Douglas VanderMeulen

This walk-through focuses on Douglas VanderMeulen and his involvement with ARBCA and Tom Chantry.  He is pastor of Community Baptist Church in Fargo, ND.

#1 Douglas VanderMeulen Timeline of Events

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

#2 Email from Don Lindblad to Steve Marquedant and cc’d to John Giarrizzo, Douglas VanderMeulen, and Tom Lyon titled “TC” (9/9/2015)

“The church [MVBC] is not in a position to protest, as they gave up that right in placing Tom’s recovery in the hands of others.” [First paragraph]

“The bookend minuted reports, the one referenced above and the one in 2002 following the report Tom Lyon sent, are the only significant ones the AC and the member churches can address.” [Second paragraph]

“Once again, while they [MVBC] may be dissatisfied with Tom’s compliance, they gave up the right to pursue him once he left…Even if he had not complied, MVBC was not given the authority to pursue him.” [Fifth paragraph]

“MVBC needs to let this go, at least officially in the context of ARBCA.” [Sixth paragraph]

#3 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.

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 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]  Note: Douglas VanderMeulen was noted in the 3/1/2016 AC Minutes to have resigned from the AC, but the date of his resignation is not stated.

“On March 1, 2016, the Administrative Council 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]  Note: Douglas VanderMeulen was noted in the 3/1/2016 AC Minutes to have resigned from the AC.

“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 VanderMeulen (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 VanderMeulen 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?

#4 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 VanderMeulen (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 VanderMeulen 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.

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