This is the email that I sent the SE Acts 29 Director Brian Lowe and his response. I wanted to see if Acts 29 had a statement in regards to this situation at Fellowship Memphis. I would like to hear your thoughts on the response by the Acts 29 SE Director, especially if you were formally involved.
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Hello, my name is David Bonner. I write a blog called The Wondering Eagle and I deal with doubt, atheism, Neo-Calvinism, and issues in modern evangelicalism. My blog is becoming a resource on the Evangelical Free Church of America.
I understand you are the Director of Acts 29 SE
I was recently approached by one of the victims from Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis which is led by John Bryson. Bryan Loritts also led this church for nearly 11 years as I understand. The allegation is that the worship pastor Rick Trotter placed a camera in the restroom of Fellowship Memphis and recorded a large number of females and some underage girls as well. Its my understanding that the worship pastor allegedly manufactured child pornography in the process. The church allegedly did not contact the police and discouraged victims form contacting the police . The situation was allegedly covered up and Rick Trotter eventually went to another church in Memphis and allegedly recorded women and children for three years. The Memphis police are now involved and are trying to go through three years of recordings in identifying victims.
John Bryson sits on the board of Acts 29 and attached his name to the letter that notified Mark Driscoll that he was being kicked out of the organization. Due to the serious nature and the allegation of illicit and illegal recordings and the alleged manufacture of child pornography I am contacting the other Acts 29 board members for a statement. Plus I am also contacting Matt Chandler as well.
But before I get to all that I wanted to ask you Brian…do you have anything to state in this situation? Does Acts 29 SE want to say anything at all?
I have written about everything below in the post. I look forward to hearing from you.
This is the statement I got from Brian Lowe on the situation at Fellowship Memphis.
Thank you for contacting me, David. The churches have released a joint statement. I would direct you to that.
Brian Lowe | Network Director
One thing I want to stress is I wrote that email yesterday evening. I got the response emailed to me this morning. Yesterday I did not know that John Bryson is no longer on the Acts 29 board. That is spoken about in this Christian Post article. So for those formerly of Fellowship Memphis what do you think? Is that an adequate explanation? Are you impressed? Does that statement say much of anything for you? If you are from the community in Memphis you can comment anonymously below. Again I love you guys!