Calvary Bible Church of Lima Ohio celebrated its 52nd Anniversary yesterday March 25, 2012. It looks as if the church has removed its webpage, here is the Google cache version.
Since a church celebrating 52 years is a big deal, it goes without saying that the pastor would choose to have one of the pastors closest friends as a speaker.
That special speaker was none other than Ron Williams of Hephzibah House.
Ron Williams and Hephzibah House have had allegations of physical, emotional, spiritual abuse which go back 40 years.
According to the churches announcement Calvary Baptist Church of Lima Ohio has supported Hephzibah House, Ron Williams and his late wife, Patty for nearly that long.
The text below.
March 25 — Celebrating CBC’s Fifty-Second
We will Welcome Ron Williams of Hephzibah House on March 25th to help us celebrate 52 years of God’s great blessings. We have supported Hephzibah House prayerfully and financially for most of the years of its existence. Dr. Williams left secular social work to establish this ministry when he and his wife saw great need for a residential home for girls who were in great spiritual need. This work has been hated by a very vocal minority who have used the internet for several years to harass and attempt to destroy. God has preserved Dr. Williams in spite of these attacks, and we believe this ministry will continue to be a blessing. Ron Williams is an eloquent speaker, and we know we will his messages in Sunday School and church. We will have an anniversary dinner at 2:00 which will replace our normally scheduled evening times. The afternoon session will also be a PTF meeting for all school parents.
The “very vocal minority” consists of over 200 former students and supporters. A core group of former Hephzibah House residents discovered that Ron Williams would be speaking at this Anniversary Celebration on Monday, March 19, 2012. On such short notice four ladies who were within a few hours driving distance showed up to protest. Three were positioned on public property outside the church passed out these fliers. Passing motorists honked their horns in support. Read Ron Williams letter to supporters from after CNN interviews. Then Ron goes and admits to nearly every single one of the former students allegations.
Yesterday when the protest was taking place Chuckles received the following update:
Just got a little update… (names withheld)
#1) *Susie Q’s mom *Susie Q1 went in and sat through the morning service…then there was a pot luck, and she’s still there for the afternoon service, which started @ 1:30….so waiting to hear from her after the service…..
#2) Susie Q, Protester 2, and Protester 3 are the 3 fabulous ladies outside…the assistant pastor came out this morning all sweet and asked them what they were doing…he chit chatted with them being all nice…he listened to them talk, and then he asked for a flyer…he went back inside with it (p.s. the girls videotaped all of this apparently)…..
#3) assistant pastor comes out a bit later …he asked them to stop protesting b/c there are so many honking horns that it is distracting their church service. He also asked the 3 ladies for their names, and if he could take their pictures, they told him NOPE! He wanted to obviously take that info in to Ron, but they wouldn’t allow him!!!!
The assistant pastor came out one more time and was trying to get license plate numbers etc. and this time he’s not being such a nice guy…
After this the police were called. Since the protesters were peaceful and on public property the police told the assistant pastor that the protesters would remain. The protesters were informed that the church would be calling its attorney.
The pastor of Calvary Bible Church of Lima Ohio is David Keith Hamblen. D. Keith Hamblen is a Bob Jones University graduate. He also was a team leader at the Wilds at one point.
The Hamblen family is related to Bob Jones University royalty, the Stratton family. Stratton Hall. According to sources D. Keith Hamblen is a cousin of former Clearwater Christian College president, Dick Stratton. Dick was at one time rumored to have been in the running to be the Vice President of Bob Jones University prior to accepting the position at Clearwater. The Hamlin family are also related to Lonnie Polson. To say his family is quite connected at BJU would be an understatement. The radio station (WMUU) owned by Gospel Fellowship Association (BJU’s mission board) aired Ron Williams/Hephzibah House for many years. WMUU was petitioned for years to remove Ron Williams from its program line-up but refused. Within hours of having been contacted by CNN producers, WMUU finally removed the program from its program line-up but continues to air Lester Roloff’s Family Altar program five times per day Monday-Friday.
Update as of 5pm: Looks like Calvary Bible Church website is back up.