HIV-positive pastor who slept with congregants banned from church

By Drum Digital
17 October 2014

A minister who confessed to having sex with church members and neglecting to tell them he had AIDS has been temporarily banned from acting as pastor.

A minister who confessed to having sex with church members and neglecting to tell them he had AIDS has been temporarily banned from acting as pastor, the Associated Press, has reported.

A Montgomery County Circuit Court judge ruled that the Rev. Juan McFarland (47) must turn in his church keys and his church Mercedes vehicle and then stay away from the church he led for 24 years.  

Judge Charles Price, issued a preliminary injunction, as sought by deacons and trustees of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, in the USA. Church members hugged and prayed after the ruling. “Now we’ve got the church back, and the healing can begin,” said Lois Caffey, a member for 21 years.

Rev. Juan McFarland (2)

The judge scheduled a hearing December 1 to decide whether to issue a permanent injunction.

One of the plaintiffs, Deacon Nathan Williams Jr., said church leaders had no suspicions about McFarland until he delivered sermons in in August and September, during which he confessed to having sex with church members in the church building, but not in the sanctuary; having AIDS but not telling sex partners; and using illegal drugs.

Rev. Juan McFarland (1)

Williams said McFarland told the congregation that God directed him to make a public confession. Williams testified that the congregation first tried to help the pastor but that when it didn’t work, members took a vote during a service October 5 to fire him.

Source: nydailynews.com

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