Oct. 17, 2019
Tuesday morning, I sent an email to the Pioneer Drive church family after news broke that an individual who last worked in our ministry 23 years ago had been arrested in Tennessee on charges linked to a child sex crime allegation.
I never intended to downplay the severity of the charges detailed in the arrest warrant or to diminish those making the accusations, their families or any victim of childhood sexual abuse. I now realize that my ill-chosen words did both of those things. I also understand that my words caused many people both inside and outside of the Pioneer Drive family to be hurt and angry.
I am sorry.
Please forgive me.
My email has now been shared widely through social media by victims’ advocates and others. I understand my words were insensitive, and they did not convey what was truly in my heart.
Therefore, I want to be clear today when I tell you that Pioneer Drive will not protect those who harm children. We pledge to everyone who entrusts a child to us at Pioneer Drive through our many church activities, Mother’s Day Out or Child Development Center that the safety and security of your child is our top priority.
Pioneer Drive is committed to protecting children and to ministering to anyone who has been traumatized by sexual abuse. If you or someone in your family is a victim, Pioneer Drive will pray for you, serve and protect you, and help you in the healing process.