Was There a Cover-Up at Trinity Baptist Church?

By Jeannie Blaylock
First Coast News
October 31, 2006

Jacksonville, FL -- Some people were shocked. Others weren't surprised for a second when former Trinity pastor Bob Gray was charged with molesting children years ago.

Those who weren't surprised say it's because they told current pastor Tom Messer and other key leaders in the 1990s and they hushed it all up.

Trinity Baptist, a prominent church on the First Coast, is known for solid academics, exciting football, and thousands of loyal worshippers.

But now Trinity Baptist Church is facing allegations of a cover-up. Is it true?

For months First Coast News has been investigating. It's taken months because some people struggled with coming forward.

Now, our investigation has uncovered new information never made public before.

Our stories also contain interviews with key people who have never spoken out until now. Many chose to be anonymous. And we respect that.

Others say they want to be seen. Most do not want to take revenge on the church. The overwhelming sentiment is accountability for the truth.

If you have comments on the alleged cover-up feel free to send Jeannie Blaylock an email.

Bob Gray is scheduled for trial in November. We'll keep you posted on that as well.


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