Religion Youth Pastor Watch
posted by March 24 at 11:00 AMon
A local youth pastor is accused of having an ongoing sexual relationship with a teenager that investigators said started when the girl was 15…. Jeremy Workman is charged with unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. He is being held on a $250,000 bond awaiting his next court appearance.
Workman served as the youth pastor at Berea Baptist Church for eight years. He recently resigned after the church discovered he was involved in an adulterous relationship. Later, the church learned that the relationship allegedly started when the girl was 15.
“This kind of evil behavior takes place frequently in secular venues, but when it occurs in a holy setting like God’s house, it is especially grievous,” said Pastor Kenneth Spink.
Welcome to Youth Pastor Watch, Pastor Spink. As regular Slog readers are aware, this kind evil behavior—youth pastors gone wild—happens with alarming motherfuckingfrequency in non-secular venues just like yours. You can find recent examples of this kind of evil behavior happening in venues like yours, Pastor Spink, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Those are just our Youth Pastor Watch posts since the first of the year, Pastor Spink, and many of those posts feature multiple examples of youth pastors behaving badly in churches and other non-secular venues. There are lots more examples in our archives—feel free to poke around, Pastor Spink.
Once again: If children got raped at Denny’s as often as they get raped in churches, angry mobs would burn every damn Denny’s in the country to the ground. But stick a cross on the roof and it doesn’t seem to matter how many kids get raped. A million youth pastors, pastors, priests, bishops, elders, etc., can get caught raping their parishioners’ kids and the whole world pretends (or feels obligated to pretend) that the latest child rape is a shocking and isolated incident. So each and every time it happens the exact same story gets written: “How could this have happened in a church, of all places, and how could the accused be a man of the God, of all people? But let’s not think about those questions too hard, ladies and gentleman, as that might hamper healing process. Instead our brand new youth pastor shall now lead us in prayer.”
Christ. Wouldn’t it be great if the media covered youth pastor attacks the same way they covered shark attacks?