'20/20' to feature Trinity accusation | Concord Monitorhttp://www.concordmonitor.com/...p=%3Asession%3ACSUserId|CSGroupId%3Aapproved%3ABA4A9537C4BF4594E11F4B09D8217743&CSUserId=94&CSGroupId=1[6/28/2011 4:46:58 AM]
Phelps, who is now pastor of an Indianapolis church, has said he reported the crime both to thepolice and the state Division for Children, Youth and Families in 1997. The Concord police havesaid their investigation was hampered by not being able to locate the victim.The Rev. Brian Fuller, who arrived in Concord in 1998 and took over for Phelps as Trinity's seniorpastor in 2007, expressed regret last summer for how the incident was handled.He said that Anderson shouldn't have been brought before the congregation and that Willisshouldn't have remained a church member. (He was disciplined and left around 2004.)Fuller said yesterday that the church has created a "security team" of members "to ensure that aperson who has been accused would not remain in our congregation."And, he said, its constitution now ensures that "a minor can never stand before our congregation.You have to be 18 to be a member. So that will never happen again."Fuller was interviewed by Vargas last September, and he said ABC sent a camera crew into thechurch to attend Sunday services."We try to be very open with our community. We're trying to be extremely open with the media,"Fuller said. "That's why we allowed 20/20 to come and film. . . . We have nothing to hide hereand certainly try to make sure we understand the situation and make sure the truth comes out."Vargas said Fuller was "very open" and sat for a "wide-ranging interview with no conditions." Shesaid the program also spoke to Phelps and others.In a news release this week, ABC News described the 20/20 episode as a look at the"Independent Fundamental Baptist Church," which isn't a formal denomination but refers to anumber of churches across the country. Trinity Baptist Church describes itself as an independentBaptist congregation. (next page
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Ok, Ok, Ok. Let me get this straight. Phelps calls the police and informs them that Mr. Willishas impregnated a young teenage girl. Then the girl is shipped (FedEx) to Colorado. THENMr. Willis continues to come to TBC on Sunday morning, Sunday night & Wednesdaynight?If Phelps knew Mr. Willis raped Tina then why was he allowed to stay at TBC? Why wasn'tMr. Willis counselled to go to the police himself? Phelps could have tried the same Jedimind trick on Mr. Willis as he did to Tina's mom. Phelps waved his Jedi hand and said;"send your daughter Tina to Colorado!" And Tina's mom did exactly that. Clearly, Phelp'sJedi mind trick doesn't work on people like Mr. Willis.Perhaps Phelps wanted Mr. Willis' tithe. He was rather wealthy during the economic boom.
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