-------- Original Message --------
||Re: Glenn Dryden, Tommy Shelton, etc.
||Tue, 02 Jan 2007 02:06:53 +0000
Mr. Pickle and Mr. Joy:
I sincerely want to thank both of you for your cordial responses. This has
been a big shock to me since discovering it on the message boards last week.
I have probably reacted in a non-Christian manner toward both of you, and
for that I do apologize. I also understand that you were both operating
under the assumption that I was a "3ABN operative" for lack of a better
term. I can understand as well why you would think that. I was fired from
3ABN myself back in the late 80's for a "bad attitude", so I have my own
feelings about 3ABN, but that's a different issue altogether.
I am going to respond to your questions as best I can. There are some things
I simply cannot comment on for various reasons, and I think you can
understand why. I will quote the portions of your emails I am referencing,
and my responses will follow.
"How was Dryden jealous of Tommy to the point of instigating child
molestation allegations against him as late as 1985, when he had just
recently met him and lived 800 miles away until 1993?"
You are correct in thinking that Glenn Dryden had nothing to do with the
1985 allegations. That was a totally separate set of circumstances, and was
also when the Ezra Church of God (which I attended at the time) severed ties
with the Church of God, Anderson. We became an independent Church of God and
shortly thereafter Tommy received ordination from another Church of God
organization, and according to their website is still listed as a minister
with them. (http://www.churchofgodcv.org/addresses.aspx/)
Glenn Dryden never
had the success at Ezra that Tommy saw as pastor, and I believe that is
where the jealousy has come from. Tommy also began attending Ezra for a
while when Dryden was pastor, and Dryden did not like it. He was very
instrumental in Tommy taking the pastorate at Community Church of God in
Dunn Loring, VA and even made the statement to me personally shortly after
it was announced, "Well, it looks like the Sheltons will be out of here
"Can you explicitly state that you do not know of a single instance where
Tommy engaged in inappropriate behavior of a sexual nature with a minor?"
Obviously, with my brother sending the letter to Tommy and the letter's
subsequent circulation on the boards, I cannot comment at all on this
question. I'm sure you can understand that no matter what I would say, it
could cause me major trouble on either side of the issue.