Texas Minister Chris Pillsbury Helps Convict Former American Doctor for Sexually Abusing Kenyan Boys

Chris Pillsbury (third from left) traveled to Kenya to serve with two medical doctors, John Ott (second from right) and Stephen Sokol. He never suspected he and Sokol would become involved in gathering evidence for a prolonged investigation that would lead to the conviction of Ott for child sex abuse.

Chris Pillsbury (third from left) traveled to Kenya to serve with two medical doctors, John Ott (second from right) and Stephen Sokol. He never suspected he and Sokol would become involved in gathering evidence for a prolonged investigation that would lead to the conviction of Ott for child sex abuse.

When Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, commissioned Chris Pillsbury to serve in Kenya a year and a half ago, he expected to help women market fair-trade handcrafts, work with a humanitarian medical program and maybe start a children’s choir.

He never anticipated collecting evidence and victims’ statements to help convict a former American medical doctor now serving 20 years in prison for engaging in sexual conduct with 14 Kenyan minors.

“One thing I’ve learned is that God cares about the least of these,” Pillsbury said. “There is a lot of tragedy going on all over the world, but God cared enough about 14 young men in Kenya to send me over there.”

As a graduate student at Baylor University and its Truett Theological Seminary, he attended a spiritual retreat where he met John Ott, a physician from the Pacific Northwest who worked in medical missions in Kenya.

Pillsbury shared Ott’s interest in Kenya, having traveled there on choir tours. Later, he founded Kenya Vision Handcrafts, a fair-trade company to empower women, and the Baylor Men’s Choir sold bracelets made by the Kenyan women as a fundraiser.

When Pillsbury graduated in December 2011 with a dual degree from Truett and the Baylor School of Music, he did not immediately find a full-time church ministry position.

“Because of generous scholarships from Baylor and my parents’ contribution to my living expenses, I had no stateside obligations upon graduation. So, I contacted Dr. Ott to explore the possibility of spending some time volunteering with his organization in Kenya,” he said.

When Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, commissioned Chris Pillsbury to serve in Kenya a year and a half ago, he expected to help women market fair-trade handcrafts, work with a humanitarian medical program and maybe start a children’s choir.

He never anticipated collecting evidence and victims’ statements to help convict a former American medical doctor now serving 20 years in prison for engaging in sexual conduct with 14 Kenyan minors.

“One thing I’ve learned is that God cares about the least of these,” Pillsbury said. “There is a lot of tragedy going on all over the world, but God cared enough about 14 young men in Kenya to send me over there.”

As a graduate student at Baylor University and its Truett Theological Seminary, he attended a spiritual retreat where he met John Ott, a physician from the Pacific Northwest who worked in medical missions in Kenya.

Pillsbury shared Ott’s interest in Kenya, having traveled there on choir tours. Later, he founded Kenya Vision Handcrafts, a fair-trade company to empower women, and the Baylor Men’s Choir sold bracelets made by the Kenyan women as a fundraiser.

When Pillsbury graduated in December 2011 with a dual degree from Truett and the Baylor School of Music, he did not immediately find a full-time church ministry position.

“Because of generous scholarships from Baylor and my parents’ contribution to my living expenses, I had no stateside obligations upon graduation. So, I contacted Dr. Ott to explore the possibility of spending some time volunteering with his organization in Kenya,” he said.

Subsequently, Pillsbury and Sokol went to Ott’s home, where several young men lived with him. The young men described long-term sexual abuse by Ott, and Pillsbury recorded their stories.

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SOURCE: Associated Baptist Press
Ken Camp


  

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