Jacksonville Church Hires a Convicted Sex Offender, Then Bans Kids

Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida has hired Darrell Gilyard, a pastor recently released from prison, where he was sentenced for sexually abusing minors.  Following a court ruling that denied his attorneys' attempts to let him preach around kids, the church decided not to ditch Gilyard, but to temporarily kick out the church's children.

Clutch Magazine reports:

In 2009 Gilyard plead guilty to lewd conduct and lewd molestation of two underage girls. While he was the pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church Gilyard molested a 15-year-old girl and sent a lewd text message to another. Under the conditions of his plea agreement, Gilyard cannot have “unsupervised contact with children under 18 years old,”

Gilyward walked out of jail on December 28,  and by as early as late January, he was preaching at  Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. 

The weirdest part? According to Clutch Magazine:

Gilyard's arrival at the church has caused a spike in attendance. Before Gilyard joined the church about 10 members came to service. Now the numbers are between 150 and 200.

Read more here.

AlterNet / By Staff

Posted at February 21, 2012, 10:58am

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