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7 More Churches Leave SGC Over Sexual Abuse

This week seven churches were removed from the list of Sovereign Grace Churches, Inc. on its website.  These were influential churches with influential pastors.  They left over the pride and refusal of C.J. Mahaney and SGC leaders to do an independent investigation of its 35-year history of conspiring to commit and cover up the sexual assault of young men and the sexual abuse of children.   An eighth church left in March for the same reasons.  

I’ve listed the names of these churches and their lead pastors with some annotations below.

March 2019

Grace Church

Chris Daukas

Peoria, AZ


October 2019

Crossway Church

Bauer Evans

Franklin MA


King of Grace Church

Paul Buckley – member of the SGC Executive Committee and former Chairman

Haverhill, MA


King’s Cross Church

Jacob Young

Manchester, NH


Christ Church

Jeff  Boettcher – chaplain for the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team

Philadelphia, PA


Covenant Community Church

Ian McConnell – member of SGC Leadership Team, Director of Church Planting & Missions

Philadelphia, PA


Crossway Church                                                               

Pete Privitera

Millersville, PA


Grace City Church of the NE

Rob Chisholm

Philadelphia, PA


I’ve written about the earnest appeals for an investigation made by four of these men to the Executive Committee and Leadership Team of Sovereign Grace Churches, Inc.

Sovereign Grace Leadership Team Says Independent Investigation of Child Abuse Is Impossible – Three Prominent Sovereign Grace Churches Publicly Disagree Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 7:57PM 

A Fourth Sovereign Grace Church Reproves Leadership Team for Refusing Independent Investigation. Denhollander Responds. I Put Focus Back on SGC Leader John Loftness for Alleged Sexual Sadism of Children

Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 6:45PM

The departure of these prominent pastors represents a major division in SGC, Inc. and especially with Mark Prater who is its top official as the Executive Director.  It also represents a critical loss of income which is in short supply

Prater is based in Covenant Fellowship Church in Glenn Mills, PA.  That is just outside of Philadelphia.  His friends (Jeff, Ian, & Rob) and their neighboring churches in Philadelphia have left.  So did Crossway Church (Pete) in Millersville, which is near Lancaster, PA.  It is one of the oldest churches in SGC, Inc.  I worked with it for 20 years starting in the 1980’s.

Lastly, the two churches in Massachusetts (Bauer & Paul) and the one in New Hampshire (Jacob) have formed a new association called Trinity Fellowship Churches.  They approved their Confession of Faith on November 7. 

More churches will be leaving Sovereign Grace Churches, Inc. and more damming evidence will be coming out in 2020 that I am not at liberty to share but investigative journalists and others are hard at work.  SGC, Inc. should be shut down. 

In addition, Jason Hansen left Sovereign Grace Church in Gilbert, AZ (where Rich Richardson is lead pastor) in March.  Hansen was a Regional Director for the denomination.  He provided oversight to the churches in Pasadena, CA; Orange, CA; Tucson, AZ; Gilbert, AZ; Peoria, AZ; Westminster, CO; Aurora, CO; Juarez, MX; and Aguascalientes, MX.

Hansen and Tyler Jenner (a pastor from Richardson’s church) left the church and the denomination to start Anchor Church nearby as part of the Acts 29 network.  Many people went with them. 

I point this out because three high ranking leaders have left Sovereign Grace Churches, Inc. in the past seven months.  

Everyone is seeing through their corrupt leadership.  They have even insisted it would “dishonor Christ and harm the cause of the gospel” to do an open and honest investigation.

The Sovereign Grace Leadership Team Rejects an Independent Investigation of Sexual Abuse Insisting It Would “Dishonor Christ and Harm the Cause of the Gospel.” Rachael Denhollander Responds. So Do I.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 6:52PM



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