Correspondence with CCC conciliation service (Sep-Oct 2019)

Judy Dabler to Advocates, Sep 19, 2019 @ 9:08 AM

Dear Advocates,

As I am sure you are aware, CCC has shared their four goals on how they hope to move toward concrete solutions, including seeking to address the broken and damaged relationships that exist as a result of the Sankey situation. Having been asked to assist in the area of reconciliation, I am hopeful that I will be able to serve in that capacity. A few things need to happen for me to be able to serve, and that is why I am writing to you.

First, I am seeking the opportunity to share with you some information about conciliation services, what they are and what they are not. Secondly, I would like to provide you with the opportunity to ask questions about what the elders of CCC have already agreed to by way of participating in a process I have recommended. Third, I would need to know if there is a commitment on the part of the Advocates to participate in this fairly comprehensive process before I can initiate opening a Christian conciliation case.

Many people are confused about what Christian conciliation services really are. When they hear the word “reconciliation,” they hear “sweep it under the carpet.” Sadly, confusion and misinformation over true biblical reconciliation has inhibited effective efforts to address significant problems in many serious situations involving churches and ministries. Reconciliation is not the final step. It is the first step.

Your voices have been heard by CCC, and there is a desire to hear more and to work together to address yours and others concerns. Even more, there is a desire to make sure that no important issue goes unaddressed.

Would you be willing to have a telephone conversation with me so that I can share more about Christian conciliation (mediation), how it works, and how it might benefit you, CCC, and the many people impacted here? In addition, I would be happy to share the same recommendations with you that I have with the elders of CCC.

If so, could you contact me at {Redacted} so that we could schedule a no cost, no obligation consultation? Also, please feel free to forward this email on to anyone that you believe might need to have it. I have only a few email addresses and names, and would appreciate you forwarding this on to those other Advocates that you know but for whom I do not have contact information.

I hope to hear from you.


– Judy Dabler, Certified Christian Conciliator

Advocates to Judy Dabler, Sep 23, 2019 @ 9:28 PM

Dear Judy,

CCC’s four stated goals pointedly omit the one thing we have asked for since 2014: a third-party investigation by an organization trained in investigating sexual abuse. We have asked CCC to engage GRACE due to their unsurpassed credentials and experience in this field, especially as it pertains to abuse perpetrated against children in a Christian environment.

More than enough information and disturbing patterns implicating Tom Randall and his associates in the sexual abuse of minors has been presented by Justice for Sankey, The Wartburg Watch, The Phoenix Preacher, and other sources. We know that victims of child sexual abuse are often afraid to report their abuse, and where one incident is uncovered, there are usually many other abuses in the shadows. Involvement in a conciliation process while the stories of abuse remain uninvestigated by an independent process would be wrong. The victims, known and unknown, should be respected by pursuing truth before conciliation.

We disagree with the CCC elders’ position (posted on the CCC Sankey FAQ site as of 9.19.19) that a new investigation would be most appropriately initiated by only the FBI. The scope of any FBI investigation would be criminal in nature against individuals, namely Tom Randall, for criminal wrongdoing. We are asking for an independent investigation by GRACE because we would like for them to perform an assessment of the Sankey victims (now adults) who are willing to participate in an investigation. We believe that GRACE possesses the best qualifications to determine the full depth of abuse inflicted on the Sankey victims, their current psychological, emotional, and spiritual state, and what support would best help them to heal. We would also like for GRACE to assess the organizational response of CCC leadership to the abuse allegations brought to their attention by advocates going back to 2014. We disagree with the implication of CCC elders (from their Sankey FAQ response) that abuse allegations highlighted by advocates were not taken seriously due to incomplete and inaccurate information transmitted from Tom Randall to CCC leadership. We believe that CCC leadership may have willfully chosen to dismiss the concerns that advocates brought before them about the abuse allegations and about Tom’s inappropriate behavior. However, only an independent investigation would be able to establish the accuracy or inaccuracy of this belief. The FBI has neither the jurisdiction nor mission to perform these assessments. For more information on what a GRACE investigation looks like and how it differs from criminal investigations, please refer to their site and FAQ sheet. Finally, while Suzanne Lewis-Johnson performed a review of CCC’s response, it was not independent due to Suzanne’s and Rahab Ministries’ close personal and financial ties to CCC and vice versa. In contrast, advocates do not have financial ties to GRACE and could not control the conduct of a GRACE investigation. From Suzanne’s own words, her report was limited by time constraints and did not contain a recounting of every fact reviewed.

We certainly hope that reconciliation will have its day. That day will only come when a foundation of truth has been established. We continue to advocate for full transparency and accountability.


Jeff and Jess Chen
Amanda Crist
Cari Gintz
Sarah Klingler
Laura Schauer
Melanie Wasson

Judy Dabler to Advocates, Oct 5, 2019 @ 8:03 AM

Dear Advocates,

Thank you for your response.

My understanding is that CCC is continuing to move forward to address the hurts and harms that have occurred and remain open to a conciliation process with you at any time you decide that the time is right.

In the meantime, I have attached some information to this email that shares a bit more about what a conciliation process involves. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely in Christ,

Judy Dabler

Advocates to Judy Dabler and CCC Elders, Oct 7, 2019 @ 10:02 PM

Dear Judy,

Thank you for sharing your conciliation process. We have reviewed the information and have no questions.

Joe Coffey, Jim Colledge, Bill Fitzgerald, Tony Galieti, Jim Gaul, Tim Grubbs, Christopher Gurreri, Kris Jaenicke, Brian Moore, Frank Williams,

To reiterate: we would prefer to pursue a reconciliation process that first establishes a fuller understanding of the truth of what happened at Sankey and recommends how to best assist the Sankey young people. The process would also objectively examine how CCC leadership responded to the reports of abuse. We believe there needs to be an independent investigation to build this foundation of truth. We are all willing to discuss this with you directly and face-to-face at any time.

Sincerely and In Christ,

Jeff Chen, Jess Chen, Amanda Crist, Cari Gintz, Sarah Klingler, Laura Schauer, Melanie Wasson