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A Florida pastor with a history of sexual misconduct allegations, once again, to preach in the pulpit, startling the members, who point to his three-year prison sentence in 2009 for sexually molesting two young girls.
The Rev. Darrell Gilyard, a registered sex offender and the Sun Is shining, it is the new pastor of the Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Jacksonville, according to the local news.
At one point a rising star, the protégé of former Southern Baptist Convention President Paige Patterson, is now littered with a history of sexual misconduct on the part of the arguments of the hundreds of women from the two previous churches that he has been in Texas and Oklahoma, dating back to the mid – ‘ 90s, the Christian Post reports.
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“God didn’t feel the need for predators in the pulpit, no matter how great of a speaker to the truth of the word of God is spoken of,” Tiffany Thigpen Kilgannon, who said that she was a victim, wrote on the church’s Facebook page.
Darrell Lewis Gilyard, 58, is pictured in a photo dated Feb. 23, 2020, in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Sexual Offender / Predator Flyer.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
“Please, please, make your young girls and women are safe. It’s a painful thing to have to recover, give them the gift of safety and security,” she added.
However, some of the members are supporting Gilyard, in spite of its history of repeated accusations go back several decades.
“I certainly wasn’t disappointed, but I prayed about it, as I’ve been trying to do it all over, and I have forgiven him,” James Andrews told News4Jax.
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Prior to the time of his arrest, Gilyard was forced to leave a Dallas-area church after he confessed to some of the claims made in 1991, Gilyard has defended herself against several civil suits, including one that he ultimately decided — in a grief-stricken widow, who accuses of him of raping and impregnating her during a session in accordance with Florida and federal court records.
Gilyard, in the video, obtained by an investigation conducted by the Houston Chronicle, he said that he saw himself as the one “legitimate,” but that he was sorry for her misconduct.
“I stand before you tonight a broken man, to know that in the past, I have sinned against God and against my family, and for you,” he said.
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The controversial priest, who is able to work in the church as well as be a registered sex offender because he was not on probation, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, they believe that he has changed.
“Of course, I believe that I have changed. But only time will tell if I’ve been changed,” Gilyard told First Coast News, in 2014. “I’m a believer that if you make a mistake, you have to pay the price. However, you will pay the price forever?”