This walk-through focuses on Jason Walter and his involvement with ARBCA and Tom Chantry. He is pastor of Christ Reformed Baptist Church in Vista, CA, Secretary of the 2019 Administrative Council, and likely remains a Trustee at IRBS Theological Seminary (IRBSTS removed the Trustee page from their website).
#1 Jason Walter & Timeline of Events
This document is an abbreviated version of the ARBCA & Timeline of Events timeline specific to Jason Walter regarding what we can ascertain from the currently available documentation.
#2 Letter of Objection from MVBC to Steve Marquedant (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]
#3 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]
#4 Bulletins from When Tom Chantry Preached at CRBC Vista, CA (5/29/2016), Proof that Jason Walter Preached at Mountain Reformed Baptist Church on 5/29/2016, & Proof that Pastor Jason Walter Knew about the Allegation of Sexual Molestation Against Tom
On 5/29/2016 Thomas Chantry preached at CRBC in Vista, CA. Pastor Jason Walter had known about the allegation of sexual molestation against Chantry since late January/early February 2016. Nobody else at CRBC knew about the allegation. We were members of CRBC Vista, CA (4 voting members in our family), and my husband was a deacon. Jason Walter was a member of the Membership Committee that recommended CRBC, WI to the 2016 General Assembly.
Why did Jason Walter allow Tom Chantry to preach at CRBC Vista, CA when he knew that Tom was under investigation for molestation?
Why did Jason Walter preach at another church instead of being present at CRBC Vista, CA when Tom Chantry preached there? Why was Jason’s unsuspecting flock put in a vulnerable position?
The bulletin from 5/29/2016 (emailed to the congregation on 5/27/2016) and a photo of the Sermon Audio page.
The Sermon Audio page for the sermon Jason Walter preached at Mountain Reformed Baptist Church in Crestline, CA (now in Lake Arrowhead, CA) and Jason’s sermon. It can also be found here: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=67162229483 and here: https://web.archive.org/web/20200214203334/www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=67162229483
“We’ll talk about that again in a moment to see how well you did, and if you got the judge that we’re going to be focusing on this morning.” [quote begins at about 1:18]
This is the page from ARBCA AC Report Part I where it states, “In late January or early February , Mr. Marley informed Jason Walter, a member of the Membership Committee, of the new allegation against Mr. Chantry.”
The bulletin from 5/1/2016 (emailed to the congregation on 4/30/2016) announcing that Thomas Chantry would be the guest preacher on 5/29/2016 to show that Tom Chantry was scheduled at least 1 month ahead of time.
#5 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 [Jason Walter, Secretary] to be 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] Why didn’t Jason Walter recuse himself since he was a member of the MC in question in Report Part I? How can this be understood as anything other than a conflict of interest?
“In late January or early February, Mr. Marley informed Jason Walter, a member of the Membership Committee, of the new allegation against Mr. Chantry.” [Part I Report page 7, paragraph 3]
AC Report Part I (This report and it’s 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?
#6 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 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 [Jason Walter, Secretary] 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]
#7 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). Note: Jason Walter was on the AC that approved the Part I Report.
#8 Letter from Pastor Jon Cochran to ARBCA (9/6/2018) and Portico Church’s Letter of Resignation from ARBCA (3/13/2018)
Portico Church resigned from ARBCA on March 13, 2017. This is a letter written by Pastor Jon Cochran on September 6, 2018 calling the three men in SCARBC who were involved (Steve Marquedant, Jeff Massey, and Jason Walter) to repentance. Portico Church’s resignation letter is attached.
#9 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 (Jason Walter, Secretary). 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.
#10 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 and Jeff Massey as members of the Ad Hoc Committee not include these documents in the attachments? Why did Jason Walter 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 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:
#11 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:
#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. Quotes of interest:
“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 tomake 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]
2019/2020 AC Members: Jeff Massey (Chairman), Matt Vincent (Vice Chairman), Jason Walter (Secretary), Bob Adams (Treasurer), Fred Pugh (Coordinator), Jason Montgomery, David Shiflet, and Bob Curley. [Spring 2019 ARBCA Update for all but Bob Curley; FBC Resignation page 4, paragraph 3 for Bob Curley]