The Bryan Loritts and Fellowship Memphis scandal is growing within the Southern Baptist Convention now that J.D. Greear is involved. This is a post about why the national media from the New York Times to the Washington Post needs to write about how J.D. Greear’s church hired a pastor allegedly involved in a cover up of voyeurism and child pornography an Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis.
“Where the press is free and every man able to read, all is safe.”
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
Psalm 103:13 NIV
Its my hope that this blog post gets the attention of the religion writers of the New York Times, Washington Post or other national press. In a growing scandal that has touched on the President of the Southern Baptist Convention its time for the secular media to report on how J.D. Greear’s The Summit Church has hired Bryan Loritts who allegedly covered up deviant sex crimes at Fellowship Memphis. This scandal confirms how much of a problem sex abuse is a major issue in the Southern Baptist Convention.
Brief Overview of the Fellowship Memphis Scandal
It was one of the darkest emails I received at this blog. In August of 2016 a victim of a deviant sex crime at Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis in Tennessee contacted me. She proceeded to tell me of a dark scandal. The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Memphis main newspaper also covered part of it. Bryan Loritts co-pastored Fellowship Memphis with John Bryson. Bryan Loritts brother-in-law was Rick Trotter who also led worship at one of the locations of Fellowship Memphis. Rick Trotter was also into voyeurism and recorded people including underage children and in the process manufactured child pornography inside a church restroom in 2010. Bryan Loritts knew about the history of his brother-in-laws voyeurism and sex crimes. After all Loritts own children were recorded and Bryan did not take the issue to the Memphis Police. Bryan banned his brother-in-law from his home but did not report him to the police or tell his church community. Bryan, out of his greed put his career and book publishing ahead of his own family. This blog considers him an abject failure of a man and a father. When Rick Trotter was caught one of those in the know wanted to tip off the Memphis Police to the sex crime. Bryan Loritts attempted to use a membership covenant to invoke church discipline on a person only to realize that the person did not sign a membership covenant. What happened under the leadership of Bryan Loritts and then John Bryson is that Fellowship Memphis covered up the sex crimes of worship leader Rick Trotter. The church went through the illicit recordings and contacted the women who were recorded and made them forgive Rick Trotter. Fellowship discouraged the females from going to the police. The crime was put on them and the church communicated that they didn’t want Rick Trotter’s life destroyed. And then they let him go where he supposedly went into sex addiction counseling in Georgia.
The scandal hung over Bryan Loritts and followed him around the country. Like Jonah Bryan Loritts fled the situation. Rick Trotter then went onto another church in Memphis in 2011 as a part time contractor and then went full time in 2015. He was hired knowing the situation that took place at Fellowship Memphis several years prior. He resumed his voyeurism for about three years inside a Presbyterian Church plant before he was caught. He was abruptly fired and the police were contacted. This blog told the story of Bryan Loritts, Rick Trotter and Fellowship Memphis and Downtown Church. The Memphis Commercial Appeal wrote about it and this blog also has kept up with the story as Bryan Loritts has fled. Bryan pastored Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mountain View, California where he abruptly left. You can read about that in, “Bryan Loritts Leaves Abundant Life Christian Fellowship in Mountain View, California. Did the Voyeurism and Child Pornography Scandal of Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis Catch Up with Him?” Bryan Loritts then was hired into The Summit which I will write below. The Summit is led by J.D. Greear who is the President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Bryan Loritts has never owned his role in the cover up. Loritts continues to bully the victims in Memphis as he scans social media and has tried to silence them. The question that needs to be asked is does Bryan Loritts still have the child pornography from the situation? For a deep dive into Fellowship Memphis you can read the following post in, “The Sordid Tale of Rick Trotter, Bryan Loritts, John Bryson and Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis and Downtown Presbyterian Church” And you can read the original Memphis Commercial Appeal article in, “Former Grizzlies announcer Rick Trotter reportedly recorded women at another church in 2010.” When I learned of what Bryan Loritts did in the Fellowship Memphis scandal I destroyed all the sermons from Bryan that I hung on to.
Julie Roys at Restore Chicago.
Journalist Julie Roys Gets Involved in Reporting the Bryan Loritts Scandal
Julie Roys who wrote about the Harvest Bible Chapel scandal in Chicago and who James MacDonald went after in a lawsuit once, has started to write about the Bryan Loritts scandal at Fellowship Memphis. This blog turned over its sources and encouraged them to work with Julie. This blog’s sources are vetted and solid on this issue. Julie broke new ground and you can read and hear the podcast about the Acts 29 Fellowship Memphis scandal in the following posts.
- ““Dr. Bryan Loritts” Touts Questionable Doctorate from School with “F” Rating.”
- “Victim & Former Insider Say Bryan Loritts Covered Up Sex Crimes; Dispute Statements by J.D. Greear & Summit Church.”
- “Eyewitnesses Accuse J.D. Greear & Summit Church of Conducting “Sham” Investigation of Bryan Loritts.“
- “Loritts Responds to Allegations of Cover-Up: “It wasn’t us trying to hide anything . . . It was following the counsel of lawyers”
- Podcast, “Eyewitnesses Say Bryan Loritts Covered Up Sex Crimes.”
- Podcast, “Eyewitnesses Accuse J.D. Greear & Summit of “Sham” Investigation.”
Why the National Media From the Washington Post, to New York Times to The Houston Chronicle Need to Report on this Scandal
Its time for the national media to start to write on this issue with Bryan Loritts. Here is why its so important. The Southern Baptist Convention is dealing with sexual abuse issues. It launched an initiative called Caring Well which deals with sex abuse and has been pushed by the President of the Southern Baptists, J.D. Greear. However, Greear put Caring Well to be doubt when his church hired Bryan Loritts, a pastor who is embroiled in covering up an alleged voyeurism and child pornography scandal at Fellowship Memphis in Tennessee. This is one of the biggest issues in the Southern Baptist Convention right now. You can read the following posts, “Bryan Loritts is Joining J.D. Greear’s The Summit Church on June 1, 2020. So Much For Caring About Sexual Misconduct and Sex Abuse Inside the Southern Baptist Convention” and “Due to His Narcissism Bryan Loritts Over-Extended Himself with The Summit in Raleigh-Durham. And How Loritts Hiring is The Most Important Issue Inside the Southern Baptist Convention.”
The Memphis Commercial Appeal did a good job writing about the Fellowship Memphis scandal in 2016. Their original article is linked in up above. The American press which is a unique and crucial part of our democracy has done some outstanding work on the issue of religion. Elizabeth Dias of the New York Times wrote a solid article about the issues of sex abuse at Matt Chandler’s The Village Church which you can read here. Sarah Pulliam Bailey of the Washington Post wrote about how Paige Patterson encouraged a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary not to report a rape to the police and to forgive her assailant. You can read those articles here, here, and here. In addition the Washington Post did a solid investigation into the financial scandal in the Catholic church in West Virginia. Meanwhile down in Texas the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News did an expose on sex abuse in the Southern Baptist Convention. This is the equivalent of what the Boston Globe did with the Roman Catholic sex abuse story in 2001. The journalists who pursued this story are Robert Downen, John Tedesco, Lise Olsen, Sarah Smith, Andrea Zelinski and John Shapley.
So if you are one of the fine journalists who this blog respects please tell me that my digital subscriptions to five newspapers are worth it and you will understand the significance of this scandal. When the Southern Baptist Convention has struggled with sex abuse for years as the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News have reported; it is a major deal when the President’s own SBC church hires someone embroiled in a scandal of covering up his brother-in-law’s voyeurism and manufacturing of child pornography. This is a major religion story that needs to be on your radar as it deals with sex crimes and the President of the Southern Baptist Convention ignoring them. To the media who read this blog wishes you well and respects you deeply.