Indiana Pastor John Lowe II Admits ‘Adultery’ at New Life Christian Church in Warsaw; wife said she was a teenager
John Lowe II has resigned, the New Life Christian Church and World Outreach in Warsaw said in a statement posted on its website.
Lowe, 65, told church members on Sunday that he had “committed adultery” and wanted their forgiveness. Moments later, a woman approached the microphone and said the pastor had sex with her when she was 16, according to the video.
“That was 27 years ago, not 20. … I was only 16 when you took my virginity from your office. Do you remember that? I know you remember that,” he said. she said as Lowe stood nearby.
She said “the lies and manipulation must stop”.
The church said leaders confronted Lowe recently after the woman told others about a “long-standing secret”. The church said the sexual conduct continued into her twenties.
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“We are hurt and broken for a woman who lovingly attended and served the church for many years, and for her husband and family,” the church statement read. “It is our deepest prayer and our commitment to love, support, encourage and help her through a healing process in any way we can.”
The church said “none of this” was previously known to staff.
No one answered the phone at church on Tuesday.
TV stations reported that the Kosciusko County District Attorney was investigating. Daniel Hampton’s office declined to comment on Tuesday.
“I will not use the Bible to defend, protect, turn away my past sin,” Lowe told his congregation. “I have no defence. I have committed adultery. To put it plainly, I have made no mistake. … I have sinned.”
Church members stood and applauded Lowe. After the woman’s extraordinary words, a few dozen people approached to surround and support the pastor while another man led a prayer.
Lowe’s family is deeply involved in the church. His wife, Debra Lowe, is a co-pastor, his son Bryan Lowe is an associate pastor, and his daughter Brightie Lowe is a community pastor, according to the website.
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