“The more that we choose not to talk about domestic violence, the more we shy away from the issue, the more we lose.” ― Russell Wilson
Please see the updated title. The listing of firearms is at the end of the post.
Julie Anne Smith and I have spoken with J.D. Hall off and on through the years. We have consistently urged him to be kind and thoughtful in his actions. I was also involved in the Braxton Caner suicide. You can read about it here. Although it is quite complicated, I can say that at least one primary family member does not blame Hall for what happened. I know the whole story, and I cannot comment on it for many good reasons. There has been repentance. However, the situation raised our concern about Hall’s judgment. We’ve maintained occasional contact with Hall. He often referred to us as “the survivor gal pals.” I am saddened to have to report the following.
Several months ago, I looked at a picture of him. I noticed that he had lost a lot of weight and looked unwell to me. But I brushed it off, thinking he may have been on a diet. In June, some concerning answers were provided.
The Xanax incident
Here is how it was presented in a myriad of media reports. In May, Hall was stopped by police because he was swerving in his car. He claimed he had a severe Vitamin D deficiency. He was arrested for DUI. His alcohol level was reportedly normal. He offered to step down from his church because of the embarrassment. His church refused his resignation but put him on leave to recuperate. From The Christian Post:
Hall, who is now scheduled to appear in the Sidney City Court on June 6 at 9 a.m., also had a Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Shield handgun which was found under his coat in an inside-the-waistband holster during his arrest, the report added.
…The deacons and elders met … and rejected his (Hall’s) resignation in consultation with three well-respected and Godly pastors of other churches, as it was unanimously determined that, as no alcohol was used and Pastor Hall’s coordination/health issues have been well known, this unfortunate incident was not ministerially disqualifying,” Fellowship Baptist Church said.
Read the next part carefully:
The church further noted that: “The deacons, elders, and consulted pastors were apprised of Pastor Hall’s prescription medication, health issues, and spiritual, emotional, and physical state, and expressed great concern for his health and overworking.”
They concluded that “Hall was exhausted, potentially addicted to working, and must rest, do nothing for 3 months, and change his phone number (to not be bothered by outsiders).”
My husband and I took the story apart. Coincidentally, I had a severe Vitamin D deficiency a few years back, which did not result in DUIs or slurred speech. I believe that the baloney about Hall’s Vitamin D deficiency was covering for another issue. Given my concern about his weight loss, we proceeded to “bet” he had a potential drug problem. We would be proven right, and, in my opinion, it was much worse than we predicted. Sadly, it appears his church would go on to cover for him.
One month later, on June 27, 2022 (the date is essential) Julie Roys reported: J.D. Hall Disqualified from Ministry for Dependency on Prescription Drug Xanax
Jordan “J.D.” Hall, founder of Protestia (formerly Pulpit&Pen), is disqualified from ministry because of his dependency on the prescription drug Xanax (alprazolam), his church announced today.
Here is the statement from the church on JUNE 27:
During the several days following an incident that took place Sunday June 5th, 2022, it came to the attention of church leadership of Fellowship Baptist Church of Sidney, MT that our lead pastor, Jordan Hall, had fallen into a dependency upon perscription alprazolam (Xanax), characterized by use that exceeded his perscribed doseage. As a result, Pastor Hall tendered his resignation from the pastorate shortly thereafter on June 8th, under the assumption that he had become disqualified from eldership as detailed in 1 Timothy 3.
In a subsequent business meeting, the church body voted to accept his resignation from his role as pastor and elder at Fellowship Baptist Church.
Blah, blah, blah. Then, it goes on:
Mr. Hall and his family are now being ministered to by church leadership. Through the application of church discipline as prescribed in Matthew 18, we are exhorting him to seek professional treatment and work toward the restoration of his mind and body, and the reconciliation of his relationships with God and family.
Your prayers for the Hall family along with wisdom regarding this situation as it unfolds, are coveted.
Leadership of Fellowship Baptist Church, Sidney MT
Story #3: What really happened
On June 23 (note the date), Hall was arrested for the following alleged crimes.
-First allegation: Hall allegedly violently attacked his wife and daughter, strangling them and using some sort of weapon.
-Second allegation: Hall embezzled over $10,000 from his church.
Look at the following arrest records, and then I’ll lay it out for you.
JD Hall’s guns
JD Hall appears to have a boatload of guns. Hall declared bankruptcy this year, and look at what he declared as assets.
Fellowship Bible Church appears to have lied about what was going on.
Let’s go back to the statement from Fellowship Baptist Church in which Hall is booted from his pastor’s job. Here is the statement from the church on JUNE 27:
During the several days following an incident that took place Sunday June 5th, 2022, it came to the attention of church leadership of Fellowship Baptist Church of Sidney, MT that our lead pastor, Jordan Hall, had fallen into a dependency upon perscription alprazolam (Xanax), characterized by use that exceeded his perscribed doseage.
They knew that on June 23, Hall was arrested following acts of violence at his house, involving strangling his wife and daughter. They also knew about the embezzlement charges since it involved their church.
Yet, they lied. They said he was having Xanax problems (Isn’t that what all the pastors who have “incidents” are claiming these days? See Peeing pastor and Bill Hybels.) Why did they lie? Were they embarrassed by Hal’s violence? Were Xanax problems less uncomfortable than domestic violence? Did they feel the need to protect the already dubious reputation of their church?
Today I was listening to a far too long (5-hour) YouTube presentation by Servus Christi on the history of Hall. I give the guy kudos since he was the one who caught the police reports. One of the things that struck me (I made it through an hour) is the audio he played of Hall in the pulpit. Hall sounded impaired, and I don’t think it was Vitamin D deficiency. I believe Hall may have a genuine drug problem that might have led to him embezzling money from the church.
Strangulation can often result in death, so why the delay in reporting?
Go back to the police report above when Hall was arrested for strangulation of his wife and daughter. Servis Christi says that Hall’s son had to intervene. Note the following.
- The strangulation with a weapon happened on June 5
- The violence was reported on June 23.
Why did it take 18 days to call the police? I sure hope the church was not counseling the family to delay the report-not like I haven’t seen that happen. I believe that Hall’s family should not be living in the same home with him until there is massive intervention.
It is alarming since guns have been in the home in the past, and violence has now allegedly occurred.
This is a volatile situation. There may be guns in the home, two family members have been allegedly strangled but survived, and there is some sort of drug problem. Embezzlement is often done out of desperation for money.
I pray that those who are close will intervene in this horrific situation.
Jordan, if you are reading this, get help ASAP. You are in trouble.
PS Protestia went along with the Xanax excuse.
Barry Bowen sent me. the following info:
“I looked up JD Hall’s bankruptcy case today. The last docket entry: Trustee’s Notice of Intent to Sell Property. Downloaded the document.
Trustee proposes to sell pursuant to 11 USC § 363(b) and FRBP 2002 and will sell
at private sale to the above-named Debtor the Estate’s interest in the following property of the estate
with estimated non-exempt value:
All Non-Exempt Fire Arms, ammunition and accessories
Ruger 10/22 ss/synth ($150)
Ruger 10/22 Bl/synth with Firefield scope ($150)
Keystone Crickett 22Lr (Pink) ($100)
GForce Arms CIT12RR, 12GA with light ($350)
Mossberg 500 12GA ($275)
Tristar Cobra 12GA ($100)
TC Compass 6.5 Reed wiht Vortez Crossfire scope ($300)
Remington 870 Tactical (NOT SAFE TO SHOOT) ($100) Savage
340 E 30-30 (BROKEN FIRING PIN) ($100)
Notice of Intent to Sell
Heritage Rough Rider 22 Lr ($75)
Heritage Rough Rider 4.5 22 Lr ($125)
Taurus 65, 357 Mag SS ($300)
Cimarron 45 Colt Texas Ranger ($650)
Regent 1911-A1 45 ACP ($250)
Smith&Wesson Body Guard 380 ($275)
Smith&Wesson M&P 9 Shield 9mm ($325)
Smith&Wesson EZ shield 9mm ($295)
Glock 26 Gen H 9×19 ($325)
Glock 19 Gen 5 with vortex venom scope ($375)
Remington 30-06 ($260)
10 boxes 223 ($100)
1 box PMC 9A ($8)
1 box 9mm ($8)
1 box FC AE9fp ($12)
2 boxes S&B 9mm ($24)
3 boxes Win 223 ($45)
1 box Rem 12 GA ($5)
1 box Wolf 7.62 ($5)
1 box S 9mm ($23)
1 box Freedom Munitions 380 ($10)
1 box Win 380 ($18)
1 box CCI Blazer 45 CD ($35)
1 Box FC AW 45LC ($42)
1 box S&B 45 Autom ($15)
1 box Win 45 Amt ($20)
2 boxes 30-06 ammo ($10)
5 boxes Wolf 223 ($25)
1 box FCP 45 ($20)
1 box Hornady 90/500/352 Mag ($20)
1 box PMC 9A ($8)
2 boxes wolf power buckshot ($8) 2
boxes FC 357 Mag ($36)
1 box WIn 235 Rds 22 Lr ($15)
4 box 30 rd AR Maf ($28)
1 box AR Mag ($4)
2 boxes 5 rd 1312 GA AR ($20)
3 for Glock 9mm ($30)
2 for S&W M&P 9mm ($40)
2 for S&W M&P EZ 9mm ($40)
1 for 1911 ($7)
1 for Taurus 300 ($5)
1 for Hi-Point 985 ($12)