Church: We had nothing to do with this rape

“While we are deeply saddened over the crimes committed and asking God to bring healing to the victim and her family, we are convinced that Delaware Grace had no connection to Brian’s criminal activity.”

That’s the statement from the Grace Brethren Church in Sunbury, OH.

Their former Senior Pastor, Brian Williams, has been convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl.

But the church had no part in it… according to the church.  At least that’s what they’re saying after they’re being sued for negligence.

The prosecution’s case?

Brian Williams, as a pastor, had two other incidents of inappropriate behavior prior to this 2008 rape incident.

It seems that in 2002 he was accused of saying inappropriate things to an 18-year-old woman at the church office.

And in the 1990s, he allegedly put his hand down the back of a 16-year-old girl’s overalls.

If these things are true… then I think there’s a real possibility that the church will be found to have some culpability in Williams’ criminal activity.

There are a lot of unanswered questions.  Did the church know about the previous allegations?  Were there allegations with Williams in his current role at this church that were covered up?  Did the church do proper venting when they hired Williams (criminal background checks, referral checks, etc.)?

Hey guys… we’re responsible for our staff.  And that’s a scary prospect to think about.  All the more reason to make sure that we have good relationships, and that we’ve done proper venting (corrected:  VETTING) on EVERYONE.

And if something looks fishy… confront it… head on.

And don’t cover up activity and move people on to another church.

I’m all for restoration… but restoration from sexual sin is tough.

Just ask Brian Williams and Grace Brethren Church.

Thoughts?

Todd

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4 Comments

  • Sue June 11, 2013 Reply

    You mean “vetting.”

  • Dave June 11, 2013 Reply

    Yeah, I’m thinking “vetting” also. I have heard that churches have been sued by pastors for outing their bad behavior, so this is a tricky business. If you don’t say something you get sued by future victims. If you do something, you get sued by the guilty party? This can’t be right.

    • Todd Rhoades June 11, 2013 Reply

      Duly noted. And changed.

      Someone should VET my writing for me. 🙂

      Todd

  • Kathy September 12, 2013 Reply

    This is WAY late, but you have the story wrong. The above statement is from Delaware Grace, where Williams worked until 2004. When he committed this crime he was pastor of Sunbury Grace, a totally different and independent church. While this is a horrible crime and we pray for the victim, it seems odd that she settled for $70000 from the church he was employed by, and 3 years later sues the church he was FORMERLY employed with for 3 million $.

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