On Sunday, 65 year old Pastor John Lowe II of the New Life Christian Church told the congregation he was stepping down after an adulterous affair that took place, twenty years ago.
The Warsaw, Indiana congregation gave him a standing ovation. He called for privacy and healing.
Then a woman and a man stormed the stage and took the microphone, 43 year old Bobi Gerhart and her husband, Nate. Bobi, told the congregation how Pastor Lowe groomed her when she was 16 years old. 16 is the age of consent in Indiana. She told the congregation how the pastor took her virginity on his office floor when she was 16.
There is more on the video below.
This scandal is on the heels of the Southern Baptist scandal. (It’s unclear if New Life is associated with the Southern Baptist Convention). The Southern Baptist has a list of over 700 ministers that has accused of sexual misconduct. The organization says it will release the list on Thursday.
“The Tip of the Iceburg”
The SBC scandal, will be huge as it is the largest Protestant denomination in America.
The report is expected to contain new details about former Jacksonville Pastor Darrell Gilyard. He was a pastor at Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church in Jacksonville in 2007.
Whispers, suggestions, rumors then BOOM!
Sex Scandal at the Southern Baptist Convention
He was convicted of having lewd contact with two teenage girls and sentenced to three years in prison and added to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s sex offenders list.
In 1991, Tiffany Thigpen said she fought off an attempted rape in 1991 at First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. Gilyard was working there when the Jacksonville woman.
The report shows Dr. Jerry Vines, then-pastor of First Baptist, “was dismissive of her report” and told her “it would be embarrassing for her if others knew about it.”
And, according to the report, after that, Gilyard worked at a church in Texas, where other women accused him of abuse.
The SBC Executive Committee said it became aware that “44 women had reported being victims of sexually inappropriate conduct” by Gilyard. The letter on page 146 says, “In almost every case, they were reportedly shamed for it and left feeling they were not believed.”
This scandal is just beginning, stay tuned
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