One of the suspects in the Craigslist killings case calls himself a chaplain who was rumored to be a member at The Chapel, where he met a 16-year old.
A senior associate pastor at the church says 52-year old Richard Beasley had no official role with the church either paid, or volunteer.
Senior Associate Pastor Jon Platek tells AkronNewsNews.com "No, Mr. Beasley was not involved in any of those processes, because he was a sporadic attendee of the Chapel, and so he was not formally sanctioned in any way in a paid capacity or a volunteer capacity with the church."
Platek says the church is very thorough in evaluating and checking on anyone who works with young people.
"Anyone who volunteers in our ministry with minors has to go through a background check, and so we make sure that's taken care of," he said. "We pay for that, because we believe it to be very significant . Then its run by all our pastoral staff, and a number of others."
Platek says there are also security measures in place when children attend any function on The Chapel campus.
"We have an electronic check-in system that makes sure that all of our children and all of our youth are connected to an adult and their parents," Platek said.
"There's a secure system in pace. We wanted to insure that our parents are able to think about other things without having to be concerned about the safety of their children when they come to worship and think about spiritual things and to engage God. That's a responsibility we take very seriously, and I believe we have good processes in place to make sure that those that are entrusted to our care, even for just an hour, are cared for well."
He says Beasley's mother has been a long-time church member.