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Chelsea, MI – On Monday, February 28, 2022, former Servants of the Word member Jamie
Treadwell entered a plea of no contest to one count of attempted Criminal Sexual Conduct
2nd degree. Our hearts go out to all who have been harmed by his actions. We pray that
these proceedings give them some solace.

We also want to thank law enforcement and the district attorney’s office for the care and
diligence they have shown throughout this investigation. The safety and well-being of
children in our care has always been a high priority and we deeply regret the harm Mr.
Treadwell’s actions have caused. Though policies were in place, since learning of the
behavior of Mr. Treadwell, we initiated a careful review of our child protection policies
under the guidance of Praesidium, a child protection consultant, and instituted additional
child protection training for all members.

A member of Servants of the Word since 1987, Mr. Treadwell ended all association with our
organization in December 2019.

If you have any child protection concerns, questions, or information, please contact the
authorities directly, and/or contact us at, or call (734)
475-3550, extension 250. For media queries, please contact

Servants of the Word is an international, ecumenical brotherhood of Christian men who
have made traditional promises of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

Established in 1971 with headquarters in Chelsea, Michigan, we have roughly 65
permanent members living in our houses in six countries. We live communally, sharing all
finances and possessions. While our members work in many fields, including engineering,
academia, software programming, psychiatry, counseling, and youth work, we share the
mission of bringing Christian teaching to young people and adults and in assisting Christian
communities around the world.

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