Warsaw church goes silent on social media following pastoral scandal

New Life Christian Church and World Outreach in Warsaw, Ind.
New Life Christian Church and World Outreach in Warsaw, Ind.(WPTA)
Published: May. 25, 2022 at 11:58 AM EDT
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WARSAW, Ind. (WPTA) - A church that has been the focal point of national attention since the revelation of a pastor’s sexual relationship years ago with a teenage girl has taken its social media pages offline.

New Life Christian Church and World Outreach is no longer sharing information via Facebook or other social media services. Its website remained available as of Wednesday afternoon.

A message shared with ABC21 indicated that the church intends to communicate only with its members directly for the foreseeable future. It also notes the cancellation of Wednesday evening’s service.

On Monday, Pastor John Lowe II formally resigned -- one day after he told congregants that he had been involved in an adulterous relationship in the past, asking worshipers for forgiveness. Moments later, a woman stepped forward and said that Lowe had sex with her when she was 16 years old.

“You are not the victim here,” she said.

The incident was shared globally in a livestream and recordings that have circulated in the days since. Also on Monday, ABC21 first reported that Kosciusko prosecutors were investigating matters involving Lowe. No charges have been filed.

Church officials addressed the situation in a statement that remains posted on its web page. It reads, in part:

In the wake of what has now been revealed, we are hurting and broken for a woman who has lovingly attended and served in the church for many years, as well as for her husband and family. It is our deepest prayer and commitment to love, support, encourage and help her through a process of healing in any way in which we are able. New Life is likewise devoted to ministering to and with all of our members through this difficult season, that we might not only survive this, but experience together abundant grace, unity healing – all for the glory of God, and the preservation of His church.

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