Friday, August 28, 2015

The PBI Elephant in the Room

Recently I sent out Facebook messages to 200 Prairie Bible Institute alumni alerting them to contact the RCMP if they knew of any Canadian victims of Selmer Hanson, long-time Vice President of the school and a prolific pedophile.  

I didn't expect a warm welcome.  After fighting with the school's administration, I had definitely made my enemies.  I walked away from the whole PBI mess and figuratively spit on the school in disgust on my way out the door.  There was certainly no love lost between PBI and me.  But I couldn't help but remember how many times the alumni told me that once I left then the school would be so willing to work with the rest of the survivors.  I was supposedly "the problem" and once "the problem" was removed then things would be so different, "just you wait and see".

Uh-huh, I see that nothing has changed.  The alumni are still hiding their heads in the sand and the PBI elephant still sits in the middle of the room and his name isn't Dumbo and he doesn't work for the circus.  His name is Selmer Hanson and PBI and its alumni still refuse to acknowledge him.  And for good reason.  If PBI were to acknowledge Selmer Hanson, they would have to acknowledge that they employed a most prolific pedophile and that he was able to infiltrate the highest levels of administration in their school.  If PBI were to acknowledge Selmer Hanson, they would have to acknowledge that this pedophile represented the best of the best that the school has to offer.  Selmer Hanson was, after all, their fair-haired boy; a graduate of their school, faculty and consummate administrator.  If PBI were to acknowledge Selmer Hanson, they would have to admit that they fought to keep this pedophile in spite of the MKs who came forward accusing Selmer of heinous abuse.  If PBI were to acknowledge Selmer Hanson, they would have to admit that the administration covered up for a known pedophile for three years and recklessly didn't inform their own staff thus allowing staff children to run in and out of the Hanson home.  If PBI were to acknowledge Selmer Hanson, they would have to acknowledge that all those L.E. Maxwell and Rendall sermons about "sin in the camp" ran off their VP's seared conscience like water off a duck's back.  How many times did we have to sit and listen to the pleadings from the pulpit for us students to repent of our sins when a fake and a fraud like Selmer Hanson sat there unmoved?  The sin wasn't in the student's camp; it was in the administration's own camp!

The PBI alumni needn't worry that I am coming back - you couldn't pay me to jump into that toxic mess again.  I needed to find Canadian victims and the best place to find them would be the place where Selmer spent the most time and that brought me right back to PBI.  Love me or hate me, we all have an obligation to do what is right to protect children.   I can only hope that somewhere in the whole sea of apathy that perhaps there is one person who knows something and will do the right thing.  I can only hope that not all PBI alumni have stuck their heads in the sand.

I am not being dramatic when I say a "sea of apathy".  It was interesting to see the response or lack of response that I got.  A full 87% had no response to my message.  A simple, "I got your message" would have sufficed.  Think about it, 87% had no response whatsoever to a message asking them to contact law enforcement about any Canadian victims they might know.  This in light of the fact that it is common knowledge that Selmer abused MKs in the Philippines and they know or should know that pedophiles continue to abuse throughout their lives.  Perhaps most disturbing is that the alumni were faced with the fact that PBI had its own abuse scandal (which they conveniently swept under the rug).  So tell me again how much PBI has changed since I left, uh-huh...

I think it is time to call out some people.

Enid Sanford, long-time PBI Registrar said: "Oh, Linda! Give it up, please. And don't send me any more of your alerts." When I responded with: "No Enid, I will not 'give it up'. There are children at risk and I will not be silent. Shame on you!" she immediately blocked me.  Yep, I see the ostrich feathers straight up in the air with this woman!

Brett Dafoe, PBI graduate and now youth pastor for the Evangelical Free Church decided to be a smart-ass and removed me from my own group message and then blocked me so that I couldn't respond.  Makes you wonder what he will do when the next person alerts him about a pedophile.  If I had kids, they wouldn't be allowed to go anywhere near a church with a youth pastor like him!

Val Moline Hobbs, former PBI high school girls dean did the same smart-ass thing that Brett Dafoe did.  Interesting that she would make a mockery of my message when she was acutely aware of sexual abuse at PBI.  One of the girls in her dorm was sexually assaulted.  How she could blatently discount my message about Selmer in light of this is just mind-boggling.

Deborah Sharp Wenman, former PBI staff kid and self-righteous biddy extraordinare said: "go away" and then promptly blocked me.  Nice to know she is still the same mean ornery cuss I remember her to be!

Mark Maxwell, President of PBI had no response.  When I added a further comment: "
Oh ya, forgot that you wouldn't give a damn because this abuse happened in the privacy of another country so it doesn't affect PBI", he promptly blocked me.  Seems nothing has changed with Mark Maxwell.  Remember when Mark distanced himself from the abuse that occurred on PBI campus by telling reporters it happened in the "privacy of the home"?  Never mind that the homes were owned by PBI and that their employees lived in them.  Remember when Mark told reporters that a sexual assault that occurred on campus and was perpetrated by a PBI employee "did not affect PBI" because the victim attended Prairie Christian Academy and they were a "separate entity"?  Now, it would appear that Mark feels the same way about these MKs who were abused "in the privacy of another country".  He feels it doesn't affect PBI.  Oh but it does!  Selmer and Sharon were on the faculty of PBI immediately before going to the Philippines.  They came to the mission with glowing recommendations, likely from the PBI administration.  Once Selmer spent four years sexually abusing these MKs, he and Sharon returned to PBI where Selmer again was on the faculty of the school.  Selmer is a product of PBI and he represented the school.  PBI needs to own that!

Ed Wallen, former faculty of PBI has made it his mission to be Selmer's cheerleader.  Wallen has been gushing his praises for Selmer on nearly everything that has been posted on-line.  Seems Wallen thinks there is no cause for alarm that a self-confessed pedophile is on a social media blitz and is reinventing himself as a life-coach/grief counselor who blogs about raising kids.  I call this "trolling for new victims" but apparently Wallen doesn't see anything nefarious about this at all.  Please Ed, educate yourself on the subject of pedophilia and quit enabling a predator.  Every time you praise Selmer, you are slapping his victims in the face.

Without any warning the following people blocked me:

A former pastor at the PBI Tabernacle

The top guy at Prairie Radio (what did I ever do to him?)

Two of the Maxwells (surprise, surprise)

Eight former PBI staff kids

And a several no accounts...

I have no shame in appealing to anyone if it results to protecting children from a sexual predator.  Selmer is a predator.  He did not quit abusing children after he left the Philippines.  This not an allegation; it is a fact.

Read the stories of the MKs Selmer abused in the Philippines then ask yourself if you still want to protect this predator.

I am pleading with the small remnant of PBI alumni who have compassion for children and will do the right thing to protect them.  You know something about Selmer abusing children and you have not come forward.  You need to do that now.  Your information, no matter how small or insignificant that you think it might be could be so important to protecting a child from being abused.  I am not asking you to contact me - you need to contact the Edmonton RCMP.  Here is their number 780-412-5424.

Let's quit ignoring the elephant in the room...

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Selmer Hanson Preens Like a Peacock And Get's His Crow Feathers Handed to Him

Selmer Hanson, prolific pedophile and former vice president of Prairie Bible Institute decided to preen like a peacock on social media in an attempt to rehabilitate his reputation.  Yes, the man really is that stupid!  Did he really think people would overlook the fact that he is a self-confessed pedophile?  

I have been fighting to keep Selmer out of positions of leadership and trust with access to children for a few years and knew a thing or two about fighting.  But for a fight to be a good one it has to be fair.  I figured that the guy just didn't realize the power that social media had to expose him.  It was one thing for me to wage my one-woman crusade against him but did he really want to deal with the full power of social media?   I personally warned Selmer about this when I emailed him: "Your social media blitz will certainly backfire on you.  Instead of rehabilitating your on-line reputation, you are merely advertising to more people about your pedophilia."

I didn't figure Selmer would listen to me but at least he was warned.  There would be no way in the world that this would turn out to be a good thing.  But the train had already left the station and well, you know what was bound to happen.

Any pedophile who thinks they can use social media to garner support is a fool.  Recently Selmer reinvented himself as a life coach/grief counselor and then went on a fast and furious social media blitz to tell the world what a highly respected man he is.  The man was preening like a peacock!  

Predictably this backfired on Selmer who has now gotten far more notoriety than he would have otherwise.  His social media blitz drew thousands of people to the blog we set up to expose him (  People who didn't know him are now outraged that he is flaunting his ability to escape prosecution because he committed these crimes in a foreign country.

When Selmer first started his social media blitz his writings were just atrocious.  It would appear that his wife Sharon has now taken over the editing of his posts.  There is much more editing to be done, and broken links to fix.  Check out this statement that Selmer wrote and see if it makes any sense to you.  "Selmer Hanson could be a leadership coach and life counselor UN agency has increased abundant expertise in serving to others. He says that life itself could be a smart professional, which your highschool and school experiences square measure solely the start. He says that this might not be beyond the reality, which each expertise you undergo in life helps to cultivate you each in person and professionally."  Huh?  Makes you just want to just run out and hire him to be your life coach doesn't it?  This is just one of many atrocious examples of the man's inability to write.  If the man can't put two sentences together, how in the world is he going to help you with something as daunting as figuring out what to do with your life?  

I've never have been a fan of life coaches; most of them are full of trite clich├ęs, fluff and flowery words that don't mean jack and they charge you an arm and leg to tell you how to do something they don't even do in their own lives.  No, I prefer real tried and true information that passes the-rubber-meets-the-road test.  That you can generally get for free by reading books from the library or talking to wise souls.  Don't expect to find any of it from this guy.

Seems Selmer has found that social media is not willing to embrace a pedophile who masquerades as a life coach/grief counselor.  He seems frustrated that the social media blitz he envisioned has gone belly-up.  Apparently his frustration got the best of him one day when he wrote: 

"Malicious opinions are flaunted by arrogant self-righteous voices that have taken advantage of social media to spread their lies and hatred."  Surely he must be joking! Surely he was not calling out those of us who have stood up for the truth was he?  It was time to directly respond to this!  

Selmer, if you are going to directly call out those who stand up to your lies on social media, then be prepared for a response and a loud one! 

"Malicious opinions", no Selmer these are not malicious opinions.  You sexually abused over a dozen little girls in the Philippines.  You repeatedly confessed both in writing and verbally to sexually abusing them.  This is no longer an opinion; it is a fact.  What you did to these children was malicious; you stole their innocence.  You are the monster who preyed on them and destroyed their lives.  And you dare to call anyone else "malicious"?  Seriously?

"Flaunted", now it is interesting that you would use this word because it is exactly what a peacock does when it struts around showing off its feathers.  Look at the things you have been saying about yourself: "Selmer Hanson is recognized as one of the best counselors around", "Selmer Hanson is highly respected by his clients and peers",  blah, blah, blah.  This self-serving comment you made is choice: "Selmer Hanson has been a melancholy guide for a long time right now, gathering a level of ability that is frightfully esteemed inside of the exchange."  Forgetting the atrocious writing, Selmer I have never heard anyone say that they were "frightfully esteemed".  Who are these people who "frightfully esteem" you?  You have been talking non-stop about how well respected you are with your clients and your peers.  Ever heard of the phrase "let no man praise himself"?  If your clients and peers are so enamored with your work, then let them post it on your sites with their names attached.  Surely, they are not ashamed of being enamored with a pedophile are they?  No, there is only one person flaunting their peacock feathers and that is you!

"Arrogant", you say?  Arrogance is your middle name.  In fact I think your middle initial "B" stands for "blow-hard".  You never miss the opportunity to praise your own abilities and accomplishments.  You reek of arrogance and pride.  

"Self-righteous", you did have to use that word didn't you?  I tell you what self-righteous is - it is when you elevate yourself to pastor of churches and you don't tell the people in your congregations about being a pedophile so they all assume they can trust you.  It is keeping them in the dark so they allow you to take their families camping.  Need I remind you that you sexually abused missionary kids in the Philippines when you took them camping?  And to add insult to injury, you took Filipino kids camping in Canada!  Do you think this went unnoticed by the MKs you abused?  Self-righteous is when you don't tell your employers about being a pedophile and then get mad at the whistleblower who exposes you.  Self-righteous is when you go on a social media blitz to rehabilitate your reputation and then trash talk those who take a stand against you.   Self-righteous is when you lie on a stack of bibles that you stopped abusing kids when you left the Philippines when you really didn't.

"Voices" so glad you included that word Selmer.  Yes, your victims have found their voices and they are telling their stories.  The tables have turned and they aren't afraid of you anymore.  You ought to fear what they have yet to expose.

"That have taken advantage of social media".  Yep, what a beautiful tool social media has been for those of us who hunt down pedophiles.  It makes it impossible for you pedophiles to hide like you used to.  And that is a good thing, a very good thing.

"To spread their lies" Again, Selmer these are not lies.  You have already confessed to abusing these children.  If you want we can get into specifics - we can.   You came to a six-year-old little girl and told her "Auntie Sharon won't take care of me tonight, will you"?  And you took her little hands and taught her how to fondle you.  Should I get more specific?  You told a little girl who ran and hid from you to try to save herself from being abused that you are "like God and know her hiding places".  Do you have any idea what you did to that precious child's concept of God?  You are nothing like God Selmer!  Want more?  There is a lot more I could expose Selmer.  Times when you fondled little girls under the table in the dining room while you talked to visiting missionaries across the table about "things of God".   You groomed these little girls to use for your own despicable and perverted sexual satisfaction.  You came home to Canada and administered a Bible college and hid your filthy secret.  You lied to all your students Selmer.  I was one of your students and you lied to me Selmer.  Sadly,  you are still lying.

"...and hatred"  You got me on that one.  I feel such disdain for you knowing the horrid things you did to these children.  I hate how you have damaged them and caused such horrific pain in their lives.  I hate how you twisted good and made it evil.  I hate how you told them you represented God and then acted like the devil instead.  I hate that you hid behind the pulpit and claimed to speak for God when you are nothing but a fraud and a fake.  I hate how your apologies were nothing more than minimizing and blaming your victims.  I hate how you just will not take ownership.  I hate how you just will not stop all this self-promotion at the expense of these survivors.  

Selmer, you can preen like a peacock all you want but be prepared to have your crow feathers handed back to you when you call out those who stand up to your lies.  You are a pedophile and no amount of self-promotion is ever going to change that.  No amount of deleting on your part is ever going to wipe away all of the references to you being a pedophile.  It is forever out there in cyberspace.  And thanks to your social media blitz, now thousands of people who never knew you before now know what a prolific pedophile you are.  Congratulations Selmer!  Your social media blitz was most successful - we couldn't have gotten the word out without you.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Selmer Hanson - You Can Run But You Can't Hide!

Selmer Hanson, former vice president of Prairie Bible Institute is a self-confessed pedophile. This is no longer an allegation; it is a fact that he has repeatedly confessed to in writing and verbally, albeit only after being confronted first.  Selmer did not stop abusing children when he returned to Canada.  This is no longer an allegation; it is a fact.  So before we get too far along, let’s make sure we understand that we are talking about a pedophile who abused several MKs in the Philippines and then continued to swear on a stack of Bibles that he stopped, only he really didn’t.  This is the Selmer Hanson we are talking about here, not the “godly saint” he tries to portray himself to be.

The survivors of Selmer's abuse are speaking out and telling their stories.  If there is any doubt in your mind about the fact that Selmer is a predator of children, these stories should completely remove it.  I will never forget the cold chills that ran down my spine the first time I heard one of these survivors share this part of her story: “Selmer was alone with us children. I knew what was going to happen and hid myself in the laundry box. But he found me. And he told me, that it doesn’t matter, where I would hide, he is like God, he knows everything and knows all my hidden thoughts and hiding places...”  To read more, please see this website: 

Selmer is nothing like God; it is blasphemous to say this!  Finally the places that he chose to hide are no longer going to be able to cover for him anymore.  Gone are the days when Prairie Bible Institute could keep this under wraps.  Gone are the days when the Baptist General Conference of Canada can shuffle him from church to church.  Gone are the days when he can be Chairman of the Board of non-profits, pastor Filipino congregants and take children camping. 

PBI, churches and mission boards won’t do the dirty work to stop him, so we will!

These survivors have found their voices and there isn’t a place in the world Selmer can hide from them!  No matter where he goes, their words will hunt him down and expose his crimes to the light of day.  He preyed on these children and brought unspeakable terror to their hearts.  Now the tables have turned and he is the one who feels the terror.

As Selmer proceeds to go on a social media blitz, trying to rehabilitate his on-line reputation, he is only furthering to advertise of his pedophilia. Whereas before people asked, "what's a Selmer?", people are now saying "oh, you mean that guy". 

Seems after we have gotten him fired from his jobs, Selmer has now re-invented himself as a Life Coach and Grief Counselor.  And one of the first things he blogged about was teaching parents to raise responsible kids.  Now I don't know about you, but that kind of thing just raises the hairs on the back of my neck.  Is this just another attempt at getting the attention of needy parents who have will do anything to get someone to help them with their kids?  This is what pedophiles do - they troll for victims.

Selmer, we are watching your every move - you can run but you can't hide.  

Monday, June 15, 2015

Attention All Prairie Bible Institute Alumni

Many of you know Selmer Hanson who was on faculty and vice-president at PBI for many years. What you may not know is that Selmer severely physically and sexually abused several children between the ages of 6-12 when he and Sharon were houseparents at a school for missionary kids in the Philippines from 1970-1974.  Immediately following this horrendous abuse, Selmer and Sharon returned to Canada where he was employed on staff at PBI.  The next 15 years, he covered up this heinous abuse of these MKs and put on the act of being a respectable member of PBI staff.  When these MKs grew up and confronted their mission about the abuse, Selmer was confronted at PBI.  He confessed to the abuse of the known victims who had come forward but repeatedly lied as more victims came forward.  During all of this, PBI kept him on staff for the next approximately three years without notifying any of the parents on staff that Selmer is a pedophile.  Children were able to run in and out of the Hanson home without other staff having any idea that their children were in the presence of a pedophile.  It was not until the parents of one MK contacted the RCMP and threatened to bring in the media that Selmer was finally forced to resign.

Since that time, Selmer has repeatedly put himself in positions of leadership and trust with access to children.  He has pastored churches, been involved with a non-profit that works with new immigrant families, and even taken families with children camping.  I have contacted many of his employers only to find out that they had no clue about his past abuse of these children or they didn't care.

I don't for one minute believe that Selmer stopped abusing children the minute he set foot on Canadian soil.  It is critical that we reach as many victims as we possibly can and bring this man to justice.  I am asking that if you or someone you know was abused by Selmer in any way - no matter the level of severity of the abuse, please contact the Edmonton RCMP at 780-412-5424.

Before you quit reading and decide to do nothing, please listen to what one of the MKs said in her story..."Selmer was alone with us children. I knew what was going to happen and hid myself in the laundry box. But he found me. And he told me, that it doesn´t matter, where I would hide, he is like God, he knows everything and knows all my hidden thoughts and hiding places..."

Read the words of these MKs as they tell their tragic stories

What Did Selmer Hanson Do to these Children?

     The children that Selmer Hanson abused were between the ages of 6-12 years old

The abuse that Selmer Hanson perpetrated on female victims included: 

• Severely beat the girls on their bare buttocks with a huge wooden spoon, sometimes 
breaking the spoon and leaving bruises and blood blisters that made it nearly impossible 
for them to sit for several days. He also used his leather belt to excessively whip them.

• Making sexual remarks to children

• Blatant inappropriate touching alone or in the presence of others

• Forcing children to undress

• Exposing his genitals

• Forcing children to see him completely naked

• Rubbing his penis on their crotches (with and without clothes)

• Lying in bed with children, with and without his pants

• Masturbating in front of children

• Forcing children to watch him ejaculate between their legs

• Touching and fondling genitals and breasts

• Digital penetration of children’s genitals;

• Having children touch his genitals, including masturbating him to ejaculation

• Forcing a child to give him oral sex.

The abuse that Selmer Hanson perpetrated on male victims included: 

• Making boys kiss each other on the lips in front of the other children for punishment

• Boys were forced to swim in the nude while Mr. Hanson made jokes

• Severely beat the boys on their bare buttocks with a huge wooden spoon, sometimes 
breaking the spoon and leaving bruises and blood blisters that made it nearly impossible 
for them to sit for several days. He also used his leather belt to excessively whip them.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Selmer Hanson is a Self-Confessed Pedophile

Please share this with everyone you know.  Selmer Hanson was a long-time vice president at Prairie Bible Institute.  In 1970-1974, he sexually and physically abused many missionary kids while he and his wife were houseparents at a mission boarding school in the Philippines.

Their stories are so compelling and heartbreaking.

Please support them by reading and sharing the link with everyone you know.

Thank you!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Baptist General Conference of Canada Sicced their Attorney on Me for Asking Why They Allowed Selmer Hanson, a Self-Confessed Pedophile to Pastor

Selmer Hanson

The Baptist General Conference of Canada sicced THEIR attorney on me for daring to ask THEM why THEY allowed Selmer B. Hanson, a self-confessed pedophile to pastor THEIR churches.  Apparently, you aren't even allowed to ask them in private email exchanges why they allow this.  And knowingly allowed this, according to the pedophile pastor himself, who claims that he has been operating in ministry with full-disclosure to those he is responsible to.

Full disclosure of my own: I have been keeping my eye on Selmer Hanson for years since learning that he abused several missionary kids in the Philippines prior to coming to Prairie Bible Institute (PBI).  I am a survivor of ten years of sexual abuse at the hands of my own father, the most painful of those years being at PBI.  Later, I went back to Prairie and sat under the teaching of Selmer Hanson.  He was one of my favorite teachers.  I feel disgusted and duped!

Selmer Hanson abused at least ten missionary kids in the Philippines from 1970-1974 that their mission, OMF - Overseas Missionary Fellowship is aware of.  He then went to Prairie Bible Institute in 1975 apparently without them having knowledge of what he had done in the Philippines.  Hanson eventually became a Vice President at PBI and the missionary kids grew up and began to confront their mission about the abuse.  OMF confronted Selmer at PBI and he admitted to the abuse but was not fired.  Selmer continued to work for years at PBI under two different presidents.  It was not until 1990 when one of the mothers of the abused threatened to bring in the media that Selmer was forced to resign.  He apologized to the student body for "being unfaithful to his wife"! This left the impression that he had had an affair, not that he had sexually abused children!

Selmer went on to pastor a series of churches and has been involved in ministries that have given him access to children.  I have voiced my concerns again and again.  The answer, according to the Baptist General Conference of Canada is to simply have him "resign" only to have him spring up somewhere else.  I find this is totally unacceptable.

Here is my latest effort to get this pedophile out of pastoring churches and the refusal of the Baptist General Conference of Canada to answer my questions and concerns.  And this is what caused them to sic their lawyer on me. 

 I wrote to Dr. Ed Stuckey, the Interim Executive Director of the Baptist General Conference of Canada. 

On 12/8/14, 4:17 PM, "Linda Fossen" wrote:

Dear Dr. Stuckey,

I contacted Jamey McDonald who referred me back to you. This is regarding Selmer Hanson who is currently pastoring The Journey of Christ Church in Edmonton, AB, which is one of your Baptist General Conference (BGC) churches.

I am an abuse survivor who spent eight years trying to get Prairie Bible Institute to help and acknowledge the hundred victims of abuse who contacted me to tell me their stories.  I was well acquainted with Selmer, as he was one of my teachers while I was at the school.  During my time of advocating for my fellow survivors, I found out that Selmer Hanson had abused several missionary kids in the Philippines prior to coming to Prairie.  As far as I know, PBI did not know about this abuse when they hired him but they did cover up for him when these MKs grew up and started to confront the school.  It was not until one of the mothers of a victim threatened to expose this to the media that PBI finally asked Selmer to resign.  They did not cut ties with him, however.  He was immediately given a job traveling as Area Rep for the school, in which he was promoting the school and staying in people’s homes!

Because the abuse took place in the Philippines, there was no prosecution of these cases.

Since then, Selmer has continued to lie his way from one job to the next by concealing his abusive past.  He pastored at the Ellerslie Road Baptist Church in Edmonton, AB – another BGC church.  He left there to take a job as Vice President at Canadian Baptist Seminary – also affiliated with the BGC.  It was then that I contacted Jamey McDonald and informed him about Selmer’s past.  Not surprisingly, Jamey did not know anything about Selmer’s past because once again, Selmer has lied by omission about this.  He was fired from his position.  I am thankful I made the call because the job would have required that Selmer recruit for the school and stay in people’s homes.  I thought this was the end of it as far as the BGC was concerned and that I did not need to ever worry about Selmer being involved in your organization again. Was I ever wrong!

Imagine my horror, to Google and see that once again Selmer is pastoring another church – again a BGC church!!!!  This one called, “The Journey of Christ Church” in Edmonton, AB.  I looked at their Facebook page and was horrified to see that there were pictures of Selmer and Sharon going on family camping trips with Filipino members of the congregation.  There were young children and they were camping out in tents!  I was just disgusted beyond belief!!!  I have attached some pictures for you to see for yourself.  Here is the link to their Facebook page

What is wrong with the BGC?  Have you not learned from the information that I gave you that Selmer should never be in any leadership position in any church setting ever?  Have you not learned that he should never be around children?  Are you that ignorant that you honestly believe that this man who has abused several MKs in the Philippines just suddenly stopped the minute he set foot on Canadian soil?  Do you not realize that because Selmer confessed to Jamey McDonald that he did, in fact, molest kids in the Philippines that you are now opening yourselves up to enormous lawsuits by KNOWINGLY keeping him? 

I want some answers from your organization and I want a straight answer.  I looked at the faces of these precious Filipino children and saw such naivety.  These are vulnerable people and these children are sitting ducks.  Can’t you see that? 

I am in the business of exposing abuse wherever I see it.  I expose organizations that continue to shuffle abusers from place to place without any accountability.  Is it time for me to publicly expose the BGC as such an organization?  From my standpoint, it appears that things have gone seriously awry at the BGC that you have completely disregarded my warning that resulted in the firing of Selmer only to reinstate him in another one of their affiliated churches!  Don’t bother to remove the website and Facebook pages – I have already made copies of the proof I need.

It would not be a good idea to ignore me.  This is not going away.  I am not going to take no for an answer.  We are going to get to the bottom of this.  And we are going to do it ASAP.  This is not acceptable and I cannot and will not stand by when I know there are vulnerable children in harm’s way.

Until every voice is heard,

Linda M. Fossen

The response I got back from Dr. Ed Stuckey: 

On 12/8/14, 6:26 PM, "Ed Stuckey" wrote:
Hello Linda
I did receive your note expressing concerns regarding Selmer Hanson serving with one of our churches.
Be aware that his role is a very limited one at the church, only involving Sunday speaking as an interim.
You also need to be aware that each of our churches are autonomous entities and do their own hiring.
If you give me contact information, I would be happy to talk with you further at a time of mutual convenience.

I responded back to Dr. Stuckey

On 12/9/14, 2:53 PM, "Linda Fossen" wrote:

Dr. Stuckey,

Given the past track record I have had with the Baptist General Conference of Canada, I prefer to keep everything in writing.  There will be no phone calls.  Your response was not only appalling, it was disgusting!  Don’t tell me what I need to be aware of!

So you are telling me that you think it is completely acceptable to have a serial pedophile as pastor as long as “his role is a very limited one”?  On what scripture do you base your decision that a pedophile is fit to pastor a church, speak at a church or have anything to do with being in a leadership position at at church?  Not to mention, on what planet do you think that you have the power to protect children from this “serial pedophile pastor serving in a very limited role”?  It is absolutely unbiblical and totally ludicrous that you are allowing Selmer Hanson to be in any position in your organization.  It is reckless and utter nonsense!  I am sure that Selmer’s victims would be so relieved to know that the predator who preyed on them is now serving as pastor but only in “a very limited way.”  What a slap in the face of every child Selmer ever abused!

The Journey with Christ’s own website lists him as “Pastor Selmer Hanson – Interim Pastor”.  There is no other pastoral staff listed.  A church doesn’t run by itself.  It is safe to assume that Selmer has been pastoring this church.  See for yourself:   Then the BGCA on their own website lists Selmer as pastor of The Journey with Christ Church, again with no other pastoral staff.  See for yourself:

I don’t believe for a second that he is “only speaking on Sunday”.  There is proof that this is a complete lie on the churches’ own Facebook page where you see Selmer on a camping trip with Filipino families.  We are talking about vulnerable people and their vulnerable children!  This is despicable!

Do you even understand what a pedophile is?  Do you understand what they do to little children?  Do you understand the mindset that makes them the creeps that they are?  Do you understand the danger they pose?  Do you understand the long-term effects of abuse on a child?

So you don’t want to take any responsibility for this and you dismiss me by saying that the churches are “autonomous entities and do their own hiring.”  Fine, but that is still going to reflect badly on you when I expose that a pedophile is preaching at your churches and that you, Dr. Stuckey, knows about it and obviously don’t care enough about it to do anything.  I frankly find your response to me to be very telling.  In light of all of the abuse scandals that have plagued so many religious organizations, your response is irresponsible and certainly out of touch!  Shame on you for not caring enough about these vulnerable children to protect them.  You are part of the problem and will be just as responsible as Selmer if he touches one of these little ones and forever damages them.

You think I am being overly dramatic?  Hardly!  If you knew the pain that a child goes through after abuse, and especially when the abuse occurs in the name of God and religion, you would get off your sanctimonious, religious high horse and do something.  But you don’t care.  I will therefore have to go to the church in question myself and raise my concerns there.  And when my concerns are dismissed in Edmonton, then I will go to the media and we will tell the story and see how it plays out with the public arena.  Just a heads up - I don’t think the public will be much impressed with your pedophile rehabilitation plan.

Until every voice is heard,

Linda M. Fossen

On 12/10/14, 1:58 PM, "Ed Stuckey” wrote:
To: Linda Fossen

Re: Selmer Hanson

Thank you for communicating your concerns regarding Selmer Hanson serving in one of our churches. We do take the issue of sexual abuse very seriously, not only in the evil of its perpetration, but also in the life-long pain which it causes. 

Accordingly, we wanted you to know that Mr. Hanson has resigned from his role in the Journey with Christ Church where he was serving as interim. 

We hope that his decision will bring rest to at least your immediate concerns.

You may contact me if you have further questions.


He also cc'd Roger Helland, District Executive Coach, Baptist General Conference of Alberta (BGCA), and Bob Shepansky, Associate District Coach of BGCA

On 12/11/14, 1:10 PM, "Linda Fossen" wrote:


This isn’t even a little bit over – not by a long shot!  I have seen Selmer “resign” before only to reappear in another format with the Baptist General Conference of Canada.  Your system is completely broken and I am not going to “rest” (I know what you really meant Dr. Stuckey was “give it a rest”) until you fix it!

First of all, I take huge offense to your statement that “we do take the issue of sexual abuse very seriously, not only in the evil of its perpetration, but also in the life-long pain which it causes.”  NO YOU DON’T!!  This is the response that I got from you Dr. Stuckey:

Hello Linda

I did receive your note expressing concerns regarding Selmer Hanson serving with one of our churches. 
Be aware that his role is a very limited one at the church, only involving Sunday speaking as an interim. 
You also need to be aware that each of our churches are autonomous entities and do their own hiring.
If you give me contact information, I would be happy to talk with you further at a time of mutual convenience.


Seriously?  Does this sound like the response from someone who takes the issue of sexual abuse seriously?  I was certainly underwhelmed by your response Dr. Stuckey!  There was nothing in this response that indicated that you “take the issue of sexual abuse very seriously, not only in the evil of its perpetration, but also in the life-long pain which it causes”.   You completely blew me off and wanted to make excuses for Selmer.  You said that I had to be aware that “his role is a very limited one at the church, only involving Sunday speaking as an interim.”  I don’t care if the man only preached once a year to a congregation of three people.   You are putting him in a position of authority and trust where there is a perception that the Baptist General Conference of Canada considers him a godly man.  New people coming to the church have no idea about the abuse he has perpetrated on innocent children and by your organization giving your seal of approval you are letting the public know that Selmer is a person to be trusted.  How dare you perpetrate this fraud on the public! How dare you try to con people into thinking that this man is safe to go camping with children when you KNOW he is a pedophile!  No, you don’t take the issue of sexual abuse very seriously.  If you did, you wouldn’t have shuffled him around after he got fired from Canadian Baptist Seminary.  If you took the issue of sexual abuse seriously, you would have fired him and kept him fired.

But none of this surprises me.  You seem to have a “good old boy network” that is very much alive and well at the Baptist General Conference of Canada.  I see that you Dr. Stuckey used to pastor at Ellerslie Road Baptist Church – the same church Selmer used to pastor.  I see that you, Dr. Stuckey teach at Canadian Baptist Seminary – the same place where Selmer got fired.  I see that Bob Shepansky graduated from Prairie Bible College and would have been there the same time as Selmer Hanson.   Am I seeing a pattern here? No wonder why you just dismissed me and sent me on my way, Dr. Stuckey – you are all friends with Selmer and wanted me to leave the man alone.  Well I am not going to leave him alone because he keeps reappearing in positions he has no business being in.  I am not going to sit back and just wring my hands and hope someone else does something to protect the children for me.  I know the danger Selmer poses and it is my responsibility stop him from hurting another child.  This has nothing to do with revenge; this is just standing up for what is right. It is not right for a pedophile to pastor a church, take kids camping or work with immigrant families. He needs to stay away from those kind of positions for the rest of his life.  Period.  End of story.

Why is this so hard for the Baptist General Conference of Canada to understand?  It should be a no-brainer!  I shouldn’t have to be the one “communicating my concerns about Selmer” to you.  These should be YOUR concerns!  The fact that you found it perfectly acceptable to allow this man behind your pulpit tells me that you just don’t get it.  And you probably won’t get it until you have a judge tell you that you are responsible for a child being abused and you have to fork over a pile of money when you get sued.  You are responsible for any child who gets abused if you hire Selmer – whether you knew he was a pedophile or not.  When you hire him knowing he is a pedophile, then the courts will likely consider that an aggravating factor in favor of the victim.  You cannot hire a pedophile! Ever, ever, ever!!

I know churches love the idea of forgiveness and am all for forgiveness too.  God did a wonderful work in my heart when I was brought to the place of forgiveness for my own father who abused me.  But forgiveness does not mean we throw away our common sense.  Yes, God will forgive Selmer if he repents – absolutely He will.  But that doesn’t mean that we should put Selmer in a position of authority and trust where he has access to children.   I have talked very candidly to several pedophiles who have asked God to forgive them, who love Jesus and have prayed the prayer of salvation.  When I very pointedly ask if I could trust them with a child again, the answer is always the same – they could not be absolutely certain that they would not abuse again.  They tell me that any pedophile who tells you otherwise is a liar.  The truth is that Selmer is a pedophile.  We cannot be absolutely certain that he will not abuse a child again.  Anyone who would knowingly trust their children to Selmer’s care is a fool.  But for the Baptist General Conference of Canada to allow parents to unknowingly trust children to Selmer’s care is not only abhorrent; it is criminal. By allowing these Filipino families to bring their children on a camping trip with a pedophile the Baptist General Conference of Canada is perpetrating a horrible crime on these precious people who assume that Selmer can be trusted simply because you have given your seal of approval by naming him pastor of the church.

I know you like Selmer, you feel sorry for him and you want to help him.  This is not about helping Selmer.  This is about protecting children and I see nothing here that indicates to me that the Baptist General Conference of Canada even gets it.  Nothing at all.  There is no guarantee here that Selmer will not reappear again somewhere else.  There is no public statement of apology for allowing a pedophile to serve in the ministry.  There is no mention of policies and procedures in place to address the issue of sexual abuse in the Baptist General Conference of Canada.  There is no mention of firing Selmer – he is just allowed to resign and save face.  There is no mention of what is being done to protect children in your camping programs, youth programs and every aspect of your ministries. Which tells me there is none.  You are not prepared for the next Selmer who comes along. The Baptist General Conference of Canada is a pedophile’s dream organization – they love stupid people like you!  And you are stupid.  You are completely clueless when it comes to abuse, it’s effects on children, their families and on society as a whole.  You are completely clueless and being a completely clueless religious organization in today’s day and age it very dangerous.

No, I am not at all pleased with the way this was handled.  Selmer being able to quietly resign resolves nothing.  Dr. Stuckey was rude and dismissive to me, like I was “the problem”.  I am not the problem; the problem is Selmer and what you are going to do with him.  I want a public statement on your website apologizing for knowingly employing a pedophile which names Selmer so that people know that he is the one you are talking about.  I want it to be written plain and simple, taking full responsibility without making excuses.  I want to see you explain to your constituents how you plan on protecting their children in the future.  That’s what I want.

Until every voice is heard,
Linda M. Fossen

As expected I did not get a response and sent this back to Dr. Stuckey, Roger Helland and Bob Shepansky

On 12/19/14, 10:02 AM, "Linda Fossen” wrote:

This is precisely the non-response I expected.  There is not a single one of you that is willing to be a man and take a stand.  Shame on you!  Well Ed, Roger and Bob, your non-response is a  BIG response and a very telling one.  And like I said, this is NOT over.

I received an email from Selmer in which he indicated that he has resigned from all ministry positions in order to care for his dying son.  While I am truly sorry for what his family is going through during this difficult time, this changes nothing as far as the victims are concerned.  This changes nothing as far as why the Baptist General Conference of Canada and Alberta thought it was acceptable to hire a pedophile and allow him access to children.  This changes nothing as far as the terse response I got from Dr. Stuckey when I made contact with him and questioned him about Selmer.  He gave the impression that this was “none of my business”.  It is my business and it should be the business of anyone who cares about children.

So don’t think that by not responding that you are gotten rid of me.  You will not hear less from me but more from me – just not in the format that you would prefer I am certain of it.  I am through with these private emails.  You have shown your true colors - you are just part of the “good old boys club” that will protect your friend Selmer at all costs.  Again shame on you!

Instead of responding to my concerns, the Baptist General Conference of Canada sicced their attorney on me.   It should be noted that he is also has been attorney for Prairie Bible Institute for many years and I have had my run-ins with him before.  He is a Selmer’s very close personal friend and has tried before to intimidate me when I have tried to hold Selmer accountable.  Hence, my lack of respect for the man.

On 1/9/15, 1:05 PM, "Stephen C. Snyder" wrote:
Please see attached correspondence.

Stephen Snyder

I responded back to Stephen Snyder:

On 1/9/15, 7:05 PM, "Linda Fossen" wrote:

Seriously Steve, your email made me laugh out loud!  I was wondering when I would hear from you.  Seems every time Selmer gets in a jam, you come to his rescue.  And you certainly didn’t let me down.  Your email could not have come at a better time – perfect timing!

First of all, if you are going to “play lawyer” with me you have act like a real lawyer.  Real lawyers don’t send emails – they send real letters on fancy bond paper with their real signatures in real ink.   Then they put a stamp on it and take it to the post office.  They don’t send emails.  But I humored you and read your attachment anyway.  Okay, so you read my correspondence to Dr. Ed Stuckey and his ridiculous responses.  Goody, goody for you!  No big surprise Dr. Ed Stuckey doesn’t want to answer my questions so he runs to you and you “play lawyer” and tell me the matter with Selmer is now closed.

Selmer resigned only because of the pressure that was put on The Journey with Christ Church by Pastor Jason Hemsley of Australia and the pressure that was put on the Baptist General Conference of Canada by me.  None of our concerns were addressed.  Selmer was once again allowed to quietly resign.  This is totally unacceptable.  Just because you, or Dr. Ed Stuckey or anyone else says it is over, doesn’t mean it is over.

You can’t muzzle me Barrister Stephen C. Snyder.  I have every right to ask questions and get to the bottom of this and I don’t need to ask your permission or go through you!

I am in contact with several of Selmer’s victims.  They found me – I didn’t find them.  I spent over eight years trying to find them and couldn’t.  Ironically, they were able to find me because of the firestorm that ensued on Facebook over me bringing up the fact that Selmer had molested MKs in the Philippines that prominently linked our names together. How glad I am I took that stand, as unpopular as it was and as much viciousness as I had to take from his supporters.

If you think you can intimidate me, you are sadly mistaken.

Linda M. Fossen

So there you have it folks...all transparent and out in the open.  This is precisely what the Baptist General Conference of Canada did not want you to see.  This is why they sicced their lawyer on me.

My final word to you Barrister Stephen C. Snyder. You have absolutely no jurisdiction to stop me from speaking up about this matter.  You practice law in Canada, not in the US.  Your letter is nothing but a bully's attempt to intimidate me and I will not be intimidated.  If you want to try to file a court order to stop me, then go march down to your local courthouse and talk to a judge about how you want a woman in the United States to stop talking about why the Baptist General Conference of Canada is allowing a pedophile who has confessed to molesting children in the Philippines to pastor in their churches. Lots of luck with that!  It is plain to see that it is a waste of time to talk to Dr. Stuckey and company, so I am more than happy to make this public in the hopes that someone in the Baptist General Conference of Canada will see it and be as outraged as I am.

In the meantime, if you are a parishioner in the Baptist General Conference of Canada, please pay attention to this.  If your leadership could be this lax with one pedophile, they certainly could be doing the same with another.  Parents, if Selmer Hanson had access to your children, you need to have a talk with them and ask them if there was any inappropriate touching.  If so, please contact your local RCMP office.  There is no statute of limitations on child sexual abuse in Canada.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Speaking the Truth in Love, I Mean Disgust!

I have never been one to mince words and certainly now is not the time for me to start.  I have refrained from speaking out about the GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) report since its release out of respect to the BJU survivors who had the courage to come forward and for those who were not able to.  This is a sacred time for them to process this report  - many of them have waited decades to hear the validating words contained in this historic document.  Although the ramifications of this investigation affects all of us who were abused in the name of God and religion, this is not our time to speak – it is time for the BJU survivors to speak and be heard.  Everyone else needs to graciously step aside and give them their chance to be heard while they have the undivided attention of the media, alumni and administration. 

A few weeks ago, I became very concerned about those who were setting themselves up to speak on behalf of GRACE and decipher the GRACE report and tell us how we all should respond.  In particular, my concern was for the blatant attempts by Dale Ingraham, founder of “Speaking the Truth in Love Ministries” and Rebecca Davis, self-proclaimed victims advocate and author of missionary stories.  They preemptively set up a website and Facebook page that I will not mention because I don’t want to drive any traffic their way.  The name they chose gives the illusion that they are affiliated with GRACE.  The average person going to their sites will assume that they have the blessing of Boz Tchvidjian and GRACE to do so.  I pray to God this is not the case because frankly, I find their whole approach insulting.  People are fully capable of reading and coming to their own conclusions about the outstanding document that GRACE put together.  They don’t need pundits doing it for them.  And no one needs to dilute the clear message that the GRACE team has painstakingly put together after two years of thorough research and investigation.

Just one day, ONE DAY after the GRACE report was released Dale Ingraham and Rebecca Davis made an announcement about a new book they are peddling.  Seriously?  You are going to peddle a book at a time like this?  Who does this?  The BJU survivors I have personally talked to are feeling raw after reading the report.  And you Dale and Rebecca are going to use this time to peddle a book?  You couldn’t wait six months – you had use this time to exploit the survivors by peddling a damn book.   And you are bragging about how bang on your book is to the GRACE report.  Amazingly, you are now insinuating that you speak for Boz even before he speaks for himself!

Dale, I have known you since 2008 and I tried to deal with this in private but you refused to respond to my email. That was a big mistake Dale – a very big mistake. I have watched my survivor friends bleeding in pain after you lashed out at them when they expressed their outrage that you would peddle a book at a time like this. You refuse to even acknowledge their pain or apologize to them. I cannot and will not keep silent any longer. I must speak the truth – in disgust!

I believe Dale that you started out with good intentions but something has gone seriously awry with you lately. Many survivors know that Rebecca has been involved in attacking an abuse victim and discrediting her story. She is known to gossip to anyone who will listen. This is a survivor she has never personally talked to – a survivor who extended an olive branch to her and was flat rebuffed by Rebecca.  Instead, Rebecca continues to gossip and disparage the character and reputation of this survivor. Now would you call that “speaking the truth in love”?  By aligning yourself with Rebecca, Dale you have alienated some of the most solid and respected abuse survivors I have had the privilege of getting to know. And by announcing that you are now peddling a book with Rebecca and announcing its release on the heels of the GRACE report, you have completed the alienation in just one day. You destroyed years of trust that can never be rebuilt and being a pastor, you have shattered their faith on top of it. You will forever serve as an example of yet another pastor who betrayed them. I hope when you cash in on the pittance that you make on your book that came at the expense of these survivors that you have now betrayed that you feel it was worth it.  It won’t be. What you are doing is so tacky. It is exploitation and it is disgusting.

I don’t know what happened to you Dale. You are not the same man I thought I knew. You should have more discernment than this. I see some big changes in you and they are not good. You seem to be using Boz and GRACE to promote your own agenda and trying to be a wanna-be GRACE. If you want to start your own investigations ministry than go do it; but don’t take advantage of GRACE. You are confusing people with the name of your website and group. You are not affiliated with GRACE so don’t fool the public into thinking that you are. This is dishonest.

You may think you speak for Boz but let me be the first to speak the truth in love, I mean, disgust. Dale, I know Boz and you sir are no Boz. Therefore you can’t speak and shouldn’t speak for him. The message you speak and the message Boz speaks are as different as night and day. Boz speaks from a heart of compassion and love. He has no agenda. He speaks words that are life-giving, validating and without a hint of exploitation. Dale, your agenda appears to be to become a wanna-be GRACE and it shows. You want to be the “poor man's” version of GRACE for those organizations that don’t have or don’t want to spend the kind of money that is required to hire GRACE.

I am no longer in ministry Dale and for good reason.  I realize that I am not fit to be in ministry.  I have a lot more healing to do for myself before I am able to help others heal.  My time fighting for the PBI survivors showed that there was a whole lot more that I have not yet dealt with.  I resigned from ministry.  I am not speaking to you as one in ministry but from the perspective of a survivor.

Dale, if you have a shred of decency you will stop the release of your book out of respect to the BJU survivors. You will pull down your website and FB page and you wipe all references that make it sound like you are affiliated with GRACE. You will apologize to those survivors you lashed out at for having the courage to speak the truth to you.

And you will have the graciousness and humility to listen to us canaries in the coal mine who can smell the toxic fumes a lot sooner than you might be able to.

And that is what speaking the truth in love, um...disgust is all about.