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Shocking Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Voice of the
Shocking Circumstances Surrounding the Death of Voice of the Martyrs Executive Director
by Steve Eastman, Faith Issues
It’s always shocking when someone dies before their time, especially if there are no apparent health issues. But shocking has been taken to a whole new level in the death of 64 year-old Tom White.
To its credit, The Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) is confirming much of what the media is reporting. You can find this statement on the ministry’s website: “Allegations were made to authorities this week that Tom had inappropriate contact with a young girl. Rather than face those allegations, and all of the resulting fallout for his family and this ministry and himself, Tom appears to have chosen to take his own life.”
According to the Associated Press, White disappeared April 17th. Bartlesville police Chief Thomas Holland, who’s listed as a member of the Board of Directors, is deferring comment to Captain Jay Hastings. The police spokesman says April 17th is the same day the department learned the allegations about a 10 year-old girl.
VOM employees supplied authorities with a letter from White, suggesting he may have been suicidal or fleeing to avoid investigation. An autopsy is expected to determine the cause of White’s death.
According to the ministry’s website, “None of those in leadership at VOM, including our Board of Directors, were aware of these allegations at the time of Tom’s death.”
Voice of the Martyrs was founded in 1967 by Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who spent 14 years in a Romanian prison for his faith in Christ. Tom White headed up the ministry for over 20 years.
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