One of the victims from Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis goes public and talks about how the church leadership allegedly handled the cover up of Rick Trotter. This brave woman deserves all the support in the world, lets all come along side her in this extremely courageous act.
“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway…”
“I feel terrible guilt about not going to the police myself, taking their word that it was being handled and that they had actually gone to the authorities when Rick was originally caught by the corrupt and criminally negligent leadership and staff and Fellowship Memphis.”
J.B. Martinez on Medium
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:8-9 NIV
The staff of Fellowship Memphis in 2010
Last night I was looking at my Twitter feed when something remarkable happened. I wanted to do a quick post about this as its extremely important in the ongoing Fellowship Memphis story. One of the alleged victims of Rick Trotter and Fellowship Memphis has come forward and written a post on social media.
The Alleged Cover Up from a Firsthand Witness
J.B. Martinez appears to have once been an employee for Fellowship Memphis. She wrote a post on Medium about the situation. She recalls how she was told that she was allegedly recorded in the restroom. She discuss how she was told not to “gossip.” She also talks about Bryan Loritts and Ricky Jenkins and their alleged involvement. For those of you interested I wrote a post about Ricky Jenkins called “John Bryson’s Fellowship Memphis – The State of the Church as Assessed by The Wondering Eagle.” Here is but a small part of J.B. Martinez’s post, in the next paragraph she talks about how she was told that she was allegedly recorded.
When I was told, I immediately asked a million questions. Who else was videotaped? Where were the videos? Where were the devices? Who had watched them? What would happen next? etc. The answers I got were mind blowing.
I was told that it was gossip to talk about who else was on the video and that I was not allowed to share ANY information or talk with ANYONE else about the subject. I was told that the videos were placed in a safety deposit box. I was also told that Bryan Loritts and Ricky Jenkins (pastor of Fellowship Memphis) had seen the videos and no one could tell me who else had watched them. They couldn’t, or wouldn’t, tell me who actually put the evidence in the safety deposit box. They said privately that Rick Trotter was fired for video voyeurism directly enacted upon the church body and that they were providing for him to go to rehab for sex addiction.
She goes on in the post and talks about the leadership of Fellowship Memphis, and being manipulated to forgive Rick Trotter. I would encourage you to read it in its entirety in “Is Covering Up Abuse Authentic Manhood?”
Cracks in a Dam of an Alleged Conspiracy
Here is the problem that John Bryson, Ricky Jenkins, Bryan Loritts and others are now facing. They have been plugging cracks in a dam with their fingers. When one leak develops they plug it up, and they keep doing that but slowly more leaks are appearing. The dam of silence at Fellowship Memphis is cracking. It is breaking open and the world is learning about the “Gospel Centered” criminal allegations in John Bryson’s church. Part of the reason why you are honest in life is that the truth catches up to you in time, especially if its something horrific or allegedly illegal. If Fellowship Memphis had done the right thing they would not be in this situation today. But the dam is breaking and the leaks of water are slowly turning into a flood. I hope this person going forward will help trigger other people to step up and say “Yes I was recorded also by Rick Trotter.” I hope this gives other people courage to stand up and speak.
Memphis Support this Brave Woman
I hope the city and community of Memphis supports J.B. Martinez. This is a profoundly brave woman and her courage is impressive. This blog, The Wondering Eagle, gives her a standing ovation for coming forward. Its my hope that others will support and stand alongside her in this situation. Its my hope that others who are also victims will come forward and stand alongside her. Courage is rare, especially in our society that is always a “me” first one. That is why what J.B. Martinez did is exceptionally profound. I honestly hope that Fellowship Memphis is not trying to silence her. I hope that Caissa is not trying to intimidate her. I hope people respect J.B. Martinez for what she is…and that is a hero. Someone who stands up to the tide, and refuses to go along any more. How lucky Memphis is to have such a person in their community. If you are from the area feel free to leave her an encouraging note below. J.B. Martinez you are the gold standard when it comes to bravery, this blog loves you!