This walk-through focuses on Larry Vincent and his involvement with ARBCA and Tom Chantry. He is pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Mansfield, TX.
#1 Larry Vincent & Timeline of Events
This document is an abbreviated version of the ARBCA & Timeline of Events timeline specific to Larry Vincent regarding what we can ascertain from the currently available documentation.
#2 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.” [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]
2000/2001 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]
#3 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.
#4 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]
#5 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]
#6 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.
Larry Vincent 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.
#7 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?
#8 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).
#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. 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.
#10 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]
“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]
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.