Scandalized Darrell Gilyard’s Church Is Asked to Remove Him or Withdraw Membership By Baptist Association
Jacksonville Baptist Association leaders said March 2 that conversations with leadership of Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church produced a “mutual understanding that it is necessary” for the church to withdraw from membership.The small congregation made international headlines recently after barring children from worship in order to accommodate terms of probation for Darrell Gilyard. Gilyard began preaching there at the end of January, one month after he completed a three-year prison term for sex crimes with two underage girls committed while he was pastor of a different church.Gilyard, 50, pleaded guilty in 2009 to lewd or lascivious conduct and molestation involving two girls younger than 16. He remains on a three-year supervised probation that bars him from having unsupervised contact with minors.David Tarkington, moderator of Jacksonville Baptist Association, and Lead Missions Strategist Rick Wheeler, said in a statement that they were “broken and saddened” by information being reported about the church.While “affirming the autonomy of member churches,” the leaders said, “the circumstances of CTMBC do concern us.” The association contacted Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church to communicate those concerns, leading to an understanding that the congregation would “leave the fellowship of the Jacksonville Baptist Association.” The church intends to confirm that understanding in writing, according to the associational leaders.
Pastor Darrell Gilyard Gets Support From Church Members But Others Are Calling His Resignation [VIDEO]
Though many people are totally up in arms over a registered sex offender, Darrell Gilyard now preaching again, the members of his new church support him and is giving him a chance. But there are many like the Black Panther Party and Black Christian News who are calling for his voluntary resignation from this church so the children can be allowed back in the church.
Pastor Darrell Gilyard: Convicted Sex Offender is Back Behind The Pulpit After Recent Prison Release
We are truly appalled. Darrell Gilyard has just been released from prison for committing sex crimes against minors and less than two months later, he is preaching in the church. One has to ask the question: what church would really permit him back behind their pulpit knowing what they know about him? Surely people can change, but should he really be working in the same capacity that he did while committing these crimes?
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