Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis Update: Rick Trotter is Indicted for Unlawfully Recording Women at Richard Rieves Downtown Church; Plus Memphis Second Presbyterian Pastor Sandy Willson who was Warned about Rick Trotter has Retired

Updates on Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis and Memphis Second Presbyterian Church. Rick Trotter has been indicted by the Shelby County District Attorney. Plus Sandy Willson has retired from Memphis Second Presbyterian Church and has moved onto Covenant Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Plus The Wondering Eagle has a list of questions that I would like to answer for future posts about Fellowship Memphis.  

“The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom.”

John Locke

“Law is order, and good law is good order.


Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you. The authorities are God’s servants, sent for your good. But if you are doing wrong, of course you should be afraid, for they have the power to punish you. They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.

Romans 13: 1-5 NLT

It has been a while since The Wondering Eagle wrote about the ongoing situation in John Bryson’s Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis. There have been 35 articles written about this corrupt church in the Memphis, Tennessee area. The original article that was written is “The Sordid Tale of Rick Trotter, Bryan Loritts, John Bryson and Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis and Downtown Presbyterian Church.” This blog has actually clashed with Bryan Loritts on this issue and you can go through the archives and see the posts that were written. But there is news regarding Rick Trotter and Sandy Willson that needs to be discussed. 


Rick Trotter is Indicted by the Shelby County District Attorney Office for his Unlawful Recording of People in Downtown Church  

On October 12, 2017 former Memphis Grizzley announcer and Fellowship Memphis worship leader was indicted on four counts of unlawfully photographing women under their skirts at Richard Rieves Downtown Church. If you recall that Rick Trotter allegedly recorded women in the restroom at Fellowship Memphis. Bryan Loritts had banned Rick Trotter from his home after he allegedly engaged in the practice of there as well. Rick Trotter allegedly recorded around 100 women at Fellowship Memphis, including two underage individuals. Its the belief of The Wondering Eagle that child pornography was manufactured in this Acts 29 church. Fellowship Memphis quietly let Rick Trotter go and allegedly coerced his victims into forgiving him. After he was let go he went over to Downtown Church which is led by Richard Rieves. There Rick Trotter allegedly recorded women for three years.

The indictments against Rick Trotter were read by Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich. Currently Rick Trotter is free on bond. Each count of unlawfully photographing in violation of a person’s privacy is punishable up to 11 months, 29 days in jail and a fine up to $2,500. As The Wondering Eagle looks at this information what it means is that Rick Trotter is allegedly facing at least four years in jail and a total fine of $10,000. A Memphis police investigation revealed that Rick Trotter used his cell phone to take videos of women as he kneeled behind them. The police department investigation uncovered evidence that Rick Trotter downloaded the images onto his church issue laptop computer. In the case of Downtown church the victims are from ages 23 to 63. The person handling the case is Eric Chrsitensen, who is the chief prosecutor of the DA’s Special Victims Unit. You can read the post from the Shelby County District Attorney page here

Senior Pastor Sandy Willson has Retired from Memphis Second Presbyterian 

Sandy Willson has retired from Memphis Second Presbyterian Church. Sandy’s final sermon was on February 5, 2017.  In the disturbing story of Rick Trotter when Richard Rieves Downtown Church hired Trotter Sandy Willson was notified that they were hiring an alleged predator. You can read about that in “Sandy Willson of Second Presbyterian Memphis is Allegedly Notified in November 2011 that a Sexual Predator was on Staff at Downtown Presbyterian Church.Plus you can also read another article about Sandy Willson and the issues at Memphis Second Presbyterian in “An Overview of Sandy Willson and Memphis Second Presbyterian Church; Plus When Individuals Like C.J., Carolyn Mahaney and Steve Estes are Promoted, Does that Help Transplant an Unhealthy Culture at Richard Rieves’ Church?” Sandy’s leaving of Memphis Second Presbyterian has nothing to do with the Fellowship Memphis and Downtown Church scandal. Sandy had planned to retire on his birthday back in 2015. The Memphis Commercial Appeal did an article on Sandy’s retirement which you can read in “Rev. Sandy Willson retiring from Memphis pulpit, not ministry.”  Sandy who retired is not giving up ministry. He actually moved down to Birmingham, Alabama and has become Covenant Presbyterian Church’s interim pastor. Sandy started teaching at Covenant Presbyterian on August 20, 2017. Meanwhile at Memphis Second Presbyterian George Robertson is taking over. There is a question and answer session that is on the webpage

The Wondering Eagle is Still Interested in Writing about the Issues at John Bryson’s Fellowship Memphis, Richard Rieves’ Downtown Church and Memphis Second Presbyterian Church 
The Wondering Eagle is still very interested in writing about the ongoing issues at Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis and Richard Rieves Downtown Church. These are some of the questions I have that I would like to write about, so if you have any information please contact me. 
1. How many members has Fellowship Memphis lost as a result of the scandal? 
2. What churches have had John Bryson speak? And what do they know about the situation with Rick Trotter? 
3. An overview of the Fellowship Memphis Elder Board and the issues with it. 
4. Has Richard Rieves Downtown Church provided counseling and support to victims from Rick Trotter? 
5. How has Downtown’s Church insurance been affected due to this scandal? 
6. An overview of Downline Ministries. 
7. If anyone from Fellowship Memphis or Downtown Church wants to tell their story The Wondering Eagle will give them a platform to explain? 
8. How did Memphis Second Presbyterian interact with Downtown Church during the scandal with Rick Trotter? 
9. Are there any cases of inappropriate church discipline at Fellowship Memphis, Downtown Church or Memphis Second Presbyterian? 
If you can provide me any answers to the above questions please contact me as I would love to hear from you. That is it for the day, know that I love you guys! 


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