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Pastor receives Standing Ovation after admitting to “Sexual Incident” with High School Student 20 years ago



The congregation at Highpoint Church, Memphis, gave a standing ovation to pastor Andy Savage, after he admitted to a “sexual incident” with a minor 20 years ago, New York Times reports.

The woman had accused him of sexual assault just days before Savage decided to admit to his church of the offense.

The woman, Jules Woodson, wrote that she was 17 and in high school when Savage, a youth pastor with her church, sexually assaulted her.

He had offered to drive her home from church when he drove her instead to a wooded area and had her perform oral sex on him.

Savage only told his church he had sinned and did not detail what exactly took place. He had taken responsibility for his sin, he said, and never kept it a secret from the pastors.

In Woodson’s story, however, she had revealed that Savage had begged that she take the event “to the grave,” and she was the one who told the pastors.

The pastors, however, did nothing, and urged her not to report to the authorities.

“Jules, I am deeply sorry for my actions 20 years ago. I remain committed to cooperate with you toward forgiveness and healing,” Savage told his congregation, the service streamed live online.

The congregation had stood and applauded him, with the lead pastor of the church, Chris Conlee, coming forward to say he supported Savage and was one of the people who “hurt by the ripple effect of the consequences of that sin.”

Woodson on the other hand revealed to the New York Times that she had texted Savage asking him if he remembered the assault and got no reply from him, before making the story public.

She had thought he would respond, she said, apologize to her, and only after a month of silence did she go public with the story.

Watch the apology video below:

Photo Credit: Highpoint Church


  1. Oyindee

    January 11, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Oh my Wao!

  2. Lilo

    January 11, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Na only 20 years ago? That’s a f$&&$kboy with pastoral title. I’m sure there have been several incidents. His wife is probably in on it too

  3. SoniaPaloma

    January 11, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    I am not sure how to react to this one to be honest. I watched the video and thought, he must be really remorseful to speak out about this publicly only for me to read the message above and realised he did not give a hoot until he was ratted out. Arrant nonsense, this dimwit is only sorry he got caught and was about to be put on blast publicly, so his PR team must have advised him to go this route to at least have some brainwashed members on his side.

  4. Adana

    January 11, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    This is so wrong. How many women has he sexually assaulted in the past?

  5. miss_nk

    January 11, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    He raped her. Why is he talking to the church like it was consensual sexual activity?

  6. Jesus chic

    January 11, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    I pray more people won’t deliberately abuse women and say, after all when they confess they will have a standing ovation.

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