This document is significant for a couple reasons. First, according to Doug Lay’s resignation letter, the school had not pushed for Lay’s removal. Second, St. Louis Christian College leadership had stated to students that Professor Lay received the same employment contract as others at SLCC.
It is clear that both statements were false.
This document shows that Doug Lay was given a choice; shut-up and stay employed or keep speaking out and lose your job.
Let’s not forget, this was instigated by White Flag Church pulling their funding from St. Louis Christian College (Doug Lay’s employer). White Flag is Paul Wingfield’s church. He is pressuring the school on behalf of his brother Steve Wingfield.
The “conditions” attached to Lay’s employment contract are a direct result of pressure from White Flag Church and First Christian in Florissant.
For any students or alumni of Saint Louis Christian College who have been told that Doug Lay was offered the same contract as everyone else, here is a photocopy of the disciplinary measures that accompanied his contract this May.
Had he signed his contract, he would have been subject to suspension and/or termination if he violated these terms under step two of the disciplinary policy.
He was forced to choose between employment or silence.
Here’s hoping the SLCC administration begins telling the truth. They required Doug to “Refrain from using social media, texting, email, or public media to espouse your cause or criticize a local church as your job as professor obligates the college in matters of personal concern” and “Refrain from discussions of these matters with students or employees of St. Louis Christian College” if he was to be non-suspended and employed at SLCC. Again, his choices were silence about the child molestation mishandling/cover-up at FCCF or resign.
Did you know, Professor Lay was given the “Teacher of the Year Award” by St. Louis Christian College for the 2014-2015 school year?