Two weeks ago, on the sixth of June, Bloodstained Ink published a story regarding the recent dismissal of Roy McCaulley, the former Bible teacher at Harvest Christian Academy. Subsequent to our initial report, Harvest Bible Chapel released their official reaction to this article, reassuring their congregants that “Amy [McCaulley] serves with distinction” and that she would “continue in that role.” Now, if early reports are to be believed, it would appear as if the McCaulleys will have the final say in this matter.
On the 14th of June, Marc Abbatacola penned an open letter to the congregants of Harvest Bible Chapel, wherein he alleged 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.” What makes this assertion difficult to believe is the simple fact that HCA teachers are on year-to-year contracts that are only renewed at the church’s discretion. McCaulley taught at the Academy for six years, and every spring, his contract had been renewed. What’s more, McCaulley was also the individual largely responsible for shaping the bible curriculum of the high school, Are we really to believe that a man with problematic “recurring patterns of behavior” was renewed year after year with authority to shape the bible curriculum and the hearts and minds of students at Harvest Christian Academy? Either Harvest’s judgment is deeply flawed for allowing that kind of man to have that kind of authority, power and influence over young, impressionable minds, or Harvest’s story is a fabrication.
But even if you were predisposed to believe Harvest’s version of the events, why was McCaulley unceremoniously pulled from the classroom just one day after having the infamous discussion about church camps? If his dismissal was “not a matter of a particular class session,” as Marc Abbatacola wishes to insist, then why pull Mr. McCaulley with only two weeks left to go in the school year? Why disrupt the learning of students who are preparing for their final examinations? What “deep matter of the heart” was suddenly so urgent as to require his immediate departure from the class? The facts simply do not add up.
But the story is not finished. Remember how Marc Abbatacola reassured everyone that Lower School Principle Amy McCaulley was going to “continue in her role?” Well, if early reports are to be believed, Ms. McCaulley has officially tendered her resignation. Why Amy McCaulley would do this after her husband had just openly pledged both his love and fidelity for Harvest and James MacDonald as well as asserting that he and Amy were treated lovingly and kindly during this process seems sharply incongruous with her decision to suddenly leave the school.
In our first post, we asked our readers to keep an eye on the relationship between Harvest Bible Chapel, Amy McCaulley and Mary Martin. We now know that Amy McCaulley has moved on. It will be interesting to see what happens with Mary Martin.