Leon Richardson, of El-Shaddai Outreach Ministry, confessed to his West Croydon congregation that he had been seeing Donna de-Gale.
Although the minister, who has three children from a previous failed marriage, has stood down he continues to attend church activities and was at a bible reading session this Tuesday.
As a result around half a dozen church-goers have left the ministry in London Road as they objected to his continued presence.
One of them, Sandra Jones, told the Advertiser: “This behaviour is totally wrong. I put my faith and trust in him to find he is doing this.
“I’m amazed he has the nerve to show his face in church.”
In a meeting with select members of the congregation on July 11, Mr Richardson, 39, appealed for forgiveness saying “we don’t fall far from sin.”
When approached by the Advertiser he refused to comment on the scandal and a further accusation that he made an advance on another woman.
He said: “I’ve made my statement to the congregation and it is a personal matter. I think people are trying to be malicious.
“This is now between me and my children. I am only answerable to my congregation, which I have done.
“Pastors stand down all the time.”
Miss de-Gale, who is understood to be around three months pregnant, defended the father of her unborn child as “only human”.
She said: “Of course, you have to set an example but people make mistakes.
“So what if it was out of wedlock. People need to get a life – just because he is a man of the cloth does not make him Superman, he is human.
“Other people in public life do much worse – like take marijuana. He hasn’t done anything illegal.”
The ministry declined to comment. Continue Reading….
You see this is why I cannot take pastors seriously and make a conscious effort to stay away from black led churches of this kind. There’s always some drama happening behind the scenes.
You have the pastor who is on some sort of power trip, judging everyone and everything that crosses his path.
Then you have the pastor who STRESSES that you need to give “generously” each time the collection plate’s whipped out, and seems suspiciously obsessed with money.
Then you have the pastor who was born and raised in South London, but insists on doing a really bad Creflo Dollar / TD Jakes impression while up in the pulpit (I’ve witnessed this).
Then you have the pastor who steals the tithes and uses it to build two luxurious homes in Jamaica (true story).
Then you have the suave married pastor who embarks on passionate affairs with members of his congregration.
And don’t even get me started on members of the congregration. Some are borderline insane!
Anyway in regards to this situation, members of the congregation, who eventually opted to leave the church after the pastor’s confession, are behaving very un-christian like. He has resigned as pastor – fine! But if he still wants to attend the church (in the background), then he should be allowed to do so. At the end of the day, the church is open to everyone.
The members who left need to be asking themselves this question,
“What would Jesus do?”
Plus he could have done a lot worse………..
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