This walk-through focuses on Steve Marquedant and his involvement with ARBCA and Tom Chantry. He is pastor of Sovereign Grace Baptist Church in Ontario, CA.
#1 Steve Marquedant Timeline of Events
This document is an abbreviated version of the ARBCA & Timeline of Events timeline specific to Steve Marquedant regarding what we can ascertain from the currently available documentation.
#2 Letter from Don Lindblad to Steve Marquedant (6/17/2015)
“There is a young man living in the Boston area [Mark Jones] who called Tom several times and asked for further resolution.” [Second paragraph under item 2]
“The following documents are in the ARBCA archives:…” [Item 3]
#3 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]
#4 Email from Steve Marquedant to Don Lindblad titled “Confidential from Steve M” (9/1/2015
“The case presented by MVBC is not strong enough to prevent us from processing it [CRBC’s application] – but it should be understood that there will be controversy for Tom C.” [Ninth paragraph]
#5 Email from Don Lindblad to Steve Marquedant titled “A Possible Approach to MVBC” (9/4/2015)
“There was an unsigned report that went out from the ARBCA office early in 2001 [Level 3 Report]…It was generic and sanitized,” [First paragraph]
“The other two documents [Level 1 and Level 2 Reports], which were signed, are not public…Those documents are to be opened only if Tom messes up again. He has not.” [First paragraph]
“The AC already approved Tom’s ‘rehabilitation,’ and an email was sent to the churches to that effect. ARBCA has already weighted in officially on the matter. All objections were dealt with in letters by Early and myself before the AC unanimously decided to approve Tom Lyon’s report.” [Second paragraph]
“Tom fulfilled the requirements of what he signed TO THE SATISFACTION OF ALL EXCEPT MVBC. (Rich Jensen did object, but Earl and I responded and nothing more was said.)” [Third paragraph]
“Personally, I do not think ARBCA is in a position to do more. Again, it would be unrighteous to open this up again.” [Fifth paragraph]
#6 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 no 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]
#7 Letter from Steve Marquedant 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]
“As the MC Chairman at the time, I did the bulk of the investigation/interviews…However the final decision was the unanimous vote of the entire MC.” [Post Script]
#8 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 is Steve Marquedant, a man who was on the Membership Committee being investigated, 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]
“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 March 2016, Mr. Marley informed Mr. Marquedant that investigators had met with Mr. Chantry and that there was no longer a gag order to keep the allegation and investigation confidential.” [AC Report Part I page 7, paragraph 9] Note: There was never a “gag order.”
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?
#9 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?
#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).
#11 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.
#12 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 containing Jason Walter. 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.
#13 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? 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:
#14 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:
#15 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]
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.
“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]
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]