This just in from The Worthy Walk:
Effective July 30, Pastor Armstrong chose to resign from The Chapel in Akron, Ohio. He will be moving on to new ministry opportunities. Once he has established himself, we will post updates to let our listening audience know.
The Worthy Walk radio program on WCRF Moody Radio Cleveland is no longer airing. You can still listen on WKJA 90.9 in Barberton, and on WNPQ 95.9 in Canton until August 29. At that time, the program will no longer air on any radio stations.
The website will be updated on occasion but no further programs will be created for the foreseeable future.
Sad news? Well, turn that frown upside down my Christian celebrity-loving friends. Tim Armstrong is just one more preacher-gone-bad in a long line of Christian celebrities to quickly land another job in the lucrative field of Christian Ministry. Generally, most disgraced preacher types take a minimum of six months before reappearing on the scene; having repented, rebranded, and ready to spread their version of the gospel, having heard directly from the Lord Almighty that His Kingdom cannot prevail without their unique ministry. But Armstrong is apparently so vital to the growth of the Kingdom that after a mere three weeks since his forced resignation from the Chapel the Lord has opened the door to a new ministry.
This, from the same website today:
Tim Armstrong was the founder and senior pastor of Crossroads Community Church in Mansfield, Ohio. In 2014, he became the 5th senior pastor for The Chapel in Akron, Ohio. He is currently relocating and will be starting a new ministry soon. >>>
Well, I have to give Armstrong’s handlers credit for cleverly crafting the statements above. It is true that Armstrong did resign, but they left out an important piece of information, that is, had he not resigned he would have been fired.
It would appear that Cedarville University President, Thomas White is a two-time loser when it comes to discerning Christian character, or perhaps he is a perfectly fine judge of character, but when it comes to choosing between character or friendship, White will choose friendship every time.
Readers may recall that White hired Anthony Moore, his long-time friend from their days together at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary after Moore was fired from the Village Church for filming another friend of his (and assistant pastor) on numerous occasions in the shower.
According to an article written by Julie Roys on May 1, 2020:
Cedarville University President Thomas White maintains that he was told an “incomplete narrative” about Anthony Moore—the man he hired in 2017 after Moore had been fired by The Village Church (TVC) for “grievous sexual immoral actions.”
However, today an elder at TVC’s Fort Worth campus disputed White’s narrative. He also named two other leaders, a pastor and a professor, whom he says were fully informed about Moore in 2017.
During an interview last week, White told me he knew that Moore had recorded multiple videos of another man showering in Moore’s home. But White said he thought Moore had recorded at most two videos and that Moore’s problem “was not a habitual, perpetual deal” but a “slip into temptation.”
White fired Moore last Friday, claiming that he had just learned that Moore had recorded at least five videos over a span of at least five months.
Then we have this video, recorded at a Cedarville University chapel service, of Thomas White introducing his good friend, hunting buddy, and member of the Cedarville University Board of Trustees, Tim Armstrong. At the time Armstrong was the senior pastor of The Chapel Church in Akron, OH. He also had a radio program called “The Worthy Walk.” The radio program is no longer airing and Tim Armstrong resigned from his position of senior pastor after both the Constitution Committee and the Board of Trustees from The Chapel Church voted unanimously that Armstrong, “in accordance with language outlined in The Chapel’s Constitution, is unable to fulfill the duties of senior pastor and therefore cannot be restored to the role of senior pastor of The Chapel. The Trustees unanimously voted to affirm that recommendation. Pastor Tim agreed to resign, effective immediately.”
As far as we know, Armstrong has retained his position on the Cedarville University Board of Trustees. His presence on the Board has paid dividends for both Armstrong and White; Armstrong’s twin daughters received a free education at Cedarville University and he also voted with the majority to reinstate Thomas White as president of Cedarville. (It should be noted that Danny Akin and Mark Vroegop resigned their positions on the Board of Trustees because of their strong disagreement with the decision.)
We are left wondering what will happen first, Tim Armstrong announces his new ministry job or The Chapel leadership restores Mike Castelli and Jim Mitchell to their jobs. I don’t believe we will have to wait much longer.