Statement from Acts 29 SE Director Brian Lowe on the Situation at John Bryson’s Fellowship Memphis

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.  

“There can’t be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.”

Henry Kissinger

“Crises refine life. In them you discover what you are.”

Allan K Chalmers

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
    He rescues them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
    he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

Psalm 34:17-18 NLT

 

Brian-

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.

Very Respectfully,

David Bonner 


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.  

Thanks.

Brian Lowe | Network Director

Acts 29 Southeast US 

 


 

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!

18 thoughts on “Statement from Acts 29 SE Director Brian Lowe on the Situation at John Bryson’s Fellowship Memphis

  1. I’ve received enough non-profit board training to understand that this is the strategy adopted by some organizations, they go into lock-down mode after obtaining legal counsel. People in the know are advised to direct any and all communication through official channels.

    Note I am not saying this IS what they are doing, only that this looks like it. Also note that this strategy is usually self defeating, it suggests to the public that you have something to hide.

    It is better to tell the truth and take your lumps and not be overly concerned with potential litigation. In the all powerful urge to escape liability, organizations will often hide the truth to protect themselves against potential litigation, while legitimate victims are usually interested in litigation only to get at the truth.

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    • I’ve received enough non-profit board training to understand that this is the strategy adopted by some organizations, they go into lock-down mode after obtaining legal counsel. People in the know are advised to direct any and all communication through official channels.

      i.e. “Talk to my Attorneys”?
      With every released statement written and approved by those same Liability Attorneys?

      (And an organization like Acts 29 can afford teams of the best attorneys — “TITHE! TITHE! TITHE!”)

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  2. I just want to say, from the joint statement, Downtown was aware of the issues. This man should NEVER have been allowed to be on church staff.

    Being on staff allows you more access to the church at odd times, sometimes even a key, which is exactly what you need if you want to set up a system of recording women in private places. (if they were dumb enough to hire him they should have at least been doing regular sweeps of private space to make sure he had not started doing the same thing).

    If I were at Downtown, I would be extremely angry right now.

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    • “This man should NEVER have been allowed to be on church staff. ”
      Your point bewilders me also. Is there some shortage of available candidates? I wonder if the motivation in this hiring was not same pride of the Corinthian church that was denounced by Paul.

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  3. I just saw this part from the Christian post article about how they were encouraged to not report: “They told all the women that they had consulted an officer and attorney and if we pressed charges it would ruin Rick Trotter’s life and the video would be played in court,” she continued.”

    The ‘video will be played in court’ sounds like a threat of embarrassment to me for these women. I would find that thought very disturbing.

    I am also still wondering about the claim that the pastor destroyed the evidence.

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  4. This is just an aside but, how does anyone know these videos were really destroyed? How does anyone know they were not streamed to a second device that recorded them?

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  5. Just also wanted to say, it is so wrong to tell these women that they would be responsible for destroying Rick Trotter. Rick Trotter destroyed himself. If he had any help in destroying himself, it was these leaders who gave him the opportunity and freedom to do it.

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    • Absolutely. They are not responsible for his illegal and disgusting actions.

      If someone starts trying to guilt trip you like that, you should probably take a step back, talk to someone who has zero ties to anyone involved and see if it isn’t just manipulation.

      And as to your point above, I doubt they looked very hard for more evidence-if they were running around doing damage control.

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      • He had a Fellowship Memphis-issued computer in his home. There was, no doubt, quite a bit of damning evidence on it. Fellowship Leadership (whether evilly & intentionally or in negligently & stupidly) gave him time to wipe his hard drive clean. SMH

        Given the other cover-ups going on here, I’ll let you decide.

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    • Agreed…Rick Trotter is responsible for himself. I was told by one source that before rehab Rick gained a lot of weight. Then afterward he lost some and looked like things were going well. Then he gained anout 100 lbs when one of my sources was trying to prevent people from being harmed. Heather from what I heard struggles with self esteem issues and craved the attention and celebrity status that Rick Trotter got.

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  6. So, I was reading the Christian post article, and I just want to the difference between the overly clinical (please don’t sue us?) tone when Bryson talks about how he handled the Trotter situation verses the way he is ‘greatly bothered’ by all the stuff about the mothers day gifts.

    Perspective.

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