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HBC male youth pastor charged with sexual exploitation of a male student under his care.
The Daily Herald reports on the arrest of 24 year old Paxton Singer who was a youth pastor at Harvest Bible Church-Aurora campus.
The charge is a misdemeanor whose sentence could be probation or up to one year in jail. He was also charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.
Between October 2016 and August 2017, Singer used text messages to entice a person younger than 17 to remove clothing for the purpose of Singer’s sexual arousal or gratification, according to a news release from the Kane County state’s attorney’s office.
He also sent messages asking sexual questions and asked the victim to spend the weekend with him, the office said.
It took 10 months to arrest him?
The article appears to imply that the church fired Singer last January 2018 and reported this to law enforcement that same day. It does seem a bit odd that it took the police 10 months to arrest him.
Scott Milholland, senior executive pastor and chief operating officer for Harvest, said in an email the church fired Singer on Jan. 7 “for cause related to incidents that required DCFS notification brought to our attention and appropriately reported to DCFS” that day.
Multiple incidents over multiple campuses raises multiple red flags.
If one reads that statement, the term *incidents* is used. Were these incidents related to only one child or were there other children involved? Most predators have molested and exploited many times prior to their initial arrest. This means the church should be diligent in making sure their students are safe. They should attempt to find students who may have dropped in and out of their youth programs at all 8 campuses.
Parents of youths involved in the ministries he worked with, on multiple campuses, were informed by email when the church notified DCFS.
Parents: Do not report any incidents to the church. Report these directly to the police.
Reporting the incidents to the church only delays matters. If you report to law enforcement, they will notify the church.
The case is still being investigated. Anyone with information is asked to call DCFS at (800) 252-2873 or the Kane County CAC at (630) 208-5160.
It appears the church allowed Singer to continue to attend the church after their alleged report to law enforcement.
If this tweet is correct, HBC made a serious mistake. This man allegedly committed a crime against a student at this church. The church should not have allowed him to continue at the church where he met the exploited student.
This information was reportedly given to church members in January after the church fired him. The church is in no position to help the predator *move forward.* Good night! Giving him special attention and allowing him to attend the church is downright stupid. Can you imagine how the exploited student felt? What if there were others he exploited in attendance?
Apparently the church realized how stupid this was and now claims that the alleged perp didn’t attend their church after January.
OK, guys which is it?
Milholland said that as far as the church knows, Singer’s relationship with Harvest, including his and his family’s attendance at worship services, ended in January 2018.
Time for all church attendees as well as naive pastors to get smart about sexual abuse.
Although it causes me much pain to report this, it must be done. After 9 1/2 years of dealing with sexual abuse cases in churches, I have come to the conclusions that the evangelical church has a crisis on its hands. I believe that pedophiles and other paraphiliacs target churches because church members are so-gosh-darned naive and easily deceived by a nice looking, oh-so-spiritual church leader. They look at some guy who appears to care about kids and think about how *blessed* they are to have him around. When they see him hanging around a kid, they believe that he just cares about little Joey. It never once crosses their minds that maybe the pastor is a predator. Until people wise up, these incidents will continue.
James MacDonald reflected on his 30 years in ministry and gives us some interesting quotes.
MacDonald was featured in the Christian Post in James MacDonald Reflects on 30 Years in Ministry, #MeToo, Millennials and Future of Faith in the US.
His view on pastoral sexual misconduct (Shut up already):
And so in every instance when calamity strikes, when personal failure is exposed, we should be looking in the mirror. We should be saying: “There but for the grace of God go I.” We should be deepening our own reflection and repentance. And most of all, we should not be piling on and shaming others
His thoughts on how we treat the failure of Christian leaders. (Shut up already again.):
I was just having a conversation this morning with a pretty well-known Christian leader who had kind of sounded off on Twitter about what he thought another Christian leader should be doing. And I just privately appealed to him that we don’t do that. We are under very direct orders about how we can speak about other people in the family [of God.] But then people jump in and say, “Oh but Jesus, He called them blind guides.”
Well, but that’s false teachers, unregenerate people. And you can’t apply the prophetic portion of Christ’s ministry to our brothers and sisters in Christ with whom we’re going to spend eternity. And in regard to them, we need to absorb disappointment rather than expose it to the eyes of people who don’t know Christ.
… All failures are a failure to love. This is something that I have come to with heartfelt conviction too late, and I can look back after 30 years of ministry on a loudmouthed version of myself with great regret and grief.
What’s next for HBC?
You’re going to hear a lot more about Vertical Church, our Vertical Worship is going all over the world, our latest was nominated for two Dove Awards.
…And we’re taking an unprecedented step as we launch what we’re calling “next 30.” We’re adding a fifth pillar, which is Unconditional Love.
I like the idea of unconditional love. However, it can sound like a meme with little meaning. Here’s a suggestion to make it more relevant and understandable. MacDonald should drop the lawsuits and invite everyone out for dinner. I bet it would do more for the next 30 years than the lawsuits.