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The Church Who Chose A Predator

Please be aware that this article is graphic in nature.

Fellowship Bible Church, VT - Meet the Pastor - John Longaker His passion is taking the Bible and making it practical for his congregation. He believes that the Scriptures have all of the answers to the challenges of this life if it is presented simply and completely. [1]

Kelly M. Haines, 1992-1997 Longaker Victim He taught Singles Class, sang in the choir. As a girl with mental health issues who is looking to this teacher for help and acceptance, I remembered this feeling of excitement yet I felt very confused. [2]

I felt as if I loved him and he loved me. I knew I could never talk to anyone about it. I don’t remember if he ever said don’t tell, but I knew that if he wanted it to be our “little secret.” [2]

The effects of abuse are very deep. Especially in a relationship that lasted many years and during those years was groomed to love, trust and believe this man.

Bucks County, PA DA Alan M. Rubenstein, 1997 He is in a special position of trust, confidence and supervision. She relies on him for good judgment, and he takes immediate advantage of that ... and it all occurs in the shadow of the steeple of the church. [3]

Christy, 1999-2000 Longaker Victim I met Mr. Longaker when I began working at a local Christian bookstore when I was 17. He was able to obtain a job in that environment because his wife’s brother was the manager of the store. ...he had told me that he had served a year in prison for something that had happened between him and a young girl at a former Christian school where he had taught.

He began his pursuit of me by contact such as touching my lower back, brushing past my back side while we were behind the counter, all the while becoming more and more sexual. He continued this behavior from the fall of 1999 into the spring of 2000. [4]

2 Timothy 3:12-13 (NKJV) Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.

We live in a time when Christ's body is suffering an insurmountable flurry of attacks from outside and within the Church. False teachers have infiltrated and spread doctrines which are clearly false to the discerning Bible student. Many can readily point to a false teaching and rend it to pieces using Scripture and common sense. In fact, people will even readily defend a pastor accused of false teaching. What about the things that most across the world, especially in the United States, are unaware of or willfully ignoring?

One can look around at how far the world has fallen. The perversion abounds, and daily it becomes more acceptable to the secular world in what they will do. Even still, the secular world won't accept certain criminal behaviors despite the ongoing promotion to legalize them. We see high school football coaches, English teachers, principals, business executives, Hollywood actors and many others being caught for child molestation or having intercourse with a minor. Regular reports are abroad with human trafficking or with the kidnapping and rape of women, children and even men. We're surrounded by people who promote or participate in pornography and have an unhealthy eye for men, women, and children in general public life. The secular world sees these or hears about these. They are appalled by them. It is deviancy and sickness we see outside of the Church.

What about inside the Church and inside of Christian private schools? What happens when someone is being abused within and what is the response when someone comes forward? What happens when a church leadership knowingly hires and allows ascension to pastor a convicted person of the sexual nature?

In 1992, a young freshman girl at Faith Christian Academy in Sellersville, Pennsylvania would unknowingly catch the eye of a teacher and coach due to her mental state, noticeable eating disorder and cutting issues. Unbeknownst to Kelly Haines (Romig), the attention received from this teacher was not beneficial in nature. Instead it was a grooming process which many child predators regularly engage in. Coach John Longaker noticed her and invited her into his classroom where they would be alone for counseling for the second half of her freshman year.

The following Summer she would see him at Faith Baptist Church, which, at the time, oversaw the academy where he was a teacher in the church singles class and also sang for the choir. These counseling sessions would follow into her sophomore year. [5] In 1994, during softball season Longaker would go on to change how he interacted with Kelly. On the bus ride home from dropping off the other softball players on their field Longaker would sit behind her and then interact physically with her. He would flirt with her with brushing the back of her leg with his foot and then smile as she turned around. He progressed further as time went on and she became more comfortable. It escalated into massages on her shoulders and fingers through her hair.

Kelly Haines, 1992-1997 Longaker Victim I knew it was weird that a teacher would touch my leg but in a strange way I felt like he was trying to show me he loved me and cared for me. So I took it as a way to continue feeling comfortable with him and it was enabling me to share some problems I still had not shared. I never felt like it was meant in a sexual nature more of a nurturing nature. [6]

Into her junior year they continued to have daily counseling sessions in his classroom. Experiences became more sexual in nature. He often felt under her clothes, touched her breasts, rubbed his private area onto her and made her touch him while aroused. Comments were made by him that were sexual in nature requiring her to express herself to him verbally. Soon, these became more advanced. They would continue this in the back of the dark classroom with the door shut, containing a tiny window where it would be hard to look in and see inside. When they would perform the acts of oral sex and more aberrant behavior including self-seminal ingestion [7] he would tell her "you can do better." Kelly understood this "to be sexual reference."[sic]

Other people, including staff, noticed Longaker talking alone in the class with this young student. They raised concerns to leadership. He was asked to at least leave the door open when with young Kelly. He ignored this. The sessions continued. Nobody ever stopped him from continuing this even though he received leadership admonishment against doors being shut with a girl alone. There were no reprimands afterward. There were no interventions during this time. There was absolutely no further action despite staff knowing and seeing this.

These encounters were allowed to continue at the church, in his vehicle and at his home while babysitting the Longaker's adopted son. This continued through her senior year and then she went to college in Florida where they would only talk via phone, text, and some email. John Longaker moved to New Hampshire while taking another teaching job in Massachusetts.

Kelly Haines, 1992-1997 Longaker Victim Once I left for college his family moved to NH. I spoke with him on the phone and via text, but I was in Florida. When I returned home I visited his family and things happened while I was visiting. Most of it was emotional some physical.

After a year in college Kelly would arrange a trip to spend time with Longaker for a week in New Hampshire. It was during this week that she began to notice that he was acting in the same manner with underage girls as he initially did with her. She had an emotional breakdown and confronted him during one evening together. He denied doing anything with other girls. In an attempt to incite emotion from John, Kelly then threatened to kill herself. He replied, "Do what you have to do." She asked about him attending her funeral. He agreed to attend [8]. Kelly was broken. Her breakdown would lead to John's end. Was Kelly jealous of realizing she had been replaced when she confided in a friend about the relationship with John over the years?

Kelly Haines, 1992-1997 Longaker Victim

Yes, I had always thought I was the “Special One” I was very jealous. I no longer was able to spend every day with him like before and I felt like he was just going to move on. After confronting him while visiting I realized that I was being replaced. On my ride home with a friend, I emotionally was devastated because of the long time relationship we had.

Kelly would go on to confess to a friend named Jason on a car ride home after meeting her to pick her up from Mrs. Longaker bringing her home. Jason told a pastor from the Faith Baptist Church. Pastor Auckland then called Kelly and she confessed everything. He then notified authorities. [9] During this time Longaker was working for Twin City Baptist Temple in Massachusetts as a teacher. Upon finding out about the allegations he was confronted by Pastor Burke and Bill Seney, which resulted in his confession of fondling breasts, oral sexual contact between the two from Haine's age of 14 until she graduated. He was then dismissed from employment with the school. [10]

An arrest warrant for Longaker was issued and he turned himself in to Bucks County Courthouse, Doylestown, Pennsylvania in October 1997 where he was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, indecent assault and corruption of minors. [11]

During the trial he was able to enter a plea of guilty for lesser charges and to avoid registering as a sex offender. He would not go without a prison sentence, of course. John would still blame Kelly for the actions he engaged in as a man more than twice her age. The judge sentenced him to 12 1/2 to 24 months in prison.

Kelly Haines, 1992-1997 Longaker Victim

JL was given an opportunity to speak to the judge before sentencing and while he mentioned his lack of boundaries with teacher/student he proceeded to tell the judge it was not forced, I came on to him and seduced him. The judge found that very offensive.

Kelly would no longer see John Longaker after this, and he would only serve a year in prison before moving on to another job at a Christian employer and soon another young victim. Christy says that she started at the bookstore when she was 17. John confided in her his past and told her about the relationship, the arrest and the prison sentence. He still blamed Kelly and would not take responsibility for his actions. After this he began to seduce Christy while at work at his brother-in-law's Christian bookstore. John would make comments to her about her body. He would perform actions sexual in nature to her behind the counter when there were probably other women and children in the store, even resorting to taking her panties home in his briefcase. [12]

Christy, 1999-2000 Longaker Victim However, in the spring on 2000, my father ended up finding out something sexual was going on between the two of us. My father confronted him and told him to stay away from me. I was then sent away to live with people in another state for several months. [13]

Christy returned later that summer and then had one more encounter with Longaker before disgust set in and she stopped. She took another job in 2001 and left him behind. She remembers he moved up to New England.

Kelly would enter the picture of John Longaker's life again. She finally was married in 2002 and then had children of her own. Yet, her own emotional scars left her paranoid and in fear that he was stalking her and coming for her children. She called the police one day in February 2006 to report Longaker's alleged stalking.

Kelly Haines, 1992-1997 Longaker Victim

Ultimately, my paranoid behavior had me believing he was at my door one night when I received and unexpected ring. My husband was working and I was home alone with my girls. I just wanted to make sure my family was safe. Instead of reaching out to those who could help me understand being paranoid I went to police.

The report was false and Kelly was charged for filing a false police report. She pled guilty to the charges and served one year of probation. Her record was then expunged. Kelly tried to live a normal life, but with her husband she attended counseling sessions at their new church with the pastor. He referred her to mental health experts after realizing he was unqualified to help her with these mounting issues. In 2009 Kelly was diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder and would spend several years in intense therapy before regaining full functional control of her life in 2015. [14]

Kelly continued life, but her experiences with Longaker were far from finished. Due to Kelly's intermittent searches online she came across Longaker once again. This time he was a pastor at a church in Vermont, Fellowship Bible Church.

Kelly Haines, 1992-1997 Longaker Victim

One day I googled and found an article about a funeral he officiated and it stated he was the Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Castleton, VT. When I googled the church name and hit "pastor," I saw that it indeed was him. This concerned me.

Kelly contacted the church. She was concerned about a former criminal of sexual nature being in a church leadership position, especially pastor. She did not succeed in reaching the congregation. Instead, she received backlash and disbelief, despite the evidence presented to leadership and congregants by her and a friend. Kelly received a letter from Mike Adams demanding her to cease disrupting the church. He accused her of playing the victim and victimizing John Longaker, his family and the church membership. He alluded to details about Kelly which no person but Longaker knew, including her brother who did serve time in prison for sexually abusing a minor girl.

Mike Adams, Fellowship Bible Church Attendee

As I close let me be clear about one thing: stop your harassment of Mr. Longaker. Leave him, his family and this congregation alone. If your pattern of behavior continues I promise that I will strongly encourage Mr. Longaker to formally pursue criminal charges of harassment and any other applicable charges against you…..and I will contribute any resources at my disposal to hold you civilly responsible as well if need be. Move on to your next prey Mrs. Haines. [15]

These are not the only letters or messages received by Kelly or the original blogger, Dee of thewartburgwatch.com, who originally wrote about Kelly's story. The letters and messages received closely match the style and language of Mike Adams who sought to silence Kelly Haines. All of them contain personal accounts and experiences which only John Longaker and Kelly Haines would know. Kelly believes they are the same person and she believes they are all from John Longaker.

Dee contacted Longaker and gave him a chance to respond as she published Kelly's story at thewartburgwatch.com. He denied guilt of the initial charges despite admitting to pastors that what he did which is documented in the court affidavit. He places the blame on Kelly for the problems in his life and makes himself and his wife the victims of Kelly. He then goes on to lecture Dee about redemption after clearly denying guilt of the charges he served in prison for. He also said that he was offered to be a pastor three times before finally taking the position because he believed this meant God wanted him to be a pastor.

1 Timothy 3:1-7 (NKJV)

This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?) not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

Titus 1:7-9 (NKJV) For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.

At the very least we have clear commands on the requirements for leadership positions in the church. He failed at the qualifications the moment he touched young Kelly Haines, and the proof is further shown by his criminal record. He can't be in this position, and no form of bullying or claim to redemption can make the Word of God go away. There is strong evidence that he avoids and is refusing to step down, which would further prove that he cares nothing about what the Word of God says. In fact, it strongly appears that he is sending church members out in his defense. He continues to manipulate the body of Christ.

There are also further evidences that John Longaker has not stopped victimizing people. He admits to counseling rape victims. How can someone who participated in a sexual crime with a minor, also denying such, be a counselor and healer of a sex crime victim? Anybody continuing to keep this man in this position is enabling him to commit further crimes. One who is redeemed would avoid any chance to tempt the flesh from his old ways. Clearly this man must step down, and if he does not, then congregants should find a better church.

Reading the comments on Dee's first article you will find former church attendees that were counseled by Longaker. One is a woman who was counseled with her ex-husband who committed adultery. Longaker made her the blame for her former husband's unfaithfulness. This is reminiscent of Pat Roberson blaming a caller on television for her husband's unfaithfulness. The victimizer is not the victim, but will always make himself out to be. It is the wolf in sheep's clothing. This has caused a rift in the church among many other problems. John Longaker must step down. He should not pastor a church or counsel anyone who is a victim of sexual crimes or unfaithfulness in marriage. Fellowship Bible Church, do what is right and obey clear commands in Scripture or be known as a false church. Don't allow any more to become victims.

All research and claims in this article are made by Dustin Faulkner and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone associated with The GateKeepers.

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