Tennessee pastor apologizes for 'sexual incident' with teen
Tennessee pastor apologizes for ‘sexual incident’ with teen
By Eliott C. McLaughlin and AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN
Updated 7:45 PM ET, Wed January 10, 2018
(CNN)The Memphis, Tennessee, congregants broke into 25 seconds of applause after the pastor confessed to a 1998 “sexual incident” with a teenager and asked for their forgiveness.
Now 42, pastor Andy Savage of Highpoint Church was 22 at the time and a youth minister at Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church outside Houston, Texas, when the incident with Jules Woodson occurred.
“As a college student on staff at a church in Texas more than 20 years ago, I regretfully had a sexual incident with a female high school senior in the church,” he said during Sunday’s service. “I apologized and sought forgiveness from her, her parents, her discipleship group, the church staff, and the church leadership, who informed the congregation. … I took every step to respond in a biblical way.”
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“Holy Spirit, would you take this prayer and right now as thousands of people are praying in agreement, in unison, would you touch Ms. Woodson’s heart in a way that only you can and heal her of the pain that was caused from this sin 20 years ago?” Conlee said.
01/10/2018 1:06 pm PST
Pastor receives standing ovation after admitting sexual incident with teen
By Andy Jechow, KXAN
AUSTIN — (KXAN) — A pastor at a Memphis megachurch admitted on Sunday to a “sexual incident” involving a high school senior 20 years ago near Houston.
An Austin church leader has now been accused of covering up the incident. Larry Cotton, a director of the Austin Stone Community Church, allegedly told the girl to stay quiet when she reported the assault while he was an associate pastor at The Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church in The Woodlands in 1998, the New York Times reported Tuesday.PADemD likes this
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