Steve Martin

This walk-through focuses on Steve Martin and his involvement with ARBCA and Tom Chantry.  He is Dean of Students at IRBS Theological Seminary. [Summer 2018 ARBCA Update pages 10-11 (IRBSTS removed from their website the catalog that listed the Core Faculty, Visiting Professors, Adjunct Professors, and Staff)]  *as noted in section #10 below, he retired as Dean of Students at IRBS Theological Seminary in April 2020.

#1 Steve Martin Timeline of Events

This document is an abbreviated version of the ARBCA & Timeline of Events timeline specific to Steve Martin 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 was to receive 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, 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 Lyonand Mark McCormick] 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 Lyonand Mark McCormick] assist him with this process.” [Page 3, item 8]

Confidential Minutes

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 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:

Tom Chantry

Walt Chantry

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]


“Respectfully submitted:

Tom Lyon

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]

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]

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. 

#5 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. 

Steve Martin was ARBCA Coordinator in both 2016 and 2017.  As a member of the 2000 AC, was to receive a copy of the Level 2 Report.

#6 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.

“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 mid-February or early March 2016, Mr. Marley notified Steve Martin, the newly elected Coordinator of the Administrative Council, of the allegation and investigation.  Mr. Marley also requested disapproval of CRBC’s membership application. [AC Part I Report page 7, paragraph 5]

“In late February 2016, The Administrative Council [Steve Martin, Coordinator] 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]

“On March 1, 2016, the Administrative Council [Steve Martin, Coordinator] 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]

“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]

AC Report Part I

Attachments to AC Report Part I

#7 IRBS Theological Seminary Convocation and Inauguration (9/11/2018)

On 09/11/2018 at the IRBS Theological Seminary Convocation and Inauguration, Steve Martin took his Oath to Office and was welcomed as a member of the Core Faculty of IRBS Theological Seminary.  The video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAUBypieC34

“I would now ask the Core Faculty of the Seminary to please come forward. [Steve Martin, Richard Barcellos, Fred Malone, and Stefan Lindblad went forward to take their Oath to Office.]…Then gentlemen, on behalf of the IRBS Trustees of IRBS Theological Seminary, we welcome you as the Core Faculty of this Seminary.”

Here is the video clip of the quote:

Here is the full video file (quote begins at about 10:00):

#7 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. 

“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]

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).”

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]

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]

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]

#9 IRBS Presentation at Reformed Baptist Church of Kansas City (12/15/2019)

On 12/15/2019 Dean of Students Steve Martin spoke on behalf of IRBS Seminary at Reformed Baptist Church of Kansas City.  That presentation can be found here: https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=121819328261327 or here: https://web.archive.org/web/20200113204208/https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=121819328261327

“As Dean of Students…What do I do as the Dean of Students?  I don’t teach so much as I shepherd the souls of the students who are enrolled.”

Here is the audio clip of this quote:

“My wife and I purposely bought a house that’s too big so we can host people.  We have three spare bedrooms and two spare baths.  And, we’ve had pastors, elders, deacons, parents of students, students and their wives come stay with us as they’re checking out the school, or taking classes, or whatever.  And, uh, if you can get your body down to Mansfield, then we’ll put you up for free, and then you can take the class.

Here is the audio clip of this quote:

Here is the full audio file (quote 1 begins at about 26:34; quote 2 begins at about 35:25):

#10 The About Me page on Steve Martin’s Blog  

According to Steve Martin’s Blog, he retired as Dean of Students at IRBS Theological Seminary in April 2020.  It can be found here: https://thelogcollege.wordpress.com/about-me/ and here: https://web.archive.org/web/20201218183240/https://thelogcollege.wordpress.com/about-me/

DENOMINATIONAL INVOLVEMENTS:

1997-2009–Member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) at Westminster Theological Seminary California.

2007-2012–Helped to form and later was voted in as Chairman of the Administrative Council of the Georgia Association of Confessional Baptist Churches (GACB).  Later named the Coordinator of GACB, ministering to pastors in GACB and other pastors too.

2017-2020–Became the first Dean of Students at the newly formed IRBS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY in Texas, with incoming students slated to matriculate in the Fall of 2018. Retired in April, 2020.”

At present IRBS Theological Seminary does not list a Dean of Students, so it is unknown if they have a new Dean of Students or are without a Dean of Students.  I could find no mention of Steve Martin having retired on IRBS Theological Seminary’s website.

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