In an attempt to leave HCA parents and students with the impression that the McCaulley’s left HCA/HBC without any significant grievances, Marc Abbatacola, the Executive Director of Harvest Christian Academy (HCA), finally released a letter today regarding Amy McCaulley’s resignation. So one of two things must be true. This letter is either grossly inaccurate or it is a fabrication crafted to protect the image of both the school and the church.
To quickly review the events leading up to the latest HCA correspondence, please recall that on June, 6, 2013, we published a post describing how Marc Abbatacola and other significant HBC leaders terminated Roy McCaulley from his teaching position at HCA. His termination was the result of a classroom discussion about church camp and the reliability of emotional experience as a mark of true spiritual transformation.
Subsequently, we wrote a follow up post, reporting that on June 14th, Marc Abbatacola wrote a letter in reaction to the June 6th article. Abbatacola’s letter stated, among other things, that Roy McCaulley’s termination was not in reaction to his classroom discussion on the efficacy of church camp, but rather was related to “deep matters of the heart.” Also, he indicated that “Amy [McCaulley] serves with distinction” and that she would “continue in that role.”
However, just days after Abbatacola’s letter, Amy resigned from her position at HCA as the lower school principal, and, soon after Amy McCaulley’s resignation, Mary Martin, former high school principal and current middle school English teacher, resigned as well. Mary’s resignation was reported here on June 21st, but in the June 6th post regarding Roy’s termination we pointed out that Mary Martin had posted several comments in support of Roy through social media. We asked our readers in that post to watch closely the relationship between Mary and HCA as a result of her public support of Roy McCaulley.
Also, on June 21st, we were made aware that Marc Abbatacola had penned a second letter, this one to explain Amy’s resignation, but while we published a post regarding Amy’s resignation on June 21, 2013, Abbatacola only released his letter today. It is entirely possible that the resignation of three HBC elders that week drew Marc’s attention away from Amy’s resignation letter. Nevertheless, here is Marc’s letter.
As you can read from Marc’s letter, he rightly gives high praise to Amy’s character and effectiveness in ministry. However, Marc claims, “Amy and her husband Roy have both been offered positions at the same school [in Atlanta], one which they have been interested in for some time.“ Based upon multiple, well placed sources, this is a fabrication (or, at best, a gross inaccuracy) that creates the impression that all is well between HCA/HBC and the McCaulley’s. If HCA does not correct this assertion, than you will know that you are witnessing a fabrication, for these well-placed sources indicate that the McCaulley’s began looking at this school only after Abbatacola and other significant HBC leaders removed Roy from the classroom and suggested to him that he may not be returning as a teacher the next school year. Moreover, what this means is that Roy and Amy were looking for a new position at the same time Roy was penning a letter that sang the praises of James, HBC and HCA. Once again the facts on the ground do not comport well with HBC/HCA’s air campaign
In addition, Marc’s original letter, regarding Roy’s termination, stated, “This decision was not a matter of a particular class discussion, but related to deep matters of the heart and Roy’s response to certain recurring patterns of behavior that were brought to his attention.” What makes this statement difficult to believe is that, according to multiple, well-placed sources, HCA offered a contract to Roy McCaulley, which he signed, to return as an HCA teacher for the 2013-14 school year.
So the question are:
- if there were “recurring patterns of behavior” and issues relating to “deep matters of the heart,” then why did HCA allow him to teach for six years and provide him with yet another teaching contract for a seventh year?
- Also, why remove McCauley from the class room before the school year is complete, the day after a church camp discussion, if the termination had nothing to do with a class discussion?
- Finally, why draft a letter stating that the McCaulley’s had been interested in this school for a long time, when this is not the case?
We will await answers to these questions, even as we continue to wait for HCA to formally announce Mary Martin’s resignation.