Last Friday, a Federal judge rejected Christ Chapel’s claim that under the First Amendment its pastors could, in essence, sexually abuse others with legal impunity – and no court had authority to stop them.
As a result, the court ruled that a Federal lawsuit may proceed against Christ Chapel, which alleges a pervasive pattern of sex abuse at the church.
After failing to get the sex abuse allegations dismissed, Christ Chapel Assembly of God – a large church near us in Woodbridge, Virginia – shortly after agreed to come to satisfactory terms with the defendants and settled the lawsuit.
The factual case against Christ Chapel primarily was investigated and assembled by Nathan’s Voice, a ministry created by our local fellowships to help church abuse victims.
I want to personally thank and acknowledge the help of countless people, as well as the courage of the many victims, in helping with the investigation and eventual successful outcome of this case. I believe that because of this case, it is highly unlikely that sexual abuse will ever be tolerated again at Christ Chapel.
There were times I was moved to tears as I got to know many of the victims and their families, and witnessed their compassion and resolve. It gave me the strength needed to devote over a year to this case before finally handing it over to a litigation law firm for final prosecution.
If any further issues or questions surface regarding Christ Chapel, the complaint (with all the factual background) and related documents are a matter of pubic record and can be obtained from the Federal District Court in Alexandria, Virginia.
See Christ Chapel: Pastoral Sex Abuse for more information.