Further information on the Tenth Presby perjury club

Tenth Presbyterian

In our coverage of the meltdown at Tenth Presbyterian, we’ve examined issues with LIam Goligher’s adultery and perjury, and the related matter of Susan Elzey’s adultery and perjury.

But in the church’s efforts to shut down whistleblower Phil Snyder, there are several members of the Tenth Presby Perjury Club, all of whom bore false witness in court against Snyder. All should be promptly excommunicated.

Members of the perjury club include:

  • Liam Goligher
  • Susan Elzey
  • Clerk of Session George McFarland
  • Douglas Baker

Here, in his own words, is Phil’s description of the actions of Elzey, McFarland, and Baker:

Elder George McFarland

As the Clerk of Session, he was Liam’s right hand man and his co-defendant in the defamation trial, since he also signed the letter which called my letter “horrible slander” and “utterly false”.  See my affidavit, specifically exhibits 1-3.  He also provided the affidavit for the first injunction hearing on 10/10/17, which was denied, since I proved that their assertions, i.e. lies, i.e. perjury, that I was threatening and harassing people was false.  Please see my body camera footage in the Wartburg Watch aritcle.  Here is his affidavit.
Finally, at the defamation trial in 03/19, he lied and said that what was “uttelry false” in my letter was that I called the sexual harassment sexual assault, when he was not even aware of this at the time.  See the documents above on the injunction and the exhibits in my affidavit, specifically exhibit 4.  Notice that he either did not know or refused to tell me what was “utterly false” in my letter.

In summary, he has repeatedly lied and committed perjury, as well as been part of the threats and spiritual abuse directed toward me.  An elder is to be above reproach.  George McFarland fails to meet this standard. He should resign or be fired.

Administrator Douglas Baker

Douglas Baker recently was hired as church administrator after the previous elder/administrator was fired for sexual harassment in/around 01/18.  I have never spoken to him and he has never spoken to me, so I had nothing against him until the lawsuit/injunction was filed in 07/19.  He provided the affidavit in support of these outrageously slanderous and false documents.

In summary, in his affidavit in support of the lawsuit/injunction filed on 07/19, he has repeatedly lied and committed perjury.  Douglas Baker left the church in/around 12/19.  Interestingly, one of his new gigs is at the university where the naked beatings occurred.

“A Member”, aka Susan Elzey

Susan Elzey, aka “A Member” first came to my attention when she viciously attacked me online on the Wartburg Watch, calling me a liar and mentally unstable.  Here is an excerpt from the article.

Notice that she seems to have a personal vendetta against me becuase I said that her husband touched a woman inappropriatley.  Actually, what I said was that no one should touch a problem person, in this case a mentally disturbed woman.  I recall that the Director of Mercy Ministries, Dr. David Apple, agreed with this assessment.  Here is an email showing what I actually said.

As to her son’s cell phone being taken at a youth group event, she fails to mention that multiple items were taken from multiple people and that someone did call the police at a latter time form another location.  It is ironic that she accuses me of half truths, distortions of truth, and lies, when she in fact is the one doing these things, not me.  See my affidavit, specifically exhibit 12

Next, she accuses me of having mental issues.  It is standard procedure to attack the accuser in every way, including their mental stability.  If you look at my affidavit, specifically exhibit 7, you will see that I have a concealed weapons permit, which means that law enforcement has done a background investigation of me and found that I am mentally competent to carry a firearm.  Also, I was a deacon and worked with children at the church for years, so if I have mental issues, the elders would be guilty of negligence and gross incompetence for allowing me to do these things.  I also have a master’s degree, a credit score of around 800, worked at the same job for 8 years, lived in the same house for 11 years, and been married for 25 years.  My wife and children are loved and admired wherever they go.  Ask any one at Tenth and they will tell you the same.  So where is the instablility?  You have to look at the totality of one’s life, not at just a few emails taken out of context from years ago.  I am sure we have all sent emails that we wish we could take back, but we can not.

Regarding the music director, she fails to mention that the elders lied to the congregation, telling them that he was leaving to pursue new opportunities when in fact he was fired, and only told the congregation the truth after I spoke out at a congregational meeting and forced them to.  So who is leaving “lots of details conveniently left out”?  See my notes on the injunction transcript and the injunction transcript.

Next, she reduces the sexual attack in the catacombs/basement of the church to “an adult person having their ankle touched as they passed by a homeless person”.  See the rape/false imprisonment/sexual harassment transcript, specifically pages 17 and 18.  Also, see my affidavit, specifically exhibit 10, where Executive Minister Marion Clark references the victim being repeatedly hugged to the point of pain.  I know the victim, I can tell you that she was not at all happy with Susan Elzey’s belittling  of what happened.  Here is the rape/false imprisonment/sexual harassment transcript.

Then she refers to the alleged rape/false imprisonment this way.  “The problem is, the ‘crimes’ are fiction.  Rape?  Come to the rail and find out what he defines as ‘rape’.”  I would refer you to the rape/false imprisonment transcript above so you can read for yourself and make your own decision as to who you want to believe.

As to being banned from serving in other areas, I voluntarily resigned because I needed to focus on dealing with the elders.  As to letting everyone know I carried a gun, it was not everyone, but only those people involved with the security apparatus, primarily deacons.  The reason I carried a gun was because of my background in armed security and law enforcement training, to protect the congregation from the gross negligence and incompetnece ot the elders, who refused my request for a police presence on Sunday’s.  See my affidavit, specifically exhibit 11.

As to Liam Goligher, if you look at what he has done to me, you will see that not only has he not worked to expose and eradicate abuse, but he is actually an abuser himself.  See my headliner page
on Spritual Abuse.

Susan Elzey, aka “A Member” committed perjury at the defamation trial on 03/19, saying that I was loud and belligerant when I left the church, because I said “were oughta here”.  She again committed perjury in the defamaiton lawsuit/injunction filed on 07/19, saying that I yelled at her and called her a liar in front of her children.  First of all, I have never yelled at anybody when I am protesting, and secondly, her “children” per the injunction or “child and a guest” per Susan Elzey, appear to be adults in their twenties.  See the body camera footage for yourself.  She comes into view at 11:14:11.
Now at the hearing she testified that she said “good morning” to someone else and not “how disappointing” to me.  She is hard to hear, but you hear me say “Yes, you are”.  Now which of these two statements do you thing I am responding to?  It is important because the question is who initiated the communication.  I can tell you that my modis operandi is to wait for people to address me first.  In the rare instances when I do communicate first, it is in a friendly manner.  She is an accomplished liar, because when she was confronted with the body camera footage in court, she did not flinch a bit, but continued right on lying in the face of reality.

In summary, Susan Elzey, aka “A Member” is guilty of what she accuses me of, “half truths, distortions and unfounded and hyperbolic accusations at every turn.”  She should be excommunictated and have a no trespassing notice issued against her.  Just for good measure she should be threatened with arrest if she comes within one thousand feet of the church.

The great irony is that the reason Snyder got a copy of the GRACE report was the lies of Elzey and McFarland; GRACE rightly concluded that if they wanted to go after Snyder, he was entitled to see what they said.

Want to learn more about Tenth Presby’s appalling and abusive conduct in this matter? Below is the transcript of Snyder’s two interview sessions with GRACE.

Just in case we weren’t clear, it’s time for Tenth Presbyterian to repent and make this right. In fact, this childish, hateful nonsense is straight out of the Grace Episcopal Alexandria/Bob Malm playbook, and it doesn’t get much lower than that.


  1. You must check to see how Westminster Theological Seminary and their faculty and/or staff are connected with this.
    There are also huge problems of like nature at https://www.proclamation.org/
    Westminster’s president (Peter A. Lillback and David B. Garner were clergy there during a time of gross sexual misconduct that was covered up).

      1. You wanted some tips re Proclamation Presbyterian Church. Here they are:

        After this short narrative there is a letter below from February, 2022 that was written to and received by the congregation of Proclamation outlining sexual misconduct of an Elder/Administrator and the cover-up by the Pastors and Elders. The letter was written by a former Elder who left the church when the Session of Elders refused to conduct an investigation. This sordid situation is similar to the one at Tenth Presbyterian with their former Music Director:
        Like Tenth, the sexual misconduct went on for years
        Like Tenth, it was covered up by the Pastors and Elders
        Like Tenth the Elders took no action to protect the congregation
        Like Tenth, the sexual offender was allowed to resign/retire
        Like Tenth, the Pastors and Elders gave the sexual offender a celebratory reception when he resigned/retired
        Like Tenth, the Presbytery responsible for Proclamation (Philadelphia
        Metro West Presbytery) reviewed what happened and nothing was done
        to discipline or remove any Pastors or Elders for their sinful/incompetent behavior.

        Here is the letter from the former Elder to the Proclamation congregation outlining the entire sordid mess:

        February 26, 2022

        Dear Proclamation Church Members:

        We are writing because we feel we can no longer remain silent about a reported sexual misconduct cover-up that has occurred at Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA. We want to share the details of what reportedly happened and of how we believe it has been mismanaged. This reported unwanted sexual touching was committed by a church elder (who has not attended in over three years), involved what we believe to be at least twelve reported victims including two minors, and spanned at least ten years. We are calling on the leadership to bring in a qualified independent, third party to investigate.

        These are the key facts, as we understand them, about the reported sexual abuse. In early 2018 a group of women made statements to the session. (The session is the ruling body of elders in the church.) They brought complaints against an elder who was also a church employee, reportedly saying he had engaged in unwanted sexual touching. Since then we have learned of other reported victims; we can name twelve. The reported touching spanned the course of years; we have learned of previous reported victims going back to around 2008. Collectively, the women reportedly told of a wide spectrum of unwanted conduct by the elder (the hugging and cheek kissing being the most frequent reported behavior): ● Long hugs ● Kiss on the cheek, could feel his saliva ● Kisses on the corner of the mouth ● Kisses close to the mouth and on the mouth when he seemed to “miss” the cheek. ● Inappropriate comments about clothing, “I can see your underwear” ● Touched stomachs ● Zipped hoodies (yes, over her breasts) ● Placed his head on a woman’s breasts ● Rubbed shoulders ● Rubbed back along a bra strap ● Caressed lower backs during hugs (especially to teen girls)

        One woman who came forward further explained this elder was the shepherding elder for at least one of the women. He reportedly seemed to time his meetings so they would meet up alone in the church to have “elder meetings” with them where the reported unwanted sexual touching would occur. He reportedly never did this when their husbands were present. Some reported victims described a period of time leading up to the touching in which they were flattered and gossiped to about other church staff, as if he were bringing them into his circle of confidence. There are additional reported facts that we are choosing not to share to protect the identities of the reported victims.

        The women who came forward in 2018 were questioned by the session and session elders reportedly found the accounts to be credible. The reported victims say the tone of the questioning was antagonistic, that they were put on the defensive. The women said that the experience of being questioned by the session was even more traumatizing than the abuse. One elder reportedly asked why they had not come forward sooner.

        What was the initial response of the church leadership in 2018 when they heard the women’s stories? Two church elders reportedly took the reported offender aside and spoke with him. He reportedly did not deny the touching of the women who came forward (at this time the teens were unknown). The leaders who spoke to the reported offender said they found him to be sufficiently contrite. They reportedly put a letter into his personnel file and asked him to not touch women anymore. The congregation was never informed that reported unwanted sexual touching had taken place or that the reported offender was allowed to continue in fellowship.

        We believe the leadership should have immediately asked the following questions and taken action to find the answers: Are there any additional victims? Were any children touched? (Two teen victims were later discovered.) How many years has this been happening? Did this reported offender touch women at any previous churches or in other settings? We believe the session demonstrated poor judgment by not investing further.

        We believe the congregation should have been told that multiple women had made credible statements against this reported offender. He should have been publicly removed from our congregation. The leadership should have led us in a time of mourning for the reported damage this man caused. They should have given any additional victims the opportunity to come forward for trauma-informed counseling. The healing of our church would have begun immediately. Instead, we are four years into near-total silence to the congregation on the topic. What does this silence communicate to the victims? What does the lack of transparency tell these women (and all women) about their value to the church? Unfortunately the story gets worse for the reported victims.

        After they came forward, multiple reported victims expressed concern to the session about their reported abuser sitting so near them during worship service. One woman reportedly spent services double checking that her skirt was pulled down as far as possible, and that her chest was sufficiently covered. Another reported victim’s relative finally confronted the reported offender directly and asked him to not sit so closely. The leadership finally asked the reported offender to sit in the balcony.

        Within weeks of the women coming forward and the elders’ inaction, the reported offender again touched one of his victims. The church leadership “forced” him into retirement. (The reported victims were told he was fired.) They ensured that he was never alone in the building. His keys were taken away. However, the congregation was still not told of the reported abuse in their midst, or that his retirement was forced. He was reportedly allowed to complete his employment so that his benefits would time with his exit. And what the 2018 session did next shows either complete lack of judgment or a total lack of care for the emotions of the victims. THE CHURCH THREW THE REPORTED OFFENDER A PARTY! Yes, the church threw him a retirement party, with cake. Two elders reportedly gave glowing speeches thanking him for his years of service; at least one of the reported victims listened to the speeches in total disbelief. Both of the elders who gave speeches had reportedly been present when the women gave their statements against the reported offender.

        Here is a further misstep of the session. The women who came forward were reportedly pressured to “reconcile” with their reported abuser based on Matthew 18. One reported victim met with the reported offender. Two other reported victims refused to meet with him unless he acknowledged wrongdoing in writing. He refused. Victims should NEVER feel pressured (especially under the guise of Matthew 18) to meet with an abuser who is unrepentant. Here is a TGC article explaining that folly.

        It was not known that the reported offender had reportedly touched a minor until some weeks after the group of women came forward, and this was kept secret. (The second reported minor was not known yet.) A couple met with the pastor and revealed that their daughter had been touched by the reported offender as a teenager, ten years prior. At this meeting the parents asked to have the reported offender’s eldership revoked. This did not happen. (While the reported offender voluntarily stepped down as elder at Proclamation, he retains his eldership in our denomination.) The pastor neither revealed this conversation to the session, nor did he report it to the police or to social services. The same couple returned to the pastor in 2020 to again ask for the reported offender’s eldership removal. We understand that it wasn’t until January of 2022 that the other church elders were told there were minors among the reported victims. So many questions should have been raised after the first meeting including “Are there more teen victims?” “Could there be even younger minors who were victims?” “Just how bad might the abuse have been?” It wasn’t until the fall of 2021, that we learned of and spoke to another reported teenage victim. (FYI, the abuse was reported to the police in January 2022.) To hear the stories of the women being reportedly touched as teenagers is heartbreaking.

        Teenager One – This woman described the reported offender frequently touching her during a two year span when she was in high school. He hugged her tightly, kissed her on the cheek, and placed his hand on her lower back. She told the story of knowing which hallway he frequently stood in, and always walking past quickly to try to avoid him. Yes, one of our youth came to church each week with her mind focused on how to avoid one of our elders/employee and his touches. See Appendix C for this victim’s letter to the session on February 6, 2022.

        Teenager Two – This woman described being touched in high school and college. The reported offending elder would hug her and kiss her and place his hand on her lower back. She has memories that his hand seemed to get lower and lower each time. She shared a clear memory of standing in the back of the sanctuary one day, and the reported offender greeting her as usual. But this time she had a moment of realization that his hand was “lower than it had ever been.” She decided from then on to try to actively avoid him. Yes, another one of our youth came to church each week with her mind focused on how to avoid one of our elders/employee who would reportedly engage her in unwanted sexual touching.

        Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Mt. 19:14 NIV).

        In the four years since the women came forward, efforts were made by a few to bring the abuse into the light. Conversations were had in which the leadership was asked to revisit their decision to remain silent. It was pointed out that the sexual abuse should be handled differently. Requests for an independent third party investigation were made. It wasn’t until the fall of 2021 that the leadership took any concrete additional action.

        In the fall of 2021, the pastor hand selected a committee (of himself and three other elders) to review the church’s response to the reported sexual abuse in 2018. Of the four men on the committee, three of them were involved in the initial 2018 session which covered up these actions. How could a committee like that remain unbiased? They formed a committee to review themselves? That seems unethical, and certainly unwise. It is a further lapse in judgment. When Sam as a new elder volunteered to join the committee (with the support of another elder), the session voted against adding him.

        In the summer of 2021, a church couple told us about the abuse. Over the course of about three months, Becky had heartbreaking conversations with four more reported victims of this reported offender and Sam spoke with a fifth. Two of the women Becky talked with had been teenagers when the reported offender repeatedly touched them. Becky asked some key women in the church to pray about how to make things right. In December 2021, Becky met with the pastor to discuss her concerns. She was accompanied by two women. In January 2022, she met with the committee to share reported victim stories and to ask for an independent third-party investigation.

        There is a specific third party organization that a group of us has urged the church to hire. They are called GRACE – Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment. They specialize in church sexual abuse investigations from a Christian perspective. The reason we have mentioned this group by name is because of their outstanding track record. They have also been used extensively by other churches within our PCA denomination (e.g., Tate’s Creek, PCA). They have a full-orbed staff, including pastors, attorneys, counselors, former victims, and investigators. We believe they would come in as unbiased consultants to give the church recommendations on how to proceed. The other reason we recommended GRACE is that there are not really any equivalent organizations that would be on par with this group. The church might find an organization that would work with sexual abuse victims, but GRACE would do both that and look into the church leadership’s actions. GRACE simply stands out in the field. Dr. Diane Langberg is a premier expert on church sexual abuse and here she writes on how to select an organization to investigate and advise when abuse occurs. Also, See Appendix C for one reported victim’s letter to the session on February 6, 2022 where she specifically asks for GRACE to be used.

        In January and February of 2022, the session voted down the option of bringing in a third party. They decided to continue to handle the reported sexual abuse themselves. They chose not to tell the congregation at that time. At this point Sam resigned his eldership in protest, and formally withdrew our family’s membership from the church. Becky also resigned as a bible study leader. (See Appendix for Sam’s letter of resignation)

        When Sam was still an elder on the session, any discussion he heard of third parties focused on reconciliation and mediation. It is premature to talk of reconciliation. We need a party to investigate the actions of the perpetrator and the response of the session. A reconciliation and mediation group would not thoroughly review the leadership’s response in 2018. The leaders, especially those on the 2018 session, must be open to a fact-finding investigation. While we appreciate that acting somewhere on the spectrum between poor judgment (unintended coverup) and purposeful concealment (intended coverup) puts the session in an uncomfortable place, these actions must be fully brought into the light by the right organization.

        We are writing this letter to you with a few goals in mind. First, we believe you have the right to know. Second, we hope that you might join in the belief that a qualified independent third party must conduct the investigation, and make your voice known to the leadership that this is what you want to happen. Lastly, if an independent third party investigation is not conducted in 2022, we pray for a future set of people at Proclamation to have the courage to seek the whole truth of what happened and make proper Christian amends for the church’s past.

        Sincere Regards in Christian Fellowship, Dr. Samuel and Becky Jones

        Former Proclamation members, elder, women’s Bible study facilitator, adult Sunday school teacher, toddler Sunday school teacher, choir member, and nursery volunteer

        P.S. Since this letter has been written, ruling elder Rob Haviland has also resigned over similar concerns. Rob and Marcie have asked that their membership be withdrawn.

  2. Proclamation Presbyterian Church is guilty of the same thing and where is their pastor who ADMITTED it (the Phila Presbytery is fully aware) and this is a current situation? Ben Falconer is still in the pulpit of course, protected by a congregation who doesn’t care about sexual abuse of women or minors OR that their Session who covered it up and threw the predator a party. Move on, there’s nothing to see here either. Is this a PCA issue?

    1. Yes, it is a systemic issue in the PCA. Check out the Christianity Today article about abuse in the PCA and look up Dan Herron (Indiana). There is a growing pattern of PCA pastors suing critics for “defamation” and not being disciplined by the Presbyteries or General Assembly. I believe they want to make it impossible to criticize leaders or for members to share information with one another. It starts with accusations of “gossip” and escalates to lawsuits. The more the abusive leaders get away with suing (for which they should be defrocked) the more their fellows are emboldened.

  3. Isn’t Proclamation Presby the same church that Pat Canavan now attends? He was one of those exposed in the GRACE report and expelled from Tenth. I read about Proclamation and the ex Tenth membeers who go there in Phil Snyder’s GRACE report interview.

  4. I was told by a former member of Tenth that the Session basically put a gag order on the whole congregation, forbidding them from mentioning or discussing the Paul Jones case. Do you know if this is true? If so, it sounds like they tried to make an “example” of Phil to put some bite behind their bark. As a relative outsider I have observed that folks from Tenth & Phila Presbytery are very hush hush and fearful of saying anything about it

    1. I believe they gave Jones an NDA which forbade Tenth from talking about his abuses – so rather than silencing Jones, they did it the wrong way around and silenced themselves! Jones can sue Tenth if they talk.

    2. I thought Jones did sue Tenth, and won. I thought this was for them talking about his crimes past the 18 month statute of limitations period.

      I remember Tenth discouraging any talk about Jones.

  5. An internet search indicates Paul Jones is currently a church music director, teaches at a college, and has his own music business. Was he ever reported to police, investigated, charged with any crime, convicted, or exonerated?

    1. His crimes were exposed past the statute of limitations of 18 months, so apparently he can’t be prosecuted. If it involved a minor, that would be different. Anyone, clarify if you think I misspeak.

      1. So he can’t be prosecuted for the crimes, but does that also mean they can never be mentioned? It still begs the question why Tenth folk are still silenced from talking about him?

        1. We’re told that Tenth obtained a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) from Jones. But the move backfired, because the cat’s now out of the bag and Tenth cannot say anything about the case.

            1. Tenth would at least be obligated to ask members not to discuss the subject. So Tenth is in a bad place of its own making, as the issue swirls about and it is obligated to sit silent.

              To be clear, we oppose NDA’s in all faith settings unless requested by the victim and revocable by the victim. https://www.ndafree.org/

              Maybe Tenth will start taking personal integrity seriously,

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