Pastor John Raymond, New Horizon Calvary Chapel Church, Slidell, Louisiana, Steven Angle, Spiritual Abuse
Yesterday on Facebook, journalist Ashley Rodrigue of WWLTV posted the following press release from the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff in Louisiana (typed and screenshot below):
HAMMOND, LA – Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards is asking for your assistance in locating wanted subject 60 year old Slidell resident Steven Angle on the charge of Stalking.
Angle is being accused of stalking a female subject who has been staying at a residence in our parish. Angle has recently been accused of rape with charges pending in East Baton Rouge Parish and arrested for stalking by the TPSO in January of this year.
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Angle is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 800.5534.5245.
Angle was seen driving a white Cadillac and a red compact Honda in the Hammond area.
Beneath Ms. Rodrigue’s Facebook post/press release, was a comment by John Raymond, who turns out to be the pastor of the wanted subject, Steven Angle. I have typed Pastor Raymond’s comment below (and beneath is a screenshot of the original Facebook comment, both which will remain on the internet and search engines for a very long time). Pastor Raymond is the pastor of New Horizon Calvary Chapel Church in Slidell, Louisiana.
I am Dr. Steve’s pastor. I have spoken to him regarding the charges you are advertising on social media. May I ask you a few clarifying questions which could shed light on this situation? First, is it true that the woman claiming to be a victim of rape and stalking is actually Dr. Steve’s ex-wife? If so, it raises a serious question about the validity of her claims as well as her motives.
Secondly, is the deputy involved currently having an adulterous affair with Dr. Steve’s ex-wife? If so, this not only brings scandalous doubts as to his motives, but also raises a legitimate issue of professional misconduct.
Finally, as an investigative journalist, do you simply reprint things that could destroy innocent people, especially one who has given his life to help others? If so, this could backfire on you as well as WWLTV. My kind suggestion from one professional to another is that you delete this damaging post or at least post all the factual details. This will not look good for you if it turns out that you have unwittingly allowed yourself to be played like a pawn in a game of personal vendettas and sexual infidelity. God bless and good luck. Source
As I read this comment from Pastor Raymond, I noted many red flags. Part of what we like to do here at SSB is to identify behaviors, words, actions of church leaders that could be problematic. This is especially helpful for those who come from spiritually abusive backgrounds and who are looking to find a safe pastor/church to attend.
Ground Rules – whoa, she’s getting serious here!
Now, just for the heck of it, I did a little searching around the internet on Pastor John Raymond and found “interesting” articles, businesses, etc. This part is probably going to take some restraint because SSB readers are some of the best sleuths around . . . but before you do some internet digging, let’s see what we as a community can learn from Pastor John Raymond’s own words right here. What is he saying? How is he using his position as pastor? Is he using it in a way that could be harmful? I think they reveal quite a bit.