The Roys Report is a Christian media outlet, reporting the unvarnished truth about what’s happening in the Christian community so the church can be reformed and restored.
Founded by investigative journalist Julie Roys, The Roys Report began as a personal blog where Julie published her commentaries and occasional investigative pieces while working as a national radio host on Moody Radio. However, in 2018, Julie published a series of articles on her blog, exposing corruption and mission drift at the Moody Bible Institute. This led to the exit of three top officers at Moody. It also ended Julie’s relationship with Moody and changed the focus of Julie’s blog—from cultural commentary to hard-hitting reporting, exposing corruption, abuse, and what’s been termed the “evangelical industrial complex.”
In 2018—2019, Julie wrote dozens of stories, revealing bullying, deceit, and financial abuse by celebrity preacher James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel. For this, Julie incurred a lawsuit, which Harvest and MacDonald later dropped, and then reimbursed Julie and four other defendants for their legal fees. Harvest also fired MacDonald, and soon afterwards, all the elders and top pastors at Harvest resigned.
Other issues Julie has exposed include the failure of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) to hold Harvest and other members accountable; sexual abuse by a co-founder of Willow Creek Community Church; and a pattern of bullying and abuse within the Acts 29 church planting network.
In 2020, Julie brought both her blog and her weekly podcast under the same name, The Roys Report, and began employing and collaborating with other Christian reporters to help her in her task. The Roys Report is applying for nonprofit status. In the meantime, Judson University has set up a fund for The Roys Report, where people can give tax-deductible gifts to sustain this important, refining work.
Download Julie’s article on “The Case For Christian Investigative Journalism”
Julie Roys is a veteran investigative reporter and founder of The Roys Report. Her articles have appeared in WORLD Magazine, Christianity Today, Religion News Service, The Federalist, and The Christian Post. In 2017, she published her first book, Redeeming the Feminine Soul: God’s Surprising Vision for Womanhood.
For ten years, Julie worked for Moody Radio and hosted a popular talk show on the Moody Radio Network called Up For Debate. Prior to that, she had taken a 13-year hiatus from reporting and broadcasting to raise children. And in the 1990s, she worked as a TV reporter for a CBS affiliate in Indiana, and as a newswriter for both WGN-TV and Fox News Chicago.
Julie holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Julie and her husband, Neal, live in the Chicago suburbs and have three children and one grandchild.
Julie is also a member of The Roys Report Board of Advisors.
Wendy Seidman has been equipping and coaching church leaders for over 25 years. She was executive director of training and content development for what’s currently called the Global Leadership Network. She also served as a consultant and chief learning officer for Lead Like Jesus. And she worked as a consultant with Compassion International, co-leading a global cultural change initiative to equip leaders to live, love, and lead more like Jesus. She has personally experienced a toxic culture—what creates it and how it enables toxic leadership. And she has used that experience to help other leaders avoid making similar mistakes. Wendy lives in the Chicagoland area with her husband and three children.
Steve Joe is a retired business and IT consultant. For over 30 years, he worked in operations and technology development in capital markets where he led small teams as a means of shaping the values and culture of an organization. From 2013-2020, he worked as a business analyst and consultant for The Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Before that, he managed quality assurance and support teams for NationsBank Corporation and The Bank of America Corporation. In these roles, Steve has learned the importance of reporting ‘showstoppers’ that could disrupt business and impact a firm’s reputation. These days, Steve seeks to pass on the lessons he has learned by mentoring local Christian leaders. Also a person of color, Steve is passionate about providing a voice to the voiceless. Steve is a never-married single and lives in the Chicagoland area.
Dr. Carol Ferrans
Dr. Carol Ferrans has been a university professor for more than 30 years at the University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing. She is a well-known researcher, author, and teacher, known internationally for her work in cancer and quality of life. Her work has been instrumental in reducing deaths from breast cancer in Chicago, particularly for Black women. She has received numerous awards for her work and serves on the Board of Scientific Advisors for the National Cancer Institute, NIH. She brings a wealth of leadership and administrative experience to the board, sharing a passion for healing and restored health in the church. She is married with two sons.
The Rev. Eirik Olsen
The Rev. Eirik Olsen has been a priest in the Anglican Church for the last 15 years, and in pastoral care ministry for over 25 years. He has theological training from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and Trinity School for Ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. He also has an MBA from the University of Chicago and worked bi-vocationally for many years the healthcare industry. Eirik is married and has six grown children and five grandchildren. He currently pastors a small church in Kenosha, WI, and serves as the Dean of Wisconsin within the Upper MIdwest Diocese of the Anglican Church in America. Eirik provides spiritual care and direction for The Roys Report and very much shares the ministry’s desire for accountability, transformation, and healing in the church.
While The Roys Report is obtaining non-profit status, the board is an advisory, as opposed to a governing, board.