Creationist Wisdom #350: The Preacher Returns

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Rockdale Citizen of Rockdale County, Georgia, and it’s titled Athiests want double standard when expressing their views in public. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis.

We usually omit the writer’s name and city, but we’ll make an exception here. The author is John Pearrell, pastor of Gateway Community Church in Covington, Georgia. The church’s website says they’re affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Also, this is the rev’s second appearance in our collection. The first was here: Creationist Wisdom #322: The Preacher. Okay, let’s get started. The letter begins with a discussion of a hot local issue as to whether bibles should be placed in cabins in Georgia’s state parks. We’ll skip that and get to the good stuff:

Before you start arguing evolution is science and creation is not, let me remind you that neither evolution nor creation fits the two major criteria of scientific investigation — namely, that it be observable and repeatable.

Ah yes, the typical creationist’s concept of science — it all has to be repeatable. Presumably that would include ice ages, meteor craters, volcanic eruptions, etc. And of course, if the development of the planet’s entire biosphere can’t be repeated in the lab, it never happened. Then he says:

In fact, even science has shelved Darwinian evolution (the antiquated view we still teach in our public schools) in favor of the theory of punctuated equilibrium — the sudden appearance of various life-forms during various ages rather than the old Darwinian mutation model.

Aaaargh!! The “sudden appearance” the rev talks about is likely to be an illusion caused by the inevitable imperfections of the geological record. But even if significant evolution events are sometimes seen to occur sporadically, there is no theoretical requirement that evolutionary changes must always occur at a smooth, constant rate. Mutations occur in every generation, but speciation need not be the result. Evolutionary changes can be accelerated by environmental factors. Punctuated equilibrium is an idea that fits within the modern theory of evolution, and it’s only about the timing of significant evolutionary change. It neither contradicts nor replaces Darwinian evolution. Let’s read on:

The more advanced our scientific knowledge has become, the less believable Darwin’s theory has grown. Turns out his “simple” cell model was anything but simple.

And that means what — that Darwin wasn’t omniscient? We know that, but his theory is still quite viable. We continue, and now it gets really wild:

Unfortunately, anyone who has really studied the “evidence” soon comes to realize that most of it is mere speculation based on the belief system of the evolutionist. Case in point is when Darwin unearthed his Australopithecus he hid for 50 years under the floor board of his house, evidence that clearly contradicted his find.

What? Darwin hid an Australopithecus fossil because it contradicted his theory? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hey, rev: Darwin died in 1882, but according to Wikipedia, the first Australopithecus fossil discovered was described in an article in Nature in 1925.

Here’s more from the rev:

Another example is Donald Johansen’s famous find, Lucy, declared to be “the mother of all mankind,” but declared by evolutionist Richard Leaky III [sic] to be, “Nothing more than the skeleton of a chimpanzee.”

Who in the world is “Richard Leaky III”? Except for the rev’s rantings, we find no mention of the guy anywhere — whether we spell it “Leaky” or “Leakey.” Perhaps the rev has secret sources (which he keeps hidden like Darwin hid that Australopithecus fossil), but the rev’s Lucy doubter doesn’t appear to be related to Louis Leakey or his son, Richard Leakey. The rev made that same claim in his earlier letter, but we didn’t bother to quote it in our writeup.

Here’s the end of the rev’s letter:

So much for “hard evidence” upon which a scholarly investigation is built. With that said, isn’t it at least a tad bit disingenuous for atheists to call for the right to express their opposing views in public if they are not willing to allow views opposed to theirs be freely expressed?

Something around here seems “a tad bit disingenuous,” but we’ll leave it to you, dear reader, to figure out what that might be.

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51 responses to “Creationist Wisdom #350: The Preacher Returns

  1. The Preacher makes reference to an occasion

    …when Darwin unearthed his Australopithecus he hid for 50 years under the floor board of his house, evidence that clearly contradicted his find.

    I think Rev. Pearrell has somehow conflated in his mind Darwin’s On the Origin of Species with a garbled reading of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

    Except: the first Mrs. Rochester was locked up in the attic, not under the floorboards, and she was not (I am tolerably certain) an Australopithecine…

  2. On the other hand, if Rev. Pearrell has got his facts right here, we need to consider that Darwin may have inspired the Beatles’ song, Everybody’s Got Something to Hide ‘Cept for Me and My Australopithecus

  3. It sounds like a very confused version of the story of the “Taung Child” and Raymond Dart, doesn’t it?

  4. I read somewhere that Sgt. Pepper’s… was playing at the dig site when Lucy was discovered, and thus the name. The Beatles-Darwin-Lucy-Leakey III(?) conspiracy is getting legs!

  5. Mark Germano writes (24-August-2013 at 2:29 pm):

    I read somewhere that Sgt. Pepper’s… was playing at the dig site when Lucy was discovered, and thus the name.

    Yeah, but Lennon & McCartney used a bit of artistic licence there. Lucy in the ground with bits of coal didn’t have quite the right ring to it.

  6. I found just one reference to “Richard Leaky III” aside from the pastor’s letters and SC’s analysis of them. It’s in a review of a “Great Course,” and reads like the reviewer was reading pastor Pearrell’s letters. That review also refers to Disco ‘Tuter Stephen Meyer as “a well respected scientist,” which is an index of the ignorance of the reviewer.

  7. Preachers think they can get away with poor or no real research because they are used to having their slack-jawed parishioners soak up all they utter without thinking or demanding evidence.

  8. Good work, RBH. Now see if you can find the origin of the rev’s tale about the Australopithecus fossil that Darwin kept hidden under his floor boards for 50 years.

  9. Steven Thompson

    The story of Darwin and his Australopithecus is a garbled version of a garbled version of Eugene Dubois and his Pithecanthropus erectus; Dubois (who held that humans’ closest relatives were gibbons, not chimps or other great apes) has often been presented by creationists as hiding his discovery and/or admitting that it was “just a giant gibbon.” Likewise, the statement of “Richard Leakey III” that Lucy was just a chimpanzee may be a conflation of an opinion, briefly held by Richard Leakey before Lucy was discovered, that australopiths were mainly quadrupeds like modern chimps, and a Chick tract statement that Lucy is just a three-foot chimpanzee.

  10. Stephen Kennedy

    This idiot preacher must have gotten his doctorate at the same university where Kent Hovind got his.

  11. Steven Thompson says: “a Chick tract statement that Lucy is just a three-foot chimpanzee.”

    Right. That’s in “Big Daddy,” and the cartoon panel has a footnote to Kent Hovind.

  12. It was a pain in the pattotie, or is it patootie, anyway, I registered at the stupid little bumpkin newspaper and dropped a Doc Bill special comment, now awaiting moderation. Not as snarkful as I can be considering how clueless Pastor Dimwit is.

  13. According to my secret sources, which I cannot disclose, the only contents of the hidden compartment under Darwin’s floorboards other than the Australopithecus fossil were several well-worn copies of Playboy magazine.

  14. People can bring their own bible,Koran,Torah,or Krauss book and read it while their staying in the cabins. I’m not about to argue anymore with a preacher either,that creation is not scientific,because it’s already been proven that it’s not,and evolution is. They frequently misrepresent science,evidence,and all things scientific anyway,so there’s no sense giving a preacher consideration on this anyway. Send buddhists,Muslims,jehovahs,mormons,Taoists,jaynists,atheists,communists,etc to his doorstep for a week straight and see how open he is to anyone’s views on how things came to be.

  15. Our Curmudgeon challenges us to

    see if you can find the origin of the rev’s tale about the Australopithecus fossil that Darwin kept hidden under his floor boards for 50 years.

    No definitive answer on this one yet, but working on it. A few possibilities:

    [1] While interviewing Darwin at Down House in 1878, Geraldo Rivera surreptitiously lifted a few floorboards in the hope of locating Al Capone’s secret treasure; instead, he unearthed a skeleton which Darwin insisted had no bearing on his theory of evolution as the bones were in fact those of Jimmy Hoffa.

    or

    [2] Rather like the first Mrs. Rochester indeed, there was a secret madwoman incarcerated at Down House: “My Fair” Lady Hope, whom Darwin had found living in an igloo in the tropical jungles of Terra del Fuego and brought back to England on board the Starship Beagleprise. His nefarious purpose was to win a wager he had entered into with Col. Pickering, his old comrade-in-arms from the Battle of Second Manassas, who had challenged him to teach just such a humble aboriginal girl Pittman’s shorthand. When the Lady proved to be–well, hopeless–in her studies, Darwin cruelly imprisoned her in his basement.

    But we have other leads to follow on this one, and the investigation continues….

  16. If I may offer one more theory, that fossil could be the remains of Darwin’s uncle who was thought to have been lost in the Pacific, and of whom we once wrote: The Lost Voyage of Ringo Darwin.

  17. I think I know where Pastor Pearrell’s confused babble about “Richard Leaky III” comes from. In the 1970s there were two competing hypotheses for the original suite of characters that gave rise to the human lineage. Louis Leakey was a strong proponent of the ‘big brain first’ view. Others argued that bipedalism was the original critical change. Richard Leakey’s discovery of the skull known as 1470 seemed to support his father Louis’ big-brain-first view.

    When Donald Johanssen subsequently discovered the fossil “Lucy, it was originally dated to roughly the same time as Leakey’s “1470.” Both were originally dated to around 3mya, Lucy at 3.1mya and 1470 to 3.0mya. Lucy was small-brained but was bipedal, and formed support for the hypothesis that the original significant change that led to modern humans was the freeing of hands by bipedalism, with a larger brain evolving as a result.

    After 10 or 12 years of sniping back and forth, which is apparently what Pastor Pearrell is mining for his comments from Leakey, 1470 was redated to 1.9mya, more than a million years younger than Lucy. Leakey’s claim about Lucy and chimpanzees dates from the midst of that dispute. There’s mention of the dispute and redating here on TalkOrigins.

    In other words, Pastor Pearrell is quote mining material from the middle of a dispute that was subsequently settled by additional data.

  18. Ceteris Paribus

    The Georgia Baptist proclaims to honor “[T]he two major criteria of scientific investigation — namely, that it be observable and repeatable.”

    We should take the Rev at his word, and prepare two scientific experiments:

    1. Darwin’s residence of Down House is still in existence. The Royal Society whould be charged with the task of stashing an genuine Australopithecus skeleton under the floorboards.

    And then every year for 50 years a select joint committee of paleontologists and Southern Baptists would be delegated to check to go over to look under the floor and see if the skeleton is still there.

    2. Down in Georgia, a select team of good ol’ boys could be sent to knock off work early some Friday afternoon, and nail the Rev to a cross until he expired. Then a select committee of the Rev’s Southern Baptist buddies would tote the carcass off to a secure location, away from scavenging by pole cats and raccoons.

    On Sunday morning the committee would come back and check. If the Rev’s carcass has disappeared, there would be cause for an extra “Hallelujah” from the congregation when the collection plate is passed around that morning.

  19. Ha! More on the dispute here.

  20. Shame on you people, making fun of a obvious loon.

  21. Well done, RBH. I don’t think the rev is a loon or a fraud. His problem, I suspect, is that he’s getting his information from decades-old magazines he reads in his dentist’s office. But that still doesn’t explain the secret chamber under Darwin’s floor.

  22. Curmy, isn’t that where the heart is kept?

  23. Pete Moulton

    Gotcha Tundra Boy. Dead hearts tell no tales, and of course Poe knew that.

  24. Poe, Curm, Poe!

    And how delightful to use Poe for a creationist joke! Made my weekend.

    The “pastor” is simply simple. He’s a country preacher who uses his atheist designed and built laptop to spread the Word!

  25. I hear it, Tundra Boy, even though our Curmudgeon doesn’t. And it’s driving me mad.

  26. Steven Thompson says: “The story of Darwin and his Australopithecus is a garbled version of a garbled version of Eugene Dubois and his Pithecanthropus erectus

    I’ve found some corroboration for that. At ArchaeologyInfo, they have an article on Homo erectus which says:

    The species was named by Eugène Dubois (it was originally designated as Pithecanthropus erectus) in 1894, after his 1891 find from Trinil, Java, in Indonesia (Trinil 2). Dubois was inspired by A. Wallace’s conviction that the origins of modern humans might lie in Southeast Asia. Dubois enlisted as an army surgeon in the Royal Dutch East Indies Army, and searched for fossils in Sumatra. He had little success in Sumatra, but found unearthed a thick mineralized hominid skull near the bank of the Solo River in Java. Dubois made his find public a few years later, and was met by derision from the dominant British paleontological hierarchy. Dubois was disillusioned, and this important find actually spent some time in a box underneath the floorboards of Dubois’ home.

  27. And it seems that Duane Gish fabricated a tale that Dubois concealed the Java Man fossil for fraudulent reasons. TalkOrigins has an article on it: Creationist Arguments: Duane Gish and Wadjak Man. Somehow, the rev imagined a crazier version of Gish’s story that involved Darwin.

  28. Tundra croons:

    “I hear it, Tundra Boy, even though our Curmudgeon doesn’t. And it’s driving me mad.”

    She’s so heavyyyyyyyyyyyy!

  29. Our Curmudgeon teasingly makes reference to

    …to my secret sources, which I cannot disclose

    .

    I have passed that on to the curators of Down House, who are even now busy electronically ‘sweeping’ the premises for concealed McConaghie Cams….

  30. The loos at Down House are outside in the garden. I didn’t check for cameras when I “visited the facilities.” Later on the Sandwalk I passed a spot where even today the grass doesn’t grow, where Darwin himself paused to, er, “contemplate nature” on his daily stroll.

  31. Curmy says “Huh?”

    That’s the way I go through life my friend.

  32. The whole truth

    I emailed the preacher and got a response. “Dawson” is the Charles Dawson of Piltdown Man infamy.

    My email to preacher Pearrell:

    Take a look a this, preacher (it’s about you):

    http://sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/creationist-wisdom-350-the-preacher-returns/#comments

    You’re obviously a bible thumping idiot who doesn’t care whether what you say is true or not. I’m sure you will just keep spewing erroneous bulls**t like a typical christian.

    Have you got the balls to respond at the Sensuous Curmudgeon website? Have you got the integrity to correct your dishonest claims at the Rockdale Citizen and apologize for misleading the readers?

    Does lying to people make you feel good?

    ——————————————-

    His response:

    Re: Your article at the Rockdale Citizen
    From
    John Pearrell

    Hey,

    Thanks for your letter. It wasn’t Darwin it was Dawson who hid the evidence. Unfortunate editorial correction that actually made the information false, so you are certainly right there! Thanks for reading my column and responding. A great book to read is “Bones of Contention”

    Oh, and understand, I was a biology major at the University of Pittsburgh, so my views come from my studies in the area and not from my theological studies–they came later.

    In any case, it’s obvious that you disagree with my views, and that is fine. I’ve learned however when you resort to name calling it is generally because you really don’t trust your own arguments.

    John

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  33. You might have been a bit more tactful, The whole truth. But he says he was a biology major? Yowie! Preaching was a smart career move.

  34. The whole truth

    It’s difficult for me to be tactful with people who poison peoples’ minds (especially the minds of children) with religious BS.

    Regarding Pearrell, he’s apparently saying (in his email to me) that Dawson, not Darwin, hid an Australopithecus under the floor board of his house for 50 years, which of course is still not true. Pearrell obviously doesn’t care about truth, and he pushes fabricated stories to bash evolution and evolutionary theory. And like other creobots, he dwells on old, already corrected frauds (Piltdown Man) instead of dealing with up to date evolutionary evidence and theory.

    If Pearrell really wants to see a harmful fraud that is still being perpetrated, all he has to do is look at a mirror and at what he preaches. What a waste of a biology degree (assuming that he actually got one). Apparently, preaching and fleecing the flock are a lot easier and more lucrative than doing science.

  35. John Pearrell

    Thanks folks for reading my column. Unfortunately you are right, there were errors made which certainly brings my conclusions into serious questions. The first error was referring to Darwin and not Charles Dawson as the one who hid contrary evidence. In my defense, my submission did identify Dawson but between submission and print someone apparently thought I had made an error and corrected it.

    Richard Leakey III was completely my mistake. I was trying to recall the quote without my sources handy and it was Richard R.E. Leakey, not the III. That one was completely on me! I will do better in the future!

    Obviously, we take different sides on this issue, and there is no reason for you to agree with my views. However, please understand that I am not purposefully trying to mislead anyone, but simply pointing out that some of the stuff being taught to our public school children is just as much based on a faith assumption as is my view of Creation. Indeed, as a biology major at the University of Pittsburgh I recall my genetics professor lecturing on the subject, he paused after making one statement, turned to our class and said “Class, it could never happen!” Then, he shook his head and said, “But it did” and proceeded right on with the lecture. It was then I decided that he was acting not upon hard science but an interpretation of science based on that faith he had placed in a theory.

    In any case, thank you for reading my column and thank you so much for brining up the issues that were wrong.

  36. Thank you, John Pearrell, for visiting my humble blog. Those errors about names can be corrected, and should be in your next letter to the editor. Aside from that, it’s unlikely that you will change your mind about evolution, because as I understand the teachings of your denomination, Genesis prevails over any evidence to the contrary. I understand that, so there is little to be gained in a debate. But for the children in your flock, I’d like to point out that no science-based industry, and certainly not the pharmaceutical industry, recruits creation scientists. I hope you encourage them to learn some science. If they run into conflicts — as they surely will — they’ll be able to work it out — if they approach things with an open mind.

  37. My comment remains in “moderation” at the Rockdale Citizen.

    Pastor John wrote in a comment above:

    However, please understand that I am not purposefully trying to mislead anyone, but simply pointing out that some of the stuff being taught to our public school children is just as much based on a faith assumption as is my view of Creation.

    No, pastor, you are purposefully trying to mislead people. You are trying to mislead people in to believing that your opinion is on the same level as a scientific consensus. Your opinion is that Madonna is a wonderful singer and my scientific observation is that she is less than seven feet tall. Your opinion can neither be demonstrated true nor false; my fact can be objectively verified.

    No, the modern theory of evolution is not “faith based.” It is based on the consensus of over 150 years of scientific observation, research, experimentation and thought and has been verified by every discipline of science. Even from a legal standpoint the Supreme Court has ruled that evolution is a scientific theory, not faith based and is not nor can it be considered a religion.

    No, the creationist concept that evolution is not science because it is neither “observable nor repeatable” is simply wrong and untrue.

    No, science as not “shelved” Darwinian evolution, rather it has evolved as a theory into the modern synthesis with the discoveries of DNA and genetics.

    No, punctuated evolution relates to the rates of speciation.

    No, the “hard evidence” as you put it is actually hard evidence, as in observable, repeatable, predictable, verifiable and objective. What is not supported by any observation, evidence or experiment is creationism, including “intelligent design” creationism.

    But, where the pastor is really wrong is in the faith-based belief that his sanctimonious willfully ignorant opinions are a substitute for science and sound science education. Ignorance is curable. Educators do it every day even without the help of the pastor, even in spite of the pastor. I suggest the pastor look up the definition of disingenuous. It doesn’t mean what he thinks it does.

  38. The whole truth

    Actually, preacher Pearrell, your egregious “errors” are your responsibility and they clearly show that you don’t have a clue about evolution, evolutionary theory, history, and integrity. Your attempts to make it look as though your “errors” are minor and someone else’s fault are lame and cowardly. Your “errors” go way beyond “brings my conclusions into serious questions”. Your so-called “errors” and your attempts to downplay them and shift the blame abundantly demonstrate your disdain of the truth.

    And just changing the name from Darwin to Dawson doesn’t correct anything. Your whole story about evidence being hidden under a floorboard for 50 years is a crock, and the Piltdown Man fraud was exposed and corrected by scientists long ago.

    Your arrogant desperation to find something wrong with evolution and evolutionary theory is the biggest ‘error’ that you’re making, because you’re willfully denying truth and reality, and you’re spreading lies and poisoning minds. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  39. At the good pastor’s website he’s listed as “Doctor.” I suspected he’s as much of a “doctor” as Kent Hovind. Somehow you can smell these smug, anti-intellectual poseurs a mile away. Yep, you, too, could be a “doctor pastor” for about two grand. Here’s the seedy blueprint.

    Christian Bible College and Seminary out of Missouri, 10106 EAST TRUMAN ROAD INDEPENDENCE MO 64052. Google map this address and you will see a house with a store front next to a thrift shop and a gravel store. $2200 can get you a “Doctorate” degree in Bible. Accredited by Accrediting Commission International.

    According to Wikipedia: In 2007, the St. Petersburg Times quoted Alan Contreras, the leader of Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization (an organization that follows questionable accrediting agencies) as saying, “Anything accredited by ACI in Beebe, Ark., is either fake or substandard, as far as I know.”

  40. The whole truth

    From preacher Pearrell’s Linkedin profile:

    Background

    Summary

    Preaching, Teaching, Evangelism,

    To know Christ and make Him known

    Specialties: Minsitry Development

    Experience

    Pastor
    Gateway Community Church
    November 1991 – Present (21 years 10 months)
    Sr. Pastor
    Religious Columnist for Rockdale & Newton Citizen Newspaper
    Religious Columnist for Covington News
    Radio Bible Teacher for Imapct Evangelistic Ministries
    CEO, Gateway Community Ministries, Inc., Operation Outreach, and Imapct Evangelistic Ministries.
    Chaplain for Rockdale County Fire Department and Conyers Police

    Pastor
    Rockdale Alliance Church
    April 1987 – November 1991 (4 years 8 months)
    Duties of Senior Pastor, Radio Bible Teacher, Voice of Hope Communications, Inc.

    Ministry Coordinator
    Metro Atlanta Youth for Christ
    July 1983 – March 1987 (3 years 9 months)
    Developed Ministry Program; recrutied, trained and supervised staff. Raised funds for ministry

    Publications
    Contributing writer for Practical Christianity (Tyndale House Publishers) & Parents and Children
    Tyndale House & Victor Books
    Staff Columnist for the Citizen Newspapers

    Skills & Expertise

    Most endorsed for…

    15 Preaching

    11 Religion

    5 Spiritual Direction

    3 Pastoral Care

    3 Teaching

    3 Bible

    2 Gospel

    1 Theology

    1 Pastoral Counseling

    1 Writing

    John also knows about…

    1 Expository Preaching
    1 Hermeneutics
    1 Evangelism
    1 Old Testament
    1 Religious Studies
    1 Biblical Studies
    1 Apologetics
    1 Discipleship
    1 Community Outreach
    1 Church Events
    1 Missions
    Evangelist
    Gospel Magician

    Education

    Christian Bible College & Seminary
    PhD, Theology
    2005 – 2006

    Wheaton College
    MA, Christian Ministries
    1981 – 1983

    Trinity International University
    BA, Bible
    1980 – 1981

    Moody Bible Institute
    Diploma, Evangelism
    1972 – 1975
    Activities and Societies: YFC/Campus Life British Isles Evangelism Team

    University of Pittsburgh
    Pre-Medical
    1970 – 1972
    Activities and Societies: University of Pittsburgh Marching Band

    Additional Info

    Interests
    Music (Trompet Player) Christian Magician

    Honors & Awards

    Additional Honors & Awards
    Who’s Who, Who’s Who in American Christian Leadership,
    Oustanding Young Men of America, Reserve Officer of the Year Conyers Police Department, Maryoral Proclamation “John Pearrell Day” City of Conyers
    Organizations

    Additional Organizations
    American Assoicaiton of Christian Counselors, Stone Mountain Baptist Association, Georgia Baptist Convention, Rockdale Fire Department, Conyers Police Department

    ————————————————–

    christian magician? LOL

    Further reading:

    http://www.newtoncitizen.com/staff/john-pearrell/stories/?page=2&

  41. The whole truth

    SC, I’ve submitted a comment twice and it didn’t go through either time. Am I doing something wrong?

  42. TWT, WordPress’ spam engine has some odd spontaneous and unpredictable quirks. It sometimes disallows comments without even relegating them to the spam queue, so the blog owner also doesn’t get to see them. It seems to be certain word- or phrase combinations. Try rewording your message slightly (focus on less common terms), restructuring (paragraph breaks) and/or removing HTML tags if any.

  43. The whole truth

    Con-Tester, thanks for the info but I can’t change anything because it’s mostly a quote of some information. There aren’t any links or four-letter words or HTML tags, but it’s possible that it’s just too long for one comment. I’ll try splitting in two.

  44. The whole truth

    Part one.

    From preacher Pearrell’s Linkedin profile:

    Background

    Summary

    Preaching, Teaching, Evangelism,

    To know Christ and make Him known

    Specialties: Minsitry Development

    Experience

    Pastor
    Gateway Community Church
    November 1991 – Present (21 years 10 months)
    Sr. Pastor
    Religious Columnist for Rockdale & Newton Citizen Newspaper
    Religious Columnist for Covington News
    Radio Bible Teacher for Imapct Evangelistic Ministries
    CEO, Gateway Community Ministries, Inc., Operation Outreach, and Imapct Evangelistic Ministries.
    Chaplain for Rockdale County Fire Department and Conyers Police

    Pastor
    Rockdale Alliance Church
    April 1987 – November 1991 (4 years 8 months)
    Duties of Senior Pastor, Radio Bible Teacher, Voice of Hope Communications, Inc.

    Ministry Coordinator
    Metro Atlanta Youth for Christ
    July 1983 – March 1987 (3 years 9 months)
    Developed Ministry Program; recrutied, trained and supervised staff. Raised funds for ministry

    Publications
    Contributing writer for Practical Christianity (Tyndale House Publishers) & Parents and Children
    Tyndale House & Victor Books
    Staff Columnist for the Citizen Newspapers

    Skills & Expertise

    Most endorsed for…

    15 Preaching

    11 Religion

    5 Spiritual Direction

    3 Pastoral Care

    3 Teaching

    3 Bible

    2 Gospel

    1 Theology

    1 Pastoral Counseling

    1 Writing

    John also knows about…

    1 Expository Preaching
    1 Hermeneutics
    1 Evangelism
    1 Old Testament
    1 Religious Studies
    1 Biblical Studies
    1 Apologetics
    1 Discipleship
    1 Community Outreach
    1 Church Events
    1 Missions
    Evangelist
    Gospel Magician

  45. The whole truth

    Part two.

    Education

    Christian Bible College & Seminary
    PhD, Theology
    2005 – 2006

    Wheaton College
    MA, Christian Ministries
    1981 – 1983

    Trinity International University
    BA, Bible
    1980 – 1981

    Moody Bible Institute
    Diploma, Evangelism
    1972 – 1975
    Activities and Societies: YFC/Campus Life British Isles Evangelism Team

    University of Pittsburgh
    Pre-Medical
    1970 – 1972
    Activities and Societies: University of Pittsburgh Marching Band

    Additional Info

    Interests
    Music (Trompet Player) Christian Magician

    Honors & Awards

    Additional Honors & Awards
    Who’s Who, Who’s Who in American Christian Leadership,
    Oustanding Young Men of America, Reserve Officer of the Year Conyers Police Department, Maryoral Proclamation “John Pearrell Day” City of Conyers
    Organizations

    Additional Organizations
    American Assoicaiton of Christian Counselors, Stone Mountain Baptist Association, Georgia Baptist Convention, Rockdale Fire Department, Conyers Police Department

    ————————————————

    christian magician? I wonder if he can pull the holy ghost out of a hat?

  46. The whole truth says: “SC, I’ve submitted a comment twice and it didn’t go through either time. Am I doing something wrong?”

    I don’t know what happened. Sometimes the software is quirky. It seems that, with all the breaking it into sub-parts, you submitted the stuff about a dozen times. When I discovered the mess I first approved everything, and then I had to go through and try to delete the duplicates. There probably is a lot of duplication that I left alone.

  47. The whole truth

    Hey docbill, you might get a kick out of this:

    According to business-lists.com, Christian Bible College and Seminary has three employees. findthecompany.com lists three employees:

    Linda M Tonahill Treasurer
    Melissa Salva Vice-President
    Rowena Ferguson President

    That’s a mighty big college with an abundant staff of professors!

    Rowena Ferguson also runs the Maywood Merchants Association out of the same address as the Christian Bible College and Seminary.

    And guess who’s the Registered Agent of Accrediting Commission International, according to the Missouri secretary of state? Yep, Rowena Ferguson of Independence, Missouri.

    https://www.sos.mo.gov/BusinessEntity/soskb/Corp.asp?457207

    Click on her name on that page to see more. Click on Filed Documents to see reports.

    Accrediting Commission International also has a facebook page with some pictures of Christian Bible College and Seminary.

  48. Nice little operation to collect some pin money! Start your own “bible college.” Tax exempt? Run your own accrediting agency. You can probably run off your diplomas at Kinko’s and not even buy a laser printer.

    So, here’s the deal. Pastor boy dropped out of U. of Pitt, bounced around some “bible colleges” and ended up buying a degree from a mill and he has the temerity to foist his opinion on the world about how science should behave and education perform.

    Chutzpah is not a strong enough word. Hypocrisy does not do it justice.

  49. The whole truth

    SC, I just noticed that my comment at 3:49 am is now showing too. It also shows the whole profile and includes a link to the Newton Citizen. I left out that link in subsequent submissions because I thought that it might be the problem. Just so you know, none of the submissions that wouldn’t go through showed up on your site with an ‘awaiting moderation’ label. They just disappeared when I submitted them so I thought they were long gone. I’m sorry for the mess.

  50. The whole truth

    I just took a quick look at the catalog at the Christian Bible College and Seminary website. It’s a hoot. Among other stuff (I’m being nice) they will sell you study books/guides such as:

    TS367 The Adversary, The Christian Versus Demon Activity, by Mark I.
    Bubeck. Biblical perspective with a mature, specific guideline for dealing with
    the devil and demonic powers. Moody 0-8024-0143-0 $15 P >Ch12-158pp

    TS368 Overcoming the Adversary, Warfare Praying Against Demon Activity,
    by Mark I. Bubeck. Practical help on how to be victorious in Spiritual warfare.
    Moody 0-8024-0333-6 $15 P >Ch12-139pp

    The DEVIL and DEMONS!!! Run for your lives!!!

    They also have one called The gift of sex. Yee HAA!