Hammond IN- The First Baptist Church in Hammond has dismissed Pastor Jack Schaap, a married father, in the wake of allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 16 year old girl affiliated with the church’s Hyles-Anderson College.
The church issued a statement that “a sin has caused him to forfeit his right to be our pastor.” Schapp has been reining pastor since 2001 after the death of Rev. Jack Hyles, founder of the Hyles-Anderson College and father of Schaaps wife. So not only did this guy take over for his own wife’s father, he had an affair with a girl affiliated with the school that his father-in-law built. Classy.
Allegations against Schaap were brought to the attention of the church’s deacons by a member who said the affair between Schaap and the teen has been going on since April. When he was confronted, Schaap reportedly admitted to his sins to the church’s governing body of deacons. Schaap was swiftly fired and the information handed over to Lake County police for investigation.
Eddie Wilson, director of public relations for the church, said church officials didn’t believe anything criminal occurred, but information was turned over to the sheriff’s department “for the sake of transparency and honesty.” Not only is the sheriff’s department investigating the matter, but so is the FBI. They got involved because Schaap allegedly took the girl across state lines for their meetings.
This isn’t the first time the church was rocked by allegations of sexual misdeeds. In 1991, Deacon A.V. Ballenger was convicted of fondling a 7 year old girl in her Sunday school class. When I was young I attended First Baptist Church and it was then coined “Worlds Largest Church” and boasts over 15,000 members. The place scared the living crap out of me.Tags: Adultery, First Baptist Church, Indiana, Jack Schapp, pastor