Shame on the SBC
Shame on Warren Community Church
Shame on those in the church who do not protect children from predators
Shame on those in the church who knowingly hire pedophiles
This story has to be one of the most disgusting examples of complete disregard by the church for the safety and well-being of children that I have heard in the past, well…come to think of it, when it comes to churches in the SBC, this is a rather common occurrence. Let me state this as clearly as I can. I am hopping mad and steaming about this piece of news.
The SBC makes a big stinking announcement about the Great Commission Resurgence and how it is going to reach out to the un-churched and then it refuses set up a simple pedophile database to protect children from pedophiles. Let’s see how this works out in the court of public opinion.
There is this church, Warren Community Church, which is really a Baptist church. But, not unlike Amway, which has had to change it’s name in order to outrun its reputation, some Baptist churches are leaving the word “Baptist” out of their church name, perhaps for similar reasons.
Senior pastor Dr. Kenneth Culver leads Warren Community Church. He is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Luther Rice Theological Seminary. There is some speculation that the church is named after Rick Warren because it describes itself as a “Purpose Driven Church.”
Well, what did this “purpose driven church” do? According to The Big Daddy Weave it purposefully hired a known pedophile as a Trustee. LINK
"Warren Community Church of Somerville, Tennessee announced in their March newsletter that Paul Williams has been selected as a Trustee.
Williams was the associate pastor at the center of the clergy child molestation controversy at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, TN back in 2006-2007. Bellevue’s investigation found: “”Paul Williams engaged in egregious, perverse, sexual activity with his adolescent son over a period of 12 to 18 months.
Now, just four years later, Williams is serving again in a church leadership role – this time as Trustee at a church less than 30 miles away from Bellevue. The church newsletter announcement even emphasizes Williams long “ministry” with children including his work with kids in Albania.”
Please note: This church is close to Bellevue Baptist Church, whose pastor, Steve Gaines, knowingly concealed William’s incestuous pedophilia from the congregation.
TWW wrote several posts about this matter back in 9/09. Here is an excerpt from that post. LINK
“On December 17, 2006, the church announced that Paul Williams, a minister and staffer at the church for 34 years, had been placed on leave with an investigation pending regarding a "moral failure," identified by Gaines and others as alleged child molestation in the 1980s. The next day, December 18, Gaines released a statement that acknowledged that he had been aware of the allegation since June 2006 but that he did not address it for several months because Williams had been attending professional counseling, because of confidentiality concerns, and out of compassion for the staffer.”
According to a December 21, 2006 article in the Associated Baptist Press: “Gaines also told the church the personnel committee would conduct an investigation of the situation and issue a statement after the inquiry.” Here’s the link:
What did the church investigation reveal? Here’s the shocking headline that reveals the answer:
Bellevue report: Assistant pastor guilty of sex abuse against son
What happened to Paul Williams as a result of this investigation? LINK
“Williams…was dismissed without severance after initially being place on administrative leave with pay”, according to an Ethics Daily article. LINK:
“Paul Williams, who allegedly admits to having been molested as a child, began sexually assaulting his son in the 1980s (probably during pre-pubescence). According to the church investigation, this illicit activity occurred over a 12 to 18 month period. We don’t understand why the time frame is not more precise. Williams’ son is now approximately 30 years of age and is married with children.”
It is important to note that his son has no contact with his father and ddid not allow, at the time of this article, his children to see his father.
So what does Warren Community Church do with Mr Williams??? They have him “love” on the children. They even took a picture of him holding children on his lap! Here is a link to BBC Open Forum which did an excellent job reviewing this story and providing that picture from Warren Community Church.
Let’s see how this plays in non-Christian America which is supposed to be the focus of the GCR. They call the Warren Community Church the "Idiot of the Week." From the Atheist Revolution LINK
“I'm giving Idiot of the Week "honors" to a church. Warren Community Church in Sommerville, TN, is this week's idiot. I'm also posting this to give a shout out to Stop Baptist Predators, the excellent blog that brought the sad story of Warren Community Church to my attention.
As you can see, Warren Community Church's newsletter shows a nice picture of Williams surrounded by children, holding one on his lap. I didn't see any mention in the same newsletter than this man the church has decided to honor was involved in a scandal at Bellevue Baptist Church after it emerged that he was permitted to continue counseling victims of molestation even after disclosing that he had molested others.
If you were a parent at Warren Community Church, wouldn't you be interested in Williams' past? Evidently, the church does not believe it is relevant. I really hope they are right.”
It is important to note that this atheist blog actually commends Christa Brown of the excellent Stop Baptist Predators blog. I believe the world is impressed when Christians call attention to the dire problems in their own churches. So many pastors, like Steve Gaines, want to hide these stories, mistakenly assuming that they are protecting the church. They aren’t. The world sees it quite clearly.
Here is a LINK to Christa Brown’s post on this matter. She makes a very, very important point.
“The newsletter of Warren Community Church even shows a picture of Williams surrounded by children, and holding a child in his lap. Any parent or kid in that congregation would likely look at that newsletter and believe that Paul Williams is someone they can trust. In effect, the newsletter sets them up. It sets them up to trust a man who has already shown that he cannot safely be trusted with kids.
The newsletter also points out that Williams has made seven trips to help renovate a kindergarten classroom in Albania. His seventh trip was just a few weeks ago, March 19-27.”
It is time that the SBC stops being derelict in its duty and creates a pedophile database which lists pastors, church leaders and seminarians who have been convicted of such behavior. The convention must act to publicly condemn any church that knowingly hires a pedophile.
This blogger is in shock that this sort of thing is allowed to happen within the SBC. It is even sadder when the atheists get it right and the church, which is supposed to be a paragon of virtue, becomes a hideout for sickos.