Jul 022016
 
Justice is supposed to be blind. We want a fair shake in this lawsuit.

Justice is supposed to be blind. We want a fair shake in Bob Grenier’s (Calvary Chapel Visalia) lawsuit in Tulare County.

Bob Grenier Calvary Chapel Visalia pastor’s lawsuit is in the late innings. Here’s an update:

We (Team Alex Grenier, Alex Joye, Alex Joye Grenier) have fulfilled our Discovery requests from the Plaintiff (Bob Grenier, Calvary Chapel Visalia pastor and Visalia Police chaplain and Tulare County Sheriff’s chaplain in official capacities to our knowledge/belief at the time of this writing).

Depositions are under way with key witnesses being deposed under oath including Bryan Prosser (long time CC Visalia attendee), Jim Souza (20 year CC Visalia assistant pastor), Tina Jenkins (former CC Visalia Sunday School admin), Greg Dowds (career CC Visalia board member, elder and right hand man to Bob Grenier), Sue Dowds (CC Visalia women’s ministry, cafe helper, Greg’s wife), Alex Joye Grenier (yours truly), Didi Dehaan Grenier (Robert Jr.’s now ex-wife and former CC Visalia bookkeeper and assistant), Mike Buford Sr. (long time CC Visalia assistant pastor).

On the docket to be deposed: Alice Bryant (former CC Visalia bookkeeper), Gayle Grenier, Bob Grenier, Amy Tefft and Janet Tefft.

Witnesses likely to be called at Trial: Rose Rye, Suzette Dehaan, Gary Ruff, David Rosales, Raul Ries, Brian Brodersen, Roger Wing, Patricia Boesch, Jeff Pierce, Geoff Grenier, Greg Silva and possibly some others.

We have requested Discovery of Bob Grenier and we have yet to get cooperation on the whereabouts of Paul Grenier, a very key witness who alleges molestation, child abuse and financial abuse in his sworn Declarations already in the Court record. Bob Grenier and Bob Grenier’s attorney, Nick Pritchett, know of Paul Grenier’s whereabouts, Pritchett told me Paul had been in his office in Visalia recently. Bob Grenier sues, claims he wants to prove his innocence at a Trial…but has yet to cooperate in helping us get one of the most key witnesses served for deposition. Very suspicious and telling in my opinion.

We are having the same problem with getting Robert Grenier Jr. served for deposition. Robert Grenier Jr. alleges (in phone calls to myself and other witnesses) that Paul Grenier “molested” him…but went on to describe what was a several-year incestuous homosexual relationship with his brother, Paul. We know the Plaintiffs know his whereabouts and it is reported he is being harbored by a close fellow Calvary Chapel pastor who is involved over the years in other scandals in Calvary Chapel including allegations of gross misuse of funds and other issues (charges made by a former Calvary Chapel Pastor and board member of Lance Cook, Calvary Chapel La Habra). Birds of a feather flock together and help each other out in my opinion. Stinks to high heaven. If Chuck Smith is there…he can smell it.

Paul Grenier and Robert Grenier Jr.’s testimony under oath is extremely important in this case….a lawsuit brought by their biological father, Pastor Bob Grenier. Paul alleges molestation by Bob Grenier. Paul later, allegedly (we cannot confirm it is in fact Paul’s own writing and it was not made under oath), recanted his molestation allegations. The timing of the release of the not-under-oath statement attributed to Paul Grenier came at at time another brother reports he was visited by Gayle Grenier (after an 11 year hiatus and shunning) and that they purchased Paul “gifts” and they helped Paul get a new apartment (one he cannot afford from what we know of Paul’s financial struggles). All very suspicious. Now the Plaintiffs are not cooperating in providing Paul Grenier’s whereabouts so he can be served and be cross-examined under oath. Very very suspicious. Very wrong in my opinion. It is affecting my ability to get a fair shake in the court system in my opinion.

We are trying to serve Kevin Mizner (long time assistant at CC Visalia and former Tulare County Sheriff brass). We attempted to serve Mr. Mizner and cannot locate him, which is suspicious. Mr. Mizner should not be hard to find, yet like with Paul Grenier and Robert Grenier Jr., there seems to be some sort of agenda to hide them in my opinion. Why?

We are adding to the list of witnesses as depositions reveal and uncover more information. There is much we did not know about in addition to the massive amount of wrongdoings we’ve already uncovered through the blogs and reporting investigations. We look forward to Trial and we want all key witnesses to be deposed and/or take the stand at Trial and establish the truth. The Plaintiff seems reluctant to cooperate in that regard for some reason. Why?

Trial is still set for the end of September 2016.

I am stronger and more resolute than ever. I look forward to proving that I did not “defame” the Plaintiff. I am reporting, I am holding the Plaintiff to account as a Pastor/Police Chaplain regarding matters the Appellate Court ruled are “in the public’s interest”. Seeking Justice is virtuous, not an “attack from the devil” and not “defamation”.

I hope the Plaintiffs will cooperate in Discovery and lets get all the witnesses under oath, lets get all the info in the Court record and lets have a Jury decide who is telling the truth in these matters. That is what the Plaintiffs say they want, correct?

Mar 092016
 

From the Phoenix Preacher Blog:

“I was on the phone with Saeed 6-8 hours a day. Saeed admitted to having a phone in prison. I knew exactly how he was doing every single day. I was told by the ACLJ that I could not share about Saeed having a smuggled (smart phone) as it might cost his life. He admitted to congressman Pittinger that he had a phone and was on social media and websites and on skype and phone hours and hours each day and knew exactly what was happening…”

On her prior claims that she went weeks without communicating with Saeed;

“I was told by ACLJ to say that. That if there was ANY indication that I had communication with Saeed outside of the weekly visits of the family, Saeed’s life would be in danger. I admit that I obeyed man other than God and idolatry and lie are sins I have to owe up to. It was freeing to not lie any more in October and to be free of having to keep secrets. It was displeasing to God and I have repented of that.”

Saeed Abedini is under Matt 18 church discipline;

“There is not a pastor that Saeed had worked with that approves his character or that he has submitted to. He had ignored every discipline and and authority. He got his pastoral certificate not by the way God ordained it, but by paying money to an organization and having them send him his pastoral certificate. He was never ordained.”

“He caught pastor Bob off guard when he came to church and pastor Bob said there would be more commotion if he did not have him come up and thank people for praying. That’s it. There will be no more done with Saeed at the church. And no. Saeed is not ordained in any denomination (Calvary Chapel or Assemblies of God). HE received his pastoral card by paying an organization and receiving it in the mail.”

On Saeed being abusive in prison and why she cut off communication;

“Because most of it was very abusive and controlling. This is why in end of October 2015 I told Saeed no more. I felt bad and could not cut off the abuse. Who does that to someone in prison? So I kept answering his phone calls and trying to encourage using scripture and worship. I was either being on the phone with Saeed or traveling or doing media. All the while the phone calls and the continued emotional and verbal abuse and the control was destroying me. I said no more because I could no longer take it and could not understand why the abuse while I was fighting for him so hard. I took so much for my eyes to be opened. It took 3 years of Saeed’s imprisonment and much prayer and fasting for the veil to be lifted and for me to find my strength in the Lord to say no more to the abuse. It was truly God’s Grace.”

On her marriage;

“No one wants reconciliation more than me. For the sake of the kids I have wanted it more than anything. But God showed me that for the sake of Saeed I had to stop enabling and if there was a chance for repentance I had to say no more. God also showed me that absolute obedience to my husband was not right. That God is the one with absolute authority. That if I did not stand in truth and light and if I continued in the way that I was, I would be judged as ananias and sapphira. Sapphira followed her husbands deception and lies and God judged her the same. This is the hardest thing I have ever done and the most loving thing I can do for Saeed. God is more concerned about the spiritual chains than the physical. The battle has changed from traveling to my knees and praying. By His Grace I am standing and for the love of my husband. Every fiber of my being wants this to work out.”

Link to blog article here: http://michaelnewnham.com/?p=24837

 Posted by at 9:13 am
Feb 292016
 
Mark Driscoll, former leader of Mars Hill Church, now named in RICO lawsuit.

Mark Driscoll, former leader of Mars Hill Church, now named in RICO lawsuit.

A bombshell RICO Lawsuit was filed recently against former leaders of Mars Hill Church of Mark Driscoll fame.

The lawsuit alleges that the church and leaders often solicited money under the guise of one thing….then diverted the funds to other things. It is alleged that Calvary Chapel churches have done similar…soliciting money under the guise of a particular separate charity…and then the money ending up in the general fund for the pastor to use it to fund his lifestyle and pay his bills.

Churches have long been ignoring attempts by grass-roots bloggers and former church-goers to clean up their act. This blog has called on the Calvary Chapel sect of churches and some others to change their ways. Those calls have been largely ignored and the messengers have been vilified and attacked in many cases. Unfortunately, I am personally aware of many specific Calvary Chapel instances of what looks like a bait-and-switch with fundraising for a specific non-profit only to have very large amounts of money end up in the general fund of the pastor to spend however he wants as former employees and board members confirm. That’s the dynamic. It’s wrong. It’s corrupt. Mars Hill is being held accountable for it. Others will as well.

Here is an excerpt from the report: “a continuing pattern of racketeering activity by soliciting, through the internet and the mail, contributions for designated purposes, and then fraudulently used significant portions of those designated contributions for other, unauthorized purposes. It was a pattern of racketeering activity that extended through a myriad of MHC projects, including the Global Fund, the Campus Fund, the Jesus Festival, and the promotion of Driscoll’s book Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship, and Life Together (“Real Marriage”).”

You can find a full report by the Church Abuse Journalist Stud, Warren Throckmorton, here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2016/02/29/rico-lawsuit-filed-against-former-leaders-of-mars-hill-church/

The RICO Lawsuit can be found here: http://wp.production.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/files/2016/02/Filed-Complaint.pdf

 Posted by at 1:24 pm
Feb 272016
 
Dr. David Jeremiah: Getting rich from selling Jesus and the Gospel for greedy gain.

Dr. David Jeremiah: Getting rich from selling Jesus and the Gospel for greedy gain.

Another day, another Evangelical Guru is busted for corruption and stealing from God. This time a biggie, Dr. David Jeremiah of Turning Point.

Tenacious investigative journalist, Warren Throckmorton, has the goods once again. His report details the account of a former Chief Financial Officer at Jeremiah’s Turning Point that alleges Jeremiah directed non-profit funds in an artificial campaign to get his books on best-seller lists….specifically in a manner that caused book sales that directly benefited Dr. David Jeremiah in the form of royalties.

Using the non-profit “For Jesus!” mechanism for personal royalties. Very typical. These big name pastors and gurus are very rich men. Most are multi-millionaires and their only product is selling Jesus and the Gospel for greedy gain.

Dr. David Jeremiah reportedly takes over $115,000 per year in salary from Turning Point in addition to his lucrative book royalties and speaking fees.

Would any of these pastors and gurus actually “serve” Jesus for free instead of charging a ton of money? Nope.

Full story here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/2015/01/14/former-chief-financial-officer-at-turning-point-claims-david-jeremiah-used-questionable-methods-to-secure-a-spot-on-best-seller-lists/

 

 

 Posted by at 12:54 pm
Feb 162016
 

Peyton Manning made the news again….but not for his second Super Bowl victory.

This time around, it was an article by the fake-black-guy and race-baiter extraordinaire, Shaun King….who outted the details of a long-quiet little know sex assault allegation and subsequent defamation lawsuit between Peyton Manning and his victim, a female trainer now doctor.

Sport Illustrated picked up the story here: Peyton Manning sex assault story

In commenting publicly on the scandal, I was reminded how similar the dynamic is when reporting on the abuses and wrongdoings of Calvary Chapel pastors.

The first reaction of many was, “Shaun King is a jerk! You can’t trust anything that guy says! His MOTIVE is to tarnish Peyton Manning who is white!”

Well, that is completely fallacious and a non-issue. I operate from a paradigm and matrix of Logic and Reason and facts. I don’t care if it is Satan himself presenting evidence, is the stuff likely true or likely not true?

Peyton Manning accused of sexual assault. The dynamic rings very similar to Calvary Chapel Pastor scandals.

Peyton Manning accused of sexual assault. The dynamic rings very similar to Calvary Chapel Pastor scandals.

I read King’s story….it rang true. Lots of testimonies, lots of credible witnesses, even Peyton initially denying any sort of incident…then later he acknowledged something “out of line” and “inappropriate” and similar….and changed it from “nothing happened” to a “prank gone wrong”. Very telling.

I read the articles, read the lawsuit, read everything I could that was available with regards to this little-known matter. It doesn’t look good for Peyton. He likely did what the woman said he did. It’s wrong. He should have been charged and paid the price for his bad action…but he’s Football Royalty….and so is his family. He has gone virtually untouched in this matter.

Part of his success in deflecting the issue? Tarnishing the “accuser”….running her through the mud, turning the tables on her, poisoning the well privately and publicly, using his power, money and influence to silence her and spin the situation in his favor. Very similar dynamic to Calvary Chapel Pastors and their many scandals and wrongdoings.

The fans of Peyton Manning don’t want to believe their hero is capable of such wrong. They defend him to the death, attack the “accuser”, challenge the “sources” and find all manner of reason to deflect the facts from tarnishing their Idol and hero. Again, same dynamic with Calvary Chapel Pastors….I’ve seen it many times, witnessed it first hand…still see it to this moment.

If Manning isn’t able to make this go away again…it will transition to, “Well we’re all sinners! Grace covers a multitude of sins! You need to forgive and forget! Pray for Peyton! Don’t judge!”

Meanwhile he hurt a woman, he maligned her, lied about her, made her life hell for many years….instead of initially coming clean and telling the truth and paying the price for his bad action.

Shame on Peyton Manning, shame on Calvary Chapel and Calvary Chapel Pastors who do the same thing. You don’t have “faith”, you aren’t “good”….”God” supposedly “hates” liars, they are an “abomination” to him.

 Posted by at 2:50 pm