Sources report that Paul Grenier, son of Pastor Bob Grenier of Calvary Chapel Visalia, has issued a statement to Calvary Chapel members and others in which he recants the testimony he gave under oath in a court declaration in a defamation lawsuit brought by his parents Bob and Gayle Grenier of Calvary Chapel Visalia against Tim Taylor and Alex Joye-Grenier (their step-son). The lawsuit is currently before the Tulare County Superior Court.
The case is still ongoing and there is a trial date set for September 13, 2016.
CalvaryChapelAbuse.com Commentary and Opinion: From day one I have sought the truth in these matters and reported things that are in the Public’s Interest. Paul Grenier was a trusted named source with a compelling story until this very recent statement.
Here is the text that was sent to me by a source and confirmed by other sources. Paul Grenier and Calvary Chapel authorities were contacted for comment, and at the time of publication have not responded.
I wanted to take a moment of your time to update you on some positive news regarding my family. As you may know, there has been a divide within our family for a number of years. I wanted to take this opportunity to clarify statements made by me regarding my father, Bob Grenier. Additionally, I would like to provide some insight into circumstances surrounding those statements. My goal with this letter is to apologize, rebuild trust and to take back my prior statements. On February 8, 2013, I executed a Declaration in support of my brother’s defense in the lawsuit between he and my parents. In that declaration, I accused Bob Grenier of molesting me. That did not happen. At the time I executed the Declaration I was suffering from long term drug and alcohol addiction. This struggle has been something I have had tried to overcome since I was 16 years old. Throughout my early and mid-20’s I was in-volved in unhealthy forms of mental therapy. Specifically, repressed memory counseling and various forms of going “clear” through the Church of Scientology. In addition to these forms of counseling, there are large portions of the last 12 years that I do no remember due to the sheer number of prescription drugs racing through my body. In March of 2015, I suffered a drug overdose as a result of my long term drug addiction and desire to commit suicide. Fortunately, I survived. I feel tremendously blessed to have the support of my parents through what has been a very trying time for all of us. After struggling with mental health and addiction issues for the better half of my life, I have now been able to retain my sobriety and discontinue any drug use whatsoever. I am working with a counselor toward a better life and strengthening my mental and physical health while at the same time attempting to better understand some of the regretful and hurtful actions I have taken. I regret executing the Declaration wherein I accused Bob Grenier of molesting me. This was done at a time where I was suffering so deeply with memory loss, drug addiction and a true inability to decipher fact from fiction. Many days I was in a catatonic state. Further, I was unable to accurately recall details of my past. With that said, I would like you to know that I recant in its entirety the Declaration that was executed by me on February 8, 2013. Specifically, the statements that Bob Grenier was a child molester or molested me.
My goal today is to move forward with my life and re-build a healthy and loving relationship with my parents. I feel very blessed to have such supportive, forgiving people in my life to help guide me in making healthy choices. While there is much I cannot disclose about my past life, I hope I have been able to share enough with you to help provide some insight into my thoughts and mental state at the time these accusations were made by me. Many of you I have known since I was a child and I would continue to ask for your prayers for my entire family. No family is perfect. In fact, many families suffer from a myriad of problems. I am quickly learning that being kind to-ward people might make all the difference in their day. You truly do not know what a stranger may be struggling with in that very moment. In closing, I would like to thank you for supporting Bob and Gayle through this painful ordeal. I would also like to humbly ask that you continue to stand by them as your support means the world to them. Although I cannot go back and make a brand new start, I can start from today and make a brand new ending.
Here is a link to Paul Grenier’s original Declaration given under oath that he is now recanting (click the red link below):