Skip to comments.Former Youth Pastor Accused of Giving Kids Alcohol, Drugs and Porn
Posted on 05/08/2014 7:56:29 PM PDT by wonkowasright
A former youth pastor has been charged with sex crimes involving young men at an Arkansas church. ... Berkley, 34, was arrested at a cemetery in Covington, Tennessee, Monday afternoon after finishing a funeral service.
Police in Harrison say the investigation into the former pastor began March 28, while he was a pastor at Shiloh Baptist. They interviewed more than a dozen male victimsall between the ages of 14 and 18through mid-April.
One victim said he went to Berkleys house believing it was a Bible study. While there, he was allowed to drink and smoke marijuana and a hookah.
Several victims said the pastor used to walk around naked, and he had sexual contact with them on more than one occasion. ... An employee at Shiloh Baptist also reported that at least $4,400 is missing. ... Berkley was senior pastor at Victory Baptist Church in Henning, Tennessee, 2 1/2 years ago. He was reportedly asked to leave the church, but no one at the church has said why.
(Excerpt) Read more at charismanews.com ...
How did he get his next job ? [ no central tracking of ministers offenses .. its needed ]
Who the heck would think this was a Bible Study ?
Surely this wasn't a secret, someone knew and didn't say for a while.
This isn't the baptist churches I recall..... Good gravy this is one messed up series of events.
Supposed to be some ellipses in that article section not sure how they fell off. Only posted the highlights, read rest at link.
The freaks prey on children
May I ask why this sort of thing never reflects badly on the homosexual community?
A disproportionate number of Catholic priest abuse cases were abuse of boys and young men, but the media never mentions that fact. It is always discussed as child abuse in general terms, without regard to who is being victimized.
I think the media tries to play down the fact that boys and men are being targeted, so as not to reflect badly on the homosexual community.
They do. And the SBC refuses to provide any reporting structure to prevent guys like this from moving from one baptist church to another.
There is a strong movement in the SBC to engage in self policing to prevent this but to date it hasn’t prevailed.
Churches in the SBC are independent entities, the SBC does not run them
” a dozen male victims”
Can we say he is a gay pastor?
The SBC leadership is completely corrupt. Even Don Wildmon at the AFA is calling the SBC out for its surrender on cultural issues. So, even though this scandal doesn’t touch the SBC, the SBC is a scandal all by itself - it is covertly becoming nothing more than CBF-lite. So much for the “Conservative Resurgence”...
The approach of the company goes beyond the standard criminal background check, although this is an important part of the process. Churches entering into an agreement with Child Guard receive a customized training and testing program for their ministries. Staff members and volunteers receive online training, testing and certification to ensure they understand appropriate procedures for maintaining the safety of the minor children under their care. A criminal background check for each staff member and volunteer is included as a crucial part of the service.
"We looked at companies providing safety-related services to churches and found Child Guard to be the best choice for our convention," said Joe Davis, the SBTC's chief financial officer. "We strongly recommend that churches establish thorough and effective safety procedures for their own staff members and volunteers, whether they use Child Guard or not. At the very least, do a background check on everyone who works with children in your church."
"The safety of children, that is the bottom line," Richards said. "We're trying to help as we can, but the responsibility falls on individual churches. Only they have the authority to direct their own ministries. We hope our recommendation of this service provider will encourage churches to do more to keep kids safe and their own ministries reputable."
Although Southern Baptist churches have formed denominational entities at the local, state and national levels, the churches remain self-governing. Participation at various denominational levels is completely voluntary and the entities maintain no level of control over churches.
The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention is a fellowship of more than 1,900 Southern Baptist churches in Texas. The convention was formed in 1998 and maintains denominational offices in Grapevine, Texas. More information is available at sbtexas.com.
Due diligence is the responsibility of those seeking pastors to shepherd their church. Also, we learn from http://www.bpnews.net/bpnews.asp?id=28232:
At six pages, the Executive Committee's report on child sexual abuse - adopted after two years of study -- also said it is "strongly persuaded that no church or Baptist entity should employ a known sex offender."
Passed with only one dissenting vote, the recommendation said the Executive Committee "believes utilizing a reliable and authoritative database is an extremely important initial step of background review Southern Baptist churches should take to provide the highest degree of protection against sexual predators." The database is called the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender database -- available at www.nsopr.gov -- and includes a list of convicted sex offenders nationwide. It is linked from the SBC's official website, www.sbc.net.
The Executive Committee declined - as a 2007 motion by Oklahoma pastor Wade Burleson suggested -- to establish a database of Southern Baptist offenders. The report said that, "on the surface," the idea of a Southern Baptist-run database "seems like a good idea." But the report said such a proposal raised several questions and concerns:
-- that it would be "impossible to assure that all convicted sexual predators who ever had a connection with a Baptist church would be discoverable for inclusion on such a list."
-- that "creating a database of 'Baptist only' convicted sexual offenders would leave out predators previously identified in other faith groups who could come in under the radar" and obtain employment at a Southern Baptist church. Sexual predators "frequently migrate" from victim to victim and job to job, the report said, and a national Southern Baptist database would not be of help for churches that hire someone from a non-SBC church.
-- that Southern Baptists' ecclesiology - each church is autonomous - "precludes the Convention from having any authority to require local churches to report instances of alleged sexual abuse to their local association, their state Baptist convention, or the national Convention."
The Dru Sjodin database, the report said, is maintained and provided by the United States Department of Justice and is "publicly accessible without charge" and "the best resource for such use."
"Any convicted sex offender, regardless of religious affiliation, is already listed in the Department of Justice's national database of convicted sex offenders," the report said.
It is not enough, the report said, for a church to only view a candidate's criminal history. The Dru Sjodin national database, the report said, should be employed, but a thorough background check also should be undertaken.
"In summary, prevention of sexual abuse, and proper response when victimization occurs, are best accomplished by churches diligently utilizing procedures, information, and resources already readily available," the report said. "Churches are strongly encouraged to recognize the threat or harm as real, to avail themselves of such information, and to aggressively undertake adequate steps at the local level to prevent harm and protect victims.
"The Executive Committee strongly encourages local congregations to devise policies and execute strategies (1) to be diligent as they choose and supervise their ministers, employees, and volunteers, (2) to be vigorous in their investigations of known or suspected sex abuse within their ranks, and (3) to be honest and forthcoming in revealing the facts to their sister congregations when asked about former ministers, employees, and volunteers."
The report further said the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is "fully capable of determining the proper construction, prioritization, and provision of ministry called for by sexual abuse victimization."
The Executive Committee's Bylaws Workgroup and Administrative Subcommittee discussed the recommendation and report during their morning meetings June 9. Much of the discussion centered on whether it would be reasonable for a child sex offender - after accepting Christ - to be employed again in a Southern Baptist church. The workgroup and subcommittee decided it would not. There are two issues, members of the workgroup and subcommittee said: a person's salvation and a person's employment. Although the person can be forgiven for past sins, he or she should not again be placed in a position of trust.
"God is a gracious, gracious God. God forgives. We can restore those that do this to our fellowship [as members of the church]," workgroup chairman Stephen Wilson told EC members in presenting the report. "But the committee felt very strongly that in terms of employment practice, this is not something that we think we ought to be doing, and that is restoring people to a leadership position after they have had this type of [incident] in their lives."
Additional articles dealing with child sex abuse prevention in the SBC are HERE
Would you feel better if he was supplying liquor and walking around naked in front of a bunch of teenage girls?
Evil knows no social, cultural, political, geographical, or religious boundary.
The predators will target the innocent wherever they are. They will get away with it, as long as we let them.
Looks like, here possibly, his evil was not stopped at his prior church and rather sent on his way to do his evil at another location...sounds all too familiar.
Why would there be "central tracking" when they are different organizations? Even the Catholic bishops didn't use central tracking when they were shuffling priests around.
It has no control over its member churches, so it is impossible to blame them for what independent churches do
That is correct.
You ignorant twit. My post had nothing to do with the constituent churches. As for what is going on in Nashville and with Russell Moore, you are obviously completely uninformed. Even the AFA has become critical of the SBC leadership.
No I would not feel better if he were doing things to teenage girls. Just saying, the fact that he is homosexual is being glossed over.
I’ll put my money on the majority of true Baptist churches (not the Westboro off shoots) being more biblical in their teachings and governance than any other denominations (Methodists, Catholic, ECLA etc...).
You have failed to post ANY corroborating evidence of your blanket condemnation of all Southern Baptist churches and all you can do is call me names? Don't imagine you will find your input is given much credence.
I see you think you are the Grand Inquisitor. I no longer try to educate the ignorant. If you just read what appears on FR you would know some of it. But, of course, you are full of opinions and, It appears, don’t read much. I doubt, for example, that you have attended many SBC Annual Meetings, or if you did, you weren’t paying attention, for example, when they shoved through a resolution supporting amnesty by holding the meeting in Phoenix and bullying the messengers from the podium to support it upon pain of being called racist. Richard Land, our very own member of the Council on Foreign Relations, has bleated loudly that it wasn’t “amnesty”, but his protestations are worth about what Boehner’s are on this subject.
You are supporting a Convention that is becoming CBF-lite as it inches toward embracing “diversity” (using recycled D party slogans), amnesty, etc.
You are what Lenin called a “useful idiot”. Page, Moore, Ranier, Stetzer, and the rest of the gang are counting on people like you.
By the way, yes I do criticize both Protestants and Catholics based on issues. What do you do? Have you just put on a jersey for a team and cheer it on?
My "jersey" is for the home team of Jesus Christ and I cheer on with the angels over every soul that comes to repentance and faith in Christ. No church ever saved anyone - it is faith alone in Christ alone by the grace of God alone to the glory of God alone. I am grateful that I learned the truth through a Southern Baptist church and that forty-five years later, they are still doctrinally straight. I don't doubt you have some personal beef with the SBC. No human institution is perfect nor do its members escape being wrong from time to time, but what irks me the most about your crass personal insults and blanket condemnation of all Southern Baptist churches is that you BEGAN your tirade based not upon the subject of this thread - child sex abuse within a non-Catholic Christian church - but the mistaken idea that the SBC has no process for screening out child abusers - though that was shown to NOT be the case. You claimed:
The SBC leadership is completely corrupt. Even Don Wildmon at the AFA is calling the SBC out for its surrender on cultural issues. So, even though this scandal doesnt touch the SBC, the SBC is a scandal all by itself - it is covertly becoming nothing more than CBF-lite. So much for the Conservative Resurgence.
Perhaps you need some "education" of your own.
Your first paragraph confirms my first point. You have a reading comprehension problem that I’m not going to try to correct. I have consistently commented on the SBC leadership, not the churches. By the way, I said nothing about whether the SBC has or doesn’t have a process for screening employees in individuals churches. The fact is that they don’t have that responsibility and shouldn’t because the churches are independent. At the annual meetings there are, however, always vendors of background checking services trying to get the attention of pastors. That doesn’t make the SBC responsible for what happens in the individual churches, and it is just about as far as the Convention should go, other than exhorting member churches to exercise care. If you were familiar with the CBF, you would have understood what I was criticizing regarding movement in the wrong direction on cultural issues. And, no, I won’t give you a link to tell you what the CBF is.
As for remedying the rest of your ignorance by supplying you with links to information that you should already be aware of if you are going to have a responsible opinion on the subject, I’m not bothering. You aren’t alone, though, I don’t provide links to people who become indignant when I tell them that nobody is really paying SS taxes into a true trust fund. When someone lacks even a minimal knowledge base on a topic, the onus is on him to inform himself. You might learn something.
The CBF (Cooperative Baptist Fellowship), I'm sure has its own statement of faith and whether or not it agrees with the Southern Baptist Convention and affiliated SB churches, isn't really the point. You condemned the SBC, called it a scandal, and then gave NOTHING but your own opinions instead of cold hard facts to back it up (your onus, not mine). These "cultural issues" you seem to insist are going in the "wrong direction" also lack examples. If I were a betting woman, I'd say you are a know-it-all who delights in patronizing others instead of sharing knowledge - which IS why these forums exist. I'm not impressed.
I share knowledge, but I don’t teach kindergarten. I gave you some facts, which you ignore, but, as I said, I am not going to bother with someone who has belligerently held opinions and lacks even a modest grasp of the subject. Nevertheless, here is something you can look up. The SBC is NOT “made up” of Baptist churches across the country. If it were, it would be more like a denomination, which it isn’t. The SBC began as a cooperative program with a statement of faith that now has some additional programs. Being an “SBC church” involves little more than sending money to the cooperative program.
You evidently don’t even know what the CBF is. That means you have no clue about the Conservative Resurgence or who Paige Patterson, Paul Pressler, and others who have been central to SBC life are or what they did. Moreover, you probably don’t know who any of the new leaders I mentioned are....yet, you have opinions and expect others to educate you when you obviously haven’t taken the time to equip yourself with the basics. I’m not a “know it all”, but I am a “know something”, and I don’t opine unless I have done the work to be in that position.
Cute graphic ;-)