Skip to comments.Ex-Megachurch Pastor Earl Paulk Dies in Atlanta Hospital
Posted on 03/29/2009 8:05:52 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
ATLANTA An evangelical pastor whose leadership of an Atlanta-area megachurch ended in a sex scandal has died.
Atlanta Medical Center said Archbishop Earl Paulk, who was in his 80s, died early Sunday. The hospital could not release a cause of death. Paulk had been in bad health for the past couple of years after a battle with cancer.
A phone listing for Paulk's family could not immediately be found.
Paulk co-founded the Cathedral at Chapel Hill in Decatur and helped grow it to a peak membership of about 10,000 in the early 1990s.
A lawsuit by a female employee sparked a chain of events that ended in Paulk pleading guilty in January 2008 to lying under oath by denying affairs with other women.
A paternity test revealed Paulk was the father of his nephew, who is now leader of the church.
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Former church employee Mona Brewer is suing Paulk, his brother, Don, and the church for allegedly manipulating her into an affair from 1989 to 2003 by telling her it was her only path to salvation. In a 2006 deposition stemming from the lawsuit, the archbishop said under oath that the only woman he had ever had sex with outside of his marriage was Brewer.
But the results of a court-ordered paternity test revealed in October that Paulk is the biological father of his brother's son, D.E. Paulk, who is now head pastor at the family's church. As part of Brewer's lawsuit, eight women have given sworn depositions that they were coerced into sexual relationships with Earl Paulk.
Stop the presses
Do reporters ever read what they write? He could not possibly be the father of his nephew, because the person in question would not be his nephew, but his son.
One’s a legal definition, the other is biological.
My Sister in Law’s entire family were members of this church for years. My brother met the guy, and would not even acknowledge him. He said that the guy just gave hime the creeps.
Years later my SIL’s family wised up and left the church.
Jesus’ harshest tone was directed toward hypocritical religious leaders.
Why thank you for that explanation, captain obvious, but the sentence is idiotic as it is written.
Note to self: Never trust a man with the middle name “Pearly”.
Is it time yet to abandon this term?