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Contact Terry

Terry is available to come and speak to your church or group.

You can leave a comment below or, if you would like to book Terry for a program or church service, you may contact him at:

(903) 312-5414

Email: terrycaffey @

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150 Responses to Contact Terry

  • Rob B. says:

    Hi Terry, I just watched an episode of “I Survived” which profiled your families story. I just wanted to let you know how much personal strength I think you have to be able to maintain contact with your daughter and offer her your forgiveness. Several years ago when I was having drug issues my own parents refused to visit me in jail, and it took many years before they were able to forgive me for my shortcomings, let alone even speak with me. I wish you continued happiness in your life, thank you for your honesty and your ability to share your story (which is one the saddest I’ve ever heard).

  • Angela Bonner says:


    I am so sorry for your loss and I admire your forgiveness so much!

    How long have you and Karen been married? how did you meet? Congratulations on your new son!

    Angela Bonner

  • Jeannie says:

    I just watched the Dr Phil show, and I just want to tell you that May Great Spirit continue to give you the strength that you need and remember that your loved ones are in your heart living with you. That is one thing that I had learned when I had lost my brother in a plane crash back in 1985.

  • Val says:

    You are an inspiration and God saved you because He wanted to use you in this great way. I love your story, your courage, your faith and your obedience to God and most importantly your love for souls. God bless you abudantly more. With Love

  • Kim Fulghum Holkem says:

    I just wanted to say hello and that I hope you and your family are doing well. I met you at a church in Scottsboro, AL when you shared your testimony. I still carry the marble that I got that day to remind me of what I learned from you; forgiveness isn’t easy and it’s an ongoing and always changing process. I pray that God will continue to bless you, your family and your ministry.

  • Ishrat Hussain says:

    Greetings from the UK

    I watched the TV programme I Survived on Sunday night and I think it’s people like you that are inspirational and get others through life. My deepest sympathy to you for what you have been put through.

  • Kelly says:

    I am from Australia and recently watched the Dr Phil show where I first heard about your story. The strength you display and how you have overcome such a traumatic experience is inspirational. May you find happiness and be at peace.

  • says:

    Before you send any money to India please read the information with pictures at and let the Holy Spirit be your guide for truth.

  • Gordon says:

    8 May 2014: Hi Terry. I just watched both Dr Phil shows downunder in Australia and wish to send you my very best regards. I’m happy to read that you’ve found a new wife and kids and know that you’ll be the best dad again. I found your story extremely moving, and having been through problems with my own teenage daughter many years ago, I recognise some of the tricky bits. Frankly I doubt if I’m man enough to jump back after tragedies like that in my life.
    All the best to you…and to young Erin whom I hope is changing for the better.

  • David Moore says:

    If there is any way I would love to have an autographed copy of your book. Thanks.

  • David Moore says:

    I do not know how you did what you did. You are a better man than I am. Good luck with your new family and my God bless you.

  • John Howell Jr. says:

    Thank you for bringing your message to the faculties of the 18 schools represented at out meeting today (Miss. Association of Independent Schools). Your testimony and the spotlight it places on the faithfulness and sovereignty of God touched many lives today. Not only are your story and your spiritual points quite profound, but also the humility and heart of a teacher you display are profound as well. Thank you for traveling to speak at our meeting, and may God richly bless your ministry.

  • Arvin Ello says:

    Dear Ptr. Terry, let me share with you something I couldn’t imagine happened. I’m currently halfway through reading your book, Terror By Night. It just stayed on a table. Then I picked up the book just now and opened it. I was randomly led to page 125 which, for the past 2 days of reading, I haven’t seen yet. Then, I wanted to check your site url which I already saw (2 days ago) printed on the copyright page (top). So I turned to that page. I thought of visiting your site for the first time, and surprised to see the burnt page described on your site

    I actually saw your book by accident (and bought it) from a local Bookshop in the Philippines (Booksale SM Sucat in Parañaque City, to be exact) on the evening of March 1, 2014 (exactly 6 years later after the gruesome crime happened!). It just dawned on me now about the coincidence of the date. I don’t know why.

    Sir Terry, I couldn’t control my tears reading your story. You are an inspiration to us who all have read your book (by whatever reason or event). Thank you for deciding to write this story. Thank you for sharing yourself to us. Thank you to God for making all these possible.

    I have some questions for you, Sir (if that’s okay with you?). But I’d let you know once I reached the last page of your book. Your book is powerful!

  • Stephanie coleman says:

    Tears flow writing this because I feel an overwhelming happiness for you. Through every thing you have such a humble sweet spirit and I know only GOD is the reason. You lost almost everything except you ability to cry out to Jesus. I’am sure the conversation was not always nice and I’am sure God didn’t expect it to be but you made a choice to live and help others. I know your boys and wife are so proud of you. I lost my brother in a car wreck in 2002 and went through a bad depression. I didn’t understand. I wasn’t a Christian and did not know how to deal with it. Once I became a Christian I realized sometimes we don’t understand why things happen but God will give us peace and strength to get through it. You are truly an inspiration to me. I will continue to pray for you ,your new family and Erin. I would love to have you come speak at our church. Not sure if you would travel all the way to ga. Rochelle First Baptist. But it would be such a blessing to have you speak. Everyone should know that even through unimaginable horror There is a way “GOD” thank u for everything you do

  • Mary Jervis says:

    I saw what had happened to you on the Investigation Discovery channel. It piqued my interest because I often wonder why children do what they do as teenagers to their parents. I am not that far into the book but I had a friend who lost her daughter to brain cancer and the book of Job helped her.
    I am always amazed that people can accept Jesus Christ as their savior and go on with their lives after a horrific tragedy, such as yours. Then you forgive your daughter so easily made me think how tough our souls are.
    I just wanted to say God bless and it is people like you who give us hope and make us stronger in our belief.

  • Marianne Padovan says:

    Mr. Caffey you are indeed an inspiration. I just started reading your book.

    I’m already almost halfway through it.

    God Bless You! :)

  • D Curliss says:

    I don’t usually take the time to comment on something, but WOW. I wanted to let you know how blessed my family was by your story. I think everyone would have completely understood your pain if you had taken your life, but then to have seen that burnt page…WOW. Very convicting, even for my self. God is good, all the time. Your life has so much meaning, and although you had to go through an unthinkable, senseless tragedy, you are continuing to bless others and serve your purpose by sharing God’s Word and his Son. God bless you and your beautiful family! THANK YOU for being so courageous in sharing your story!

  • Juanita says:

    Sir, I watched you on.Dr. Phil and your story is so powerful. What an awesome man of God you are. I am so sorry for your loss many people will make it through their owns tragedies because of your story. I cannot wait to read your book. I pray that your life is more beautiful now than ever and that it remains that way forever in Jesus Name. Be Blessed.

  • Karen Lavare says:

    God Bless You Terry,
    I watched the Dr. Phil’s show the day you where on. You did a great job standing on the truth of the word of God. Dr. Phil tends to look at situations from the emotional or 5 senses point of view. Not as an instructed believer. I am a nurse and I know there are times, my emotions get in the way. Like you said, you got angry with God for a while. We all fall short of the Glory of God because we aren’t perfect. It’s not about falling, it’s about what you do after you fall short of the instructions in the word. YOU GET BACK UP!!!
    When I need answers to life situations I go to the word of God. Who knows us better and loves us as much to give us answers. Know that God is all light as it says in:
    1John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him (God), and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

    It is not in God’s nature to destroy – he creates. So who kills?
    Hebrews 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he(Christ Jesus) also himself likewise took part of the same;
    that through death he(Christ Jesus) might destroy him(the devil) that had the power of death, that is the devil;

    God has given us the job of being his eyes, ear’s and mouth. Think this through, if we are to be speaking for him, what good are we to him dead. God wants us very much alive to speak as ambassadors for him. He has given us the ministry of reconciliation as it say’s in:
    2Corinthians 5:18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to
    himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of
    (we are to reconcile people back to God)

    God has shown us how to live as ambassadors for him. Not like sheep to the slaughter. Like conquerors:
    Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall
    tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or
    peril,or sword?
    8:36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day
    long: we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
    8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
    through him(Christ Jesus) that loved us.
    8:38 For I am persuaded(believing) , that neither death, nor
    life,nor angles, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor
    things to come,
    8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be
    able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our

    God showed us also, how to do this:
    Ephesians 6:10-17 Finally, my brethren be strong in the Lord, and
    in the power of his might.
    6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be
    able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but
    against principalities, against power, against the rulers of the
    darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
    6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
    that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all,
    to stand.
    6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with
    truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
    6:15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the
    gospel of peace:
    6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye
    shall be able to quench all the fiery darts, of the wicked.
    6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of
    the the spirit, which is the word of God:

    I think God wants us to stand- don’t you? Not lay down and die.
    I am thankful you where not tricked into taking your own life that day. God was there, because he knew you could be an ambassador for him.
    We are accountable only to God as it says in:
    2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman
    that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

    You don’t need to verbalize what the devil did to your daughter and your family to get healed from this. All you need to do is ask God and
    believe he will do it. Jesus Christ has made intersession for us. Verbalizing
    will only gives power to the darkness(the devil) to talk of- is to glorify something.
    Romans 10:10 a. For with the heart man believeth unto
    What a man believes – he is! The power is in the believing. You trusted God and he delivered. God is never late.
    God has never failed me. I am the one who fails from unbelief.
    My husband and I have a bible study in our home weekly. We will continue to lift you and your family in prayer, as you continue to heal and grow.
    In service to God
    Karen in New York

  • Alexandra says:

    I just watched you on the Dr. Phil show and am so inspired by your strength and hope. You are truly an amazing man and I believe there is a reason for you to be here today. I am terribly sorry for your loss and pray for you on your ongoing healing, it is not an easy road which I to can relate. Let there be love and light.
    May God be by your side and your daughter Erin

    Lots of Love from Canada

  • Shirley Arnold says:

    Mr Caffey, I know your little girl did not realize the reality of what happened, 16 is a child and does not even really know what death is yet. You are right to forgive her, If I knew how to write to her I want to do so, I think that could have been me if the right (or wrong) guy had come into my life at 16. I thought my parents were the meanest people in the world, and now I know better. I hope she has forgiven herself as well, I too have a daughter in heaven and I know that all those there are not looking back from the glory they are now in. Love you both

  • roland leard says:

    My Wife and I saw the Dr.Phil show 2-4-2014 and said a prayer for you,we were so sorry for your family.God was surely with you .May Erin find the help she needs to face the reality of her actions .

  • Sue Murray says:

    Dear Mr. Caffey: I just finished your book, and I just want to say you are an amazing person. I lost my only daughter to a tragic car accident and the driver has taken no responsibility for it. He never served any time and all he got was a ticket and I got a life sentence without her. Like you, I had to forgive him as I was getting very bitter and angry.

    SInce I have I find I am able to live and not merely exist. I am a Christian and truly believe I will see my beloved girl when it is my time. Your book hit home to me in so many ways. Night after night I went to bed asking God to take me, praying he would. I had no other children and my parents were deceased. I wandered aimlessly thinking I don’t have to go home, who would care: But like you, I felt God had something for me as I tried to leave this world 3 times. I have found love in a wonderful man who has a daughter. My life will never be what it was before losing my girl, but like you in some way there is a purpose for me. I saw you on Dr. Phil, and I admire you so much. Forgiveness is hard and you chose to not become bitter. That was my fear too, I didn’t want to be bitter and hate this man. So thank you for writing your book, and I hope you continue to do your speaking to others, May God bless you.

  • Beverly Rackley says:

    My condolences for your tragedy and loss. You are a fine example of a Christian. I was especially touched by the story you shared of finding the novel page. Best wishes in the future for you and your daughter. Keep the faith.

  • Thomas Schuette says:

    Good evening Terry

    I was once married to Tina and have a wonderful son and granddaughter in your family. I am so very proud of how you handle yourself after such a terrible tragedy. Keep Aaron close to your heart. I believe she was just young and dumb and can’t own up to what she was a part of, hopefully some day she will forgive herself for her part, Continue to believe in her.
    Keep on spreading the word. God is Great all the Time Brother.

  • June Garrett says:

    The old saying, “I would rather see a serman than hear one” so poignantly describes how I felt in noticing your demeanor on the Dr Phil show. I knew you were a follower of Christ from the moment you started speaking. He of course showed the ultimate forgiveness which we know we must do also if we oursevles are to enjoy the peace that passes all understanding and realize the fruits of the hope that lies within us. God bless you in your example and guide Erin as well.

  • Jeff Van Winkle says:

    Hello sir I just wanted to say I’m truly sorry for everything you’ve been through and God bless you.

  • admin says:

    The book is titled “Blind Sight,” and the author is James H. Pence, who also co-authored “Terror by Night.”

    It is out of print now, but you can still buy it on Amazon. Here’s a link:

  • Sara says:

    You are the most forgiving wonderful man I have ever come across.

  • Dawn adams says:

    I cannot imagine all you have been through. I do believe in our Loving God. I am interested in reading the book that you found in the woods along with your novel. Could you share the name and author of that book as I can’t seem to locate it. God bless you and I pray you find complete healing. Trusting God is the only way. I love how he can send a little message that can change the entire direction of our life.

  • jacqueline dobransky says:

    Dear mr. Caffey, After watching ur story on Dr. Phil, I couldn’t help but get on the computer and search for you. I cannot express with heartfelt sorrow what an ordeal you went through, and your admiration for picking up the broken pieces each and every day. I can only say to beable to move forward, you need to forgive first and I see you have. I pray for you and your family and pray that with time, your wounds will heal. Take care and god bless you.

  • Michelle says:

    Hi Mr. Caffey..

    I saw you today on Dr. Phil. My heart breaks for you. But, I like yourself believe in the totally awesome healing power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I will keep you in my prayers that God will heal and restore you and bless you beyond measure.

    Other than to tell you this, I also wanted to make you aware of a book by Timothy Keller titled “Walking with God through Pain and Suffering”. This book drew me to tears on more than one occasion as Tim was writing about moments of pain and suffering that I could completely relate to. I so completely agree with him regarding his biblical concepts, that I could have written this book myself. I want to encourage you to read it. I think it can be a source of inspiration and restoration for you.

    And, yes, I felt compelled to write you this. Because, I like yourself, have had moments where I was notified of things from the Lord much like the page blowing in the wind you spoke of on the show. Our redeemer works in ways that are beyond our comprehension and his wonderful mercy and grace sustain us!

    You and your daughter are in my prayers. None of us are immune to the harmful effects of sin.

    Much love and blessings,

    Michelle Noble

  • Sarajean Mariner says:

    Dear Terry, I have followed this story since your terrible tragedy began and I would like you to know how your story touched my heart and soul. Besides the obvious heart wrenching sorrow I felt and outrage at the killers, I felt a very deep admiration toward you. You Sir are an inspiration for every man. Good luck in your endeavers. I pray for you often and know in my heart now that forgiveness takes more courage than most people are capable of. Holding hate in your heart is poisonous to your soul. You taught me that…and I thank you. Sincerely, SaraJean Mariner

  • Karen dougan says:

    I just watched a documentary on really TV about what happened to your family an also you.. I am in complete shock as to how much you could forgive. I will be buying your book an will get more understanding 2 why an how you could forgive.. The police did confirm your daughter,s txt,s an call,s confirmed she was the ring leader,but who am I to judge.. If you be leave your daughter no1 could change that..

  • Amber Starr Currie says:

    Terry…there is a chance I may meet you in early December on a tv program. My story may be the other story on the show (alongside you). What an honor it would be to meet you. I have not yet made my decision. I am praying and hoping the Lord will lead me to the right answer.

    I just purchased your book and started reading it tonight. I just got to the part where you are in the hospital. I am physically shaking after reading the account of the crime. So many of your words have gone through my own mind. So hauntingly familiar, it takes me right back.

    I will continue to pray. God bless you, Terry. You are a hero like my dad was. Just in a completely different way.

  • MM Price says:

    Dear Terry,
    As I read your book I could not help but see so many similarities between you and what so nearly could have been my story. At the same time you were undergoing your traumatic experience I was fighting a battle that could so easily ended the same way your family’s life ended. At the time I was dealing with a rebellious 14 and 16 year old (It shook me up when I realized my son was the same age as your daughter).
    I loved my son and never considered the risk to my younger children and spouse. It was one of those cases where I thought it was just a stage he was passing through. By God’s Grace I and my family were removed from the turbulent situation. Looking back and discovering his intentions were very close to what your daughter’s were I am so thankful to be alive along with my family.
    My son and daughter (now 22 and 20) have isolated themselves from us. I continue to pray that someday they will be restored to us. Most of all I pray that they come to the realization of God’s Love and yield wholly to Him.
    I pray for your daughter but am so thankful for you. After our close scare we moved away and started a new life. God blessed us in so many ways that we never even dreamed of. The life that we once had was no longer the same. God was able to use us in ways we never imagined possible.
    I too was encouraged to read the book of Job but balked at it. I had read it so many times and it just didn’t appeal to me. But I did read it and I read it again. Things jumped out at me that I hadn’t seen before.
    Like you, I blamed myself. If only I was a better parent. If only I had spent more time with them. The list went on and on and the blame. Only through Christ was I able to see that He had a greater purpose for us. And after reading your book realizing how close your story could have been mine.
    Keep up the faith Brother! God will continue to bless and guide you as you diligently seek Him.

  • Selby Fuller says:

    Are you going to write another book?

  • Andrea says:

    Hola Terry, recientemente he visto tu historia en televisión y debo decir q te admiro. Debes tener una fuerza envidiable para poder superar esta tragedia. Tus palabras resuenan en mis oídos. El amor a un hijo es tan inmenso e inexplicable. Mis mejores deseos. Andrea. Buenos Aires (Argentina).

  • Ann Morris says:

    Hi Terry,
    Our church has developed a strategy called WOW Weekends, in which we invite a guest, whose name or story is widely familiar and/or intriguing, that would be a way for our congregation to invite friends and neighbors, in particular those that don’t normally attend church. The format for the service is a casual interview by our Sr. Pastor, Jim Nicodem. We have 3 church services, Saturdays at 5pm & 2 on Sunday at 9am & 11am. We would like to request you at all 3, if possible. The dates are Feb. 8 & 9, 2014. We are obviously willing and able to pay fees and travel expenses.Thank You!

  • Michael says:

    Hello Terry,
    You gave your testimony yesterday at our church Union Grove First Baptist. I want to thank you for coming and visiting with us the strength and grace you have could only come from God. Back last November my wife of 11 years told me she wanted a divorce after years of saying we would only part when 1 of us someday passed away. It has been devistating for me and our 2 children . I pray God will continue to bless you and your ministry. Please pray for us. I pray someday we can be reconciled. (Phil 1:6)

  • Julie Ortiz says:

    I decided to comment here. I’m in awe of you. I can relate to your story somewhat. 25 years ago my mother was murdered by her nephew who lived with us. He waited until we all fell asleep and he set our house on fire. I was able to get out (I deal with survivor guilt) physically unharmed. My mom lived for 2 1/2 weeks severely burned but she passed away. Even though its been 25 years, I still can’t forgive him. I feel rage at times. I suffer from PTSD and I feel like part of me died the night he tried to kill us. I admire you because you were able to move on and somewhat heal. I have spent the last 25 years blaming myself(what could I have done to save her), feeling guilty for living, anger, and so much more. I never feel safe and trust no one. I hope one day I will get to the place where you are.

  • Abby says:

    I read your story today in a British magazine called ‘Love it!’.
    As a daughter (aged 21) to a single father of 5 children. I know how much grief children cause to their parents and how strong a parent has to be to raise a child.
    I respect you as a man, father and minister as even in your very darkest hour you we’re willing to forgive and help your remaining family (Erin) through a court case and visit her in prison.
    You are a man in a million and by far one of the most inspirational and loving Dads’ I have ever had the honor to know about.

    Abby, London, UK

  • Shari Sinclair says:

    I “intellecutally” I was prepared to know the end was near, “emotionally’, I actually was caught completely off guard. I do not say that to minimize what you have gone through, only to say, that regardless of the circumstances we are never “prepared” to lose the ones we love, most especially our spouse and/or children. I have such a respsect for your endurance and perserverence, that I cannot even put it into words. Praise God for He is good “at all times”. I pray for you and your new family and that God will bless Sonya and encourage her to be a “main stay” and “help mate” throughout your life on earth. Having remarried serveral years after my precious Ron went home to be with his Lord and
    Savior, I realize that being the “second wife” if not always an easy role, and now knowing your story, I will not only pray for you, but additonally, I will pray for Sonya. She must be a remarkable woman, I know from experience that being the “second family”, although awesome in and of itself, is sometimes and insecure path to trod. Wishing you nothing but life’s best and praying for you and your “new family” daily. Love In Christ, Shari McElroy-Sinclair

  • Shari Sinclair says:

    Brother Terry: I purchased your book on Amazon last week. I received it in yesterday’s mail [11:20 AM cst). I finished it this moring about 3:00 AM. I am an avid reader, and i’m near 61 years of age. This is the first book that I have ever read that me weap. I started crying on page 2 and continued, nearly non-stop, throughout and including the
    Epilogue. Short of reading Job, never in my life have I read a book that brought me to tears, let alone cause me to sob. Although I saw your appearance on “Katke”, I was unprepared to read the complete and “spilled out” story of a man of faith, walking in darkness, only to to be restored to completeness. I lost the love of my life in 2000 to leukemia, and although

  • Frank Imbo says:

    Brother Terry, I was truly blessed by your testimony during your conversation with Katie Couric. I am encouraged by how the grace of the Holy Spirit touched all those who watched. They would have to decide whether you are lying, are insane, or reflecting the mercy of God through Jesus Christ. I look forward to one day seeing you as you lay crowns at the Savior’s feet. Being on the receiving end of forgiveness by faith in the finished work of the Cross, I pray that I may honor Christ by forgiving others as you have done. God bless you, Brother Terry.

  • helen Bako says:

    I read your story a couple of years ago. Thnak your openess in sharing your feelings fears, anger and faith. God honored that. Helps me realze that it is okay to tell God how we feel and He will not come down on us. He loves us regardless.

  • Matt says:

    I’ve been reading your book you are such a inspiration to so many I can’t imagine what you went thru but we serve a mighty god who guides all his children and gives them the help they need your proof of that I would like to know what god is doing in your life now and how Erin is so please let me know

  • Daniel Alexander says:

    I recently saw you on TV and after hearing your story I felt so touched. You are an amazing person for the way you coped emotionally. I have so much love for you!! Continue to spread your message because you are changing lives!! I really can’t put into words how much I appreciate you! Lots of love, from New Zealand <3

  • Julian Murray says:

    Dear Terry, Read your book Terror by Night and was blessed by it. I learnt a lot from your encounter. Please could you let me know how your daughter Erin is and of course how you are. Will you be writing a sequel to this book so we know what God id is doing in your life.
    Love, Julian Murray MIAC,MCIPS,AICB,Nat.Dip.Purch Mngt.,Nat. Dip.Bus.Mngt.BCS ECDL.,BCS Databasing.

  • macauley purvis says:

    you may not remember me but im macauley purvis from newsham primary school, the school you just visted. I just wanted to say thank you for inspirng me to try write my own poems so thanks.

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