Mega Chrurch Pastor accused of Child Sexual Abuse

English: The main buildings of First Baptist C...

English: The main buildings of First Baptist Church (Hammond, Indiana). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dr. Jack Schaap has been removed as pastor at First Baptist Church in Hammond for an "improper relationship with a young woman," according to a church spokesman. (Credit:

The former pastor, Jack Schaap, 54, of First Baptist Church of Hammond has confessed to having sex with a 16 year old girl, who was going to him for counseling, board members told the congregation Wednesday night. The pastor was fired immediately, who has led the church for the last 11 years.  The church plans to fully cooperate with an FBI investigation into allegations that multiple sexual encounters involving the same girl took place across state lines. His secretary drove the girl across state lines and was fired as well.

Schaap’s affair was outed accidentally, a former church member said. “Jack Schaap had left his cell phone on the pulpit and a deacon had seen it on the pulpit and had picked it up to bring it back to him,” Trisha Kee, who maintains a Facebook group for ex-congregants. “From what we understand, the deacon then saw a text come through from a teenage girl in the church, and it was a picture of Jack Schaap and this girl making out.” Another young woman has also come forward, who was going to him for counseling, as well.

“Our church grieves over the need to take this action and the impact it will have on our people”, Eddie Wilson, a church spokesman said. Norma Hogan described the pastor as “very charismatic, very magnetic.”

Lake County Sheriff John Buncich says that his department began a criminal investigation into the church and its Hyles-Anderson College Tuesday after talking with senior church representatives. He added that Schaap was being investigated along with Hyles-Anderson College, where the former pastor was once a vice president, and where it is believed the teenage girl took classes. The First Baptist Church of Hammond faced a similar scandal in 1991 when a deacon was convicted of molesting a 7-year-old girl in her Sunday school class.

Schaap and his wife Cindy, the daughter of a beloved former pastor, have been married for more than 30 years and have two children. He is attempting reconciliation with his wife. Schaap has made a career writing advice books about dating.

This pastor should be held accountable not only by his church but by the law as well.  This young girl along with the other will likely suffer for this the rest of their lives.  And there are likely others that have not come forward as of yet.  Most pedophiles have many victims.  Although this girl may have been at the age of consent, she is still a child and the pastor was in authority over her and has taken advantage of a vulnerable young girl. We don’t yet know how old the other one is.  Judgment starts at the house of God, people!  What kind of reputation are we giving to our Savior with behaviors like this going on inside the church!

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I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and nine grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, for the last ten years or so and am working on a final edit, now. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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