Christ Chapel: Pastoral Sex Abuse

Eventually, the truth comes out as people see with their own eyes see the arrogance, victim-blaming and lies that surface when a church and its senior leadership desperately try to deny responsibility for repeated instances of clergy sexual abuse.

Christ Chapel in Woodbridge, Virginia

Eventually, people – who may have been hesitant before – become very motivated to step forward and bear witness against the evil that occurred.

Eventually, tyrants through their own arrogance dig their own graves.

Just like what we’re seeing in the sports world and in the political world – where sexual predators and the institutions that supported them are becoming exposed despite initial denials – so it’s starting to happen with Christ Chapel Assembly of God, a large local church in Woodbridge, Virginia.

After nothing but denials, Christ Chapel and its leadership have now been served with formal charges that allege a prevailing pattern of sexual abuse, harassment and discrimination by pastors and other men on staff.

When confronted in early 2011, the senior pastor, Bill Roberts, brazenly denied in writing any knowledge of abuse in Christ Chapel – despite previous communications from and prior meetings with angry friends and families of various victims. In fact, he even tried to intimidate one of the victims through his attorney with a letter that threatened to probe into and expose her sexual history if she didn’t do what he wanted.

But as Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice,” and now he’s the one facing a probe and exposure for the wrongs that occurred.

This case is not over, but those of us working on it during the last year have been honored to get to know many of the victims – some of whom were still teenagers when hit on, seduced and abused by Christ Chapel pastors twice their age.

Eventually, if you are patient, quietly seek the truth, and trust that the Lord also cares about the victims, you will see – like the prophet Amos in the Old Testament – “justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

At Christ Chapel, confession, repentance and restitution were rejected. Now let justice begin.

If you want more details on the alleged abuse that occurred at Christ Chapel, see Confronting Abusive Pastors – Private or Public Sin?

The federal lawsuit eventually filed against Christ Chapel, which sets forth the full story of abuse involving multiple men on staff and many victims, can be found here.

If you are a victim and need help, or if you have relevant information and want to bear witness in support of the victims, see Nathan’s Voice. All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

~ Jim