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Pastor admits to "sexual incident" with teen 20 years ago, gets standing ovation
|Last Edited||RP Jan 11, 2018 03:33pm|
|News Date||Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:10:00 AM UTC0:0|
|Description||Megachurch pastor Andy Savage made a confession this past Sunday at Highpoint Church in Memphis, Tennessee. |
"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.
His request for forgiveness got a standing ovation from the congregation.
Jules Woodson was 17 years old when she says she was sexually assaulted by Savage during a ride home from church. At the time, Savage was a 22-year-old youth minister at a Houston church. Woodson recently went public about her story on a Christian blog.
She said she notified a different pastor, who told her to keep quiet. she says Savage left the church weeks later.
Chris Conlee, the lead pastor of the Memphis church where Savage now ministers, prayed for Savage and Woodson.
"It saddens us that Ms. Woodson has not been on the same road to healing," Conlee said.
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