Tag Archives: Beaverton Grace Bible Church

Blogger Sued by Former Pastor Wins in Court

27 Jul

Back in June, I posted about Julie Anne Smith. You can read that brief post here.

She had been sued by her former pastor, Chuck O’ Neal, of Beaverton Grace Bible Church.  Pastor O’Neal had claimed damages of $500,000, after Ms. Smith posted a negative google review about her former church and the authoritarian style of the pastor.

The court has found, that Julie Anne was expressing her views in a public forum and that it was protected as Free Speech.  A real victory for bloggers seeking to shed light on abusive practices in the church.

You can read more here and here.

In a true stroke of poetic justice, the judge has ordered that Pastor O’Neal pay for Julie Anne’s legal costs and attorney fees.

Special thanks to The Wartburg Watch for keeping me up to date on this story.

Pastor Sues Former Member for Negative Google Review

15 May

Thanks to the folks at The Wartburg Watch for making me aware of this story.  You can find their discussion of this story here.

I was especially interested, because this church is not too far away from where I live.

You  can view the KATU news report here:

KATU-Beaverton Grace Bible Church Sues Former Member