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    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.”

    . . .

    “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.


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  • Hobbit709 (3621 posts)
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    1. Amazing how he didn't confess until called out.

    Even more amazing is the fact that the congregation applauded that.

    A crime was committed, the sin was between him and his god.

    I won't shut up and I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing
    • closeupready (2277 posts)
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      2. Yeah, what did the applause mean, that his congregation approves of sex abuse?

      Or what?  As a Catholic, I learned that after a confession, the priest gives you a kind of prescription, some prayers to say and maybe guidance as to what to do differently.  You don’t get applause or a pat on the back for doing something wrong, nor even for admitting out loud that you did something wrong.

      There was a thread here when the Roy Moore discussion was going on, and someone said on the radio (in Alabama) during a talk show, a caller offered a defense of Moore, stating, “Well, this IS Alabama, after all”….

      Combine that with this story, and I mean, wow.  People are sick, lots.

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  • tripleQ (796 posts)
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    3. If he had done the same thing

    in Minnesota,

    over and over and over

    At a much older age,

    For a couple decades

    with multiple accusers…

    he could have adoring progressive fans (who have never actually met him) demanding he remain Senator and guide, not a little church, but our whole nation.

    So by comparison,  it’s hard to  think ill of a congregation who actually know the guy personally and like him up close,  especially as it’s been some twenty years since a one-time sin he committed at 22.

    Some of us apparently forgive ‘our own’ for a lot worse, and demand “proof!  Due process!” in the face of a lot more evidence.


    • LaaDeeDaaVA (3485 posts)
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      4. Bullshit. Girl in OP was a teenager in high school. He

      was not.

      Franken was an adult, as was the woman photographed allegedly asleep in the chair.

      Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.    African proverb  


      • tripleQ (796 posts)
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        5. Oh. Well that makes his multiple adult acts


        It’s important to gerrymander one’s sense of right v wrong to make sure all the right cronies are forgiven and all the uncool people are tarred and feathered.


        • LaaDeeDaaVA (3485 posts)
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          6. What don't you "get" about Due Process?

          It is, BTW, one of those rights afforded to us in this country by our Constitution  =   notice of the allegations against you, and the opportunity to be heard.

          I don’t defend anyone who sexually assaults or abuses another, I am not from Minnesota, and the last time I liked Franken was on SNL.

          Franken scenario has nothing to do cronyism; when the allegations came out, he properly and immediately submitted himself to a full  ethics investigation.  Those of us who defend the Constitution, the rule of law – and yes, including Due Process, would probably agree that Franken was railroaded into resigning, rather than allowing his right to a hearing and an opportunity to be heard n his defense.

          An adult who takes advantage of his position of trust as a “youth minister” the operative word being “youth“,  to sexually assault a minor should be, as you say, “tarred and feathered”.

          Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.    African proverb  


  • Florida Bull (219 posts)
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    7. I am not convinced he is sincere,

    Just calling it a “sexual incident” is a way to downplay or minimize it.