sent to all the churches, a middle level report sent to all the AC members (to remain confidential), and a much fuller report to be given only to nine individuals involved.
Mr. McKnight is to e-mail the public statement to be inserted. Distinction of 3 levels of reports is to remain confidential!! Only the public statement is to be sent to the churches or noted in the public minutes.” [AC Minutes Confidential Page 9, item 2]
Don Lindblad Telephonic Interview
LINDBLAD: The other one was more public and it wasn’t distributed, it wasn’t mailed to everybody, uh, uhm, but it was the Administrative Council and – and, uh, and so forth had access to that, I had access to it. [Page 52, lines 17-20]
Testimony of Bob Selph
“The Council also wrote a signed report to the Administrative Council of ARBCA. As they had been directed in Dykstra’s letter, they sought to ‘Summarize [their] findings and recommendations in a written document [they] all can sign.’ The Council’s specific recommendations concerning Tom Chantry were contained in this report to the Administrative Council of ARBCA.” [Page 3, item 2]
AC Members who were noted to receive the “middle level” report [Level 2 Report]: Bob Selph, Larry Vincent, Earl Blackburn, Steve Martin, Don Lindblad, John Giarrizzo, David Dykstra, Dale Smith, Mike McKnight, Bruce Kronheim, Tom Green, Jamie Howell, and Tom Lutz. [Photograph]
#4 Informal Council’s Level 3 Report (12/16/2000) & Confidential Minutes (1/4/2001)
This is the report that the 2000/2001 AC sent to the ARBCA member churches in early 2001 and the Confidential Minutes that identify it. There is no mention of the children or the violence they suffered at the hands of Thomas Chantry.
#5 Tom Lyon’s Report (1/1/2002) and Confidential AC Minutes (1/22/2002)
This document contains the “report of compliance” submitted by Tom Lyon and Mark McCormick and the Confidential page from the AC Minutes dated January 22, 2002.
Tom Lyon’s Report
“Thomas Chantry has undergone and completed the recommended “Biblical Counseling” as advised by the council. This counseling was pursued under the oversight of the elders of PRBC [Tom Lyon and Mark McCormick] and was completed in December 2001. A report of which has been submitted and is in the possession of those elders, who are satisfied with both its progress and conclusions.” [Page 1, item 3]
“…beginning in September [Tom Chantry] has preached regularly.” [Page 2, paragraph 3]
“This report is being sent to:
Earl Blackburn (chairman of the ARBCA Administrative Council)
Don Lindblad (witness to the informal council’s proceedings at Tom Chantry’s request)
The counselor mentioned in this report.
We authorize Earl Blackburn to further publish this report to the elder(s) of Miller Valley Baptist Church and grant him permission to abstract this report to the ARBCA Administrative Council.” [Page 2, paragraph 5]
Mark McCormick” [signature]
Confidential AC Minutes
“Pastor Tom Lyon sent a letter to Mr. Blackburn concerning Tom Chantry, which Mr. Blackburn read to the AC, commending Mr. Chantry’s progress in spiritual restoration, and suggesting that there is no impediment to a future wider usefulness in the church of Jesus Christ, having completed a course of biblical counseling recommended by the ARBCA ‘informal council.’ This letter is to be archived with the prior findings of the council concerning Mr. Chantry.” Page 4, item 2]
AC Members: Bob Selph, Tedd Tripp, Earl Blackburn, Steve Martin, Don Lindblad, John Giarrizzo, David Dykstra, Dale Smith, Mike McKnight, Bruce Kronheim, Tom Green, Jamie Howell, and Tom Lutz. [Photograph]
Why didn’t any of the men who were also on the 2000/2001 AC question why item #8 on the Level 2 report was not addressed, why the “serious factual differences” between what the children and Tom Chantry said, or why Tom Chantry was preaching “regularly” for 2 months before he had any counseling?
Men on both the 2000/2001 AC and 2001/2002 AC: Bob Selph, Earl Blackburn, Steve Martin, Don Lindblad, John Giarrizzo, David Dykstra, Dale Smith, Mike McKnight, Bruce Kronheim, Tom Green, Jamie Howell, and Tom Lutz.
#6 Letter of Objection from MVBC to Steve Marquedant [Membership Committee Chairman] (8/1/2015)
“We would do a great disservice to the Bride of Christ and to our Association if we did not strongly object to any consideration of Mr. Chantry as an ARBCA pastor.” [Page 1, first paragraph]
“Of special concern was recommendation #8, (seeking forgiveness from the families involved). According to those families, fifteen years has now passed without any attempt at reconciliation.” [Page 1, fourth paragraph]
“With Mr. Chantry indicating a desire to join the association, however, we feel it is our responsibility to discreetly warn the association against such unwise action.” [Page 2, first paragraph]
#7 Letter from Steve Marquedant on behalf of the Membership Committee [Jeff Massey (chairman), Steve Marquedant (chairman), Larry Vincent, David Dykstra, and Jason Walter] to MVBC (9/23/2015)
“We will proceed in our normal fashion with the application of CRBC, Hales Corner, for ARBCA membership in Mid-November.” [Second paragraph]
“However the final decision was a unanimous vote of the entire MC.” [Post Script]
#8 ARBCA Announcement (4/2017)
This is the statement ARBCA released at the 2017 General Assembly. It has been said that the men who wrote this statement simply didn’t know that what they wrote was untrue. However, many of the men on the Administrative Council responsible for writing this statement had access to information that contradicts this statement.
David Dykstra was a member of both the 2016 and 2017 Administrative Councils. He was a member of the 2000/2001 AC that was noted to receive a copy of the Level 2 Report.
#9 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] Why were two of the men who were on the 2015/2016 MC selected by the AC to be on the committee writing the reports? How can this be understood as anything other than a conflict of interest?
“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]
“While Mr. Marquedant had informed Mr. Massey, Chairman of the Membership Committee, of the allegation against Mr. Chantry in July 2015, the allegation was not discussed in the Membership Committee [Steve Marquedant, Jeff Massey, Larry Vincent, David Dykstra, and Jason Walter] until late February 2016,” [Part I Report page 8, paragraph 2]
This report and its attachments have been critiqued.
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?
#10 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).
“We provided evidence that Mr. Chantry had, from the time of the council onward, never even contacted those families, let alone expressed repentance or sought forgiveness. This evidence was a signed letter from one of the parents involved.” [Paragraph 4] Note: This evidence was included in MVBC’s letter of objection to Steve Marquedant (Membership Committee Chairman).
#11 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. 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.
#12 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.
“1. In 2000 and beyond, ARBCA’s officials failed to protect the children abused by Tom Chantry and failed to aid them in obtaining the justice due to them (Ps 103:6). In 2019, ARBCA’s GA failed to reach out to those abused by Tom Chantry, to acknowledge the wrongdoing of the ARBCA council, to ask forgiveness from the victims, and to seek to make amends in any way possible (2 Sam 21:3; Lk 19:8).”
“2. Recently discovered documents in July of 2019 prove that ARBCA’s 2000 Informal Council knew of Tom Chantry’s child abuse and failed to report it to law enforcement (Rom 13:1). This failure to report to the authorities had the effect of exposing more children to danger and denying justice to Chantry’s victims (Ps 82:3-4; Is 1:17).”
“3. ARBCA’s 2000 Informal Council failed to recommend that Miller Valley Baptist Church discipline Tom Chantry, which is what the Scriptures require (Matt 18:15-20), and instead resorted to a biased and unbiblical program of restoration so that Chantry’s ministry could be preserved (1 Tim 5:20-21).”
“4. The formation of the 2000 ARBCA Informal Council by Walt Chantry, Bob Selph, and ARBCA’s 2000 Administrative Council was both unbiblical and contrary to ARBCA’s confession of faith, which does not permit “informal councils” (Acts 15:2, 4, 6, 22-25; 2LCF 26.15).”
“5. The allowance of “sealed reports” facilitated the cover-up of a crime. Sealed reports from an ARBCA council are a violation of Scripture and ARBCA’s confession of faith, which requires that all advice given by church councils “be reported to all the churches” (Acts 15:2, 4, 6, 22-25; 2LCF 26.15).”
2000/2001 AC Members: Bob Selph, Larry Vincent, Earl Blackburn, Steve Martin, Don Lindblad, John Giarrizzo, David Dykstra, Dale Smith, Mike McKnight, Bruce Kronheim, Tom Green, Jamie Howell, and Tom Lutz. [Photograph]
2001/2002 AC Members: Bob Selph, Tedd Tripp, Earl Blackburn, Steve Martin, Don Lindblad, John Giarrizzo, David Dykstra, Dale Smith, Mike McKnight, Bruce Kronheim, Tom Green, Jamie Howell, and Tom Lutz. [Photograph]
“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 Membership Committee Members: Steve Marquedant (Chairman until around 9/2015), Jeff Massey (Chairman from around 9/2015), Larry Vincent, David Dykstra, and Jason Walter. [Attachments for Part I, attachment 6]
“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).”
2018/2019 AC Members: Steve Martin (ARBCA Coordinator), David Dykstra, Jason Walter (Secretary), Al Huber, Jonathan Paul, Jack Daniels, Steve Marquedant, Jeff Massey (Vice Chairman), Bob Adams, Brandon Smith* (Chairman), Micah Renihan, Dale Crawford, and Rob Cosby (Treasurer). [Spring 2018 ARBCA Update]