CHRISTIAN BREAKING NEWS: Who is Brett Bymaster? Founder and Executive Director, Healing Grove Health Center, San Jose, California | Former Youth Pastor and Director, The River Church Community, San Jose, California | Under Investigation for Abuse [#BrettBymaster]
A famous Silicon Valley executive and former pastor is being investigated after many families accused him of abusing their children while leading a youth ministry at a major South Bay church.
Brett Bymaster is facing a second inquiry in 3 years, after 5 families at The River Church Community allege a 2021 review headed by church authorities failed to find the depth of his abuse and overlooked one of the most severe allegations – the potential of sexual abuse.
According to San José Spotlight, more families and young people are coming out to tell their tales.
Bymaster, a well-known personality in advocacy and politics, is also the founder and executive director of Healing Grove Health Center, a clinic for low-income families.
On Friday, Bymaster told the San José Spotlight that the probe is without basis and that he has not been active with the ministry in years.
Beginning in 2014, Bymaster worked as a youth pastor and director at The River on Lincoln Avenue for 5 years.
He resigned in August 2019 after receiving a poor work assessment in response to church families’ complaints about his leadership.
However, 2 years later, teenagers from the church expressed more serious concerns about Bymaster.
According to an email issued this week by 3 senior church officials, including head pastor Brad Wong, the church initiated an internal probe in 2021, led by Rev. Theresa Marks herself.
Wong stated that the church has now recruited a third-party investigator, Amy Stier, who has previously investigated faith-based groups.
The inquiry will look into Bymaster’s leadership of the youth ministry, the oversight he received, and how the church responded when concerns were expressed.
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San Jose Spotlight
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