The Fall of the House of Ruhl

While Jesse Ruhl’s trial date is scheduled to begin August 29, 2012, his father, Tim Ruhl, is spending his time spreading ‘birther propaganda’ on the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church  sign.

Tim Ruhl is the senior pastor of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church in Chico, California. Tim is a graduate of Hyles-Anderson College and a self-described “ardent soul-winner.” The blurb for a teen camp (June 13-17, 2012) says, “He and his wife Terri have four grown children, all Bible college graduates, and now serving the Lord in ministry work.”

Problem is, one of those four grown children is none other than Jesse Ruhl, who has a trial date on August 29, 2012 to face charges he molested a homeschooled teenage girl he was giving the girl music lessons.

According to this article, “They allegedly hugged and kissed. Ruhl reportedly told police in March 2011 that he touched the girl’s breasts and bottom between five and 10 times, with some skin contact.   Ruhl reportedly ended the relationship when his wife discovered the text messages. He reportedly confessed to his family, including senior pastor Tim Ruhl, which led to Jesse Ruhl’s immediate termination as a pastor.”

Jesse Ruhl’s defense attorney tried to get the case dismissed citing the State of California’s one year statute of limitations had expired –  but the judge ruled against him.

Although West Coast Bible College has removed little Jesse’s alumni’s update from its active webpage, we here at Chucklestravels undeterred, found it on the Wayback Machine.

Alumni Update Jesse and Brytni Ruhl

Graduating from West Coast in 2004, Jesse Ruhl returned to school where he received his Master’s Degree in 2005. Shortly after their marriage, Jesse and Brytni, a 2006 West Coast graduate, went to Pleasant Valley Baptist Church to fill the Associate Pastor position. Hudson and Coleton are the two exciting additions to the Ruhl family. The rambunctious little boys make sure their parents are always on their toes.

Located in Chico, California, the church has recently celebrated 56 years. To accommodate their increased attendance, the church has added to their Sunday School program. “We started with only two adult classes and now we have seven! Every age demographic is now covered” said Brother Ruhl. In addition to the growing Sunday School program, the Christian school is pleased to announce that their new Christian Life Center is now open. At 24,000 square feet, this building holds the Christian high school, a full gym, weight room, and racquetball courts. This September the Pleasant Valley Baptist Schools celebrated 30 years of providing quality, Christian education.

West Coast would like to thank Brother Ruhl and his family’s faithfulness to the ministry at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

Jesse Ruhl’s older brother Gabe Ruhl, is the ‘administrative pastor’ of his fathers church. Gabe Ruhl wrote the following in his review of To Train Up a Child by Michael and Debi Pearl.

“It is, in my opinion, one of the best books on training young children.”

There have been three known child deaths by parents who followed Michael Pearls teachings.

The horrific case of Lydia and Zariah Schatz took place in Gabe Ruhl’s own hometown of Paradise California.

I wonder if Gabe read the following written by a former family friend of the Schatz family after attending the funeral service of little Lydia Schatz.

Paul and I have just returned home from the funeral of a most precious little girl. Lydia’s smile could have lit a room. Now it reflects the glory of God the Savior for all eternity. …
What we’re dealing with is horrible and ugly – about as ugly as it gets. … [This] is a mess, an unfathomable tragedy, one horror heaped upon another. I haven’t wanted to speak of it, because I can barely stand to think of it. …

It is now exactly two weeks since we got a phone call….well, let me back up.  Over a year ago a new family began attending our tiny church.  A husband and wife with nine kids – six biological, three adopted from Liberia. They were a lovely family, the children polite and well behaved. They home-schooled. …

Then Saturday night, two weeks ago, we got a phone call. Little Lydia was dead. Her older sister, Zariah, was in the hospital in critical condition. The other seven children had been placed in foster care and both parents were in jail – accused of murder, and child abuse.

I can’t tell you how this has shocked and devastated us. We loved this family. We love them still. …

As the days have gone by, more and more information has been uncovered about our friends. It turns out they were following the methods of Michael and Debi Pearl’s “ministry” of systematic child “training”. My husband and I have spent hours upon hours since this discovery poring over Pearl literature, disgusted. Horrified. I wanted understanding of what could have led to this tragedy, and I got it. The Pearl Method was the missing link. … [It appears this family] were following Pearl teachings very carefully – in doctrine and in practice. If the autopsy reports verify what preliminary findings suggest, it was the form of whipping (using the identical implement recommended in Pearl literature) taught by them which killed Lydia, and nearly killed Zariah. …

So that’s what we find ourselves dealing with – and the pain of loving the people misled by this religious system. None of this absolves our friends of the responsibility which they bear, nor am I making excuses for them. But, I believe they are not the only ones who bear responsibility.

Unfortunately, according to the Courthouse News Service list of complaints for the week of December 15, 2010:

Church Abuse
CHICO, Calif. – Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Pastor Tim Ruhl covered for another pastor, David Jorgensen, who was convicted of sexual offenses with a girl, and Ruhl accused her of being “impure” and booted her from the church school 6 months before high school graduation, she claims in Butte County Court.

7 thoughts on “The Fall of the House of Ruhl

  1. I am not a bit surprised about the sexual abuse by one of the “leaders,” nor am I the least
    bit surprised at the outrageous sign the church had the audacity to display! That’s what they call Christian? Reminds me of the IFB church I had to attend as a teenager, where there were active John Birch cells operating, the twisted, old, bitter minister wouldn’t allow any black people to attend (and this was in Columbus, Ohio ’64), and preached the wrathful
    message about how children are like convicts that need to be “disciplined” code word for
    abused as seen in many families I knew there. No wonder Christianity has a bad name in many people’s thinking!
    I feel the loving Christian churches need to excoriate these false leaders! As to understanding how a couple could beat to death one child and almost a second…PLEASE,
    don’t blame it on some crazy book…that just gave them license to make a living Hell of that
    “Christian home!”

    • It never ceases to amaze me that the far religious (?) right has so alined themselves with the powers who endorse and work for a one world government…makes me wonder about their real motives and values! It is so true that one can tell a lot about a person by those they unite with. Birds of a feather…
      As to the IRS questioning that church’s tax free status; simple question and logic would indicate why it isn’t being canceled!
      God is more upset about spiritual wickedness in high places, let alone those who profess their piety, than He is about legalistic, man-made rules! Just as BJU had Romney speak,
      representing a religion that is FAR from Biblical Christianity, I feel these types, such as the disgusting ones you referred to in your comments are wolves in sheep’s clothing. There are amazing packs of wolves in our midst!

  2. No one is perfect but i know Pastor Tim Ruhl and his son Gabe are both very good and faithful men and what about problems in your family??

    • My family isn’t a high-profile, domineering, church-controlling family who has been convicted of the crimes documented here. So your point aside from “nobody’s perfect” would be? I swear, I keep thinking you apologists will wake up when the truth is told, but I’m wrong every time.



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