The FBI has charged Calvary Chapel youth bible study instructor Jacob Robert Holguin with distributing child pornography to an undercover officer.
Holguin teaches 4th, 5th and 6th graders at Calvary Chapel San Antonio in Universal City, Texas.
The details are extremely disturbing.
One of the online chats reads, ““i really like… rape. … i like to see them … saying no, it hurts, stop.”
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Calvary Chapel apologists will quickly cry, “It’s not Calvary Chapel’s fault! This guy got arrested! The children at Calvary Chapel aren’t in danger! You’re just using it to smear Calvary Chapel!”
Wrong, and here’s the point: In the Anthony Iglesias Calvary Chapel Molestation lawsuit, it alleged that Calvary Chapel Golden Springs (Raul Ries’s Calvary Chapel franchise) was made aware of Iglesias’s pedophilia problems, removed him from ministry with kids for a short period and then restored him to ministry. The lawsuit further alleged that Iglesias left CCGS and went to other Calvary Chapels in the System and molested kids through his youth leader connections.
Here’s more of the point: What mandatory policies and protections does the Calvary Chapel Association have in place as part of their Affiliation Agreements with some 1,500 to 2,000 (Chuck Smith’s number, not sure if there are actually that many CC’s) Calvary Chapel pastors?
From personal experience and the experiences of many others…Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors are GREAT at black-balling “divisive!” people who challenge their authority. They’ll call every CC pastor and warn them to black-list these folks…and it’s very effective. Does Calvary Chapel warn other CC’s when there is a known child predator in their midst?
How easy would it be for Holguin to pop up at the next Calvary Chapel and become a youth instructor? Very easy in many cases. Many Calvary Chapels do not background check and vet those who are with your children. Calvary Chapel has a history of ignoring these issues, including the fact they have a sitting, practicing pastor/affiliate Calvary Chapel Visalia Pastor Bob Grenier (who is endorsed by Chuck Smith) who has a very public allegation of molestation by his blood son Paul Grenier.
Are your kids safe at your local Calvary Chapel franchise? Ask if they vet youth workers fully. Ask Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the Calvary Chapel Association if there are any other pastors or youth leaders in the Calvary Chapel System who they know have child molestation allegations against them, besides Bob Grenier.
From my direct personal experience, it is my opinion that if this Holguin guy somehow beats the rap, or even if he doesn’t, it is very possible he could end up as a Calvary Chapel youth instructor working directly with kids once again.
I continue to call on Chuck Smith, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the Calvary Chapel Association to fully investigate allegations of child molestation and child abuse by their affiliated pastors and youth workers, etc and to remove anyone who has these unresolved serious allegations surrounding them and to put mandatory System-wide policies and protections in place to help protect our children the best they can.
Further, I continue to warn the public that all is not as it seems on the surface in Calvary Chapel. Ask questions, be careful. If you see a youth leader named Jacob Holguin at your Calvary Chapel franchise in the future, I hope you’ll find this article and see if it’s the same guy.
I emailed Pastor Ron Arbaugh of Calvary Chapel San Antonio in Universal City, Texas for comment.
Ironically, Ron Arbaugh was on PhoenixPreacher.com defending his friend Bob Grenier of Calvary Chapel Visalia when I went public with my story of child abuse.
Here are questions I posed to Arbaugh in the email (as well as giving him the opportunity to make a statement):
Will you allow Holguin to resume working with kids at your CC if he beats the rap?Would you “restore” Holguin if he is found guilty and ever let him instruct youth at your church again?What policies do you have in place to protect children at your CC?Does the Calvary Chapel Association require you to do anything as part of your Affiliation Agreement to protect kids?Do you background check and vet all youth leaders, youth workers, pastors, employs?If there was a sitting Calvary Chapel pastor accused of molestation, would you allow them to continue in ministry at your church without the issue being fully investigated?If there was a youth worker in Calvary Chapel who was accused of molestation, would you allow them to continue working with kids at your CC without the matter being fully investigated?