'Wonderful' ex-pastor accused of breaking his infant's legs

'Wonderful' ex-pastor accused of breaking his infant's legs May 24, 2018

Matthew Everly, 25, of Bloomington, Illinois, faces 11 counts of child cruelty arising out of an incident in March this year when he allegedly broke both legs of his two-month-old daughter.
According to this report, Everly was, until recently, a pastor at the Eastview Christian Church in the town of Normal in McLean County.
The church’s senior pastor has declined to comment on Everly’s employment status or the situation that led to criminal charges.
The church has a bizarre header on its website:

Below the header it says:

Eastview is just a bunch of regular people who have messed up, blown it, failed and missed the mark more times than we’d like to admit. But we’ve found forgiveness, meaning and purpose for our lives in Jesus Christ. Because of this, our vision is to dedicate ourselves to Him and to passionately share our collective story with as many people as we can.

McLean County prosecutors have filed a total of  11 charges against Everly, including aggravated battery of a child, aggravated domestic battery, and reckless conduct.
The baby, now two months old, is back in her mother’s care.
Everly posted a $25,035 cash bond and was released from the McLean County Jail.
Everly surrendered Monday afternoon in response to a warrant.
After Everly’s release, his defence lawyer Scott Kording commented:

Matt Everly is a wonderful and talented young man. The filing of these serious allegations visits great difficulty upon him and his family. In response, we ask that judgment be reserved until all the facts are known. He is innocent of these charges.

If convicted of the most serious charges, Everly is eligible for up to 60 years in prison on the felony charges.
On his LinkedIn page, which now appears to have been deactivated, Everly said he became pastor of senior high worship at Eastview in April 2013, and was hired as associate pastor of worship arts, a position he held for three years until he left the church in May.

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  • Harriet

    Isn’t the English language abused so speciously by those who claim piety and a life of devoted worship. And I guess all other languages are the same. It’s just that I understand English well and I am angered every day by the spin and brazen lies of those who profess honesty and obedience to the christian god’s will. At least in islam you are allowed to lie to kuffars in order to deceive an hide your true intent.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    “associate pastor of worship arts” ?

  • AgentCormac

    Having seen his mugshot I wouldn’t hesitate to give Everly my wallet if he demanded it. Those really are they eyes of a crazy person.

  • barriejohn

    In the town of Normal? Please tell us that you’re making it up!

  • barriejohn

    I always detested the way that these stuck-up, prissy, oh-so-pleased-with-themselves Christians kept telling you that they were, of course, sin-dyed, helpless, hell-deserving sinners, far worse than anyone else, vying with one another to paint their past as black as it could possibly be (the “Apostle Paul” was infected with the same disease), but were now, by the grace of God alone, absolutely wonderful paragons of virtue, whose godliness no one else could possibly hold a torch to. You just knew that in their heart of hearts they knew that they were the world’s biggest liars and hypocrites!
    They have a lot of pastors, a lot of “Creative Arts” ministry, a lot of “Kids’ Operations”, “Sports Outreach”, AND a High School. They’re very busy!

  • barriejohn

    This is what they mean by “Worship Arts” (dance, etc, may be involved as well). You can see it all the time on TBN, and it consists mainly of chanting “Lord, you’re so good” over and over again until you are in a sort of trance, as far as I can see. This is at the High School, natch:

  • Barry Duke

    @ BarrieJohn Normal appears to have one gay bar. Get ya dancing gear on for a fun night out.

  • barriejohn

    Barry: No doubt they’re being prayed for!

  • sailor1031

    BJ: these folks have not been forgiven by a deity, they have forgiven themselves. If they have the great forbearance and compassion to forgive their own evil deeds again and again they must indeed be wonderful people. doG’s kind of people!
    One wonders how chanting “lord you’re so good” differs from chanting “om mane padmi hum”. The wished for result seems to be much the same.

  • Laura Roberts

    “Eastview is just a bunch of regular people who have messed up, blown it, failed and missed the mark more times than we’d like to admit. But we’ve found forgiveness, meaning and purpose for our lives in Jesus Christ.”
    One would be hard-pressed to find a clearer example of religion as a way to dodge responsibility for one’s actions. No need to admit guilt or make restitution to those who were harmed; merely find a church, feign remorse, sing a few songs and claim Jesus has forgiven you.
    Who wants to bet that their definition of “messed up” or “missed the mark” includes physical abuse or violent crimes? Of course they want a do-over! Then they can do it over and over again and claim Jesus has forgiven them.

  • Vanity Unfair

    To barriejohn@
    There is a possibility that Normal might like to join a twinning scheme:
    Although it just might be too exciting for that company.

  • barriejohn

    Vanity Unfair: Very good. I’ve never quite got over the fact that a town in the USA is called “Cement” (there used to be another as well, unbelievably). It makes about as much sense as calling a place Fish Pie, or Bicycle, just because they are made there. Did the founders lack all imagination?