Philippine Abuse Case Coverup Continues

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23 Responses

  1. Em says:

    glad to see that this unsavory report has left everyone here speechless

  2. Michael says:

    I’m about as disappointed as I’ve ever been.
    Celebrity pastors get more attention than kids being abused.
    Makes me wonder why the hell I bother.

  3. Em says:

    Michael, when i left college to go to work, i had an uncle tell me long ago, “Em, the first thing you have to remember is that people are no d*mn good.” FWIW, he was very successful and popular …?…

    he was right … and he was wrong

  4. Michael says:

    Em,

    Sounds like my grandfather… 🙂

    Miss Kitty informed me that I was overreacting because I’m too emotionally wound up in recent stories.
    She might be right…

  5. Nonnie says:

    Tom Randall is an entertainer and the audiences love him. He rides unicycles, juggling, big smile and very personable, and has charisma. He knows how to play an audience and raise money.

    In many churches, it is simply “No business like show business.”

  6. Michael says:

    Nonnie,

    He’s perhaps one of the best I’ve ever seen…he does humble well.

    We can’t give up, though.

  7. dan says:

    The link “WHM was dissolved” does not give any information on the dissolution (or at least, I’m missing it). Do you have documentation concerning the dissolution and rolling it into Coffey’s church? Is this the same document mentioned later about the legal fees and operational expenses? Also, the date of Aug 1, 2014 is given as to it’s dissolution – so it was dissolved over a year ago? Just trying to understand the chain of events. Thanks. (And thank you for keeping the line to what’s really happening in the case open & clear)

  8. Nonnie says:

    ” WHM was dissolved and the assets rolled under Coffey’s church.

    Assets to the tune of 2.1 million dollars.”

    Well, Joe Coffey knows a cash cow, when he sees it.

  9. j2theperson says:

    I don’t really know what to say. The guys are unchristian jerks, and I hope that justice is served. But what sort of discussion/debate are people supposed to have on this subject if we all agree that the situation is bad and the players are bad? The posts for celebrity pastors get hundreds of comments because people post in support of said celebrity pastors and disagreement ensues. But everybody agrees kids being abused is bad and Joe Coffey and Tom Randall are sleazy twerps.

    Ideally, how would you like people to respond to this story?

  10. Nonnie says:

    J2, Yes, agree, but unfortunately, there must be many, many people that continue to support TR and his Pastor Joe. They are having fund raisers and have over 2 million in the bank. I think articles like this and the one for GFA are making SOME people think about who they are giving to and wanting more accountability.

    Of course there are still plenty of people in the churches that love their celebrities. Don’t tell them about abuses….Just tickle their ears and give them their entertainment.. They will dig deep and call it holy.

  11. Kevin H says:

    Michael,

    I would not get discouraged by the lack of response on this article. As J2 already pointed out, probably mostly everyone of your regular readership and/or commenters are in agreement with what you are writing. And like she also said, there is no one coming here trying to defend Randall and/or Coffey, so there is no debate to be had. Additionally, many of your other articles that cover scandals and misdeeds are about people or organizations that many of your readership are familiar with. So they are more apt to interject. In this case, it would seem that Nonnie may be the lone exception (of at least the regular commenters) who has familiarity with these people.

    I for one am disgusted by the apparent events. But beyond that, I don’t have much else to add other than I hope justice prevails and that this article along with the other ones you have written on the subject somehow make their way to the Randall and Coffey supporters and serve to inform them of what is going on.

  12. Ryan Ashton says:

    Are there any news agencies covering this yet? You’ve been at this for more than a year.

    Who is sleeping at the wheel? What editors would you like us to write? What larger implications does this pose for Christian media? How can we get a conversation going?

  13. Josh the Baptist says:

    Two issues for me:

    1. It is hard to know what has or has not happened. Fortunately, a trial is imminent, so some of that could be sorted.

    2. I don’t consider Tom and Joe to be celebrities at all. This situation is the one and only time I have heard of either of them.

    Not that I’m unconcerned, just the above two reason keep me from making many declarations.

  14. j2theperson says:

    If there’s something you think we could do to get more attention on this I’d be interested. Are there politicians I should be writing to to complain about what’s happened? Right now I’m just waiting to see what happens in the trial.

  15. j2theperson says:

    ***J2, Yes, agree, but unfortunately, there must be many, many people that continue to support TR and his Pastor Joe. They are having fund raisers and have over 2 million in the bank.***

    I agree that’s all atrocious, but those people supporting them aren’t posting here so it doesn’t really engender a 300 post long discussion thread.

  16. Michael says:

    Dan,

    The link to the document is fixed…my apologies.

    Ryan,

    No one else is covering this, thus my frustration.
    The Christian media is comprised of a group of ten dollar whores who don’t do investigative journalism and who are utterly committed to advertisers.

    This was a completely foreign story to me…until I found out that Randall sucks a fair amount of money out of my own valley…and in my our valley some consider me to be the spawn of Satan for writing these articles.

  17. John says:

    just like to apologize Michael for not getting back to you .. I have been warned to be careful by friends what I write about the case .. As you know we built a house at Sankey because my Filipino wife was the principal at the school there .. Tom promised he would repay a fair price if for any reason we left .. we think we are owed about $60,000 US .. we left because of threats against my wife .. since then my emails have been ignored and we only found out a couple of weeks ago that WHM was no longer .. we need this money to build a flat at the rear of our house for my wife’s Autistic son and he needs to go to a special school .. he is 22 and we want him to learn independence .. the money would be a great help .. I have been to each trial date and will be there again on the 29th Oct supporting the kids .. thank God it’s all in English .. thanks Michael

  18. Michael says:

    John,

    No problem at all…I left your story out because I wasn’t sure how much you wanted me to say.
    Hopefully, this will help you get some traction and your money back.

  19. Em says:

    do i have this correct? Randall is/was head of some sort of financial operation that funded the orphanage in the Philippines and Randall was charged with the oversight of the operation? His hired staff, a vile man and his son, were “using” these children and someone blew the whistle on them? Now, Randall is claiming, alternately, that such abuse never happened or he had been unaware of it and never, never was a part of it?

    It does sound as if the best spin that one can put on this is that Randall is another one of these sorry people who’ve found a profitable way to use and abuse the Faith … Does God need this incompetent poser with the cheesy smile to, as Pastor Joe’s homey homily says, help Him move the chair? (nice little story on Pastor Joe’s website)

    depart from Me, workers of iniquity, I never knew you… too many working for God without exercising any discernment at all is the best i can give Pastor Joe… from where i sit this cloudy, cold September a.m.

  20. Michael says:

    Em…you nailed it.

  21. Melanie says:

    The 990 financials for 2014 submitted on behalf of World Harvest Ministries/Tom Randall. $47,000 in LEGAL fees. Do you know how much $47,000 would go in the Philippines? The average ANNUAL salary for an attorney in the Philippines is $13,000 USD..FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR….that would pay for THREE attorney salaries in the Philippines for the ENTIRE YEAR. $47,000….wow

    The $467,000 spent for operational expenses in the Philippines when the orphanage was only opened for SIXTEEN (16) days in 2014. $467,000 is a lot of money in the United States but in the Philippines it is astronomical!

    A journalist with the Akron Beacon Journal stated that Joe Coffey told her that Toto and Jake’s attorney fees were PRO BONO. Seriously? Pro Bono for alleged PEDIPHILES? Yet $47,000 for legal fees out of WHM.

  22. Truth Seeker says:

    FYI the 990 form says that the board agreed to dissolve WHM on March 28, 2014, and the funds were disbursed to Hudson Community Chapel on August 1, 2014.

    The funds were held entirely in cash and savings and temporary cash investments. No land, no buildings, no equipment, no accounts receivable, no loans receivable, no investments or any other assets.

    http://990s.foundationcenter.org/990_pdf_archive/383/383028894/383028894_201412_990.pdf

  23. Concerned Christian says:

    The slant (and some of the lies) of this post are scary, especially considering how many people seem to believe it without any kind perspective or fact checking.

    As someone who was at “Dessert with Pastor Joe,” the statement that cards asking for a $100k donation, or that it was a fundraiser at all, at blatantly false.

    The implication that Joe is a Celebrity Pastor and that he’s a money grubbing Church leader are also wrong and frankly, ignorant. The man drives a 2010 Honda Accord and wears the same sweater vests he wore when I started going to the church in 2007.

    The tone regarding the rollover of assets to CCC is irresponsible without perspective regarding what ministries the church does and the amazing things it does in the community. It doesn’t seem like anyone is interested in knowing about that here, though if you are, I’m happy to share.

    I don’t know what happened in the Philippines. Neither does anyone here. If a blogger can convince a bunch of people they don’t know of what happened then don’t you think a lifelong friend of another will trust them at their word? As with many cases in the US and all over the world there are always two sides of every story. This thread has chosen to present one side.

    My prayer is that the truth if revealed difinitively – one way or another.

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