Retired pastor admits 'moral failure'
ASBURY SEMINARY PROFESSOR EMERITUS SAYS HE'S ACCUSED OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
By Frank E. Lockwood
After hearing a sermon on "Forgiveness and Restoration," worshippers Sunday
at Wilmore United Methodist Church sent their children out of the sanctuary
then waited while their 83-year-old former pastor walked slowly to the
The Rev. David A. Seamands, who is also a nationally known best-selling
author and Asbury Seminary professor emeritus, told the congregation he had
been accused of "sexual misconduct with an adult female occurring over a
number of years."
Reading from a prepared statement, he admitted to a "breach of trust and
"I deeply regret the pain and suffering I have caused to the victim, to my
family, friends and the church." he said. Seamands said he had agreed to
follow a "redemptive plan of accountability" which complies with Methodist
For the next year, he said, "I will refrain from all ministerial functions
and actions and will use this year as a time of penitential prayer and