Senior minister Liam Goligher was arrested and convicted of having sex with deaconess Susan Elzey in a public park. Apparently, they have been having an affair for at least nine years. Here are the court documents.
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Here are the results of the latest investigation into Tenth Presbyterian Church.
As damning as the report is, keep in mind that the investigators were being paid by the church, so it is a bit of a stretch to call them independent. So, for example, they make no mention of the fact that the church attempted to threaten, intimidate, and bully me into silence.
Now compare what the G.R.A.C.E. report says to what Susan Elzey, aka "A Member" said in the Wartburg Watch article which is at the top of this blog.
Here is the Anglican Watch's take on the G.R.A.C.E. report.
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
Tenth Presbyterian Church Elder Bruce Garner was arrested, convicted, and sent to prison. Here are some news articles regarding him.
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
The blog the Anglican Watch has an excellent article giving an update on my situation and the results of an investigation into Tenth Presbyterian Church. Here is the link.
Sunday, March 1, 2020
You may recall that in my last post, on 02/23/20, my body camera proved that the 2017 injunction attempt was slanderous and false. My body camera also proved that the 2019 injunction was slanderous and false, and that senior minister Liam Goligher, church administrator Douglas Baker, and Susan Elzey, aka "A Member", lied to the judge. I did not threaten, harass, accost, yell at, block, brandish, etc. While the 2017 injunction attempt was only concerned with one day, 09/10/17, the 2019 injunction attempt was concerned with 2019, beginning with my first appearance after the defamation trial, which was on 04/21/19, Easter Sunday, and continuing until the injunction was filed on 07/19. Here are my notes on the body camera footage.
Here is the body camera footage, beginning with 04/21/19, Easter Sunday. Note that contrary to what Liam Goligher testified to, that I accosted an elderly African American woman, I have no interaction with an elderly African American woman whatsoever.
The church testified that I was there every consecutive Sunday after Easter. That was not true. It was nearly a month before I returned on 05/19/19, probably due to rain. Here it is.
Here is 05/26/19.
Here is 06/02/19.
Here is 06/09/19.
At 10:41:44-10:42:18, Douglas Baker took pictures of me and then walked by me in close proximity to me with his back turned to me, apparently without fear. I said nothing to him. In fact, we have never communicated with each other.
Here is 06/16/19.
At 11:14-11-28, Susan Elzey and her adult child and guest walk by me. She said that I was disappointing (because I was holding my sign). I responded by saying that she was disappointing because she lied in court (at the defamation trial). Susan Elzey lied multiple times at the hearing on 01/30/20 regarding this incident. See my notes on the injunction transcript.
Here is 06/23/19.
Here is 06/30/19. This is the only time I was at an evening service, because I forgot to charge my body camera the night before.
At 18:33, Michelle Bennet and Susan Elzey appear.
Here is 07/07/19.
Here is 07/14/19.
At 10:33:31-10:33:49 I state that there are no modern prophets. This contradicts claims in the injunction that I said that I am a prophet.
Unfortunately, once again a judge chose to believe the lies of the church's representatives rather than look at my evidence which proved that they were lying. The judge granted the church's request for an injunction against me, preventing me from coming within 5,000 feet of the church, permanently. A mile is 5,280 feet. The order and a map are below.
So one man telling the truth is no match for multiple people telling lies, some of them with doctorates, and their super lawyer from an international mega law firm supported by a team of excellent lawyers, as I learned at the defamation trial, which I may write about soon.
Here is the injunction from 2019.
Here is the injunction transcript, index, and my notes for the hearing on 01/30/20.
Here is the injunction transcript, index, and my notes for the hearing on 02/10/20.
The church argued that they filed the injunction because after the defamation trial, I became more aggressive and threatened, harassed, accosted, yelled at, blocked, brandished, etc. The body camera proves that this was false. In addition, you may recall that they threatened me with an injunction, etc prior to the defamation trial, on 11/25/18, after the very first time I appeared with my sign. So it was not my behavior that caused this, but my sign. See their lawyers letter dated, 11/25/18, and the picture that Liam Goligher took below.
The church also argued that they thought I was about to attack them because there was an increased social media presence after the defamation trial. You may recall that the Wartburg Watch article came out on 12/31/18, before the defamation trial. I started this blog in 08/19, after and in response to the injunction they filed in 07/19. Here is the receipt from google domains proving this.
Liam Goligher testified that he saw something on twitter that I had put out. I have never been on twitter in my life, do not text, have never communicated with anyone on facebook, and do not have a smart phone. The internet can be searched to prove what I am saying. Perhaps they are referring to activity done by others on my behalf. I did start a gofundme page after the defamation trial, but I had a different one up prior to the defamation trail, which was what the Wartburg Watch article was based on, so that is not an increase in activity.
The church also dug up a couple of emails I sent five years ago, took them out of context, and twisted them, to indicate I was an imminent threat to them in 2020. One needs to consider the totality of a situation, not just an isolated piece, like looking at my entire body camera footage for example, or not just looking at a couple of emails, but the eighty emails I sent expressing my concern for the safety and security of the congregation. See below.
One must consider the whole person, not just an isolated part. Consider that I have a credit score of around 800, a master's degree in music, a concealed weapons permit, have worked at the same job for eight years, lived in the same house for eleven years, been married for twenty-five years, and was a deacon and Sunday school teacher, as well as a public school teacher, armored car guard, and ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician. See below.
The church also attacked my character, in particular by using Judge Fletman's remarks that I admitted to intentionally making false statements and lying. The 2017 injunction transcript and my post from 08/25/19 demonstrate that the judge's statements were not true and that in reality she was mislead by the lies of Liam Goligher. The 2019 injunction judge seemed to give much weight to the fact that she believed I was defaming the church in her decision to grant the order. Whether I was telling the truth or not should not have had any bearing on her decision to grant an injunction, as even Judge Fletman acknowledge in her order denying the 2017 injunction. Needless to say, I am appealing the order granting the 2019 injunction request, especially since the church only asked for 1,000 feet, not 5,000.
Sunday, February 23, 2020
Body Camera Proves 2017 Injunction Was Slanderous and False
Before I discuss the injunction hearings on 01/30/20 and 02/10/20, I thought we should look at how we got to this point. In the beginning of 2014, I was a deacon, and I was at the church for as much as twelve hours on Sunday. I would start out serving in a special needs Sunday school class, playing the guitar or piano. Then I would go to the Men's Choir rehersal before I went to the morning service. After that, I might have a benevolence committee meeting, followed my a mixed choir reherasal, and finally the evening service.
02/02/14 was the last service for the music director who had been serving for seventeen years. It included exceptional music featuring the concert master of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and they received a standing ovation from the congregation. You will notice that this date is missing from the vimeo files. There was also a reception in his honor. These things infuriated his victims.
On 03/16/14, there was a congregational meeting regarding the departure of the music minister's good friend, pastor Marion Clark, which they said had nothing to do with the music minister leaving. This lie, on top of the lie that the music minister was leaving to pursue new opportunities, when in reality he had been fired, prompted me to speak out at the congregational meeting, after Liam Goligher asked if there were any questions or comments. This forced the elders to have another congregational meeting on 03/30/14, where they started telling the congregation the truth regarding the music minister. You may recall that Liam Goligher admitted that the elders lied to the congregation regarding this in the injunction transcript, which we will get to shortly.
Of course, the elders were not happy with me and threatened to excommunicate me. They did not do so yet, but the did depose me from being a deacon in 08/14. I offered to voluntarily resign, but they would not allow me to do so.
Meanwhile, the music minister filed a lawsuit against the church, which consumed the elder's attention for the next couple of years. During the lull in my conflict with the elders, I even sang a solo on 07/12/15 from 00:00-10:25 and 25:30-28:52. Here it is below.
Here are the program notes.
Also during this time, I continued to express my concerns to the leaders, who grew tired of my complaints and finally started repeatedly saying that they had discussed the matter and considered it closed. The last straw for me was when deacon Steve Forde refused to meet with me to discuss my concerns about his promotion to elder. This was unfortunate, since Steve and I had served on the benevolence committee together and he had taught my children in Sunday school. I sent out my first letter to the congregation on 01/18/16. The elders responded by calling it a "horrible slander" and "utterly false" in an email to the congregation on 01/21/16. They subsequently retracted these statements and apologized, in an email to the congregation on 02/14/16. See Exhibits 1-3 in my affidavit, beginning on page 20.
Things quieted down for a while, but I became aware that the elders were spinning the truth and attacking me, saying I was mentally ill and delusional. So I sent out another letter in 07/16, to which the elders responded by denying that they had ever threatened to excommunicate me or sue me. The elders did exommuincate me on 10/23/16 and subsequently have sued me. Liam Goligher also threatened to arrest me if I came within 1,000 feet of the church, when he served me with the no trespass notice. That, and the fact that they served me with these things at the church, against the advice of their own lawyer, and had me and my wife and minor children leave the church in the presence of a police officer, prompted me to file a defamation lawsuit against them.
I continued sending letters to the congregation. One in particular upset them, since I mentioned a pastor acting inappropriately toward a female employee. I was referring to a different incident, but what I did not know at the time was that an elder/administrator had sexually harassed a female employee, which led to his termination in/around 01/18. So they sent my lawyer a letter threatening to sue me if I said anything more. I responded by going down to the church on 09/10/17. They then filed a preliminary injunction against me. A hearing was held on 10/10/17, and my lawyer gave the judge a flash drive containing body cam footage of the day in question, 09/10/17, which proved that their accusation that I was threatening and harassing people was false.
Here is the body cam footage.
Here is the injunction from 2017.
Here are my notes on the injunction transcript from 2017.
Here is supplemental evidence to the notes on the injunction transcript from 2017.
Here is the injunction transcript from 2017.
In the fall of 2018, the church was attempting to have my defamation lawsuit thrown out, thanks to my lawyer's failure to do any discovery whatsoever, so I went down to the church on 11/25/18 to let them know that regardless of the outcome ot the defamation lawsuit, I was not going anywhere. Their lawyer responded by threatening me with every threat he could think of, including another injunction. Here is his letter as well as the picture taken by Liam Goligher.
Since they had threatened me with an injunction, I knew that they were going to attempt to do so again, and that they would lie to the judge just like they did the last time. Therefore, I went down to the police station on 02/03/19 to talk to them, in particular about hiring a police officer to protect me from the lies of the church. I discuss this at the end of the first clip and the beginning of the second.
Now that the foundation has been laid, we are ready to discuss the injunction hearings on 01/30/20 and 02/10/20 in the next post. Note that my body camera proved that the injunction attempt in 2017 was slanderous and false and that I did not threaten or harass anyone as claimed.
Sunday, August 25, 2019
In Tenth Presbyterian Church's latest attack on free speech, they have made bizarre and desperate accusations that I am mentally ill, delusional, and fit the profile of a mass shooter. This is similar to when Episcopal Priest Bob Malm called Eric Bonetti a domestic terrorist when he complained of bullying. You can read more about that at gracealexwatch.org. Here is Tenth's defamation lawsuit and emergency injunction, filed on 07/24/19.
So they have made good on their threats made on 11/25/18.
You may recall that their previous injunction attempt on 10/10/17, when they said I was threatening and harassing people, failed, because my body camera proved they were lying. There is a clip from my body camera in the Wartburg Watch article.
Unfortunately, the injunction hearing judge on 10/10/17 was mislead by the lies of the defendant,
Senior Minister Liam Goligher, because she twice declined to see my evidence, into making statements that I admitted to intentionally making false statements. Here are the judge's statements.
Now if you look at the injunction transcript, the judge's assertion that I admitted to making false statements is simply not there. What is there is the fact that she twice declined to see my evidence that Senior Minister Liam Goligher was lying. Here are my notes, i.e. roadmap to the transcript.
Here is the injunction transcript.
Here is the evidence, which the judge refused to see, that Liam Goligher was lying.
Here is the injuction attempt from 10/10/17.
Notice that the letter in question, Exhibit "B", is not just addressed to Liam Goligher, but to the elders in general. So the judge's assertion that I am bringing up events that occured before they were in their present postion is incorrect. For example, Liam Goligher's co-defendant, George McFarland testified at the defamation trial in 03/19, that he had been an elder for thirty-five years, which is many years before any of the incidents I mention. There are many other elders whose tenure preceded any of the incidents I mention, like Bruce McDowell, who also was an elder at Tenth for thirty five years, and Dave Collins, who testified at the defamation hearing that his tenure began in 1999.
If one looks at the injuction transcript, the judge simply does not know the basic facts. She does not know when any of the incidents occur. She does not know how many elders there are. She doe not know how long any of them have been serving. All she knows, is that Liam Goligher keeps saying that nothing happened on his watch, when in reality, he is lying, as proved by the evidence above which she declined to look at.
As to their assertion that I called the incident in the catacombs a sexual assault when in reality it was sexual harassment, this is actually true for once. However, it was an unintentional error, as everyone in leadership was calling it sexual assault, including Liam Goligher, who refered to it as such in the injuction transcript of 10/10/17, which is nearly five years after the incident. It is interesting, to say the very least, that after my first letter went out in 01/16, until the defamation trial on 03/19, no one pointed out my error to me. In fact, in an email to the congregation on 02/14/16, they retracted their statements that my letter was "horrible slander" and "utterly false". So again, when they stated at the defamation trial on 03/19 that me calling the sexual harassment sexual assault was what was "utterly false", they were lying. In any event, it was not "utterly false". I did not just make something up out of nothing. A woman was sexually attacked in the catacombs, as Liam Goligher admitted at the defamation trial, whatever one wants to call it. Personally, I still think that to the layman the term sexaul assault conveys the serious nature of the event that caused the victim to be very afraid to be more accurate than sexual harassment, which I think of as someone telling a dirty joke, as probably caused the elder/church administrator to be fired in/around 01/18.
Here is my affidavit for the defamation trial. My first letter and the elders retraction are Exhibits 1-3. Of course, there are many other important documents as well that you might want to review.