Thomas Bearup, Senior Pastor, Family Bible Fellowship and Academy
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Mr Thomas R Bearup Sr

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Senior Pastor

Local Address: Soldotna, Alabama, United States
Family Bible Fellowship and Academy
 
Background

Employment History

  • Broker
    Bearup and Associates

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • President
    Family Bible Fellowship and Academy
  • Board Member
    Kenai Peninsula Foundation
  • GRI Member
    Phoenix Association of Realtors

Education

  • Police Administration , Law Enforcement
    L.A. County Sheriff's Reserve Academy
  • Public Administration , Community Services
    Arizona State University
  • Pastoral Ministries , Pastoral Ministries
    Arizona College of the Bible
  • Police Administration , Law Enforcement
    Glendale Community College
  • Police Administration , Law Enforcement
    Kenai Peninsula Community College

Certifications

  • Peace Officer
    AZPOST
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Web References
The trials of Tom Bearup: ...
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The trials of Tom Bearup: Joe Arpaio's former right-hand
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The trials of Tom Bearup: Joe Arpaio's former right-hand
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Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:08 am Post subject: The trials of Tom Bearup: Joe Arpaio's former right-hand
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The trials of Tom Bearup: Joe Arpaio's former right-hand man tells all.
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Former MCSO honcho Tom Bearup with his wife Adele, from Brendan Joel Kelley's feature on him in the Anchorage Press.
From the mythical land of grizzly bears and sockeye salmon comes this gripping portrait of former Arpaio henchman turned Arpaio foe Tom Bearup, penned by ex-New Times writer Brendan Joel Kelley.
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Bearup, too, lives in Alaska now, which may be where we'll all have to move if Arpaio wins reelection once again.
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Bearup ended up running against Arpaio after leaving the MCSO.
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Bearup and his wife Adele eventually gave up on AZ, heading north to AK, and freedom from fear.
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Overall, Bearup comes across as a sympathetic though flawed character, and there are interesting insights here into Joe's oppressive reign.
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Posted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:14 am Post subject: Re: The trials of Tom Bearup: Joe Arpaio's former right-hand
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Tom Bearup's been through hell-he fought a corrupt sheriff that he helped to elect, and suffered the wrath of the law enforcement administration he helped create; then his son was sentenced to death for a murder that Tom believes he's innocent of.Now an ordained minister, he's building a church and a home for unwed mothers in Soldotna, and praying he can help others to get to Heaven.
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Tom Bearup's journey through hell began with the pink underwear.
Along the way, Bearup's been many things.He was the mayor of Soldotna.He was once right-hand man to the Arizona lawman who calls himself the toughest sheriff in America.He was a whistleblower who eventually took on that same sheriff.He was a politician who ran against his former boss twice and lost, suffering the legendarily vindictive sheriff's wrath.
He's also the father of a skinhead convicted of murder who now sits on Arizona's death row.
And not least of all, Tom Bearup is a man of God-who God called back to Soldotna to build a church.
He and his wife of 32 years, Adele, sit at the dining room table in their modest house off the Sterling Highway, telling the story of how they ended up in Soldotna for the second time.This is Tom Bearup's home now.But the Valley of Death he journeyed through on the way back to Soldotna begins in Phoenix, with the pink underwear.
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Bearup was raised in Phoenix, and besides having been a police officer in and mayor of Soldotna, he was a longtime Republican operative.He worked with the Reagan administration, and was once nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to South Korea.
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After Arpaio was elected, Bearup became an executive officer in the new sheriff's office.
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In the process, Bearup helped forge Arpaio's mythic persona-that of "America's Toughest Sheriff," a title later made famous by a January 1996 profile in Penthouse magazine (and also the title of Arpaio's 1996 book).
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"I'm so embarrassed that I've ever had the relationship I had with Joe Arpaio, because I helped him get to where he's at," confesses Bearup.
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David Hendershott-who later replaced Bearup as Arpaio's most trusted aide and is still Arpaio's Chief Deputy-was entrusted with large amounts of cash from those pink underwear sales.
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Bearup didn't know if money was missing, but the administration refused to investigate.
"I'm hearing that someone's stealing some money," Bearup remembers.
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It was Bearup who first informed Arpaio about the death.
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The sheriff's office quickly exonerated itself of any wrongdoing, but Bearup knew better.
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The incident was pivotal for Tom Bearup.He was losing his faith in the integrity of his own law enforcement office.
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"I left the sheriff's office by my choice," Tom Bearup says.
He quit his job on September 8, 1997, and soon after gave a deposition for a lawsuit against the sheriff's office by Gary Josephson, a former employee suing over his termination.
In the deposition, given to Phoenix attorney Nick Hentoff, Bearup said that Arpaio was using his posses to raise funds for a campaign for governor (a campaign that never materialized), and that money from the sales of the novelty pink underwear wasn't accounted for.
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"[Arpaio] was angry," Bearup says in the deposition.
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According to testimony from a former deputy in an unrelated lawsuit, not only was Bearup and his family under surveillance but their phone was tapped as well. (The allegations led to an FBI investigation, which proved inconclusive.)
In late April of 1999, Maricopa County detention officer David Cool sent a letter to then-county attorney Rick Romley, stating that David Hendershott had ordered him to produce a false memo stating that Tom Bearup was plotting to attack the sheriff's office with explosives.
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"He wanted me to create a legal form, that would falsely accuse Tom Bearup of illegal activity," Cool wrote, according to a Phoenix New Times story about Cool by Tony Ortega in May of 1999.
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Cool had attended the Phoenix church where Tom Bearup lived and preached, and Hendershott quizzed Cool extensively about the goings on of the congregation, according to Cool's letter.
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Bearup went on to run unsuccessfully against Arpaio in both 2000 and 2004, despite Arpaio's attempts to peg him as a criminal.
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Bearup's descriptions of Sheriff Arpaio's alleged abuses of power both in his administration and against Bearup himself sound like the rantings of a disgruntled employee, unless you know Arpaio.
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The Press tried to ask Arpaio about his relationship with Bearup, but his spokesperson, Lisa Allen MacPherson, said, "I know he won't talk to you about that.
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He doesn't have a lot of good things to say about Tom."
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Arpaio's harassment was only the beginning of Tom Bearup's troubles though.
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Tom Bearup officiated Fiedler's wedding while he was incarcerated.
Tom Bearup maintains that his son wasn't involved with white supremacists until that stint in prison.
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Tom Bearup's first wife had been Korean, and Patrick has two half-siblings that are half Korean.
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Tom says that, with his assurances that he'd stand behind his son, Patrick eventually did break away from the skinheads after his release from prison.
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But this is where Tom and Adele Bearup's version of events differs greatly from law enforcement and hate group investigators' accounts.
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Tom, Adele and Patrick Bearup all maintain Patrick's innocence, and all swear that Patrick was in his parents' home the night the murder occurred.
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"My son is innocent," Tom Bearup, a lawman for most of his life, says emphatically at his kitchen table in Soldotna.We know because he had to come into our house, he had to turn the alarm off.You know what the prosecutor said about that?He said, ‘that's a theory.' He said, ‘these are his parents, they basically would lie for him.' He goes, ‘My theory is he never came home at all.He never spent the night in that bed.'"
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"He's a cop's kid," Tom says.
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Tom and Adele pray and believe that Patrick will be exonerated and join them in Soldotna.
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Patrick's sentence of death came on February 2, 2007, Tom Bearup's 60th birthday.
In 1975, Tom Bearup decided he wanted to die.
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Sitting in a restaurant named Gladys's with a firefighter buddy, Tom saw a hot chick come in on the arm of another guy."I'm going to marry that girl some day," he remembers telling his friend.His friend laughed and said, "Yeah, everybody wants to marry her."
Tom married Adele within the year.
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While a cop in Soldotna, Tom applied to be chief of police, but didn't get the job.He looked into running for the city council, but says he never felt peaceful about that path.
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While Tom was still working in Arpaio's administration they were accepted into the Arizona College of the Bible and became ordained ministers.The Bearups bought a chu
Tom Bearup's been through ...
www.anchoragepress.com, 5 Mar 2008 [cached]
Tom Bearup's been through hell-he fought a corrupt sheriff that he helped to elect, and suffered the wrath of the law enforcement administration he helped create; then his son was sentenced to death for a murder that Tom believes he's innocent of.Now an ordained minister, he's building a church and a home for unwed mothers in Soldotna, and praying he can help others to get to Heaven.
...
Tom Bearup's journey through hell began with the pink underwear.
Along the way, Bearup's been many things.He was the mayor of Soldotna.He was once right-hand man to the Arizona lawman who calls himself the toughest sheriff in America.He was a whistleblower who eventually took on that same sheriff.He was a politician who ran against his former boss twice and lost, suffering the legendarily vindictive sheriff's wrath.
He's also the father of a skinhead convicted of murder who now sits on Arizona's death row.
And not least of all, Tom Bearup is a man of God-who God called back to Soldotna to build a church.
He and his wife of 32 years, Adele, sit at the dining room table in their modest house off the Sterling Highway, telling the story of how they ended up in Soldotna for the second time.This is Tom Bearup's home now.But the Valley of Death he journeyed through on the way back to Soldotna begins in Phoenix, with the pink underwear.
...
Bearup was raised in Phoenix, and besides having been a police officer in and mayor of Soldotna, he was a longtime Republican operative.He worked with the Reagan administration, and was once nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to South Korea.
...
After Arpaio was elected, Bearup became an executive officer in the new sheriff's office.
...
In the process, Bearup helped forge Arpaio's mythic persona-that of "America's Toughest Sheriff," a title later made famous by a January 1996 profile in Penthouse magazine (and also the title of Arpaio's 1996 book).
...
"I'm so embarrassed that I've ever had the relationship I had with Joe Arpaio, because I helped him get to where he's at," confesses Bearup.
...
David Hendershott-who later replaced Bearup as Arpaio's most trusted aide and is still Arpaio's Chief Deputy-was entrusted with large amounts of cash from those pink underwear sales.
...
Bearup didn't know if money was missing, but the administration refused to investigate.
"I'm hearing that someone's stealing some money," Bearup remembers.
...
It was Bearup who first informed Arpaio about the death.
...
The sheriff's office quickly exonerated itself of any wrongdoing, but Bearup knew better.
...
The incident was pivotal for Tom Bearup.He was losing his faith in the integrity of his own law enforcement office.
...
"I left the sheriff's office by my choice," Tom Bearup says.
He quit his job on September 8, 1997, and soon after gave a deposition for a lawsuit against the sheriff's office by Gary Josephson, a former employee suing over his termination.
In the deposition, given to Phoenix attorney Nick Hentoff, Bearup said that Arpaio was using his posses to raise funds for a campaign for governor (a campaign that never materialized), and that money from the sales of the novelty pink underwear wasn't accounted for.
...
"[Arpaio] was angry," Bearup says in the deposition.
...
According to testimony from a former deputy in an unrelated lawsuit, not only was Bearup and his family under surveillance but their phone was tapped as well. (The allegations led to an FBI investigation, which proved inconclusive.)
In late April of 1999, Maricopa County detention officer David Cool sent a letter to then-county attorney Rick Romley, stating that David Hendershott had ordered him to produce a false memo stating that Tom Bearup was plotting to attack the sheriff's office with explosives.
...
"He wanted me to create a legal form, that would falsely accuse Tom Bearup of illegal activity," Cool wrote, according to a Phoenix New Times story about Cool by Tony Ortega in May of 1999.
...
Cool had attended the Phoenix church where Tom Bearup lived and preached, and Hendershott quizzed Cool extensively about the goings on of the congregation, according to Cool's letter.
...
Bearup went on to run unsuccessfully against Arpaio in both 2000 and 2004, despite Arpaio's attempts to peg him as a criminal.
...
Bearup's descriptions of Sheriff Arpaio's alleged abuses of power both in his administration and against Bearup himself sound like the rantings of a disgruntled employee, unless you know Arpaio.
...
The Press tried to ask Arpaio about his relationship with Bearup, but his spokesperson, Lisa Allen MacPherson, said, "I know he won't talk to you about that.
...
He doesn't have a lot of good things to say about Tom."
...
Arpaio's harassment was only the beginning of Tom Bearup's troubles though.
...
Tom Bearup officiated Fiedler's wedding while he was incarcerated.
Tom Bearup maintains that his son wasn't involved with white supremacists until that stint in prison.
...
Tom Bearup's first wife had been Korean, and Patrick has two half-siblings that are half Korean.
...
Tom says that, with his assurances that he'd stand behind his son, Patrick eventually did break away from the skinheads after his release from prison.
...
But this is where Tom and Adele Bearup's version of events differs greatly from law enforcement and hate group investigators' accounts.
...
Tom, Adele and Patrick Bearup all maintain Patrick's innocence, and all swear that Patrick was in his parents' home the night the murder occurred.
...
"My son is innocent," Tom Bearup, a lawman for most of his life, says emphatically at his kitchen table in Soldotna.We know because he had to come into our house, he had to turn the alarm off.You know what the prosecutor said about that?He said, ‘that's a theory.' He said, ‘these are his parents, they basically would lie for him.' He goes, ‘My theory is he never came home at all.He never spent the night in that bed.'"
...
"He's a cop's kid," Tom says.
...
Tom and Adele pray and believe that Patrick will be exonerated and join them in Soldotna.
...
Patrick's sentence of death came on February 2, 2007, Tom Bearup's 60th birthday.
In 1975, Tom Bearup decided he wanted to die.
...
Sitting in a restaurant named Gladys's with a firefighter buddy, Tom saw a hot chick come in on the arm of another guy."I'm going to marry that girl some day," he remembers telling his friend.His friend laughed and said, "Yeah, everybody wants to marry her."
Tom married Adele within the year.
...
While a cop in Soldotna, Tom applied to be chief of police, but didn't get the job.He looked into running for the city council, but says he never felt peaceful about that path.
...
While Tom was still working in Arpaio's administration they were accepted into the Arizona College of the Bible and became ordained ministers.The Bearups bought a church building in Phoenix and moved their family into the three small rooms, calling it Family Bible Fellowship.
In 2005, after the harassment at the hands of Joe Arpaio and the failed campaigns to replace him, Tom decided to move himself, Adele, and whichever children of his he could back up to Soldotna.
"This man is vicious, he's evil, and I need to move," Adele told Tom.
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"We wanted to come back here a long time ago, but I didn't want to have that feeling of not standing up for what I believed," Tom says.
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Patrick's tribulations gave Tom and Adele Bearup an epiphany that would change the course of their lives.
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"Here Tom was a cop, we walk on this side, you arrest people, they're guilty, they go to jail, you don't associate with those kind of people," Adele says.
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Tom Bearup is on the board of the Kenai Peninsula Foundation, he's on Soldotna's cemetery committee, and he works with the Bridges Community Resource organization.But that's not enough; he wants to use the remainder of his life helping others.
"I'm taking a perfectly good garage and making a church out of it," he laughs.In the garage/church-still very much a work in progress-there is a pile of baby bassinets still unopened in
Reflect. Share. Blog.
www.rasmuson.org, 7 June 2009 [cached]
Joan Miller and Thomas Bearup, both of the Kenai Peninsula Community Foundation, were very pleased to have participated in the two-day course.
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Bearup is excited about the prospect of taking good information to share with the rest of this board in Soldotna. "We can go back and motivate the board on the perspective of growth," he said. Not only that, it gave him a real glimpse of what it means to be a grantmaker, as he continues to work with other non-profit boards outside his role at the community foundation. "It gave me the opportunity to look at what the challenges are on the grantor-side as well," he said.
"As mayor, I will protect your ...
homertribune.com, 19 Sept 2014 [cached]
"As mayor, I will protect your property rights," Bearup told the group in his listing of how the borough can better serve residents. "I have concerns about the anadromous stream ordinance which impacts property all over the Peninsula. I want to revisit it to make sure the residents are not being violated." Bearup, a former Soldotna mayor and pastor of the Family Bible Fellowship Church, went so far as to promise a return of the photos to property owners if the photos pose infringement.
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Tom Bearup
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Tom Bearup
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Bearup promised to help bring Homer residents into borough business by "coming to you in immediate outreach on a weekly basis" to communities outside Kenai and Soldotna. Bearup also wants more local hire and scrutiny on borough projects out for public bid. "There is a local preference for up to $25,000, but I wonder if it should be increased. I will work to increase contracting with local businesses," he said.
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In addition to serving as mayor from 1978-80, Bearup was chief executive officer in the sheriff's department in Maricopa County, Ariz. In one position on his candidate resume, Bearup lists serving as the lead advance man for President Ronald Reagan and his wife, Nancy.
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Tom Bearup
So far, one candidate has filed ...
homertribune.com, 6 Aug 2014 [cached]
So far, one candidate has filed to run for borough mayor, Tom Bearup, a Soldotna preacher and businessman. In Assembly District 8, Homer, no one has yet filed.
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