Willow Creek Community Church Update: Ann Lindberg Responds on Facebook to Gilbert Bilezikian’s Denial of Sexual Assault

This evening Ann Lindberg wrote a response on Facebook to Gilbert Bilezikian’s denial that he sexually assaulted her. “Dr B” as he was known continues to deny the assault and abuse and in response Ann Lindberg published a photograph of Bilezikian’s postcards and notes to her.

“To those who abuse: the sin is yours, the crime is yours, and the shame is yours. To those who protect the perpetrators: blaming the victims only masks the evil within, making you as guilty as those who abuse. Stand up for the innocent or go down with the rest.

Flora Jessup

16 “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. 17 For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.

Luke 8:16-17 NLT

Ann Lindberg’s proof of Dr. B pursuing her 

There is more to report on the Willow Creek Community Church scandal. This blog got permission to re-publish Ann Lindberg’s Facebook post. Ann Lindberg recently accused Willow Creek co-founder Gilbert Bilezikian  who was also Bill Hybels mentor of sexual assault. “Dr B” as he was known had allegedly assaulted Ann Lindberg in the mid 1980’s. He used his spiritual position and authority to prey on people and he pursued Lindberg both romantically and sexually. Since Ann came forward three other people have come forward as well claiming that Bilezikian had sexually harassed or assaulted them as well. Earlier this week Julie Roys published an email from Bilezikian in which strongly denied the allegations of assault. Ms. Lindberg responded on Facebook to his denials with the statement and photograph. 


Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian,

I want to be careful here. It is God’s right to avenge, not mine.

Before I say anything else, I want to apologize to Maria: Maria, I am so very sorry that in my immaturity, I thought perhaps I could talk your husband into getting counseling. Regardless of what he tried to talk me into, I’m sorry I allowed him to ever touch, ever kiss me, ever try to force a special relationship with me. I’m sorry you had to spend your life with someone who wasn’t fully committed to you and fully appreciative, as a wife deserves. He wasted many years he could have spent adoring only you.

Dr. Bilezikian,

I have never had any pleasure in reporting your relationship with me.

I don’t like secrets. The secrets you begged me to keep, I kept, though they were a tremendous burden on my body, mind and soul.

After 25 years of keeping your secrets, I no longer wanted to keep them. (I am married to someone I love deeply and want no secrets from him)

Long since giving up on convincing you to get help for yourself and admit it to others, I entered into almost 10 years of private meetings at Willow that were harsh and attempted to silence me and force me out. My health collapsed.

Bill Hybels agreed in 2010 you would never teach on a Willow Creek stage again. You are correct. You were honored at the Willow 40th celebration and Bill Hybels carefully wiggled around the statement he had made in 2010, and showed you on camera, but NOT on the stage or preaching.

I know of some of your other victims. Some of them are afraid to come forward and then some have, but you don’t mention them here.

There were the victims at Wheaton College, CBE, Willow and the WCA. Manya Brachear, formerly of the Chicago Tribune was working with victims from both Wheaton College and Trinity international University before she left.

I know the story of another young, single woman you mentored from Willow in the 80’s. Her husband told a large group of us her story. Why were you picking up a young, single woman alone regularly at 4:30am, and taking her to a pancake restaurant to mentor her?

In 2014, the ES Martin stories occurred, proving that age has not stopped you

I have so many more stories I could tell- of you, coming to my house uninvited, for instance, in August 1998, after teaching at an early Willow pastor’s conference. I was single again and I didn’t know you liked to drive by my house. It was nice of you to set up a tent for my children, but it was inappropriate for you to be there.

Why on earth would you teach marriage seminars at Willow as late as 2018 when Scott Vaudrey didn’t stop you? Why would you think you had anything to say about how to have a good marriage when you refused to work on your own???

I could tell more, and will if I have to, but I’d prefer to stop. I’m tired of all of it.

I hope with whatever time you have remaining, you do your best to undo the harm you have done, so that what is left as your legacy is mostly your teaching.

May God have mercy on you.

 

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