7 church service, Memphis pastor Andy Savage admitted to and apologized for a "sexual incident" that occurred between him and a teenage woman in 1998. For any painful memories or fresh wounds this has created for anyone, I am sorry, and I humbly ask for your forgiveness. "I remember him pleading, while he was on his knees with his hands up on his head, 'Oh, my God, oh, my God".
She sent an email to Mr Savage on December 1, asking "Do you remember?" "I was sorry then and remain so today", Savage said.
She said she even notified another pastor, but they told her to keep the story quiet.
Highpoint Church pastor and presumed charlatan Andy Savage spoke to his congregation Sunday, at which point he also asked Mr. God for forgiveness. He then exposed himself to Woodson before having her perform oral sex on him and fondling her breasts, she said.
Savage said that before the blog post, he thought the matter had been "dealt with in Texas". The church, however, never came out with an official statement addressing what had happened and/or what was being done about it.
"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. You can't tell anyone Jules, please. "As he was driving me towards my home, he passed the turn he should have made to go to my house", she wrote. "You have to take this to the grave with you". I accepted full responsibility for my actions.
My fear and shame quickly turned to anger.
This incident was dealt with in Texas 20 years ago, but in the last few days has been presented to a wider audience. Oh my god, I'm so sorry. Melanie Sakoda, a volunteer member of SNAP's board of directors, said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation that both Parkway Baptist and Highpoint's respective responses to Woodson's account are rife with red flags. Instead, they held a going away reception for Andy at the church in which he was allowed to simply say that he had made a poor decision and that it was time for him to move on from our church'.
However, Fayetteville Police say they are in possession of enough data and evidence to prosecute. I was and remain very remorseful for the incident and deeply regret the pain I caused her and her family, as well as the pain I caused the church and God's Kingdom. To make matters worse, the lead pastor, Chris Conlee, implied Savage was the real victim here who was "hurt by the ripple effect of the consequences of that sin" - which apparently referred to the cancellation of Savage's book "The Ridiculously Good Marriage" by a Christian publishing house and never mind the fact that Savage scarred a young girl for life.
Jules Woodson, who was 17 at the time, told The New York Times she watched the pastor's apology and the applause that followed.
"Two themes here highlight why we won't see a outing in evangelical circles: - Sexual abuse is framed as individual sexual sin and not also a crime - Quickness to forgive (male) perpetrators, who retain control of the story in church community".