“The investigation is regarding information that has come to light about the 2012 Mount Lebanon Kids Camp that The Village Church attended. The Cedar Hill Police department, under the direction of Detective Michael Hernandez, is investigating a report of sexual assault by an adult against a minor at the camp. Earlier this year, the minor came to a place where it was possible to verbalize the memory of what happened for the first time through ongoing therapy.”
Last Sunday Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor of The Village Church (TVC), shared some heartbreaking news with his congregation. Here were his opening remarks:
Here is how he broke the news with those in attendance.
The Village Church has posted this video on its website, along with a transcript. We are grateful that the pastoral staff at The Village Church is being transparent with the congregation regarding this horrendous assault, and we hope and pray there aren’t other victims since there has been only one reported incident (see screen shot below).
The next portion of Chandler’s remarks are very concerning to us. Take a look at the first two sentences in the screen shot below.
So no ‘persons of interest’ in this investigation has access to children at TVC. This begs the question… are the ‘persons of interest’ allowed to attend The Village Church?
We are continuing to look into Ministry Safe, which was co-founded by Kimberlee Norris, a sexual assault trial attorney. Ministry Safe’s mission is to train organizations to prevent and monitor for sexual abuse. We first heard about Ministry Safe back in 2015 when our friend Todd Wilhelm wrote about them and their work with Covenant Fellowship Church, a Pennsylvania congregation belonging to Sovereign Grace Churches (formerly Sovereign Grace Ministries).
You might be interested to know that Dee spoke with Detective Hernandez regarding this pedophile. She and I are concerned that not naming this individual may put other children at risk. What do you think?
When Dee sent out this Tweet, she heard from someone whose daughter attended the Kids Camp in 2012. We find it concerning that no one from The Village Church reached out to her with this shocking news (see screen shot of Tweet below).
When more information becomes available, we will be sure to let you know. We hope and pray there are no other victims. In the meantime, this is what the victim’s family had to say in a written statement: