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Gailon Joy and 3ABN

Investigating, troubleshooting, seeking justice, that's what Gailon Joy enjoys doing. With a wealth of experience in real estate, finance, and legal matters, he is well equipped to do battle if duty demands.

Gailon had been a long time supporter of 3ABN, and had not appreciated a news story the previous spring that called 3ABN a growing offshoot of the Adventist Church. He'd been asked two years before to investigate 3ABN, but just thought it was all sour grapes. And as far as Linda Shelton went, the dissolution of her marriage probably was her fault.

For the Ten Commandments Weekend project, Gailon helped distribute 5,800 copies of Danny Shelton's Ten Commandments Twice Removed book. But Danny's quick remarriage around the same time made Gailon begin to question what was going on. As friends kept sending him material about 3ABN, more questions were arising in his mind about the integrity of Danny Lee Shelton. Still, Gailon contented himself with asking a few questions from the sidelines.

The Dryden Letter Arrives

On August 14 and 15, 2006, Pickle sent out the 2003 Glenn Dryden letter to four Seventh-day Adventist pastors and administrators. One of those four passed it on to a fifth, and that fifth made sure Pastor Dryden's letter got faxed to Gailon Joy. It arrived on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 15.

When Gailon took a look at the faxed letter, he thought, "This is a hoax!" But all it took was a few phone calls to realize that it was anything but a hoax. Before the day was out, he wrote an old friend.

-------- Original Message --------
From:  G. Arthur Joy
Subject:  Re: spelling
Date:  Tue, 15 Aug 2006 23:55:02 +0000


Received another absolute bombshell and today and have authenticated it's origins as well. Not sure why but I have ignored several pleas to publish raised issues in the past two years and have declined ... really felt much was contrived.

The remarriage bothered me a great deal .... Add a host of other allegations that come too fast and furiously to keep up with and I see a dramatic change or the wholesale collapse of 3ABN.


Gailon Joy

On the afternoon of the 16th he wrote to the pastor/administrator who had gotten the 2003 Dryden letter into his hands:

-------- Original Message --------
From:  G. Arthur Joy
Subject:  Re: Still More 3ABN Info
Date:  Wed, 16 Aug 2006 16:32:39 +0000

I tracked down the pastor in the Tommy Shelton allegations and it is in fact a valid and authentic document. Also spoke with the Clerk of the Ezra Church who confirmed the story. That has resulted in a number of calls from "victims" calling to confrim the story and on and on. The pastor is now in ... Virginia. I wonder if the meeting minutes address this issue in the board and do we know if anyone on the [3ABN] board even knew about this mess???

This is a virtual disaster and looks as though we are plunging into the abyss. ... why would they have complained to church authorities when it is clearly known that 3ABN is an "INDEPENDENT" ministry and has rebuffed the GC attempts at affiliations several times?

Do we have any idea the context of these purported documents and why they believe the world press would really show any serious interest?


I am becoming quite befuddled, although a host of other pieces are certainly fitting together this year that had come my way via various sources over the last two years to which I deliberately gave little heed. I always regret not being much more open minded on these issues, in this case because I have once again supported 3ABN with a lot of friends over the past several years. I was executor for my uncle's estate that gifted/bequeathed nearly a million dollars to 3ABN just a year ago.

Now the most vital question of all, who is spear-heading the effort to get control of this mess and under what terms and conditions???


Endless Interviews

Then commenced the seemingless endless interviews of present and former 3ABN board members, employees, and volunteers, and even interviews of Shelton family members. One allegation after another surfaced until it was hard to keep them all straight. There were moral issues, financial issues, and ethical issues. It got to the point that Gailon felt this was beyond his capabilities to deal with.

-------- Original Message --------
From:  G. Arthur Joy
Subject:  Re: 3ABN- MY Reply!
Date:  Wed, 23 Aug 2006 00:57:18 +0000

... I am turning up more trash with virtually every call or e-mail. I am at the point where I am beginning to think that Jim Bakker was but a piker to Danny ... Time the Lord stepped in and cleaned this bloody mess up, before the entire church is embarrassed by the exposure. The hypocrisy is devastating!!!

They definitely need our prayers as there are a lot of innocent pawns simply trying to do what they see as the Lord's great work. If this continues to break open, I am concerned that there may not be a good way to save the entity and the enumerable communication licenses and broadcast rights that are controlled by 3ABN.

This is so extensive that we now have three investigators chasing leads and just can't keep up. I do not know how the Lord has allowed this to go on for so long!!! And then I must ask the inevitable, "why me". This was not my crusade, but I felt absolutely compelled to pursue the truth when it was thrown at me. Almost wish I had not taken this call!!!

May the Lord's will be done in everything we do.


By the time that was written, Gailon had already been in contact with Danny and the 3ABN board. But as the days went by and the scandal grew bigger and bigger, no progress was made in that direction. Thus, the best course appeared to be to just take it all to law enforcement and the media, an idea he was floating by August 28:

-------- Original Message --------
From:  G. Arthur Joy
Subject:  Re: A specific question
Date:  Mon, 28 Aug 2006 16:38:25 +0000


The scope of this investigation goes well beyond what we had originally thought we were taking on and might ultimately prove to be well over our heads. If that is the case, we will have no alternative but to share what we have with Law Enforcement and much larger reporting entities that have resources to really dig away at what looks like Jim Bakker 2.


Gailon Arthur Joy

So perhaps the world could deal with it. But then Gailon received a phone call.

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