Director at John MacArthur’s The Master’s University Arrested for Embezzlement, Perjury

By Julie Roys
Bill Bolde The Master's University MacArthur
Bill Bolde, executive director of career services and advancement at The Master's University, is facing felony embezzlement and perjury charges, stemming from his previous job as a principal.

A director at John MacArthur’s The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California, is facing felony embezzlement and perjury charges, stemming from the man’s previous job as a principal at a L.A. County public school.

Bill Bolde, executive director of career services and advancement at Master’s University, turned himself in to authorities at 7 a.m. Saturday morning, according to The Signal. He was then arrested and booked on the embezzlement and perjury charges.

The arrest is reportedly related to a Chinese student exchange program at Saugus High School in L.A. County’s Hart District, where Bolde worked as a principal for 14 years prior to 2017. Before that, Bolde worked as a coach and teacher at Saugus.

According to Up to Brain, Bolde was arrested for fraud and dissembling in a scheme involving the Chinese Exchange program. In this program, around 200 students were exchanged between Saugus High School and School GaoXin in China for 14-years. 

In 2017, Bolde left the Saugus High School job and assumed the executive director position at The Master’s University. Bolde had also taught online business leadership classes at Master’s for several year prior to 2017.

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According to a statement from Dave Caldwell, spokesman for the Hart District, “The district was made aware that the Los Angeles Public Integrity Unit was investigating allegations of misconduct regarding former Saugus High School Principal Bill Bolde.”

Caldwell added that The Hart District fully cooperated fully with law enforcement and appreciates police efforts in this matter.

The Master’s University is associated with Grace Community Church where John MacArthur is senior pastor. MacArthur also serves as chancellor at Master’s.

The Master's Univeristy
The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, CA

The school has experienced much tumult recently. In 2018, the school was placed on probation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) for conflicts of interests and maintaining a “climate of fear and intimidation.”  

As part of the effort to comply with WSCUC, MacArthur stepped down as president of Master’s and Dr. Sam Horn assumed the role. But in March, Horn resigned, and his replacement, Dr. Abner Chou, accused Horn publicly of being “quick tempered or pugnacious.”

Bolde was booked in lieu of $45,000 bail. However, at approximately 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Bolde reportedly was released on bond. 

The Roys Report reached out to Bolde and The Master’s University for comment but did not immediately hear back.

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8 thoughts on “Director at John MacArthur’s The Master’s University Arrested for Embezzlement, Perjury”

  1. Your headline makes it sound like this guy stole money from masters university. He did not. Your title is like CNN sensationalism. Don’t go there.

    1. That was certainly not our intent. However, because they’re so short, headlines are almost always open to misinterpretation. That’s why it’s important not to draw conclusions from a headline, but to read the story. The first sentence makes it clear the charges stem from Bolde’s employment at a L.A. County public high school.

    2. Mike,
      While somewhat understandable at a very initial reading, it does involve a very significant assumption on your part.

    3. When I first read the headline I made the same assumption but thought nothing of it when the article clarified circumstances.

      I find it no more sensational that he would have committed the alleged crime against Masters than that Masters would hire him immediately after he committed the alleged crime elsewhere. We’ll see if charges are brought against him, and what comes of it if so. It would be terrible if they booked him for such a serious offense and he is ultimately never charged or found innocent (by which I mean terrible to do to an innocent person, not terrible because he should be found one way or the other).

      The allegation of embezzlement seems specific, where what is described generally sounds like fraud.

      1. Rhonda C. Merrick

        The court of public opinion doesn’t waste time following actual public proceedings to eventually find out the truth. Remember Art Andersen LLP? That said, I do trust Julie Roys (but only her) to follow up on any news story she takes on, and present as correct an account as is possible.

  2. Mary-Anne Fowler

    Rotten eggs caught in a rotten, evil theology. No wonder these bad fruits appear. MacArthur is singlehandedly responsible for willfully keeping souls from heaven–a damn demon; a Calvinist bootlicker; an embarrassment who loves himself just too much.

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