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83 Year Old UM Conservative Renewal Leader Confesses "sexual misconduct with an adult female occurring over a number of years."


Excerpt: HERALD-LEADER

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 front.

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 moral failure."

"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 church law.

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 discernment."

 

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